Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kaitlyn Summary: 6.25 Years Old

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This is a summary for Kaitlyn from age 6 to 6.25 years.

Last time, I talked about her hand pinching. She is not doing that in a noticeable way anymore--I am not sure if she has stopped all together or if it is just not often enough to notice.

I also talked about her activities of soccer, dance, piano, and school. They all ended well and she continued to enjoy them.

Eating is okay. She is still picky about her food. She doesn't complain, at least, about foods. There was a time when she would sit down at the table and say, "Bleh! I don't like this!" We got very strict about that and made a hard rule that saying such things was not allowed at the table. If it was said, the person would leave the table and go sit in time out for a bit and the meal would continue on without that person. She know she will be expected to try each food if she hasn't had it. 

I also have some constant substitutes. If she doesn't like the vegetable that is with dinner, she can always get fresh carrots out to eat. She knows I expect balanced meals (and as a side note, she will learn about this in detail in first grade, which I really hope motivates her to be more accepting of varied foods).

Sleeping is great! We now allow her to read in bed for 5-10 minutes before turning off her light and going to sleep. She is really good to follow this rule and loves her special reading time. 

She is still obsessed with art. Each week in the summer, we go to the library. Each week, she checks out books on arts and crafts. My little six year old is over in the non-fiction section searching for books :). Before the art books, she was doing animal books. 

A new activity she did this last few months was tee ball. Tee ball here is quite simple--the whole team gets to bat and the whole team makes it home each inning. She told me she likes tee ball better than soccer because "it is MUCH easier to score a point!" Ha--we will see what she makes of softball next year. 

Kaitlyn is a very nurturing soul. You will never see a little girl better with the elderly. She is also amazing with Brinley. She loves to help feed her and take care of her. I recently remarked that having a baby is quite easy with a six year old girl around :).

We have had some good summer fun so far! It is always a trick to find the right balance of relaxing things and allowing some freedom during summer break while still maintaining the proper freedom balance so the child doesn't become "wise in own eyes."

We have very recently entered a phase of dishonesty (I hope it is a phase!). The worst part is that she is GOOD at it. I can't tell just by looking at her that she is being dishonest like I can my other kids. I only know because I have had the feeling she wasn't being honest, so with some digging figured out I was right. 

She can weave some pretty believable tales (in fun--like telling stories), so she obviously has a gift for creating stories. 

This dishonesty is really just a week old, so we aren't far into it yet. So far, we have talked with her about the importance of honesty, and she seems to want to be honest and I think she has improved in the last couple of days. I will update more next time when we have had more time to work through this.

Here is our typical school day schedule since most of this period was in school.

7:00--wake up. Eat breakfast. Get Ready. Free Play until school.
Go to school.
Come home from school.
1:00--Learning Activities Time
1:30--Play with McKenna
2:00--Independent Playtime
3:00--Practice piano and homework if she has it. Time with Mommy.
4:00--TV time
5-5:30--dinner. Family time
7:00--start getting ready for bed 
8:00--in bed


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Kristen said...

S this is just a question for the fu tire for me, and to answer my curiosity. I love that your kids are musical, and I plan for my little girl to be involved In music as well. I grew up with music, well, starting in t he third grade, and took up the trumpet which I still p lay professionally. I am also a music teacher by trade. But my question to you is, how do you encourage practicing on th eir own, without you helping? I feel that some parent involvement is necessary for their home practicing, but after reviewing what their goal is for that practice session and making sure they understand their music, do you just leave them to it and give th me a specific amount of time? I know how we do it at school, the teacher sits with them through the whole lesson, but I only know what happens at home based on how I grew up and I will admit I never liked being left ton my own to practice!

How do you do it? Is it simply treated just like IP?

Michael and Yvonne said...

i'm actually curious as to Kristen's question too.......we plan on starting the girls on piano next year (DD1 is entering 1st and DD2 kinder).
About the balance, i think i recall reading in one of your other summaries that as they got older I think Brayden needed some time with friends to behave better when home (not be bossy,etc) vs when young and you had to watch it to not have too much outside influences. I think so but maybe i totally am recalling this wrong! But with 3 it is hard as my youngest isn't even 2 and she doesn't do good with daily activities. The oldest who is used to school every day could probably do more, and the other is inbetween. So we've done some playdates,etc. I think we have a pretty good balance although it may change by next year of course!:) So is this what you are referring to?
DD1 is almost 6.5 and I have noticed a recent thing about attitude. Boy she is all girl and she has this look and tone and I can visualize the eye roll and finger snap (she doesn't do it but she is so natural at this it would go hand and hand)! It would be comical almost but of course it's not acceptable. so i wonder if it's an age thing?? Of course we work on it. But seeing you mention about the "wise in her eyes" about Kailtyn makes me wonder. And maybe in part because they are both going into 1st grade and no longer kindergarteners,etc they feel "bigger". case DD2 is starting kinder.
BUT i must say i love this age! I really really do! And yes having a baby with a 6 yr old is great! She is a great big sister to my 20 month old!


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