I bought some shaving cream to do a science experiment I found on pinterest. It was a rainy day and you were supposed to use the shaving cream as clouds and food coloring as rain. It worked okay. Apparently my clouds were a little thick to let the rain come down. The shaving cream was much more fun to just play with in the end.
Tonight the boys witnessed their first solar eclipse. It is an annular eclipse and they thought it was pretty cool.
Conversation with Noah tonight before bed:
Noah – We saw the moon blocking the sun.
Me – Yep, do you remember what that is called?
Noah – Scissors!
The boys started taking swim lessons this month. It is at a nice indoor pool, separated by a giant glass wall. I can easily watch and relax while they learn to swim. It is a group class of up to four kids, but the last few times it has been just the boys. The first lesson they screamed the entire time, the second lesson we split them up which went fine, but then I decided to start going on a weekday instead of Saturday. The pool is nice and quiet during the week and Noah is doing so much better without all the noise. I know eventually he’ll have to get use to a noisy pool, but for now this is the best environment for him.
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Learning their letters
Last summer we bought the boys one of those kids’ laptops at a consignment store as a special toy for our long drive to Colorado. They played with it off and on after that and then a couple months ago they really started playing with it and not just pushing buttons.
The laptop teaches letters and phonics, I never really thought much about it. Until we were at a neighbor’s house and Noah was playing with their magnetic alphabet and started telling her the letters.
Yes they learned their letters from an electronic toy! I was going to start working with them closer to three, but I guess they are ready now. They love to point out letters everywhere we go, even while driving they read the building signs.
They have a favorite letter and it is W! When Ez first started saying it, it sounded more like “double U.” For a few letters they say the object associated with the letter instead of the actual letter. S is “sunshine.” H is “hippo.” J is “airplane,” it is a jet on the laptop, but they know all flying objects as airplane. Ezra’s ‘k’ is “cake,” it took me a while to figure this one out since “kiss” is the word association on the laptop. The laptop says “k” and then does the “k” sound immediately after and it sounds just like cake.
They don’t know all the letters yet, it is quite obvious they had some favorite object associations in on the laptop.