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What skills are you guys working on with your Nestlings?

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*Pooping on the Potty -- okay, so maybe I give up on that one.
*Drinking from a regular cup (he wants nothing to do w/them)
*Dressing himself
*Trying new foods...but that's ongoing

I thought there was something else but I can't think of it right now.

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going without a diaper at nap time. (today was his first day in underwear but he hasn't had an accident in about a week during a 2 hour nap)
dressing himself. He is a spoiled lazy little boy when it comes to doing things for himself.

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-Reconizing words and spelling. Ava is obsessed with this. Wherever we go she asks," What's that say?" , "Stop, Mom! Let me spell that." Then she reads each letter. We are also working on what sounds the letters make. She has a few words memorized and spells them all day long.

-Riding a bike. Her little legs lack some muscle strength to get up our driveway. It's working out quiet nice for me. I get to tell her, "If you eat your fruits and veggies, you'll get big and strong and be able to ride your bike better." Now she asks for a piece of fruit just about everyday. No veggies yet, but I'll take what I can get. Smile

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Yep, spelling here too. She can already dress herself, brush her own teeth, go to the bathroom by herself, etc. I still wipe her at home when she poops because at school they don't and she, um, doesn't do a very good job and the evidence is in her underwear. So I guess I should work on that sometime soon. Yuck.

So she is working on letter recognition and writing her letters. Oh, and being gentle with her sister who she is constantly trying to carry around and hugging to death. Not sure that's a skill but we are ALWAYS working on it. Wink

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Riding a bike. I know he can do it, he can glide with his feet on his balance bike practically the whole length of the street. But once he's on a bike he forgets that it has pedals and gets frustrated.

Dressing himself. Although I honestly would love to still dress him if he would let me, it takes him forever to do it by himself.

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Gabby dresses herself, we are working on letters, and drawing a smiley face which she still doesn't do. She knows her ABC's now. Guess we are behind in this. Maybe that's why my kids struggle so much in school, maybe I should be working more with them instead of just playing.

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Lori-I was just reading (or mabye it was on CNN?) that kids these days do not get enough free playtime and it's really important for their development for them to just play and not focus so much on learning. It was saying that kids learn more life skills from playing than from being taught. At this age, I really wouldn't worry too much on school stuff. Expecially since our kids won't even start kindergarden for another 3 years (at least in my state). I'll have to see if I can find that article.

The only reason we work on spelling and letters is because Ava asks to do it. Otherwise, outside of reading books, I wouldn't push outside the basics on my own.

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This came up when I did a quick google search. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/why-children-need-play-0

So, play away! Smile

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Right ow its less about teaching and more about reinforcing. Since Deacon has been out of daycare the past few weeks he acts like he can't go to the bathroom alone or pull his pants up and down. He does it all day long at dc but at home he wants us to go with him and help. He has also given up naps at home which I need to bring back ASAP!

I am trying to still do his school curriculum so he doesn't get too far behind his classmates. His teacher sent him his work books and sends me the lesson plans to follow but its all in her own code so I have no idea what I am supposed to be teaching him.

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Spelling here too! Zayden is OBSESSED with it. How do you spell Mommy, how do you spell Daddy. Last night it was what letter does house start with, tree start with everything he saw on the ride home. Also, oddly, he is learning names? He apparently knows his last name which I haven't worked with him on so it is a school thing. And whats your other name mommy, Amy, and whats your other (last) name. He was a little confused why daddy doesn't have the same last name...oh well we will save THAT discussion for later LOL.

Honestly I haven't even considered teaching him to dress himself? Id say maybe I should work on that but we are always in such a rush to get out of the house in the morning I don't see that happening. LOL School is still annoyed he can't put his own shoes on. Again, rushing out the door! LOL

Mine right now --don't know if its a skill or not -- is still stop hitting kicking --be nice! (Especially to mommy!)

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we worked on names too, I taught Ava mine and DH's first and last names. I think it's useful if she were to ever get lost.

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Potty training, but has no interest yet unfortunately
He's obsessed with letters and numbers and wants to do the flash cards a lot, so we've been doing those
Trying to get him to learn his full name and say it, but he thinks it's funny and will laugh and run away
Also, the cup thing, he wants nothing to do with regular cups and only wants his sippy still

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"SoCaliLover" wrote:

Honestly I haven't even considered teaching him to dress himself? Id say maybe I should work on that but we are always in such a rush to get out of the house in the morning I don't see that happening. LOL School is still annoyed he can't put his own shoes on. Again, rushing out the door! LOL

Amy, DH dresses Sophia on school mornings. She is WAY too slow to dress herself when we are on a schedule. But she puts her own pajamas on at night and gets herself dressed on the weekends. She is also wanting to pick her own clothes out now but luckily we can arrive at a compromise like I will pick the pants and say "okay now you pick a shirt" and she is pretty good at picking one that matches because I have drilled in to her what kinds of things match for like over a year now. LOL

The only reason Sophia does so much stuff for herself at this point is because she insists, not because I've taken any initiative to show her. She is very much an "I want to do it myself" girl and has been since before she turned 3. It was very frustrating at first but now she pretty much has it down so it is easier on me so I can focus on getting Layla ready.

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I don't want to let Ava start dressing herself yet either. I'm sure she could do it, but once she does she'll insist on tutu's everyday. Which would be fine once it's warm, but tutus and leotards are a wee bit chilly for now.

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Shesh --Im just lucky if I can cooerce (or threaten) Z to stay in one place long enough for ME to get his pjs on.

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"Lavender444" wrote:

I don't want to let Ava start dressing herself yet either. I'm sure she could do it, but once she does she'll insist on tutu's everyday. Which would be fine once it's warm, but tutus and leotards are a wee bit chilly for now.

I am trying to avoid that as long as possible too! Jackson insists he dresses himself, but usually only what I lay out for him. Thank goodness he hasn't gotten to the picking it out stage too! Hopefully that will be easier to avoid since he's a boy Smile

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I was thinking about this all day. Gabby knows her entire name and our last name is no small feat! She also knows our phone number and that's from hearing me say it every time we go to the grocery store cause I never have my shoppers card with me, and one day she just blurted it out.

I was never really big on sitting down and teaching them, I just didn't (don't) have the patience. Just sitting and reinforcing hw kills me, I 'm just not wired that way. It's terrible cause the older ones are not good in school but everyone keeps telling me to relax cause their genes have a play in their education level also and where I was an honor student, DH could barely pass his classes. It doesn't make it better just sad for me to be so frustrated and to watch them struggle, thinking if I had done something different in the past maybe it would be better for them now.

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I would love if Lyla would at least try to dress herself. I think she is just holding out, so she gets the extra attention.

Lyla starts swimming lessons on Saturday. She is so excited. Our only option is to redo the second level parent tot class. She is not old enough for the next level.

We are working on letter recognition. Being nice, even when she is moody. Not squeezing her sister too tight. On a good note, she finally started eating some meat! This has been a big break through for us. She also likes to cut her own food with a knife. We just give her a butter knife, but she does really well.

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"SID081108" wrote:

Yep, spelling here too. She can already dress herself, brush her own teeth, go to the bathroom by herself, etc. I still wipe her at home when she poops because at school they don't and she, um, doesn't do a very good job and the evidence is in her underwear. So I guess I should work on that sometime soon. Yuck.

So she is working on letter recognition and writing her letters. )

Us too, She insists no dressing herself and gets mad if I help

She can pretty much spell her name sometimes she needs help, so we are working on writing it. She loves to sing the alphabet but were working on recognizing the letters (she knows some) and then we will work on writing them during the summer She'll do them in JR kindergarten in Sept but figure I might as well get her started. Besides she loves doing stuff like that when her sister does school work.

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I have been teaching Deacon the ASL Alphabet and trying to get him to sign his name. We usually only do it in the car though where I can sign to him and he is bored enough to pay attention, lol.

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Fun thread! I'm loving seeing things that we should be working on. I'll have to have Miles try to draw a smiley face. He recognizes all of the letters in the alphabet (all upper and most lower) but is nowhere near writing them!! Also, he is TERRIBLE w/using silverware. Terrible. He is so picky that he rarely uses them because he doesn't eat food that requires silverware -- except yogurt, applesauce, but that basically just sticks to the spoon.

Jenn, Miles has recenlty started saying he can't do things, even when we know he can. And he wants us to come with him everywhere. We blame it on having a new baby - he's regressed a bit.

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Ashley, Jack rarely uses his silverware either, in fact he's eating alphabet pasta and cheese with his hands right now lol, he just won't use utensils except for yogurt.

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Jenn- We pratice the ALS letters too. We seem to sign whenever she notices letters. It's becoming second nature now. A lot of words she cannot say without signing it too. It's cute. Smile

Ashley- Ava does the "I can't do it" too. It drives me crazy. I'm really close to banning that phrase all together.

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Not a whole lot. Like Lori, we're more about playing and trying to teach a love of reading. We are teaching him right and left, reinforcing what he's learning in school (colors, numbers, letters), and pooping on the potty.

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I see how much they learn even without really sitting down and teaching them. Sadly I have no patience. I wish I had more when Emma was a baby so I could have reinforced more with the reading, it's such a struggle for them now. They (E&K) are excellent auditory learners. I can read something out loud a room away and Kailee will answer the questions without even paying attention. They both struggle in school but I'm trying harder.

You girls motivated me to get more involved despite my patience. I made a list of sight words for Emma, and since she struggles with sounding out, she is going to be a memory reader. Whatever works! Gabby knows more than I think she does also, and she is very into doing sight words with the girls, I know all she does is repeat what they say but maybe it will make it easier for her when she does start school!

Jill - we havent' even attempted any potty training yet or sleeping in her own bed.

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"3inpink" wrote:

Jill - we havent' even attempted any potty training yet or sleeping in her own bed.

Who is Jill?

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"SID081108" wrote:

Who is Jill?

I always see Jessica's screen name and my mind changes it to "Jill Drip". Maybe that's what she meant?

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"Lavender444" wrote:

I always see Jessica's screen name and my mind changes it to "Jill Drip". Maybe that's what she meant?

OOOOOHHHHH, yeah probably Wink That's it, Jess...gotta change your screen name! Too confusing! Lol

I have an Aunt Jill so I was like, wait, we have a Jill on this board??? And I haven't known it for all this time? LOL

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"Lavender444" wrote:

I always see Jessica's screen name and my mind changes it to "Jill Drip". Maybe that's what she meant?

That is EXACTLY what I meant, just a typo.

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"Lavender444" wrote:

I always see Jessica's screen name and my mind changes it to "Jill Drip". Maybe that's what she meant?

LOL - that's funny. It is a pretty witty screen name, if you know her real last name.

Oh, I know, we are teaching Deacon how to change a diaper. LOL He can undo her diaper but tells us we can finish it. How funny if he actually was able to do the whole thing.

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

LOL - that's funny. It is a pretty witty screen name, if you know her real last name.

Oh, I know, we are teaching Deacon how to change a diaper. LOL He can undo her diaper but tells us we can finish it. How funny if he actually was able to do the whole thing.

Okay, apparently I've never paid attention to her last name because I don't get it. You're going to have to email me cause now i'm curious!

Sophia always wants to help me with Layla's diapers and I hate it so I let her put the powder on as a compromise Wink When she puts the sticky things on she makes them so tight my poor baby can't breathe. LOL I keep telling her, just try to make them touch in the middle, but she yanks that sucker as far as she can to the other side and then does the same thing with the other one. Before we know it, Layla has on SPANKS. haha

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I haven't really thought about Jude starting to dress himself, but I guess he probably does know how to put his shirts on. We should probably work a little more on helping him figure out how to do his pants and socks/shoes.

We're working on sounding out words, on counting past 15, and on things like patterns and addition/subtraction. Beyond academically, we're spending a LOT of our time working on teaching him to use his words to ask for things instead of whining. And I've decided to start helping him identify feelings. Sometimes I think he gets frustrated because he's sad or angry, or whatever...and can't put words to how he's feeling to tell me.

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Emma changes Gabby's diaper all the time by her own choice of wanting to help, and sometimes Gabby prefers it. Kailee has no interest. Gabby likes to help me change my niece's diaper.

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Yeah, Jude has no desire to help me change Cohen's diaper. He's kind of fascinated by his private parts though, so that's probably a good thing!

Also, I was thinking about it last night and wanted to clarify that when I say we're working on addition and subtraction, I'm not asking him what 11 minus 8 is. We're working on the idea that 6 is less than 7 and 9 is more than 8...stuff like that. Didn't want anyone to think we were doing math drills or anything like that!