Oh, Happy Day!

I’m especially proud of Wildman today. As you can see in the above photo, he’s proud too.

You see, Wildman completed a jigsaw puzzle all by himself this afternoon. I’m not going to lie. It took a little bit of motherly coercion to get him to do it. He’s got a bad case of the “It’s-too-hards” and the “I-can’ts” with a touch of “I-need-help-itis”. When I’m watching over him he can complete a 24 piece puzzle in no time. When I’m in the other room he kind of freaks out thinking that he’ll never be able to do it on his own. Today I made him go it alone. And he did it! He really did it! Wildman was over the moon with his achievement. I even got a little teary-eyed.

He insisted on taking a photo of my pride too.

Here it is, folks:

I don’t think there’s any looking back now. He’s going to be doing puzzles solo from now on. It just took one time for him to gain the confidence to do it without Mommy. My little man is growing up.

Did you notice his hair gel in the first photo? He insisted that I do his hair this morning 🙂


In other news, Cutie Pie’s Lab School orientation and set up was on Tuesday night. I went and volunteered to be “shape mom” for the year. What the heck does that mean? Well, each week we begin our Lab School meeting with a hello song and then a couple of exercises with our colored shape of the month. The shape mom is responsible for cutting out the monthly shape from construction paper for each child. September is red circles. If you know me, I can’t just be plain when it comes to things like this. I decided that my colored shapes would have a texture component as well. Construction paper was so… so….well, boring!

Here’s what I came up with for September. I cut circles out of red paper plates. One side was red and one side was white. On the white side, I used red puffy paint and glitter paint to draw a bunch of circles.

I’ve been brainstorming all sorts of different textures that I could use to make shapes: foam, felt, wood, etc. So many possibilities! I’m hoping this additional component of interest will really engage the kids in learning their colors and shapes.

Stay tuned for my next shape mom endeavor- Yellow Squares! I know, it’s exciting. Calm down. 🙂


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angela
    Aug 28, 2008 @ 18:08:05

    Doing puzzles was always tough for Landon too, but one day he finally got the “courage” to do it all by himself. He still isn’t a big puzzle doer, but at least now I know he CAN do them!

    BTW: I am REALLY looking forward to seeing what you can do with yellow squares!


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