Saturday, March 31, 2012

Letter L Rides on Lego Boat

LC: "Lego boat!" She made a cute boat, the cabin window is a nice touch. She also chose the passengers - a fairy, a puppy, a turtle magnet and the letter L.

LC: "That's because Lego starts with L."

She loves her Lego Duplo almost as much as she loves books.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Teal Blue with an Orange Flower

LC found a pair of teal blue See Kai Run sandals, with an orange flower accent, that made her twirl around at the store. She is excited for the weather to warm up, so she can show off these new shoes.

With spring in full swing, it's time to put away the brown suede boots. (Though she usually wears her favorite sneakers, Saucony brand, to walk at least a couple of miles every day.) This was the first time she tried on shoes at a store; I usually shop online. She browsed at the first store.

Then, at the 2nd store, she let the saleslady measure her feet (now a size 10) and tried on a half dozen pairs of shoes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Bird for Spring

LC: "He's a bird and he has small wings and a big head."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Flower Gardener

LC: "Sunshine, grass and flower gardener with fingers."

Appropriately drawn today...the first day of spring! LC just made this drawing on our kitchen table...using Faber-Castell oil pastels and pink construction paper.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

orange and green

We had a few minutes remaining at the end of art class recently...and the teacher asked us to paint with watercolor. We both decided to use orange and green paint.

Here's the one LC painted:

and here's mine:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sleeping Beauty - LC's 1st ballet

LC enjoyed a great introduction to ballet...and it was age-appropriate for a child who is almost 4 years old. We watched the New York Theatre Ballet performing Sleeping Beauty at Florence Gould Hall for an hour. Lovely costumes. Pre-show, a demonstrated lesson about balletic mime (how dancers convey the story with some gestures). The kids in the audience stood up and practiced mimed gestures and then kept their eyes open for those clues during the actual performance. At the show, I bought a $5 ballerina figurine for LC...and she wanted to see "Rose" sit on her beloved stuffed duck when we got home:

We went to brunch at a favorite spot, then to French Activities en Famille at FIAF. The kids made a popsicle stick puppet of the lead character (Little Red Riding Hood) after watching the puppet show by the company Goat on a Boat.

It was nice to be back in my old neighborhood, where I lived 4 1/2 years ago.

She still has the popsicle stick puppet (a hand with a face on it) that they made pre-show at the New Victory Theater's charming Hands-Up! production we saw in January (by the Zoem! New Dutch Theater).

For 1 year, I have been bringing LC to at least 1 puppet show, 1 live music concert and 1 live theater performance (dance, musical, improv comedy, play etc.) every month. She is quite attentive and sits quietly enjoying the shows and looks forward to each new performance...and asks me questions afterwards.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

It's such a nice place...

I found an old box of Alex Creamy Crayons on the shelf, from 1 year ago. Still works great! LC (describing the below drawing): "Everybody lives with their mommies. It's such a nice place."

Friday, March 2, 2012

Neighborhood Errand Run

LC snapped photos during a neighborhood errand run.

The Sneetches Fascinate LC

I didn't realize yesterday was World Book Day. I started reading to LC when she was an infant and slowly building a collection of books. LC treasures them and asks me to read about a dozen books to her every day. When I was a child, if my grandma gave me $1 for candy...I would save the money to go to the corner bookstore instead. I don't think my mother understood how much I liked having my own books, rather than just borrowing from the library, and she never read stories to me (in any language). About a year ago, LC started to "read" to me...and that is great fun. We do visit libraries sometimes and sit to read for an hour or two. We went to the bookstore after her class this week, though, and LC chose The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss. She is already telling me the story...she carried the book downstairs when I did laundry yesterday. For her birthday, she will get On the Night You Were Born and The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh. She hasn't asked for any toys for her birthday, just books. She has fun discovering new books, no pressure from me...she gets to choose what she likes and learns to read and write at her own pace. The last 2 years, she has created her own stories for our at-home puppet shows and loves to make up songs, on-the-spot, wherever we go. The irony is that since she was born, I don't think I've been able to finish one grown-up book. OK, I did read a few debut novels for a creative writing class, but that was it. At least I really enjoy reading children's books!