Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Paige has been sick and not acting like herself since Sunday afternoon. Every time she would fall asleep, she'd wake up screaming and we figured out that her throat was bothering her. Last night we talked to the covering doctor and he said to take her in to see her regular doctor today, so I took her in. The doctor looked at her throat and said it was "impressively red." She said that most of the time, children Paige's are too young to have strep, and that it is most likely something viral, but they'd test just in case. Guess who ended up positive?? I looked at Paige and told her that she was too young to have it. Guess she's an overachiever.
In any event, seeing as I was dealing with my little sicky yesterday, I wasn't able to post about the weekly Unplugged project. This week's theme was wood. I have been reading about Montessori methods lately, and have been enjoying the blog Chasing Cheerios. I thought this week would be a good time to try out this activity involving clothespins.
The gist of the activity is to put the clothespins around the border of a bowl, and have the little one take them off and put them in the bowl. This works on fine motor skills, and hand/eye coordination. I tried to help Paige squeeze them open and put them around the outside of a container, but that was very difficult for her. So I put some on there to see if she could pull them off. She had a hard time with that too. She did try really hard - although she kept pinching herself with them. She kept muttering, "ouch" while she was playing with them, and I started to wonder what kind of mother gives her child things that can hurt her to play with? Next thing you know I'll be teaching her to run with scissors. Sigh.
So the next thing I did was I brought some rhythm sticks home from school.
She seemed to like those and played with them for awhile.
This afternoon I got out her wooden blocks and we built a tower for a few minutes. I also found it oddly amusing that most of the toys in the doctor's office were made of wood. It is interesting how when you start thinking about something, you start seeing it everywhere. :)