Archive for January, 2014

Looking Back on 2013

January 3, 2014

It’s funny how much can change in one year when you are watching a child. One year ago, Calvin started feeding himself during mealtimes and was learning how to gargle. He also barely knew any chinese whereas I hear him singing a variety of chinese songs recently.

Throughout the year, he learned many more things like putting on his clothes and shoes, using the potty, falling asleep by himself at night and jumping with two legs off the ground. He had many new experiences too like joining the gym, visiting the kids museums, playing with sensory bins, planting and harvesting strawberries and tomatoes, lapbooking, hiking at Shenandoah National Park, playing with Lego and of course our trips to Virginia Beach, Washington and San Francisco.

On our part, we have overcome some personal hurdles and also Johnny passed his qualifying exams. Woot.

It certainly has been a hectic year. I didn’t even realize that so much has happened.


Goals for the Mama – 12/27

January 3, 2014

Goal 1: Confidence Building
– He’s a lot more physical. He likes to jump on us and tackle us. And climb up all sorts of structures. Finally after 2+ years of owning our little indoor playground, he’s really climbing up all the nooks and crannies. Definitely one of the best buys we ever made. It’s funny how the second-hand toys end up being more loved and used whereas the many ride on toys we bought new like his Cozy coupe, balance bike and tricycle are woefully underutilized.

Goal 2: Chinese
– Chinese songs during quiet time
– Watched 巧虎x3
– Read 地下100层的房子,骑在恐龙去上学,不变色的变色龙, 蔬菜的化妆舞会, 礼物,我不害羞,不发脾气,小房子,谁的脚踏车, 鲁拉鲁先生的自行车
– Flash cards of chinese characters

Goal 3: Math
– More counting practice

Goal 4: Reading
– Played a spelling game on ipad.
– Making words with magnetic letters. He loves the word Kool that he made by accident once and he keeps making it again and again.

Goal 5: Fine motor skills
– Picking things up with tongs
– Tracing characters on aqua doodle