Goals for the Mama – 4/25

Looks like with my current schedule, I can probably be updating this once every 2 weeks instead of weekly. I need to put something on the sidelines so I can get other higher priority things done.

Goal 1: Confidence/ Character Building
– Coached him to use the right words in different social contexts. We’ve been trying to teach him conversational skills. So far, we’ve been successful in weaning him from saying “Saying?” when he doesn’t know what we are talking about. He is asking better questions like “What did you say about xyz?”. Or teaching him to make requests nicely instead of saying “We are going to do this” or “Mama you are going to clean up my mess” as a matter of fact. We definitely need more work on conversation skills….
– Tried to teach him how to initiate and join in play with other children. Hopefully when we move to family housing, he’ll have more practice socializing.
– Learned to control his upset feelings by thinking up alternatives, even if his voice sounded like he was going to cry. What a brave little man!
– Played basketball by throwing the ball into a Lego container held by daddy
– Target practice by shooting a water gun at floating, big ‘sock’ bubbles
– Tried to teach him to be truthful and tell us about his ‘accidents’. I’ve managed to be very matter of fact the one time he told me he peed on the floor while playing. Unfortunately not so calm when he did it the third time in a row that day.


Goal 2: Chinese
– Understood my conversation with J about how he woke up at night and about how much donut (甜甜圈)he should get before lunch.
– Listened to audio books. Occasionally, I sit and explain the story to him.
Goal 3: Math

– Made playdough together. He helped to count out the number of 1/4 cups needed.
– Counted number of tanks on J’s shirt.
Goal 4: Reading
– Sounded out words for his space project. I might start teaching him sight words so he can start to read.
– Read a emergent reader that reinforces letter sounds and teaches sight words. Sight word of the week is “the“. I’ve been pointing it out in books that we read sometimes.
– ‘Read’ Dinotrux to me mostly by memory but it was probably good for his confidence.
Goal 5: Fine motor skills
– Wrote his own name when following the dotted lines
– Made playdough cactus by making a shape and poking spaghetti in it. We then painted it after I zapped it in the microwave to dry it out.



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