One of the things I really appreciate about Staley's new baby-sitter is that learning time is built into each day. Staley participates in circle time, but as the second youngest at her in-home baby-sitters, she is learning right along with her 3 and 4 year old friends. Recently they have been learning about the months of the year. Staley will periodically tell us what month it is, and she's been very interested in learning about what month each person's birthday is. 'Liam's birthday in?' 'Mommy's birthday in?' She will tell us, "Staley's birthday in January."
At lunch today, however, Staley surprised us. We were eating, and out of the blue Staley said, "January." Then she said, "February." Then "March." She proceeded to name all of the months of the year in order through September. We had no idea she could do that. I was surprised...and very proud.
Of course, it wasn't five minutes later that I had to tell Staley to stop gagging herself with her spoon. I guess all of our moments can't be proud ones.