Staley has a great memory. She loves to learn. I'm proud of the things she knows and remembers. And because her memory is better than mine, I have to blog these things so that I don't forget.
When Staley has decided that she wants to learn something (like the Pledge of Allegiance or the words to a song), she will ask us to recite or sing it several times. With each repetition, she jumps in a little more. It usually only takes her about 4-5 times before she has it mastered and then she insists on doing it herself several times. This often happens at the table during meal times, which is a fun way to spend our meals but does sometimes result in much slower eating. I never thought I'd hear myself saying, "I'm not saying the 'Pledge of Allegiance' again until you take a few more bites of your dinner."
What Staley Knows:
1. Staley knows all her colors (including descriptors like 'reddish-pink' or 'bluish-green'), her basic shapes (although she does sometimes get mixed up with triangles and rectangles), most of her upper case alphabet, and can recognize a few of her numbers.
2. Staley can count to 20. She is also able to count objects appropriately by pointing at each one while counting, although sometimes double counts or lets her finger get ahead of her numbers.
3. Thanks to Dora, Staley has an ever-growing Spanish vocabulary. She knows about 6-7 colors, can count to 8, and has about 15 other words or phrases in Spanish.
4. Our down the street neighbor has a beautiful yard that she is always working in. She has become a special friend to Staley (and our whole family.) Miss Vickie has been teaching Staley the names of plants and flowers, and Staley can now recognize and name about 10 different plants/flowers including zinnias, daisies, queen anne's lace, lambs ear, mums, basil, lilac, blue salvia, and morning glory.
5. Staley can recite her pledge of allegiance. (Although her nation is invisible instead of indivisible.)
6. Staley can recognize and identify the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, and the Eiffel Tower.
7. Staley has an ever-growing repertoire of songs she knows. Recent additions include 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow', 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame', 'Bear Down, Chicago Bears', and the first verse and chorus of 'American Pie (by Don Mclean).
8. Staley knows how to spell her name.
9. On a slightly different note, Staley has now mastered pooping on the potty. Hooray!! So although she's still generally wet after naps and in the morning (and I do still make her try if it's been awhile or if we're getting ready to go somewhere), she has otherwise conquered potty training.
10. I do love that Staley is bright and interested and analytical and articulate. But more importantly, I love that she is thoughtful and happy and loving and kind.
I love this little girl!!