Our Week’s Favorites

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Touring and observing an AMI Montessori school for our family. It’s hard to believe that this time next year Eli will be in school.  We’ve toured several certified Montessori schools in our area, but we have fallen in love with the closest AMI school to our home (20 minutes drive, which is nothing in Houston traffic time).  As part of the application process, we had to observe a primary classroom for an hour this week.  I could have joyfully stayed all day and, honestly, much longer than that.  The peace, focus, independence, student leadership, confidence observed in just one hour was one of the most beautiful things to witness.  If you haven’t had a chance to observe Montessori in action, I highly recommend it.  I may or may not have swallowed a couple happy tears imagining Eli in this environment from 2.5 years old until he graduates high school here.  How amazing would that be?!  Now, we are finishing up his application and crossing our fingers he gets in.  We won’t hear until March.

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Little Yoga by Rebecca Whitford. This is Eli’s current favorite book. As we read it together, we (or sometimes just Eli) mirror the yoga babies as they breathe like a lion, wag their tails like a dog, crouch like a frog, which is Eli’s current favorite–he adds hops and “ribbits,” too. Not only is this book a fun way to add yoga (and another gross motor invitation) to Eli’s daily life, but I’m also impressed by the perfectly chosen verbs, which I know have already been added to Eli’s vocabulary.

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Weekend travels to Kentucky and the beach. We have been out of town the last two weekends, enjoying the company of extended family we usually only see once or twice a year. I think we’ve known, since Eli was a few months old,  he was going to be a social guy, but seeing him “work the room” full of strangers-to-him, I was once again blown away by his confidence in large social settings. I’m not exaggerating when I say it would be hard to pinpoint Brian and me as his parents at these times because Eli is off chatting with people, joyfully exploring the environment, and pretty much engaging anyone who smiles in his general direction.  For awhile, we considered homeschooling into the primary years, but it became clear six or so months ago that Eli simply thrives in group settings; he needs a large community, a large social outlet–something I, or even future siblings, would not be able to fulfill for him.

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Melissa and Doug Pop Blocs Farm Animals. Although a little cartoonish, we are loving these three-dimensional puzzles/heads to tail matching set from Melissa and Doug.  We brought these along in a little bag for our flight to Kentucky, and they were a huge hit, and since we have been back home, Eli has worked with them daily. He puts them together and then pulls them apart to start again.  If you are starting early Christmas shopping, these would make a great stocking stuffer.

Your turn!  I’d love to know a favorite from your week!

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