Things Inge likes:
- Ducks (birds) /de eenden en de vogels
- closing doors, and cabinets.
- soap bars
- running water. Pouring.
- bicycle rides
Saw a glimmer in my children that I believe I should explore…
Quin: for beginning to recognize words better. She can also be regular and persistent – went about with her rag trying to clean everywhere. Then when there was nothing else she went for the windows.
Inge: Try her on some character flash cards perhaps. Observe.
Knox: Does not need to write whole page of characters (about 12 words) to establish recognition of characters. Acts distracted and tired by word 3. But careful with stroke order and wrote most beautiful 牛 (koe)。
Night before Muiderslot Castle visit (2nd attempt). Knox: “We can knock on walls and find the secret passage!”
K points to sky: “Look at those clouds! They’re like millions and billions of sheep!”
This morning, Mike presenting Inge: “Now she (doesn’t cry and scream but) just knocks on the door.”
Inge weaning: Willing to accept when I say no more neh-neh. Pulls my face to kiss her. Went over to pat and comfort Knox who was hurt. Carries stuffed animals into her bed after being rejected from breast and cuddles them.
Eats less messily and no longer eats soap.
At Amstel Park:
- Inge stares longingly at kids on merry-go-round. After a long second of staring, points and says 旺旺！(for dog, one of the ride figurines was a bulldog)
- Inge sees children feeding goats with grass pulled from ground. Immediately pulls up a fistful of grass (2 pitiful blades sticking out of her tiny fist) and presents to goats. Startles away giggling when the goat gets too close globbering. Goat is uninterested in her meagre offering but keeps on trying. But, I am amazed at her instant comprehension of the situation upon first sight (feeding goats with grass) and action.
Quin tries to read to Inge once in a while.
Knox reads to Inge ditto. He has lost word-for-word instant memory upon hearing story. Sign of leaving the absorbent mind? (for him, Quin never exhibited verbatim memory.)
Knox seems to find blending slightly less arduous. I must proceed with caution here, yet try to capture his developmental windows. His Mandarin word recognition is very good. But he is recognizing many words he finds difficult to write. I believe Mandarin cannot be taught in the same order Montessori English & Italian is taught (writing before word recognition). He is much more ready with responses when I pause during reading. Sometimes he guesses… but I do think he actually looks at the words (because sometimes it is not possible to guess) and reads. There appear to be some inconsistencies in what he can read. Same difficulties with those same 注音letters? Investigate and rectify.
Quin is becoming more stable. Less outbursts. I need to watch myself with this one and how I react emotionally where it is not warranted. Kindness and generous love will not breed entitlement in this child who blossoms and has always a strength and serenity in her when she feel secure and loved.
Inge can now fetch and return many books that she wants read to her. And asks for repeats. It is tiresome but I want her to get as much as her siblings got. And her sweetness makes up for it. I know I will not get anything back from them though we invest. Every moment spent investing in them is something we don’t invest in ourselves. It is a wonder. Examining the mechanisms of our drive to nurture, yet it does not spoil the drive. Just that, when I am in the flow of pleasurable work can be very hard to change track to child. But we have always been individuals who valued our time to plot & ponder. So perhaps 3 children 24/7 is indeed our limit.