Five Fact Friday – A lot of twirling, a little Halloween, and a whole lot of cuteness going on in this week’s Five Fact Friday! Happy weekend, friends!
1. Better than puffed sleeves. Sophie got her first twirl dress last weekend (I ordered from Alice & Ames) and she’s in HEAVEN. She has wanted to wear it every single day. My friend Anna recommended I look at Jella Bee dresses, and we ordered one of those as well. Anyone else have another favorite twirly dress shop? I’m thinking that will be a pretty key part of Christmas gifts for this girl!
(PS – Anyone get the puffed sleeves reference? I’ll love you forever if you do!)
2. Reading Milo. Last week I mentioned that Milo was working on some sight words, and something really clicked for him this week. He’s doing really well at at sounding out words in his BOB books. I posted a video of him reading in my IG stories a few weeks ago and had a few people ask what we do.
Honest answer: not a lot. I feel totally inadequate when it comes to teaching kids to read. Sophie mostly taught herself (which was glorious), and Milo has been pretty self-directed, too. Milo loves when I read books during lunch, and I read stories to both kids for 15-30 minutes before bed every night to help them wind down. We also do plenty of books during weekends and summer days, too.
Other than that, he’s learned letter sounds mostly at school (he HATED when I’d try to ask him about letters). Once he knew what sounds letters made, he was interested in starting the BOB books. They’re great for sound-out words. Then, his preschool teacher suggested I put up some sight words (she just told me to google a list). I’ve put a few post-it notes at a time on the fridge, and we’ll casually practice them at meals and snacks.
I don’t push learning to read at all. Reading is one of my favorite things in life and the LAST thing I want to do is make it stressful or forced. Both kids have felt excited and proud of themselves when they started to learn to sound out words, so it’s really rewarding to have someone (me) cheering for them while they read.
3. Little Chef. Sophie’s been DETERMINED to add more recipes to her “cookbook” this week, so any chance she gets, she’s been having me transcribe recipes for her. It’s also made dinner prep a LOT more crowded and chaotic since wherever Sophie goes Milo wants to follow. I’m thrilled they enjoy helping, but I’ll be honest that when it’s EVERY meal and snack, things get VERY crazy and messy!
4. Halloween Fun. Halloween was a fun, exhausting adventure this year! I wasn’t ever super into Halloween, but having kids who are excited is contagious. We started talking about costumes ages ago, and it was fun to have several chances to wear them this year. Sophie has been obsessed with Mulan the last few months, (“She’s brave and strong and beautiful, and she shows how girls can do anything.”) so that was a pretty natural choice for her.
Milo opted for a “vand-pire” but was REALLY concerned about being too spooky. He asked me to draw a little bit of blood on him, but reassured me over and over “don’t worry, Mom. It’s not real blood. It’s just pretend.” It was hard to take his big, bright smile too seriously.
5. Celebrate! We’re celebrating my grandma’s birthday this weekend, and I get spend it surrounded by people I love and never get to see. To tell you I’m excited doesn’t begin to cover it! I’ve basically been doing cartwheels around the house for the last few weeks. #onlyalittlebitjoking
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