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TBD is four years + three months old (though month is increasingly not a particularly significant digit).

Achievements unlocked this last month: rinsing hair by leaning head back in the bath, telling a complete invented story with beginning + middle + end, drawing a circle then coloring it in, drawing recognizable squares and triangles, monkey bars, fidget spinners, matching sounds to letters and vice versa.

Pretend play has grown ever more important, to the point that it has significantly displaced reading as TBD's preferred way of spending time with me. Typically the actors are toy cars and trucks, but for a week there it was small dinosaurs. Sometimes the fourth wall gets broken and the toys interact with the "giants" around them. Diegetic pretenders!

I've learned most of what I know about what goes on at school through pretend play.

Favorite color is now strong part of self-identity: If someone else likes dark blue, it's almost an affront. We're not sure what to make of this.

Thinking, thinking continues apace. The startling recent example was putting together a couple different explanations of where babies come from to form a surprisingly accurate summary of human reproduction, at a level of detail appropriate for a 4-year-old. There's been other examples of clever problem solving as well, none of which I wrote down and so cannot remember at the moment.

While there's been some work at learning lowercase letters, there's been more effort on letter sounds. TBD can generally name the letter that goes with a sound, and so spell out a word as someone sounds it out (assuming regular orthography). Sounding out a written word is a bit trickier, and so far TBD only sometimes manages that. Numbers up to a hundred can be read out, somewhat shakily. Writing letters remains even shakier, although the work on drawing/writing motor skills at preschool is showing.

And then there's talking, talking:

(of the Joker's mecha suit)
"Did he get that at the bad-guy store?"

(of a pretend fart)
"It smells like cranberries and milk and eyebrows and feet."

(shortly after learning about kryptonite)
"No, wait, I get to be Spider-man and you have to be Superman. Sorry, Daddy."

"On a march! And set! Go!"
(current standard phrase)

"I am the car with the bloody finger and I am 10 blocks away!"

"I have to choose all by myself, and you're not me."

"Have no fear, Halloween is here!"


Yes, we are already anticipating trick-or-treating. We still have a few pieces of candy from last year, mind. But they could run out any day!

---L.

Subject quote from "Shine," Vienna Teng.

Date: 29 July 2017 05:42 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
"I have to choose all by myself, and you're not me."

Have you any idea how that one sings to me? :o)

Date: 29 July 2017 07:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oracne
These aremy favorite posts.

Date: 29 July 2017 08:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrissa
It's fascinating to me how much the difference in months is and then is not a thing. There is a very clear reason why a 21-month-old is not a 22-month-old, and then it starts to blur gently, and then by the time you are 121 months old, it is really quite similar to 122 months old--certainly to the point where your parents would not think of reporting it that way, mostly, or to the point where the differences are almost entirely the differences in individual people, and when things happen to quite a few people at 26 or 43 instead of "sometime in your mid-twenties" or "sometime in your late thirties or early to mid forties" or even "sometime in middle age if it happens at all," we are surprised.

Date: 31 July 2017 02:34 am (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu
go go go TBD!

Date: 1 August 2017 05:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
I remember pretend play being key for processing school issues, too--not always difficulties, though also sometimes quite difficult. (When Reason asked me a question drowsily at 9 p.m., it was usually about something I'd class with bullying, whether between two other kids and her and a particular classmate. That former classmate has gone to a different elementary school, and good riddance.)

That is a great description of a (pretend) fart.

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