I have been meaning to do this post for long now. Cheebu is fast learning and doing many things and I would like to record them here for memory. Starting with school, we attended the first PTM for this year a few weeks back. The first thing that her teacher said as soon as she saw us was “She is talking, talking and talking all the time” 🙂 and we told the teacher that she is talking, talking and talking at home too all the time 🙂 But apart from that she is attentive in class and actively participates in all activities. Contrary to last year when she started school and would cry in class on days when her best friend from daycare didn’t turn up to school, this year she is quite comfortable in class. The teacher said her confidence has increased a lot and we were quite happy and relieved to hear this. Thankfully, her school is one of those that does not put much pressure of academics on the little ones at this age. They do have some assessments but no exams. She is learning to write the small letters of the English alphabet now. I guess she is also learning some phonics because she has been showing interest in spellings and asks us to spell words. So we play this fun game with her where I ask her to spell simple words and she tries to figure it out based on her knowledge of phonics. So if I ask her to spell “STAR” and she figures out “STR”, I am quite happy because she is applying logic. But english as you know is a funny language 🙂 So when I tell her to spell NOSE, she says NOZ and try as I might to tell her it is NOSE, she doesn’t agree because S says “s” not “z” *sigh* Anyway I give up, since spelling words is not being taught in school at present. She is also learning to write the Hindi alphabets.
In maths, she has been taught to write upto 10 so far though she can count upto 100. Here I must mention that she learnt all that counting sitting for potty 🙂 . Having finished her potty she would call me for cleaning and me doing something or the other at that time would ask her to count. So gradually she learnt to count till 10, 20 and finally now she can count upto 100. One day she surprised us by writing the numbers from 1 to 100 too on the white board. No, we didn’t ask her to write, she did it on her own and we were truly surprised to see that she could do it. And no, we have not been teaching her. I was so impressed, I had to take a picture 🙂
And this weekend she expressed her interest to learn addition and subtraction. So hubby went ahead and taught her addition and gave her a small problem sheet and she did it 🙂 I then taught her subtraction. That evening I got her a workbook on maths and she is enjoying doing it 🙂
Cheebu loves to draw and here the white board in our house is turning out to be quite useful. She loves to draw on it for fun. Here are some of her drawings on the white board 🙂
Talking of drawing, she loves to draw and is good at it. However she hates to color. Apart from drawing on the white board, she has filled pages of her drawing book with scribbling and drawings, but she refuses to color them. Here is a drawing that she made on Janmashtami: Balram, Krishna and Radha with the dahi handi hanging up. The flowers near their feet are Rangoli.
Here is a rare drawing that she actually coloured. Did you notice that everything including the sun, clouds and bees have smiley faces? 🙂
I have always been scared of giving water colors to Cheebu because of the mess she creates. Yes, I know “daag achchhe hain” 🙂 but still. Then one day hubby decided to do some painting with her. This is what they made together.
That afternoon Cheebu wanted to do some painting on her own. This is what she made. She did create a mess but I am happy that at least with water colors, she is interested in coloring.
And then one day, Cheebu and I did some Madhubani style painting inspired by Shruti’s blog.
Among other things, we have been having lots of fun with the playdough 🙂 Apart from the icecreams that we had made, we have been doing lots of other interesting things with playdough with Cheebu.
She has also started learning to play the keyboard recently. We have joined her in Keyboard classes, twice a week at her daycare. I met her teacher after the third class and she was all praises for her. She says that Cheebu is picking up fast and doing well. However she is moody and refuses to practice at home. But as long as she is enjoying it I am okay with it.
Another thing worth mentioning here is her love for stories, both listening as well as making and narrating them 🙂 But that is a post on its own.
On a completely different note, it is hubby’s birthday today. But since yesterday was a holiday we celebrated it yesterday itself. I made Biryani, Corn paalak and rajma for lunch while hubby made some spicy green chutney. Cheebu made a nice card for him and in the evening Cheebu and I baked a nice chocolate cake and some cup cakes. We also decorated the cake with some fresh cream and colorful sugar balls 🙂