Favorite books: It used to be that certain books had to be read almost every day (Curious George anthology, Angelina Ballerina anthology), but currently we are going for variety. G. brings home books from preschool and we borrow books from the local public library. When she chooses her own, she gravitates toward books about her favorite characters such as Pooh, Clifford, the Little Mermaid, so I have fun finding interesting, beautifully illustrated books to read to her that don't include tv characters.
Favorite activities: Playing on the playground, running around the house with Daddy, doing websites with Mommy, riding her tricycle, coloring, dancing, playing baseball or soccer, opening the refrigerator and/or freezer multiple times a day (just because she can)
Favorite tv shows/videos: Loves Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder, Little Einsteins, Zula Patrol. Blues Clues is a new favorite. (And on the flip side is less interested now in Dragon Tales, Caillou, Thomas the Tank Engine, Zoboomafoo than she was, say, six months ago.)
Favorite toys: Her dollies, who can be found sitting in lines in the hall (waiting for the school bus, of course), lying around the living room on makeshift beds, etc.; her Bob the Builder diecast machines (Scoop, Muck, Dizzy, Rollie, Lofty, Benny); her various wooden Thomas trains and track (Thomas, Percy, James, Bertie the Bus, Annie, Clarabelle, Mavis, Rosie, the new one I can't recall, the freight car, the caboose, the circus cars, plus Cranky the Crane); her various Little People items
Favorite foods: Loves sweets, of course, which she has in limited quantities, such as ice cream and cookies; cottage cheese, yogurt, fruit (pineapple, peaches, strawberries, cantaloupe, bananas), mac & cheese, chicken of the finger/nugget variety, spaghetti, corn
Favorite music: She loves the CD of kids' music that she got at her last Kindermusik class and falls asleep to it every night. She also likes: songs from The Polar Express, songs from Sesame Street, and the theme songs to her favorite shows. She likes it when I play the piano and sing; she'll sit on the bench and tinkle away on the upper keys, mimicking the style that I'm playing.
- We were proud of how outgoing she was on Halloween this year. She was so excited and so eager that she was sprinting up the street and across neighbor's driveways and yards to get to their doors. She went up to the doors alone while we hung back. We helped her decide whether to go to front doors or side doors of various houses, and advised whether to knock or press a doorbell button. She'd say Trick or Treat (and thank you when we prompted), but didn't appear confident enough to deviate from that script when people commented on her costume, etc.
- She's going to preschool three mornings a week now, for two hours, and is learning a lot. The teacher is using various worksheets to help them become more dexterous with pencils and markers, is helping them learn the small letters of the alphabet as well as the capitals, and is helping them with numbers and counting. The socialization is good for her and learning that she will not always have the undivided attention of an adult when there are other children around. She proudly shows me her school paper each day and I make a big deal of it. We put up the most recent ones in the kitchen and I periodically take them down and scan them.