Puddle Jumping

Slice of Life Day 26

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

 

Pedal, pedal, pedal

Splish

Splash

Pedal, pedal, pedal

Splish

Splash

Swerve

Splish

Splash

Hop off

Drag

squelch

ooze

Stuck

Yank

Free

Pedal, pedal, pedal

Splish

Splash

Never ending puddles

Today was the last day of the Cross Country Ski season where I live, so I went out and enjoyed a 3.5 hour ski in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains. When I arrived home, Marlowe was just awaking from her afternoon nap and eager to get outside with me. We packed a picnic and parked ourselves on our driveway on a perfectly placed picnic mat facing the sun. It was delightful. It was about 8 degrees Celsius outside and it was a welcome change from the subzero temperatures of earlier this week. Once we finished our last picnic bite, Marlowe requested a bike ride adventure. I am the kind of person that is eager to partake in every type of adventure that takes place outside. You ask, I am there! I got my bike and bike trailer out and pumped all of the tires as quickly as I could. I was desperate to hit the trails.

It felt so good to have the wind and sunshine on our faces. I was still wearing my winter gloves and coat but it felt delightful nonetheless. When I got to the fork in the path that allows you to choose the short or the long loop, I couldn’t help myself but take the long route. At first, I was happy with my choice but before long, I had major regrets.

There were puddles. Not just a few puddles. Never ending puddles that were many meters long and many feet deep. I kept telling myself that they would end soon, it wasn’t worth turning back. They did not!  They continued and continued. By the time we got past the seemingly infinite puddles, the bike trailer was soaking wet, Marlowe was spattered with mud and I was so exhausted, I could barely make it up the hill back to our home. I may be exhausted but I am definitely going on another bike ride tomorrow, maybe a bit shorter this time though.

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“Pudl jump with yoo”

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Unrelated but how cute is this little hand person Marlowe made while I was making dinner?

Doughnut Decorating Party

Slice of Life Day 25

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

My husband has the best ideas. He can make the most monotonous things into the most creative games. I love listening to him play “pretend” with Marlowe because the conversations they have are hilarious. She is a really lucky kiddo to have such a great Dad in her life. It is weird though. She would always choose to play with me.

Last night, Andrew went to the grocery store and sneakily put a container of old fashioned doughnuts in the pantry without Marlowe noticing. He whispered to me, “I have a plan for those tomorrow!” When Marlowe went to bed he shared his secret plan.

Doughnut decorating party! 

When everyone was awake this morning, Andrew got out the doughnuts, found some glaze recipes and dug out all the sprinkles in our pantry.  Andrew and Marlowe went with the chocolate glaze and added a few sprinkles. I went gourmet with my vanilla glaze and added a drop of lavender oil and shredded some basil and topped it with white sprinkles.

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I will be the first to admit that I am way less fun than him. Don’t get me wrong, she loves her Dad and enjoys spending time with him, but if she were to choose, she would always choose me. I don’t get, but I won’t complain either!

Tips for when you are frustrated

Slice of Life Day 24

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

Faster than lightning

Flying through the air

It’s a bird

It’s a plane

Wait a minute

No…

It is a 4 year old throwing a temper tantrum!

Rolling

kicking

yelling!

 

Marlowe wasn’t much of a temper tantrum thrower as a toddler but part way through 3, everything changed! We have always practiced strategies that we can use when things don’t go our way, when we are feeling frustrated or when we make a mistake. Marlowe is an expert when it comes to sharing her strategies and getting to be more consistent using them in the moment.

We wrote a book together today to share the strategies she finds useful.

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What strategies do you use when you are feeling frustrated?

Family Games

Slice of Life Day 23

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

I love games! I love board games and card games, running games, word games, number games and even made up games.

 

My husband also likes games but not to the extent I do. I could literally play games all day long. He likes to every once and a while. He is pretty great at playing games with me whenever I ask, despite the fact that I almost always win.

Recently, Marlowe has developed an interest in learning how to play every game on our shelf. I do my best to create a kid version of all of our grown up strategy based games and she loves them all.

I have also been stocking up on our ‘kid’ games too.

I asked Marlowe to teach you how to play her favourites but realised that I can’t imbed videos on here. My recounts will have to suffice.

Marlowe’s Favourite Games:

  1. Hide and Go Seek in the dark

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“You hid but the person that finds has to use the phone with the flashlight to find the hiders…you have to play when it is night.”

2. Monopoly Junior

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“You roll the dice and you have money and you buy the houses and you have to pay money if you get on a different house. I get lots of the special cards because i’m lucky….whoever gets no money doesn’t win.”

3.  The Colour Game

“You pick something that is a secret and you say the colour, the size, texture and somebody has to guess it.”

4. Ghost Blitz

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“There are tricky cards and easy cards, I do the tricky cards now. They are really tricky. You turn over a card and look to see what you see. Then you look and see what thing isn’t on the card. It is really tricky. You  gotta see very carefully what colours are on the card. They are very tricky.”

 

 

What games are your kiddos playing these days?

 

What We Are Thinking About

Slice of Life Day 22

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

 

Marlowe and I got home from snowshoeing starving today, so after making dinner we hurried upstairs to get writing. I try to start our writing time by saying “What were you thinking about writing today?”

Today she responded with “it’s a surprise!” This is her go to answer to everything lately. I can’t complain though because she had an idea and she got started right away.

As usual, she started drawing hearts but paused and said “Mommy, can you help me stretch out the word IIIIII’MMMMMM THHHHHIIIINNNNKKKIIINNGGGGGGG BBBBOOOOUUUTTTTT YOU?”

Stifling back laughter, I said ” It sounds like you are stretching out those words already. What sounds do you hear?”

Together we got her sentence down and she quietly whispers to me with a smile, “Who do you think I am thinking about?”

I guessed, “Daddy?”

“You and Daddy!” she said with pride.

 

Marlowe’s writing inspired me to write what I was thinking about today.

 

  1. What a beautiful place I have to explore.
  2. How much longer will I be able to take advantage of the snow and get out cross country skiing and snowshoeing?
  3. When can I get out our bikes and hit the trails?
  4.  That saag paneer and homemade naan bread dinner my husband and I made together tonight was INCREDIBLY delicious and restaurant quality.
  5. Marlowe’s writing habits and confidence has changed so much over these past 22 days.
  6. I miss my students.
  7. I wonder how my 99 year old Grandmother is doing. She isn’t very good at picking up her phone and no one is allowed to visit her in her nursing home.
  8. I need more chocolate in my house.

 

What are you thinking about?

How to Snowshoe according to a 4 year old

Slice of Life Day 21

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

 

It is officially our first day of Spring Break and although we aren’t en route to Disney World, we still had an amazing day! When I heard school might be cancelled, I quickly borrowed snow shoes and cross country skis from the outdoor education building. Our school is an Independent School that focuses on preparing students to explore the outdoors in a safe and prepared manner. They go on the most amazing adventures and we as teachers get the benefit of being able to use the equipment when it isn’t out on a trip.

 

I signed out snowshoes for the whole family and cross country skis for me. I was eager to let Marlowe give snowshoeing a try and I have high hopes of teaching my husband how to cross country ski.

 

It is definitely easier to teach Marlowe new things. My husband is a little trickier, so I decided to start with Marlowe.

 

We had a pep talk about how new things can sometimes be hard and what we can do if we feel frustrated. She is working on her growth mindset and has a tendency to throw herself on the floor and roll around when things are hard. I gave her phrases to use like “I think I need a break!” or “I can’t get up, can you help me, mommy?”  I always find that when I give her phrases she might need to use before we head into a new situation, we are always more successful.

She was AMAZING! We stayed out way longer than I anticipated and she didn’t have a single melt down.

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I asked Marlowe to write you some instructions on how to snowshoe. Here is what she wrote:

 

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Snowshoe

  1. Walk in snow
  2. Put on snow shoes
  3. Have fun

 

I think you might want to flip number 1 and 2 but that is just my perspective!

 

Bookmarks for everyone!

Slice of Life Day 20

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

 

I can’t believe we are at day 20 already. This is the fastest moving March I have ever encountered. Today is the official start day of our Spring Break. It is certainly going to look differently than we had anticipated but I am looking forward to slowing down and catching my breath and start getting through some of the books that are piling up. Marlowe must have read my mind today because she asked to make bookmarks!  These will definitely come in handy over the Spring Break.

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Marlowe created her first bookmark with just pictures.

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To encourage Marlowe to add words, I made a bookmark to model what it might look like if we added some words.

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Marlowe said “two o’s because I learned that book has an extra o to make a different sound too!”

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“Do u lik yor book?”

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Grams

Gramps

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“Wut do u lik?”

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“Wut doo u lik bot yor book?”

 

Marlowe is really excited about the question mark. I suspect she may only want to write questions from now on.

Well, I think I might put these bookmarks to use, off to my books!

Our House is Forever Changed

Slice of Life Day 19

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

 

Well it happened today. As soon as I suggested it, I knew our house would never be the same.

 

“Why don’t we make some signs so we know where to put everything when we are done writing?”

Marlowe was VERY eager to do this.

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“Markers”

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“Art Supplies”

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but before long the suggestions kept coming!

 

“I Need a sign for my room!”

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“GAMES, we need a sign for the games”

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And the list went on and on.

Bed time forced an end to our sign making factory, but I assure you covid-19 will not be shutting down the manufacturing of these signs tomorrow!

Today, March 19, 2020 marks the day that our house was forever changed by an explosion of Marlowe-made signs.

 

Letters Galore

Slice of Life Day 18

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

 

Since the world is shutting down quicker and quicker by the day, I thought it might be a nice time to write letters to all of the little people we know. It is such a confusing time for us as adults right now, I can’t imagine how the kids are feeling as we go through this time of uncertainty and change.

I asked Marlowe who we should write to and immediately she mentioned all of her cousins.

It’s funny, for the most part I like having a bit of distance from my family (3 500km to be exact) At times though,  I wish we were neighbours! As a child, I didn’t get to see my first cousins very often and my sister and I vowed that we would make sure that we give our kids the opportunity to develop that ‘cousinly’ bond we wished we had.

It makes me happy that her cousins were the first recipients she thought of for our letters. So far our plan is working. She is in the midst of creating a little art to include in each of the letters but bed time was calling so we had to put the writing and drawing tools down for the day and will continue tomorrow.

The writing routine Marlowe and I have created this month has given us some much needed consistency in our day. Her world has been turned upside down as her Mom and Dad can’t give her their undivided attention while they are at home with her. She doesn’t understand that we have to be ‘teaching’ virtually all day and juggle being present for her. She knows that when it is time to write, I am ALL hers, maybe that is why she makes it last so long! Each day we are learning a bit more of how we can manage this new normal in our life, I am sure we all are!

 

 

 

 

Deer that use crosswalks

Slice of Life Day 17

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

Yesterday in our slice, Marlowe and I described our little town, Okotoks, Alberta. Marlowe wanted to tell everyone about the deer who look both ways before crossing the road. This is a true fact about the deer in our town. They also use the crosswalks. If you don’t believe us, here is a photo that I took in our neighborhood.

 

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I know what you are thinking, it was a fluke.

NOPE!

These deer will cross the road at lights or crosswalks consistently. You constantly see them pausing, looking both directions and crossing the road if they see that the cars have slowed down for them.

In fact, the deer made the national news for this reason.

If you still think I am making this up check out this link…

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/okotoks-urban-deer-task-force-1.5412474

 

See, we told you! Our deer are cooler than your deer!

 

 

 

I haven’t uploaded Marlowe’s independent writing in a while so here are a few things she has been working on.

 

This is a thank you card she made for a friend who gave her a birthday gift!

This is a card she made for my cousin (my first cousin, once removed to be exact) She is older and her husband passed away fairly recently.  Donna always sends Marlowe cards and stickers in the mail and Marlowe always sends something back to her. They have a really cute little friendship that really benefits both of them. She was always so special to me when I was growing up, it makes me really happy that she is special to Marlowe too!

 

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This is a “surprise” Marlowe made for me! She drew a star and a sun and stamped ‘For Mom’ on it. I nudged her to label the star and the sun and with a little help stretching out the word, she nailed it!