My mom made just one New Year's resolution for 2009. She resolved to have a pen (or some writing instrument) or scissors in my hands every single day. For some kids, this happens without trying, but since I'd rather build with teensy-tinsy Legos or play with vehicles, it takes some effort with me. And even though I know my letters and the sounds they make, and I like to talk about them all the time, I don't care much about writing them.
Well, it's February, and my mom has not had scissors or a pen in my hand every day. Or even close. Thank goodness I won't be old enough for kindergarten until fall of 2010! So, there's still time for her to work on it. I had a resolution of my own this year, and I have kept it: to play with Legos every day.
Despite the Lego fun, my mom has decided to give her resolution another try. So, here I am with scissors. She got some special "lefty" scissors for me, and I think they're great fun. So far she has just let me have my own experiences with them instead of making me cut specific shapes or lines.
You'll notice that I cut the paper into little pieces, and also that I'm holding the scissors upside-down. My mom also liked to hold her scissors that way at first, and she remembers arguing with her kindergarten teacher and her own mom about how to hold scissors. So, she's being a softy and hasn't made me change my ways yet.
And here I am tracing over the letters on a placemat we got at Target in the dollar section. We love the dollar section! I'm doing pretty well for someone who doesn't care about writing.
Much to Mommy's surprise, all that work with teensy-tinsy Legos has helped me with all my fine-motor skills, not just building. I'm doing much better at getting the pen to go where I want it to. I still don't care about drawing and writing, but I'm getting better at it, despite myself. Yay for Legos! Now if I can learn to snap and zip my own jeans, I can really make Mommy happy...but I'd rather go build something.
As told by Jonathan on Friday, February 20, 2009