We are the happy recipients of two used swingsets - one from a family at church and one from the next door neighbors.  It is loads of fun and we're planning on building monkey bars between the two sets.

Recently, when I was reading one of our storybooks about Noah and the flood, our Noah asked me, "Why God tell me make ark?"

6/6 - Jonathan came up to me and said, "Four is exactly halfway between nine and negative one."  He had figured this out from an addition facts table he had posted on our fridge, looking at the column headers and pretending that the plus sign in the corner stood for -1.

Jonathan is now helping me with the laundry, and it is wonderful.  I showed him what settings he should use, which he marked with stickers.  Now when I ask him he will bring down the hamper and do all the steps on his own.  He can also do the transfer to the dryer, but he prefers not to sort and fold afterwards.  Fine by me at this point!  It is amazing to me how nice it is to have this help.  Mostly because I am not usually bothered by laundry, except that it is one more thing on the todo list.

Whew! Enjoy this because I bet you'll have to wait a while for more posts.

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Indeed, I am grateful! Thank you. All this news has been wonderful to hear.

Posted by SursumCorda on June 13, 2009, 6:50 am

Jonathan also announced yesterday that if 8 divided by 2 is 4 than 80 divided by 2 must be 40.

Posted by jondaley on June 13, 2009, 7:00 am

That's m'boy!

Posted by SursumCorda on June 13, 2009, 7:15 am

I was reading recently -- it could have been either The Element or Last Child in the Woods -- about the pressure put on parents, notably in Tokyo and in New York City, but emerging elsewhere, to secure acceptance for their kids into the right preschool, to prepare them for the right kindergarten and elementary school, to prepare them for the right secondary school, to prepare them for the right college. Competition is intense, and the results can make or break a child's future.

I think Jonathan attended the right preschool.

Posted by SursumCorda on June 14, 2009, 7:53 pm

Singapore's similar. A few years back, a guy that works for our distribution partner told me his four-year-olds were attending some ritzy pre-kindergarten school. As long as we continue to believe that a person's alma mater is a reliable predictor of his value as a member of society (in all its facets), and remain too busy to spend time with our kids, fru-fru pre-nursery schools will continue to blossom.

Posted by Stephan on June 15, 2009, 2:38 pm

Too true. But not all the the highly-ranked universities believe that, no matter what people think. How else could our never-went-to-preschool-didn't-even-get-a-high-school-diploma gal get accepted into MIT? Oh, right, the "spend time with our kids part." :)

Four-year-olds? Sounds like twins!

Posted by SursumCorda on June 15, 2009, 2:53 pm

I AM a teacher at a fru-fru preschool and I must agree that quality time spent with mom and dad and family is WAY more important than getting into the right school.

P.S. Jonathan is a genius. Just keep doing what you're doing! I'm happy to hear of his interest in helping his mother, too. I'm sure the older he gets the more help he'll be!

Posted by Lisa Furman on June 25, 2009, 12:48 pm

Now just groom Noah into a sorter and folder...

Posted by Wendy on June 30, 2009, 1:06 pm

He actually does like sorting. Folding is a bit tricky at the moment, though.

Posted by joyful on July 1, 2009, 7:32 am
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