“When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home and of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother’s heart, and she puts it into the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.” ~ET Sullivan

Monday, December 10, 2007

Teaching and Learning

What a fun age Leah is right now! Everything we teach her is new and exciting. We got her a play kitchen with her birthday money from Lola. It is so fun to see her explore and make believe! Thanks Lola!

Leah doesn't remember her last birthday, last Christmas, or last winter, so for everything we teach her, it's like she's learning it for the first time. I imagine it will feel this way again next year. How exciting is it to teach your little one about the birth of Christ and what snow is and to see the comprehension on her face several years in a row! She's learning so much...new traditions, new songs, new stories.

Here's a list of some recent things she's learned for the "first time":

Snow (and cold)
The Christmas tree and its twinkly lights
Blowing out birthday candles and opening presents
Not opening the presents under the tree
"Ring around the rosie"
Baby Jesus
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
Make-believe with her play kitchen
Winnie the Pooh (and his friends, of course!)
The bathtub song
...and so many more.

She always likes to sing along to songs she's heard. At 6:00 yesterday morning I heard her shout "Let's go fly a kite" and in the car she sang "You've got a friend in me!" This morning I heard her chanting something about Jesus, then I realized she was signing "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam," which she had to have learned at nursery, because I don't remember singing it to her. What a great feeling it is to realize that she is learning things at home and away. She is a very perceptive little girl.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Leah,

Looks like a neat play kitchen from Grandma and it should give you hours of fun. My play kitchen in my daycare is one of the toys played with the most by both girls and boys.

The pictures of you are just adorable Sweetie.

Love you a bunch,
Aunt Joy