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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Princess of Mischief

Mischievous Princess


Today Sophia brought a note home from preschool that said the following:

"Sophia not only recognizes the letters in her name, but most of the other letters as well.  She is learning to recognize and continue patterns we have been working on.  She knows all her colors and most of her shapes.  She occasionally needs reminders to keep her thumb up when using scissors, but once she is reminded she has very good scissor skills.  Sophia has a good pencil grip.
"Sophia likes to play with Elizabeth and is starting to play with other children more and more.  She has learned how to transition between activities effortlessly (at the beginning of the year she was not completely comfortable with the transitions).  She is a good listener and is very polite.  She is a joy to have in class."

I definitely needed to read that, because this child has had me at my wits' end these last few days, and I've been seriously contemplating throwing her out with the garbage (not really, but you know).  Yesterday alone she made her usual messes and had her usual tantrums along with cutting her bangs completely off (I had been trying to grow them out) (and yes, she does have very good scissor skills) (unfortunately), and painting a mural on my dining room floor with Chloe's paints (washable paints, thank goodness) (I'm sure her paintbrush grip was just as good as her pencil grip, too).

I find it interesting that she had trouble transitioning from activity to activity at preschool, because that is the main source of her tantrums at home.  I'm thinking I need to make her day slightly more predictable and perhaps we won't run into that as much.  I am overjoyed to see that she is a good listener and polite.  I often think that my efforts are not doing a darn thing, but at least she shows her best side to her teachers.

Aside from her mischief making skills, she really is a joy to have around, and I have been neglecting to notice that lately.  I love how she wakes me up in the morning with an exuberant, "It's good morning time, Mommy!" and her spontaneous hugs and kisses.  Her kisses are the best thing in the world, actually.  I love how her pants never stay up.  I love how protective she is of her older sisters.  I love how she insists on saying every prayer in our household.  I love her curiosity.  I love how she wants to be with me at every second. I love how she wants to help me with whatever I'm doing.

I even love her mischievous ways, when it comes right down to it.

I love her.

23 comments :

  1. Wonderfully said.

    And teachers always get the "best" parts of the kids. They behave so, so much better for their teachers. :) I often wonder how it is that I can keep a class of 24 first graders on task, happy, learning, and minding, but my OWN TWO children cause me great anxiety sometimes. . .

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  2. You know I know the story :)

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  3. A big part of my job at work is Kindergarten admissions and let me just tell you that pencil grip is almost everything. So I'm relieved to hear that the pencil grip is well established.

    I've always been surprised how crazy my kids can be at home and together they are at school. I suppose if I had to choose, that's how I'd want it. But still, it does make me wonder.

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  4. Wow, what a great assessment. The teacher's and yours. I wish we had feedback like that from teachers over here. (Actually it's not that bad, but I remember kindergarten teachers gave little feedback). I'm so glad your little trouble maker makes it all worth while for you! She's a cutie.

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  5. Love this! Sometimes when people compliment my kids' behavior I have to stop myself from responding with, "Really!?"

    Because they're good kids. And I know that. It's just that I wish they'd show it at home more. :)

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  6. I HATE the cutting their own bangs thing. THAT DRIVES ME CRAZY! It takes so long to grow them back out.

    But other than that and the painting thing, she sounds like a sweet adorable busy little preschooler.

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  7. I can't believe how OLD she's getting.
    Really, please have another baby -- because that Sophia is a big girl. :)

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  8. And she's so darn cute too. Maybe you can ask the teacher what they do for transitions, besides predictability.

    WV- arting: What Sophia thought the floor needed. (hey it fit)

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  9. Oh no! She cut her bangs off? Not funny to you, but kinda funny to me :) 3-year-olds are so hard. There are many days, that happen more often than not, that I want to throw Emmy out with the garbage, too. But it's nice to know they are doing well, even if they don't listen at home, isn't it?

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  10. Why is it that the mischievious ones are just that much more lovable??? How very sweet!

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  11. It's the hardest age and the funnest age all at the same time...

    Well wait... I can't say that. Because really the funnest age is whatever age my kids are right now. ;)

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  12. Wow, what a patience trier? And how wonderful that the praise came at such a good time. Though they give us a gazillion grey hairs and wrinkles, they sure are cute.

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  13. i think i may adopt that nickname for laci. (not really; i don't want it to become self-fulfilled prophecy!) these two would defintiely be two peas in a pod! :) if i'm not careful, i forget all the little things laci does that make me smile. thanks for the gentle reminder.

    btw, since laci struggles with transitions, too - i live by a timer. any time we're getting close to any kind of transition in our day - whether it's mealtime, leaving the house to run errands, bedtime, etc., i set the timer. it has helped tremendously with the tantrums. gradually, i haven't had to rely on it so much, and i can just tell her, "in a few minutes..." i think age helps with this, too. (hope you don't mind me adding my 2 cents; you have more experience than i do - but i am ALWAYS open to helpful hints/ideas if you ever have any.)

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  14. Princess of Mischief wrapped up in a large pink package of adorable!!! Oooh I love her.

    Gabe has been talking about her ever since the wedding. He wants her to come to his birthday party in November. I tried to tell him that probably wouldn't work.

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  15. AND I LOVE HER!! She can come live with me!!!!

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  16. Great Post! She is adorable! :)

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  17. Nate and I have been DYING of laughter over Sophie's stories! You practically need a day of the week set aside for "Sophia Storytime." What a hoot! We miss her! And YOU and Joel and Bria and Chloe...but we'll see you soon! Love you all!

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  18. Most three year olds can't focus on one task for very long at all, let alone be so focused on the activity that they don't want to move away from it. Most other kids were probably getting notes like "needs to work on increasing attention span." Funny how sometimes we are darned if we do or darned if we don't. As for the mess making stuff-I have one of those :-)

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  19. She is growing up right before our cyber eyes!

    It is because she is the only non-brunette. Brunettes never misbehave. :)

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  20. Oh, how sweet she is! Transitioning is a hard thing for a lot of kids. Making a more predictable routine is a great idea (hard on you, tho).

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  21. What a darlin'. And her hair has gotten so long! She's growing up into quite a little lady.

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  22. Very sweet! Your scissors skills comment is so funny too! The transitions thing is not surprising really - that's a little hard for most kids (and some adults). All in all a great report!

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