March 19, 2014

All the ideas: cup mat, alphabet ceiling, and unique sameness

This week at Joy School (our co-op preschool), the twins learned that everyone is unique. Which is funny because they look just alike. How do you explain to a kid that part of what makes them unique is having someone that looks just like them? Well, you explain it by saying that exact sentence out loud. Then you can talk about how there is a tiny mole here, a 1/4 inch in height there, a scar on the forehead, but mostly what makes them different stems from their kid minds. They both like Batman, but one likes Spiderman a little more. They use different words, write with different hands (righty and lefty), laugh at different jokes (but again mostly the same), want to go to bed at different times, and fart often but at different intervals. 

Random picture of them looking alike. I miss that beard, Amory!

With kindergarten coming up next year, I'm constantly debating if it would be more fun for them to be in the same class and get lumped together or be in separate classes, where they can really feel out their uniqueness. Any ideas you guys have on that are very appreciated!

Also, for the next step in life, school (!), they really need to get prepped for following rules. After months or years of a constant stream of entire dishwashing loads of just cups, we made a rule that they have to put their cup by their name on the mat after they use it. This way they don't get out cup after cup after cup after cup for every separate tiny sip of water they ingest throughout the day. Sadly, they follow this rule better than the rest of us.

Family cup mat idea stolen from my sister-in-law. You saved us, Britt!

Next, they need to be solid on the alphabet. I know some kids are reading when they're 8 months old and stuff, but we're not there yet. We tried an idea that we got from my older son's preschool teacher who taught him when we lived in Florida, which feels like forever and a half ago. The idea is to put the alphabet above their bed so that you can look at it together with them before bed and point at it with a flashlight to quiz them.

Contact paper is my favorite.

Because I'm short and fear ladders, I opted for this under-the-top-bunk version. Then I just point to them, which works because it is not a standard bunkbed so my t-rex arms actually reach.


I wanted to share that one because it's helping them, and it gives me an incentive to go lie down with them and talk one on one for a few minutes at the and of the day. Most days I need that incentive because I reach my noise/human (but mostly kid) interaction tolerance around 7:45 p.m., right before they go to bed and need one-on-one time. 

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Every year at St. Patrick's Day, I think about how one day I want to actually spot a four leaf clover. It's never happened to me, and I'm starting to feel bitter about it. Not really. Really.

But this week, we found a double yolk in our Costco egg pack, so I'm feeling like this is almost as rare as finding a four leaf clover. But you can't press a double yolk into a bookmark. 


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What do you try and make sure your kids know before kindergarten? 

Ever found a double yolk or a four leaf clover? 

Tips for making doing dishes less miserable -- go!

22 comments:

  1. Hey, clicked on your blog from FB. Haven't looked for a while. What a clever idea with the family mat for cups...I've wanted to do something similar but hadn't thought of this. I wrote their names on cups, but that still didn't keep them from putting their cups in the sink and getting a new one! I also finally put the alphabet on the wall by Nate's bed (he's in kindergarten) so we're also practicing each night. Wish I had done it a few years ago! Amazing how our kids are growing up so fast!

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    1. We just used a giant piece of craft paper and contact paper. Do you have a laminator? That would be even better. All of my kids will be in school next year. It is crazy!

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  2. I know they are young but I would ask them if they would like to be in separated classes point out they would only be in different classes recess, lunch after school they will be together. But I don't have kids.

    Yes, to both double yoke and four leaf clovers. Usually young laying chickens my grandma got 30 chicks every spring by summer they produced eggs with double yoke about one a day. Took me 18 yrs to find my 1st four leaf clover.

    Memory foam mat less miserable dishes.

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    1. Yes! The farm ones happen more often. My husband said he thought they scanned the stroe-bought eggs so you don't see them as much there. Good idea on the memory foam!

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  3. Not every child can read by Kindergarten, my son who is a math whiz never really picked up reading until 2nd grade and when he did he just couldn't get enough. What kids need to know before they learn to read is: size, shape, color, opposites, rhythm and rhyme and understanding that letters and words have meaning. So many people think that kids should read by kindergarten but not all kids are ready. So make it fun and do the things our grandmother use to do with their kids. Sing and play! Your on the right track.

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    1. So Friday night living room dance parties can count as educational. I love it!! Thanks for the tips!

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  4. I have a twin (brother but still) - we were always in separate classes until high school and then we had all of the honor classes together. By that time it was fun to be in class together but I'm happy that we weren't in class together before. As it is, people still called me Tim's sister half the time.

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  5. Tips for making doing dishes less miserable: Audiobooks and podcasts! Specifically running related: Born to Run (book), Runner Academy (podcast), and Everyday Runners (podcast).

    (I found a four leaf clover as a kid, pressed it in a book, and then my brother lost it. I was crushed and still am a little bit.)

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  6. I had two girls who were twins in my camp last summer...they went to separate SCHOOLS. I think that separate classrooms might help them develop into their true selves and allow them to be recognized as individuals.

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  7. OOH DOUBLE YOLKS!!!
    Ive never gotten one and they be like a unicorn to me.
    and the classes? Im not much help but my friends have all done separate.

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  8. One time I found not one, but FIVE four leaf clovers! It was on an island of the coast of Maine where my husband's family first settled and where we got married so it's already a super special place. The boys and I were sitting in this little grassy patch and noticed that there were a lot of clover. We started looking and there they all were.

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  9. When our twins were in school, the school insisted on putting them in different classes. I felt that my twins are so different that it really didn't matter. They are interested in totally different things and had a totally different group of friends, but I know that isn't true for others. I say go with your gut, as well as ask them what they think, as someone else suggested. You're the MOM!

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    1. The school said it's optional up to second grade, but if I don't say anything, they'll put them in different classes. I asked them a couple of times, and they've said they want to be together one time and separate another time. Of course!:)

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  10. I've actually found a couple of four leaf clovers in my lifetime. Both were in the soccer field of my grade school, which was, interestingly, named after an Irish saint (St. Malachy) Coincidence? I think not. I've never seen a double yolk egg though - I'd say that's pretty rare!

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  11. I have gotten a couple of double yolk eggs lately, but I'm getting my eggs from a friend with chickens. She said the egg places do scan the eggs before they send them to the store.

    No 4 leaf clover.

    I'm putting my twins in different, but that is because Gabe tends to be so shy and relies on Ozzy quite a bit. Most of that is because Ozzy is so dominate in their relationship. I'm hoping it will make him a little more independent and confident. Plus, even though they do not look alike, they are already teasing people and claiming to be each other... I figure different classes will take that temptation away!

    Make your kids do the dishes!

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  12. I have gotten a couple of double yolk eggs lately, but I'm getting my eggs from a friend with chickens. She said the egg places do scan the eggs before they send them to the store.

    No 4 leaf clover.

    I'm putting my twins in different, but that is because Gabe tends to be so shy and relies on Ozzy quite a bit. Most of that is because Ozzy is so dominate in their relationship. I'm hoping it will make him a little more independent and confident. Plus, even though they do not look alike, they are already teasing people and claiming to be each other... I figure different classes will take that temptation away!

    Make your kids do the dishes!

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  13. I have gotten a couple of double yolk eggs lately, but I'm getting my eggs from a friend with chickens. She said the egg places do scan the eggs before they send them to the store.

    No 4 leaf clover.

    I'm putting my twins in different, but that is because Gabe tends to be so shy and relies on Ozzy quite a bit. Most of that is because Ozzy is so dominate in their relationship. I'm hoping it will make him a little more independent and confident. Plus, even though they do not look alike, they are already teasing people and claiming to be each other... I figure different classes will take that temptation away!

    Make your kids do the dishes!

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  14. I have gotten a couple of double yolk eggs lately, but I'm getting my eggs from a friend with chickens. She said the egg places do scan the eggs before they send them to the store.

    No 4 leaf clover.

    I'm putting my twins in different, but that is because Gabe tends to be so shy and relies on Ozzy quite a bit. Most of that is because Ozzy is so dominate in their relationship. I'm hoping it will make him a little more independent and confident. Plus, even though they do not look alike, they are already teasing people and claiming to be each other... I figure different classes will take that temptation away!

    Make your kids do the dishes!

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  15. I'm so glad you posted this. My girls will be starting kindergarten also and I have no idea if they will allow us to put them in the same class or not. I think it would honestly be best for my Baby B to be separate but I worry that they will miss each other so much. I think identical twins are different in that way. But such a blessing!

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  16. So funny, I found a double yolk egg this week too! And I used to find four leaf clovers all the time... always when I was walking and just happened to look down. Weird but cool :)

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