Oct 9th – Weekend activity

Saturday: We missed the Yoga class this weekend due to another traffic jam on the Rock Creek Park. Ah, well ..next time. I made a metal note to my self that we should leave in dawn. Therefore, we decided to return back home and after Stella’s nap and my 2pm conf call I went to wake Stella up. The drama came from nowhere: no pants were comfortable enough for Stella to sit (she will test each one of them). Even the one that passed “the confi-test” couple of hours ago,  did not work anymore. After 5th pants and Dad’s intervention I had about enough, ditched all the free choice strategy and decide to go with cute pair of jeans. As you can imagine, this was followed by hysterical scene. In order to calm Stella down I decided it was time for Stella, Asha and I to take a walk. And there we went for dog walk. First 10 min were pretty miserable but then I pointed to Magnolia tree and how the seeds are now red and falling out and the rest of our walk we end up collecting “material” (seeds, leaves, flowers and berries) for our Project. More on the final outcome of the  project on Sunday. The day finished by reading Zmaja Jogu.  🙂 (Stella je kumovala novom imenu za Zmaja Jovu) .


(1) In the morning we made a tent. Tent became a plane after some time, with cookies, books and a bear as a 1st class passenger.

(2) Then Dad and Stella worked in the garden

3) Finally Stella and I completed our Project from yesterday. Here is the outcome

The day finished with Veera’s Birthday party. It was a good day overall

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Saturday, 1 Oct, 2011

Stella worked with clay. I made a sun and the she did the same. Here are the results. I found  working with clay very peaceful and relaxing and Stella enjoyed it too. She wanted to do it again next day.

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Back to School

Tomorrow is the 1st day of school!!

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Stella – Learning Thai and Well manners

Wan, our Thai au pair is teaching Stella some Thai:


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May 24th, 2011 – Class with Dr. Renee

Erwan and I took the class with Dr. Renee today. Very useful as always. Couple of things to remember:

  1. Turn off the TV even if you think your child is not watching. It is still a background noise that the child needs to tune out in order to concentrate on something else she/he is doing.  It also creates a negative habit to ignore surrounding sounds in order to complete the task currently doing.
  2. There is no TV that will benefit a child before at least 2 years old. Period.
  3. Scaffolding: Parent should guide the child with questions when solving the problem but not providing answers for him. Let the child struggle to figure out himself. Less talk is better.
  4. Describe if something is done well (“You work hard to complete this puzzle) rather then label it (i.e. “God job”)
  5. For 20 min each day engage in Floor Play – Let the child lead, play by his rules
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Stella’s Morning Procedure

Stella’s morning routine

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This blog will be my daughter Stella’s journal. Erwan and I will try to follow her activities trough pictures and stories

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