I think the one of the most difficult parts of summer is finding educational things for Olivia to do that don’t make me want to pull my hair out. We do our writing practice and read and a little math and practice our spelling, but she only gives me 30 -45 minutes at a stretch and that’s only when I pull out my silly voice arsenal. We’re constantly looking for ways to incorporate “education” into every day things. It ain’t easy.
Matt started by having her use the bathroom and get herself dressed (with help) in the morning. Then we moved on to making her own oatmeal. She gets her bowl, gets the oatmeal packets, sets the time on the microwave and stirs it. She’s always so proud of herself and it’s great practice.
After that I decided to take it to the next level. One day I was making mac-and-cheese and she was hovering waiting for it to be done. So I had her help me! She did great!!
The first and most important step is to make sure that you’re still in your pjs at lunch time! That way you know for sure that it’s summer time! (Seriously…doesn’t she look like such a pre-teen? I just can’t get over it!)
The next step is to get out a pot. Now back in the day we used to be able to use a small pot because I was only making one box; now we have to make 3!
Then you put the pot in the sink and fill it with water. She is OBSESSED with water so this was her favorite part!
After that, you have to turn on the stove. With help of course.
The next step is the hardest. Waiting for the water to boil. She decided it was time for a comedy break. She took a carrot and put it in sideways and said “What’s up Doc?” just like Bugs Bunny. Clearly we need less Looney Tunes and more reading!
Once the water was boiling, she poured in the noodles. I couldn’t take a pic though because I was helping. Then she stirred! Very carefully and with expert help.
Now for the second hardest part…waiting for the noodles to cook! We took another carrot break and a “smile for the camera” break. I never get tired of her smile…or her freckles.
After the agonizing wait, it was time to stir in the butter, milk and cheese and use a whisk. This was a new word for her and she kept saying it all day long. “Whisk, whisk, whisk…I used a whisk!”
Finally, it was time to eat! I think her favorite part was her brothers telling her “Thanks for making lunch!” That definitely made her smile.
Here’s to trying new and scary things! I never thought she’d use the stove!! Way to go Olivia!!