Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

Today my baby girl turned 2 years old!  It really is a little bit of a shock because I definitely still consider her my baby.  I am excited because when Trevor turned two I started 'officially' doing school with him, so it's a little reminder that Mackenzie really is getting to be a big girl!

I took some time today to start my evaluation/goal book for her like I have done for Trevor.  I thought about her strengths and weaknesses and some long and short term goals that I have for her.  I also looked back at some of the academic goals I had written for Trevor for his 2 year old year.  It is neat to see how much information she has soaked up from from being with Trevor and I when we do school.  I honestly have never sat down and tried to teach her any numbers or colors (using legos, or by reading books, etc.) like I did with Trevor when he was a toddler, but none the less she knows quite a bit!

I will share with you some of what I wrote down.  Please bear in mind that none of this is perfect, complete, or set in stone, it is simply what came to my mind today as I wrote.

Purpose Statement:

That Mackenzie would come to love and obey Christ and learn to live (and love!) a life of service to her family, church, and community.

Long Range Goals:
  • Salvation (obviously this is not my doing, but we will teach her with this goal in mind!)
  • Become one who loves to care for others
  • Learn to keep a household
 Specific Academic Goals: (these are what I set for Trevor at age 2)
  • count to ten (she can count to six now, so I'm sure this won't be a problem)
  • count items up to ten
  • sing the ABC song (she mumbles through it now, but it is not clear)
  • recognize the 26 letters
  • identify main colors (she knows many)
  • identify shapes (she only knows circle =)
  •  Strong sense of compassion - (ex. she loves to be motherly to her baby dolls and is sensitive to their 'needs')
  • Good attention span - (ex. she will sit and color for longer than Trevor will even now, she will sit on my lap while I read a chapter book, she sits through church fairly well)
  • Determined, not easily discouraged - (ex. will sit and dump water between two cups or build a tower for an hour, she always wants to figure out how to do things herself)
  • Does not need to be entertained - (ex. I will find her sitting in a room by herself playing...something Trevor still does not do)
  • Diligent worker - (ex. she picks up toys thoroughly, loves to help me when I clean)
  •  I don't want to air her dirty laundry, so I'm not doing to put what I wrote down here.  Suffice it to say that it is nothing uncommon to a two year old =)
General Observations:
  • She has a very keen sense of smell
  • She loves to sing and dance
  • She puts together detailed sentances
  • She likes pretty things and to be pretty and to complement pretty things
  • She loves all things gymnastics...swinging, balancing, hand stands, back walk-overs off of the couch, etc. She seems quite strong for a little 'baby'
  • She LOVES to rest/cuddle.  She still sucks her two fingers and is obsessed with her "ni-night" (blanket).  She is so adorable I hate to break it just yet!

So that's Mackenzie!  I love the girl like crazy and am SO thankful for her!

Happy Birthday Mackenzie!

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  1. Aww...happy birthday, sweet girl! I love your goals and purpose statement! Blessed little girl (and boy) to have such a diligent and loving Mama! :)

    1. Thank you, Candace! I think I leave a lot to be desired, but by God's grace I'm working on it =)

  2. I found you over at the Loving Our Children link-up.

    Happy Birthday to your sweet "baby" girl!! I absolutely love your purpose statement! I love your idea of doing an evaluation/goal book! I never though of that; it seems like a great place to start!!

    Your blog is lovely! I just stared incorporating more classical curriculum into our homeschool!

    1. Thank you! If you've started using more classical ideas, you might be interested in checking out (if you haven't already) my new All Things Classical - Blog Post Index and also my weekly link-up Trivium Tuesdays. You might get some good ideas and encouragement! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment =)

  3. Happy birthday to your sweet baby girl!! That is a terrific list of goals for her growth and training.

    Thanks for linking up. I really like your blog! Liking you on FB!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment and the like on FB =)

  4. Happy Birthday!! My Little One turned 2 April 5th! What great goals!! While I have various goals in mind, I hadn't thought of writing them down. Good idea! I followed you here from The ABC and 123 Show and Tell. Here is our Playschool's latest post:

    1. Thanks for sharing! I'll go check out your blog right now =)

  5. I LOVE this idea! What a great way to keep tabs on what you and your kids are doing well and struggling with.


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