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 =)
 Strengths:
  •  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)
Weaknesses:
  •  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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9 comments:

  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! :)

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

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  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!

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    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 =)

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  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!

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

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  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: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/enchanted-childhood-playschool-april_21.html

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

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  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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