Poor Master Oh Waily, he’s barely received any blogging attention at all. So here is one just for him.
The little Master is nearly fourteen months old and is as wonderful a little boy as you could hope for. He is great to spend time with, being generally a laid back sort of character. The only real blot on his copybook is nappy changing time especially when he is tired. This would be a challenge for a saintly octopus never mind a patience-challenged Mum. It can also turn into an ear-splitter too, which may leave me with a permanent case of tinnitus one day.
Currently he is going through the slapping and hitting phase, which I am trying to combat with the traditional “gentle hands” commentary and examples. I’m not holding my breath on this one for a while though.
Thankfully his front teeth are through now so the biting has reduced down to almost nothing and I am hoping we won’t have a repeat performance once his molars start to erupt.
On the skills front, the little man has been showing a great deal of interest in putting things in and taking things out of containers. Any sort of thing and any form of container will do.
So today I thought I would do a Montessori activity with him that would work with that interest. Simple transfer of objects. In this case it was a set of fuzzy craft balls that I bought for a similar activity with Miss Oh Waily, two plastic containers and our metal tablespoon measure.
But to the wonderful little man’s great credit, he did sit for nearly ten minutes with spoon in hand trying to figure out how I did the moving of balls by spoon. Admittedly it took nearly half that time for him to figure out the correct way of holding the spoon so the balls might, eventually, be coaxed into being picked up.
He managed to get one or two in the spoon by the end of his time, but it was just wonderful to see that depths of concentration. We’ve been missing that around this house for the past couple of months. I think, to my own credit, I might actually have managed to get this skill window right on time. Now I’ve just got to keep it interesting enough.
The other upside to doing spoon transfers with fuzzy balls – when I do finally let him loose on real food with a spoon, I hope to avoid the same display of creative food arts that his big sister managed to produce.
So, that’s what’s happening with Master Oh Waily at the moment.