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1. Madalyn's academic skills in general are that of a 3.5-4 year old. There are a few areas she's weaker in, but generally speaking, her therapists are in agreement that academically, she'd excel in pre-school right now. If only MS had a program.....
2. Watching her try to coordinate songs & dances is hilarious. Puts a big cheesy grin on my face every single time.
3. Her memory is amazing. Just yesterday, I taught her 4 verses to "The Wheels On The Bus" and later in the evening, she remembered and sang the whole thing. She's still hard to understand and her speech is really jumbled, but once I figured out what she was saying, it was amazing to me that she remembered so clearly after having heard it 3-4 times earlier in the day.
1. Zeke is great with academic learning. He can count to 10, and seems to understand that there is a value to those numbers, they are not just "words" he can also do simple mental counting, and can tell you how many of 1, 2, 3 or 4 things there are without needing to count aloud. He is starting to learn letters of the alphabet, he knows E, D, M, Z, A I and K, and can also recognise the words Mummy, Daddy, Zeke, Cat and Bear.
2. He is super-social and loves being around people. He always tries to make friends with everyone and entertain them. He loves to be involved and make people laugh.
3. He gives lovely cuddles and kisses and is very gentle and affectionate He will rub lotion on my belly or kiss someone else's "bump" (boo-boo, owie) better.
1. Ava rocks at puzzles. We got her like 7 new ones for Christmas, ranging from 12 pieces up to 48 pieces, and she has mastered them all.
2. She is advanced with her knowledge- knows numbers up to 25, and can count by 5's and 10's up to 100. She also knows her alphabet, recognizes letters and can write some of them. She does colors, shapes (she busted out with OCTAGON the other day, LOL!), knows the difference between big/small, long/short, stripes/polkadots, ect.
3. She loves to sing, dance and make music and is quite coordinated.
Ben is a thomas the train genius. He has about 50 die cast trains he plays with. He knows all of their names (even the identical twins that have only a subtle difference in their face.) and which tender goes with which train. He knows when he is missing one and won't give up looking until it's found. He literally spends hours a day playing with them. It really puts a smile on my face watch him line them all up over and over.
Ben has made great progress on his speech. He is asking what things are and repeating it when I tell him. He has said a few short sentences. He doesn't speak nearly as well as most of the toddlers here, but he has made significant progress.
Ben taught himself the alphabet. He can identify almost all the letters. He will bring me a letter off the fridge or see one written somewhere and tell me what it is. I did not work with him very much on this at all so he pretty much picked it up by himself.
Adam loves doing puzzles and is great at them.
Adam is a pro and using his iPod touch. He knows what app he wants to play and can find it open it and do whatever he wishes. He can navigate it better than me, it's his favorite toy.
Adam is such a sweet, happy little boy. He loves to snuggle and give kisses. He always has a smile on his face. He is very easy going (unlike his brother). He is so much fun to be around.
Both of my boys are great at sharing. If I hand one of them two items, he will always go give one to his brother without being told. They are very good about sharing toys and have made up their own word for trade (kiki).