Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Which Picture Do You Like Best for Abigail's Dedication?





I really need to turn a picture in by Friday at the latest so let me know which one you like best asap. She is wearing the dress I wore when I was dedicated and the necklace I had one when I was a little baby. She is also wearing a ring Charlie's sister had when she was a little girl, and a bracelet her great grandmother has given her recently. I am VERY sentimental...can you tell? About the only non sentimental thing she has on is the bow from Strasburg Outlet. It is a satin bow and beautiful. She is going to be dedicated on Mother's Day.

6 comments:

Melinda said...

Hi Emily! All are precious of your Abigail! (Though the 4th one will crop exceptionally well for the bulletin.)

I was just reading your homeschool post and thought I'd share some things that I'm doing with Micah. My girls were on the very, very, very active scale, so they taught me a lot about schooling an equally active, plus some, boy.

Here are some things that we are doing now: We are very conversational homeschoolers and have always been. This means that we read a ton and talk, talk, talk about what we've learned. There's a book called Before Five in a Row that is an excellent source of preK ideas, using quality picture books from the library as the source of hands-on learning. Five in a Row (which is currently one of our main curriculums) also supports an active message board so that you can converse with other moms with kids your kids' ages. They even host a special needs board, where moms gain support for all sorts of challenges, including speech issues. You might want to check that out: www.fiarhq.com.

As far as pencil-to-paper schooling, Micah has a small cookie sheet that easily holds a piece of paper. He also has his own crayons, so that he can "draw" and build those fine motor skills. The cookie sheet provides instant boundaries so that his art work is on the paper and not on my table or wall. The cookie sheet is also magnetic so we have all sorts of magnets to play with from letters to cars to dinosaurs. It also provides natural boundaries for the ever important playdough (kids never know that they're not only being creative, they're really fine tuning their fine motor skills with that stuff!) And it's even tall enough that I can put a bit of rice on it so that when the time comes he can practice his letter formation without the frustration of holding a pencil perfectly between lines.

You are already working with Jackson with speech and signing, so I think you are well ahead of any official preK program. You know your child better than anyone and will do a fine job! If in doubt, just pray. God truly prompts me to train my children in very specific ways--ways that no curriculum can even come close.

May this time be a blessing for you, whether you homeschool for one year or ten. :)

Betsy said...

i like the 3rd one! they are all cute though (:

Merritt Pace said...

I love #3 and #4! All are beautiful!

Mommy Reg said...

I think the fourth is the best one. Even though her smiles in all of them are so cute!

Before Five in a Row is an excellent curriculum to look into. We ended up not using it but have used it's methods. I second Melinda on that one.

TeamStutts said...

I like #1

Emily Wallace said...

Melinda thank you so much for all the great resources. I am so excited to try them!

Thank yall all so much for the advice. It is hard to pick a picture you know 2,000 plus people will be looking at. We decided to go with the last picture since it was the clearest. I am ready for a new digital camera but the only problem is mine is not broken...