Heidi at Mommy Speech Therapy put together a really nice free downloadable articulation screener. Two pages contain 46 picture prompts. Results are tallied on simple, attractive scoring sheets separated into phoneme organized by age of acquisition. This is definitely a resource worth checking out.
Ava this Week
My little girl is loving preschool. Up until the very last day, Ava protested being left at daycare. She didn't look forward to it and clung to my legs when I dropped her off. She was fine, but she didn't love it. Now, she loves school. She looks forward to going, and doesn't even watch me go when I walk out of her door. The preschool teacher and teacher's assistant in her room are wonderful and do an amazing job of making the children feel welcome in their room. They have a routine in place for the children's arrival which works really well for Ava. She knows exactly what to do when she walks in and looks forward to the routine. I am enjoying watching her do well at school.
Michael is also doing really well in his new pre-kindergarten classroom. I was worried he'd be jealous of Ava moving into "his" old room, but he hasn't worried about it at all. He's much more social this year. He has a group of friends that he enjoys playing with and when they all walk out at the end of their morning they walk out together in a group and head over to me talking all the while. Some of their topics of conversation are... interesting. The waiting area at the school has some benches and one has a memorial on it for a teacher who died a few years ago. Several of the boys are convinced she's buried under the bench and I have to reassure them every day that there isn't a body under their feet. Michael also announced that they've all chosen his future bride. I, shamefully, have forgotten her name. I have been informed that Michael will be getting married to her though. It's fun and rather entertaining to watch the social "skills" of a group of four year olds emerge.
Weekly Weight Loss
I'm down a somewhat inexplicable 1.5 pounds this week. I haven't really done anything different. I'm still walking the calorie/activity tracking path trying to stick pretty closely to my allocated number of calories per day. I'm guessing that "natural variations" in weight just happened to swing in my favor this week. Still, it's encouraging to see things continue to head in the right direction. I'm down about 10 pounds from where I started. Not bad at all.
Weekly Special Event
Our entire household is excitedly anticipating visitors this weekend. My husband's parents are driving into town to see us for an extended weekend. They are wonderful people who adore their grandchildren and are adored in return. We'll spend one day out on the town visiting a children's museum and having lunch out. The agenda for the other two days is still up in the air, but I know we will enjoy their company. I will be taking a blogging hiatus during their visit. I should be back early next week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend too.