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Being in preschool at AAI, Canaan was able to participate in his very first Spirit Week. Being the extroverted, up for anything little boy that he is, he loved it all! He really loved that he and I both got to dress in similar ways. There was crazy hair day, twin day, nerd day, team color day and more. He also really loved walking to school with his crazy hair because he got to much attention from passersby on the street. He often tells me that he loves when people laugh because of him. On the l...

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Canaan started asking for a dinosaur party at least six months before his birthday. When I started poking around I discovered it was a fantastically easy theme to do. He and I had fun looking at pictures and planning what things he would like. It was a beautiful morning and with lots of prep ahead of time, things came together easily the day of. Canaan had a fantastic time with friends, running around in his dinosaur mask and more. He especially liked playing the Dinosaur Stomp (like musical cha...

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Blog fail. In doing some photo organization I came across these pictures back from Canaan's preschool graduation - in June 2014. Woops.   So for my records, Canaan had a lovely preschool graduation, complete with a show in which he acted as a monkey in a story, a foam grad cap, and the chance to tell the microphone what preschool he was graduating to. His sister was excited to celebrate with him and the family went out for Corfu ice cream after to celebrate. We were proud of this little guy...

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Canaan had his Christmas program with the Early Childhood program. Kinder and pre-k have been practicing all year for this and our little guy comes home singing both his songs and the kinder songs. He was beyond excited to perform and very proud of his part in it all. Eden threw an absolute sob-fest the morning of his program because she wanted to go so bad. But she had her own upcoming program to practice for. Canaan was all smiles and performance and surprised me with how on beat he was when t...

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Canaan started preschool 4 on September 1st. (And I started my 4th year at AAI, my first year as Department Chair). He was thrilled to be going to "mommy's school" and excited to visit his classroom. He had met "Miss M" the week before and was a little shy but excited to get to know her. He particularly enjoyed reconnecting with Martina and Lorenzo (from Allouette) in his class. He was talkative and independent, had no trouble separating and only gave us trouble because he wanted to stay when it...

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At four we took the safety lock off of Canaan's door and he now has the freedom to come and go from his room.  This led to some really short naps which led to some further training on his new freedoms.  But we've got it down pretty good now.  He wakes up around 5:45 and quietly goes downstairs by himself.  He colors or plays out at his yellow table until the rest of us emerge from getting ready, around 7am.  If he wakes from his nap and Eden is still asleep, he also know...

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Recently the kids have taken to saying, "Excuse me, NO! Eden" (and vice versa) whenever they don't like what the other one says.  They've been told this is unkind so they think as long as they use a funny word it's allowed.  Yesterday bickering in the car degenerated to this:   Canaan:  "Excuse me, NO! cupcake" Eden:  "Excuse me, NO! pastel"   This went round about four times and then they started bickering about who was cupcake and who was pastel.  Please remi...

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Despite creative, pinterest-inspired activities, Canaan has shown little interest in letters and writing.  I haven't pushed it since he still has lots of time to learn it and he's excited about so many other things!  But a few weeks ago during his solo play time after Eden goes to sleep I just wrote his name on a paper and let him know if he wanted to copy it he could.  He sat by himself at the table and worked.  Here are his first attempts at his name.  For some reason ...

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Canaan's birthday party this year had a pizza theme.  I try to stay as far away from movie characters and other popular themes, particularly since our little guy barely watches tv.  His dad came up with the pizza idea and Canaan was sold ... as long as he got a cupcake at some point.     What seemed like a really simple theme turned less than simple when we realized that we either had to invite his whole preschool class or none at all.  So we invited them all and then di...

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Dear Canaan,   My sweet boy, the little guy who turned me into a mom, you turned four this past week.  I can't believe how quick you are growing up and how before I know it you'll be going to school with me every day.     Celebrating your life is very important to me because you are one of two very special gifts God gave to your dad and I!  We talk about your birthday for months before hand.  What started as a request from you for a "vanilla cupcake and a cracker" f...

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