Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Belle's first word 001

Some kids are intellectual.  Some kids retain every bit of information that comes their way.  Maddie, my oldest daughter had her ABC's down by 18 months old, as well as all her colors and a full vocabulary.  Whitney was a whiz with numbers, colors, and also had a huge vocabulary.  With both older girls, I hardly had to motivate them to learn anything…still don't.  I didn't try to potty train them, they did it themselves by 2 1/2.

God gave me Isabelle to realize I am not "Super-Mom".  She never crawled, never slept through the night, didn't potty train until 3 1/2, has no interest in counting, ABC's or learning her name.  She is 100% visual learner.  She also has a huge vocabulary, extraordinary people skills, incredible imagination, and serious creativity when it comes to coloring and outfit designs. 

So, at the end of Belle's preschool last year, I had a conference with Mrs. Derbin.  She said with tears in her eyes, "I love Isabelle.  She is one of the most affectionate kids I have ever known.  I can't wait to get to school every day to see what she is wearing."  On top of that, she said, "Belle has to learn her name by the time she gets in the 4/5 class.  They don't take much time to work on printing names in that class."

Since that meeting, it has been my driving force.  TEACH ISABELLE TO WRITE HER NAME.  In everything we have done this summer, I tried to get her to write her name.  We have been working on I-S-A-B-EL-L-E since last year, but realized this was way too much for her brain and hand to cooperate with.  As the summer has come to a close and the 4/5 class is about to begin, I have gotten sneakier.  I bought finger paint, chalk, let her color on the windows, walls, etc. (Only designated spots).

Finally, today of all days, it paid off.  The name is mastered.  If you're not a Mom or Dad or teacher, you might not understand how I can get teary over B-e-l-l-e.  5 simple letters.

Today was a great day.

Belle's first word 004

7 thoughts on “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

  1. caryn says:

    Tears in my eyes too! Congrats – for you and Belle – she is growing up and you are helping her to learn – the way she needs! You are doing a great job – thanks for sharing!

  2. Sarah Koutz says:

    I wouldn’t call that sneaky, I would call that being a good teacher! Congrats Michelle! Congrats Belle! Give her a huge high five for me.

  3. Kathy Friend says:

    She is stinkin’ adorable! I have an idea! Ya know those tags you can get from fabric stores that say ‘this belongs to’ – they’re probably for camp, but what if Belle wrote her name on those clothes tags, then you could stick ’em in some of her favorite shirts / skirts? Then, she would be wearing an “original outfit by the great clothing designer…Belle!”

  4. Papa says:

    Way to go Belle!
    Papa is very proud of you!
    And momma !

  5. Elizabeth Keim says:

    Yeah Belle!!!! As a 4 and 5 year old preschool teacher I can totally appreciate all the work you both put into this accomplishment. Belle should be VERY proud of herself!!

  6. Melisa says:

    Yay! for both of you. Belle is absolutely adorable and looks well-accomplished. (-:

  7. Patti Harris says:

    Congratulations! Very clever, Mom! Here’s something that I thought of when reading this entry….My neices have paintings of their names made of letters created from brightly colored cartoonish pictures of animals, birds, fish, etc. drawn in the shape of the letters–each letter a different animal, or two put to gether to get the shape. Don’t know if this will ever come in handy, but they’re pretty cool to see. 🙂 Hugs to all, Patti

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