February 13, 2007

Now we are Five

Just a little post on Matthew's development at Age 5, for those who haven't seen him in a while.

- He knows quite a lot of numbers for a pre-K kid. He can count almost to 100, although he occasionally gets sidetracked ("28, 29, 20!")
- However, his math skills still aren't there. I'll often tell him that he has 10 minutes before bedtime, and he insists "NO! Six minutes!" "Allright, Six, you drive a hard bargain." "YAY!"
- He speaks fairly well, but he pronounces "Yellow" as "LLELLOW"
- Lower case letters are also a problem. He sees his name written as "Matthew" and insists that the lower "a" is a "q". We argue almost every night about this.
- He is currently playing "Kingdom Hearts 2" on my PlayStation2 BY HIMSELF. He knows how to navigate the sub-menus, how to save his game, switch out his weapons, everything. Only occasionally will I be asked to come take care of a Boss.
- His favorite characters are Tow Mater and "Lighting Queen" from CARS.
- I put a mix CD together, with all kinds of random stuff on it, including A Cappella music, and Matthew likes to listen to it in the car. His favorites include :
  • "Spontaneous Human Combustion" by The Bobs (I hope I don't have to explain why he knows the word "Cremation" to his teachers...)
  • "Stuck in the Middle With You" and "Magic Kingdom in the Sky" by Da Vinci's Notebook
  • "Suds in the Bucket" by Sara Evans
  • The "Gravitaion" anime soundtrack with Japanese lyrics. (He sings along phonetically with some of the choruses)
    He knows all these songs by number...as well as the numbers of his favorite songs on OTHER CDs in the car.
    - After his hour of games are over for the day, he breaks out the Memory Cards game. (Flip over two, try to match the pictures.) He usually beats Melissa and I 4 games to 1.
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