Monday, November 10, 2014

Life with Tucker today (5 years, 2 months)

Profile of a 5 year old Tucker
46 pounds (80th percentile), 46" tall (90th percentile)

  • Interests: playing ball, shooting things, making messes
  • Enjoys: playing electronics, reading books, watching TV, taking naps with mommy, drinking chocolate milk, positive encouragement
  • Turn Offs: sandwiches, stopping a movie early, interruptions to the routine
  • Vices: has a terrible sweet tooth, often acts without thinking, is a bit lazy and will sometimes look for ways to get out of work
  • Strengths: feels genuine remorse when he's done wrong, sleeps like a champ - still 10-12 hours at night and a 2 hour nap every other day or so, loves his mommy beyond all reason
Favorites of my five year old
  • Foods: bread, cereal, eggs, applesauce, cooked cabbage, roasted cauliflower
  • Shows/Movie: Wild Kratts, any animated movie
  • Books: anything that we will read to him
  • Toys: Nerf guns, water guns, toy guns (do you see the theme here?)
  • Activities: swim lessons, playing outside, wrestling with Daddy

Development:

  • Physical: Tucker is very cautious when trying new things.  He's still go training wheels on his bike, and after months of swimming lessons, is finally making significant progress.  He's a fast runner, a good climber, has a great throwing arm.
  • Spiritual: He is the one to remind us to read the Bible every night at dinner, and often volunteers to pray.  He remembers much of what we've taught him about Scripture, and in January, we're going to start an organized system of memorizing Scripture that I think he will love.
  • Emotional: When Tucker is happy, he is very happy, and when he is said, he is very sad.  There's rarely an in-between for him, and you never have to guess about how he's feeling.  He is growing more and more in self-control, and thinking about how others feel.
  • Educational: He is a smart little guy, and made a nearly perfect score on his VPK beginning of the year assessment.  He knows all his sounds, and can blend them into words, and can read beginning books, although it's hard work, so he doesn't want to do it for long.  He is now writing his name legibly, although that takes work, too, so he's not a huge fan.  He has an amazing memory, and can recall things people have told him weeks before.  He has an aptitude for math, and can do basic math computations in his head.  I think he will more than prepared for kindergarten next year.
  • Character: Tucker has a clear sense of right and wrong, and likes for things to be "fair."  We talk with him often about how fair isn't everyone getting the same thing, it's everyone getting what they need.  He's beginning to understand and accept that.  He tends toward arguing his point with those in authority....his classic statement is "See, the thing is....."

How 5 year old Tucker is like his... 
mommy - doesn't like to drink the last sip of a drink
daddy - will do anything for a laugh, or to make someone smile

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