This week was Batman week. Jayne had a blast setting up for this one. He set up all his Batman guys in his classroom and even used them for the alphabet game shown. The preschool pack we used this week is from 1+1+1=1 and was great. Jayne's favorite were the alphabet hunt and the color matching game. We played the matching game like go fish. We definitely have a card player in the making. He is starting to get better about staying in the lines when he colors. As an artist, I am all for thinking outside the lines, but you do have to be capable of staying in the lines. Master the basics then experiment. His handwriting is improving with each week too. He has even been doing more freehand and can write his name without looking at a reference now, if you tell him what letter to write next.
I made him a batman cape as part of the school fun and Adam knitted him a batman mask. He has been wearing them ever since. They instigated an enormous amount of imaginative play. Adam will be relieved when it dies down. People tend to describe Jayne as energetic and he fits that to a T! He also started Cubbies this week at Awanas. He really loved it. He likes his special little vest and work book. Now Cubbies lessons are part of our school routine. Next week we are doing robots. The school year is flying by already!
The Cat Returns is one of my favorite animated films. The end song, Kaze Ni Naru, is one of my favorite parts and gave me the longing to play the ukulele. I found just the uke for me here in Montreal. It is part musical instrument and part souvenir of Quebec. I am not terribly good at it yet, but I am starting to get this song down. Once I have it figured out, I will either attempt to learn the words so I can sing along, or move on to another great song. In the meantime, here is a great cover of the song by someone who has been playing a lot longer than I have.
In Montreal adult coloring books are everywhere. When we came back to the states a couple of months ago I found they were popular here too. I really enjoy them and am very particular about what I pick. I like a lot of fine details mixed with whimsy.
Cats in Paris by Won-Sun Jang is simply beautiful. It begins with a sort of tour of Paris, with cats of course. There is a bit of narrative in this portion as well. The art is beautiful but not quite the page covering design work I personally love. The rest of the book makes up for it though. There are patterns and intri'cat' designs. The artwork throughout is beautifully done and a joy to fill in. I am so happy to be able to while away my quiet moments with this book.