M is really good at gross motor skill stuff. She climbed a commando rope ladder thing at 18 months. I remember because I was 6 months pregnant with A and very cautiously climbed up after her. @_@ She ran and jumped and cycled quite early. But fine motorskills- drawing, using chopsticks, beadwork, writing- have all taken her some time to master. I'm pretty laidback and haven't pushed her but since she started kinder she sees what the kids around her are doing and these last few months have been a bit rough on her. She wants to draw well but she just couldn't do it to her own expectations. And then BANG! In the last couple of weeks she has caught the drawing bug. Every morning before kinder, every evening after kinder, sneakily after bathtime if she can get away with it, there she is with her paper and crayons drawing, drawing, drawing. Today she wanted to label her picture (her teacher labels their pictures at kinder) and asked me how to spell the words. And she wrote them all by herself!!
Here's the masterpiece:
The funny hat shaped things are hearts, from the left it says Mary (her middle name and the name she gave the flower on the left), sun, mouse, Davy (the name of the flower on the right- no idea why), Meg, (with the long hair and bows on her dress) Mum, (in pink with short hair) Dad, (no dress because boys aren't allowed) Amy, (long hair but not as long as Meg) and finally banana. There're also pictures of a strawberry, some blueberries, a pineapple, some cherries and an orange in there. We need to work on the importance of the order of the letters and the English is a horizontal language thing, but I'm so happy for her.
She insisted on the photo as I usually hang her artwork downstairs and she wanted this one in her room so the photo was for me to look at. :)
And just so A doesn't feel left out here's A with her playdough swimming pool. Mean old mummy wanted her to go outside before she filled it with water.
The funny look on her face? I asked her to smile. I think I'll go back to unposed shots!!