Friday, October 16, 2009

Accomplishments of the Princess

These days, in between Jaan doing real school and Asya learning to talk, I was almost afraid that our middle child would be overlooked. But she hasn't been! First of all, she's not Raia anymore. She's a princess. (The family we stayed with in Lokhvytsia gave her a princess dress, which she loves.) Now that we have gotten that straight, here are a few pictures of her from the past few days.

The princess was very impressed with Dasha's braiding skills. Since she saw that another little girl could braid, she's been constantly twisting her hair and getting frustrated. I promised that I would teach her to do it right, and a few days ago we got around to it:


She has also been obsessed with writing for a while now.  I don't think Jaan went through a stage like this.  Any time Raia gets her hands on a piece of paper, she fills it with "writing."  She knows a few letters, and she adds a lot of scribbles.  However, since she's left handed, she often makes the letters she knows backwards and writes in the wrong direction.  So, to help her and feed her obsession, I've been printing out pages from a special handwriting book for lefties.  She loves it, and she's doing really well with it!

8 comments:

Hu Family said...

a left handed learn to write book?!! I'd be interested in knowing where you find that... Grace is a lefty and I'd rather spare her what I went through!

Baba Julie said...

That is PRECIOUS and SO appropriate!! I had thought about sending her a princess outfit, but I see she already has it!! Just perfect!! Hugs and kisses to all!

Mom said...

Every family needs a princess...particularly a left-handed one.

With much love to the princess and her family....

Nikki said...

This post made me giggle Phyllis! Jenna also entered the 'Princess' and writing phase when she turned 4. This year has been full of 'princess dress' days and lots of letters to friends and family. Enjoy, it's a precious stage.
P.s. I'd also love to see the link for where you printed out the writing pages - I'm sure they'd have exercises for right handed writers?

Phyllis said...

I'm sorry. I should have said that it's a Russian handwriting book. Liz, I'm sure you could make something like it yourself. The main difference from others is that it has the example she's supposed to copy at the end of the line, so that she's writing towards it, rather than covering it with her hand. And there are arrows and little flags everywhere to remind her which direction to go. I've heard that Handwriting Without Tears is really good for left-handed children and preschoolers.

Stephen said...

It sounds like something Oksana from Kiev would give her! But I can only imagine Raia would be the best person to wear it. And like always I am sure she wears it 24/7. Now all she needs is a tiara. Miss you all!

Misty said...

You've left me with a question. If both my husband and I are left handed and my first born is right handed, will I have a similar issue only backward?

I agree with the statement that "every family needs a princess...particularly a left-handed one" (I was the only leftie in my family ;))

Phyllis said...

Misty, I don't think you'll have any problems. I am a rightie who grew up in a left-handed home. :-) I still do various household tasks lefthandedly--the kinds of things that you would never know have a left or right-handed way to do them--but writing wasn't a problem at all. My Mom homeschooled me all the way through, too. Right-handed children don't have the same physical challenges with writing that lefties do: our hands don't cover what we're trying to write and such.