A Successful “Clean up” – Pookie Moment of the Week

If you’ve ever been to a children’s sing-along, you know that the singer usually will pass out various fun props throughout the class. It usually starts with musical instruments like shakers, maracas and bells, and then we put those away, sing the “clean up” song and make way for the puppets, then the dreaded sticks and finally the colorful scarves. This is all great unless you have a child who very quickly becomes attached to each item and absolutely does not want to give them up. I have always watched other children give the items back like it’s nothing when it’s time to “clean up” while I’m stressing out and struggling to get Pookie to let go of the items.

Well, this week, Pookie made me so incredibly proud. During our weekly sing-along with Miss Annie, it was time to “clean up” the musical instruments (these are the most difficult to give back!), and I simply told him, “Go put those shakers into the box,” and I saw the gears in his head turning as he put one shaker into the box, looked at me, and then put the other shaker in the box. OMG! I couldn’t believe it! It was that easy! Because it wasn’t about “giving up” a toy that he was enjoying, but about following an instruction and helping out, he was happy to do it.

This was without a doubt Pookie’s Moment of the Week. I unfortunately don’t have a picture of the moment, but here’s a pic of him with the cow puppet on his hand and a video of him walking a toy puppy and crying whenever the puppy fell over on its side.

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Two Buddies in a Choo-Choo – Pookie Moment of the Week

Running into Oscar again was Pookie’s Moment of the Week! Oscar is just the sweetest little 16-month-old who we’ve met with his nanny three times randomly. First at a sing-along, then at Little People Party and this week in the choo-choo train at East River State Park. They had a great time sitting in the wooden train car chatting it up. Well, you know, babbling and occasionally squealing and pointing out helicopters. Pookie loves him so much, and so this was the highlight of the week.

A New Sing-Along

 

Pookie and I tried a new sing-along today, and overall, it was a great experience. It was at Flying Squirrel, this great Greenpoint kids store with new and used clothes and toys. We’ve been to several sing-alongs by now, and I think this one by Teacher Eric has been the best so far. Pookie has been overwhelmed by sing-alongs in the past, whether the space was too small and too crowded or the program was too fast-paced. Teacher Eric speaks slowly, doesn’t rush from song to song and actually introduces each song before he sings it. He sings songs like “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “You Are My Sunshine”, as well as some of his own compositions. The babies were captivated! And while Pookie usually faceplants into my lap during frenetic sing-alongs, at this one, he was relaxed and making friends. Then all hell broke loose when he saw Teacher Eric’s phone, had to have it, wasn’t allowed to have it and started flipping out.