Josie age at 5

Josie is a joyful 5 year old, full of ideas, plans and thoughts about her house, life and day. She is a big planner like her parents. Her teachers regularly comment on it. She’s always thinking ahead to what she wants to do next, what might be coming up and the next meal. She revels in the anticipation of fun future things to come and also does a bit of stressing about things that she’s less sure about. We finally just had her birthday party and she decided a lot of those plans, from the theme (rainbows) to the food (chocolate dipped strawberries were requested) and the guests (friends from the neighborhood plus all the girls from school).

She adores playing with her friends and going to school. She gets along well with all the kids although she’s playing with the girls mostly as is typical for this age. She loves to do the daily projects and her special days. I just got to go to her last special day for the year (5 total) and help out the class and see how they’re all doing. They were a cuddly bunch of kids and I enjoyed the morning thoroughly. Josie said her favorite part of the day was the movement songs, she has picked up on a loophole in their rules. Apparently ‘take me out to the ballgame’ is considered a very short movement song, so that if you pick it first, you get to choose a second song as well. The only time Josie doesn’t want to go to school is if she’d rather be hanging out with me and Celia instead and do what we’re doing. She’d prefer it if we didn’t ever do anything fun on the mornings she’s in school.

We’ve just had two visits to the elementary school she will be attending in the fall as well. Josie was excited to see the friends she already knows at those events and hang out with them. She didn’t have too much else to say about the school, except that she got spit on by a frog (in a puppet show).

Josie continues her gymnastics lessons every week and she’s always improving. She’s gotten considerably braver on the balance beam and will try out the steps without insisting on holding onto her teacher, including going sideways and backwards. Her handstands and cartwheels are still a work in progress, but she will nail them with great form at each practice a few times. She really enjoys them although she still asks about ballet class from time to time.

Most of her friends right now are from school. Sadly we’ll have to leave the majority of them behind going to elementary school but she’ll still get to hang out with Bronwyn and Sophie who are some of our closest family friends right now. We’ll see who’s in her class next year during the summer, but hopefully we’ll enjoy making some closer friends with people who live conveniently close by for easy playdates.

Josie’s default quiet activity at home now is often art. She got a ton of supplies for her birthday and enjoys everything from sticker mosaics, to painting, drawing and stamping. She likes to copy projects they’ve done at school, or even ones she seems on the wall at other places we visit, like Hardy elementary. She’ll often add onto the basic ideas given to her and make them her own. Right now she’s on a flower drawing kick. They all have smiles and two green leaves on a stem.

Every afternoon I continue to work with Josie on reading and school skills. Right now we’re working through reading a clock, reading books/words in general and basic arithmetic. She can read an amazing number of words right now, and even the whole book of ‘Go Dog Go’. Currently we’ve just gone over the soft ‘C’ and ‘G’ sounds after finishing up the long vowel sounds. She’s starting to read in the world around her but isn’t showing anything at school apparently yet. She likes to do mazes, puzzles and she’s shown interest in my sudoku puzzles too so I’m trying to explain those.

All in all Josie has been a great kid and big sister. While she’s often parroting my instructions to her sister as if she’s the one in charge, she is just trying to steer her straight and help things work out. She’s willing to pitch in often and does her chores with some obligatory griping. I generally try to have her help out twice a day with something, she’s often stuffing the cloth diapers, emptying the dishwasher, picking up toys, feeding the cats, bagging up the recycling or scooping the cat litter. I continue to be amazed at how fast she’s growing, how much she’s learning and how she’s maturing. Thankfully she still loves to hold my hand at night before falling asleep and also while walking down the street.

  • Size/weight: 6, 45.75″ tall, 43.5 lbs
  • Favorite foods: cheese, pasta, dessert
  • Favorite toy: art supplies
  • Favorite book: Buddha at Bedtime
  • Favorite activity: playing with her friends, pretend games
  • Sleeping: bedtime ~8; gets up about 6:30
  • New skill: gymnastics tricks like cartwheels, handstands have gotten quite strong
  • Teeth: holding steady with all 20
  • Literacy: reading most short words, understanding long and short vowels


Josie at Magnolia

Looking down Josie on the chair Jumping Josie


One Response to “Josie age at 5”

  1. Pama Says:

    Josie is a wonderful little girl. Such a pleasure….

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