Policeman Joe has been part of our lives for over 6 months. It started as a bedtime story that I made up one night, and it has continued every single night since August! Each night after we read a book, we also tell a story where Policeman Joe finds clues, solves mysteries, chases robbers, stops speeders and occasionally has to throw a bad guy in jail (but only until he learns his lesson). Alan and I alternate nights putting Caleb to bed, so Alan quickly became part of this little tradition. Policeman Joe even has a theme song (It's Policeman Joe, don't you know, don't you know...). Lately we've written a few of these stories down and made little books where Caleb colours the pictures and helps lay out the story. I find this hilarious because I never quite know what is going to happen, but I try to pull it all together in the end. I wonder if he'll still ask for Policeman Joe stories when he returns from Fredericton....I hope so.
|Policeman Joe and the Case of the Sunken Pirate Ship|
The other interest of Caleb's that has proven to be very consistent over the past several weeks is drawing pirate ships. Each day when I pick him up from daycare his teacher hands me a large stack of pirate ship drawings. They are very detailed with flags, port holes, always a crows nest and often a cannon that shoots bananas (after the peels have been taken off, of course). I have no idea what to do with this ever growing collection of pirate ships, but for now they all go into a sizeable stack with the best ones making their way onto the fridge!
|One day's work.|
|Fridge-worthy pirate ship, plus pirate with an eye patch.|