Friday, July 24, 2009


This week we tried a theme week for the first time. Since we went to the ocean last weekend, I figured that we will “pilot” this with an easy “ocean” theme. I went to the library and got a lot of books with various degrees of difficulty. So far we read:

Mr Seahorse Diego Humpback

Curious George Aquarium Kermit the Hermit

We also zoomed through second book in Progressive Phonics for Beginners – sound “e”. I always try to make sure that Anna actually comprehends the words that she is reading. That’s how I found out that she thinks bed is when we are not listening and pen is what we are cooking in. Clearly she is confusing a and e sounds when she hears them out of context. It must be because of the accents in our house – I have lived in US for 15 years now, but nobody would mistake me for a native speaker. At least she is not confused when she reads a word in the context of a sentence like Ted sleeps in a red bed.

We did several projects this week that involved painting, gluing and cutting. We also really tried to do an open-ended yellow paint project. A few people mentioned that it would make more sense to do those art projects in the morning. It would be nice, but I happen to work full time. I leave the house at 6 am and come back at 4:30 pm. So we have to work with the time that we do have. In the mornings Anna goes to preschool twice a week, and lately we had some serious issues with her desire to go. She seems to think that doing projects with mama is way better than doing them at school. She also went to the SF Zoo on Tuesday with papa and another family – is she a lucky girl or what? Anyway, here is what we did this week with arts and crafts:

Open-Ended Yellow Paint #1 Open-Ended Yellow Paint #2

Rainbow Fish Kumon - Let's Cut Paper

Spraying Coffee Filters Coffee Filter Fish

We didn’t do much with math this week. We only connected the dots, fed the fish by giving different fish different number of strawberries and sorted the fish by size:

July22_CountingStrawberries_SM July22_Sorting_SM

To see what others are doing, visit Preschool Corner.


Jolanthe said...

You did a great job this week! For someone who works full-time and is doing stuff after getting home from work you are AMAZING!! :)

And of course it's more fun to do stuff with Mommy! :) Who can blame the girl?

Ticia said...

I'm impressed she's reaidng at all. My boys just weren't ready at her age, and I haven't even tried yet with Princess. She knows her letters and sounds, we'll see what she picks up watching the boys.

Ticia said...

Oh, meant to ask where are you from originally?

Susana said...

I am really impressed by all that you get done after working all day! I love all of the fun art projects you guys did this week. I am going to check out Progressive Phonics more closely this weekend. Great week of learning!!

Kate Hanke said...

Wow, what great projects!

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