It’s been not an easy week as far as school is concerned. Anna was simply not cooperating with my well laid plans. At best she simply wanted to play and be left alone. At worst, she was grumpy, whiny and demanded to be entertained. Her only response to What would you like to do? question was invariably Watch a movie. Now, we limit TV at home to 30 min a day, so we had quite a few fights about it. She didn’t want to do anything that she perceived as “work” and generally was getting on our nerves quite a bit. Well, I am used to this ups and downs of parenting a toddler, but I do hope that she gets into more cheerful frame of mind again soon.
We continued our Phonics program from Progressive Phonics. Anna is doing well there… when I can convince her to actually sit down with me and do “reading words”. Sadly, she has been avoiding it as well this week, because this is, after all, work, where she has to apply herself. We are studying s-blends, and there are gazillions of them. She puts a foam sticker on every page we finished, so an unfortunate book is getting fatter and fatter. I also made a fishing game for her with simple sight words. She enjoyed it quite a bit, especially when she managed to get several words at once. I think I will continue to change words from time to time, so novelty of it doesn’t wear off too quickly.
We had some fun with Math this week. I bought for Anna a set of counting erasers and some magnetic numbers some time ago, but yesterday I pulled it out and put it into her box in the kitchen. She was very excited – it’s amazing how much fun a child can have for $1. It didn’t take her any time at all to figure out initial function (erasers), to try them out on markers and pencils, and decide that they stink as erasers, but will work great as play money. I remembered that she got a small purse from her uncle and aunt last Christmas and fished it out from “rejects”. She spent a good hour shopping – all I needed to do was to put out some “food” for her to buy with “prices”. She was counting her money and putting the right amount into the "piggy bank” (container from erasers) without any difficulty at all. I am sure we will be now playing “shopping” for a while.
Prewriting. Anna really enjoys “connect-the-dots” activities. This is the first time we tried an ABC connect-the-dot. She did rather well both in figuring out which letter should be next and drawing straight lines. I tried to engage her in card making activity too, but she was not interested – she just wanted to get some blank cards and pretend to mail them.
Science and Social Studies. Somehow our theme of apples didn’t materialize this week. Instead we read the book about the weather as an extension of our Seasons theme and talked about differences between seasons. It’s a little hard to stay focused on fall, when after a couple of cool days the thermometer returned to upper 80s. We also tried to read Bible stories – read more about that here.
Sports and Music. We were going to Gymboree Music class since Anna was about 15 months old, and it was a very good early experience for Anna. However, the class seems to fall into her window of minimal energy – it starts at 5:30 pm. She is restless, doesn’t listen and keep saying that she wants to go and play in the main Gymboree gym. I told my husband that I want to cancel the class, since it also involved 30 min drive one way. He went with Anna on Monday and came back home convinced that this is the right decision. We might look into another organized activity closer to home or just give her more unscheduled time. She gets enough exercise just running around the table pretending to be a butterfly :)