It was a much better week in our school… probably because we did a lot less of it. I tried to go with the flow as much as possible, and have some short activities that Anna enjoys – tracing sheets, connect-the-dots, her counting erasers and tangram puzzle. We also have visitors in the house – a German friend who used to live here came over to visit with his new girlfriend. They will stay with us for one week. It’s great, because Anna gets more exposure to German language. She definitely doesn’t have the same expressive or receptive vocabulary in German as she does in English, but my husband brought some DVDs of Dora the Explorer in German from his August trip, and they watch those episodes together. I can see that Anna’s interest picked up again, and she constantly asks me about different words and asks what they will be in German and in Russian.
Phonics and prewriting. We managed to finally finish S-blends in Progressive Phonics even though I cut down our sessions to three times a week. It’s going well, but Anna always resists on practice pages that go over previous materials, because they are now almost all red (meaning that she is supposed to read the whole page by herself), and seem overwhelming to her. She can read a lot of words now if she is interested – some from sight, some by phonics rules. I am pleased with her progress. She was also very excited when I gave her a tracing sheet for the letter I when we had our ice cream day. She is very interested in forming letters, but still does it more like pictures and ignores my explanations about directions. Oh well, I don’t really plan to pursue it until she is closer to four anyway.
Science and Social Studies. We did a color mixing project, read a lot of fall books and had some interesting conversations about the world around us. I explained to Anna that in the place where we live some trees don’t get bare, and we also don’t get snow. She was very concerned. She said that she would love to get dressed very warmly and play in the snow and see Santa Claus. Maybe we will go to the Sierras this year to fulfill her wish. I admit that it’s nice to start pulling the Santa card in September by reminding her that Santa only comes to the girls and boys who don’t whine and put away their toys cheerfully when asked :)
Arts and Crafts. We did only one small project this week, but Anna brought several completed paintings home from her preschool, and I realized that she’d been quite busy with arts and crafts there. I really like the school, they seem to have a very nice program that is balanced between guided activities and free play. Unfortunately, she couldn’t explain to me how exactly she did those projects, but one appeared to be some sort of experiment with cars or maybe marbles in the paint and another one is a sponge painting. I am really excited that she gets to do all those projects. I quite like them as an experience, but cannot stand the mess at home :)