As you recall, I plan to actually reduce our preschool activities at home to give Anna more time for free play and to give more time to myself to get things done. Still, I like to have some overview of what we want to accomplish this month.
Phonics – we will move to Intermediate Phonics in Progressive Phonics. I plan to cover three books in Septmeber – th,sh,ch blends, s-blends and r-blends.
Social Studies – we will work on seasons, harvest and trees. It might be a little early here, because some of our trees don’t change at all and others change colors later, but maybe she will understand it better when we get to see autumn colors later in the year.
Reading – we don’t have a predefined program considering that she usually consumes 10-20 books every week. I will definitely get theme-related books from the library, but the rest will be mostly based on our favorite authors – right now Elmer stories by David McKee definitely rule in the house.
Math – I admit I am stumped here. Anna knows numbers from 1 to 10 perfectly well and can count objects well. She is bored with the things I tried for her – transfer activities, placing certain numbers of objects on the board, etc. Where do I go from here? One thing that I really want to make for her this month is a geoboard. I think it’s something that she will really enjoy.
Pre-writing. We will continue “mazes” – that’s how Anna calls her Kumon’s book of tracing. She really gets better with it every day. I will give her a lot of chances to draw and scribble. I also want to make a mailbox for her like the one I’ve seen on No Time for Flashcards. I hope that it will give her desire to write letters and postcards to her grandparents.
Field Trips. I would like to take her to Gilroy Gardens again – she enjoyed it so much first time around. And I would love to go to a farm – the challenge is to convince papa that it’s a good idea :)
Virtues. Friendship – how we make and keep friends. I am glad to see that Anna seems to make progress here, even though she still very much prefers to play by herself. I hope that her preschool will also help her understand the value of friends, and we will focus on books and friendly behavior.