We had a good week. Looking back, it seems that it was sort of light on any formal schooling. We do some of our academic work during weekends when Anna is not tired, but this weekend was quite busy. She was also more interested in pretend play than in academics. That’s fine with me. I am happy that she is happy and that she is thriving in her preschool. We spent a lot of time this week just hanging out, and we watched Wizard of Oz as a family. It was funny how quickly Anna’s dislike of scarecrows disappeared after she saw Wizard of Oz. Now she has zillions of questions about them. Anyway, here is our week in review:
Phonics. We finished ee book of Progressive Phonics and started oo book. Anna didn’t have a lot of interest this week, and I didn’t push her. She won’t find anything new in oo book anyway – she can read short words that end with o like (no, go, so) for a while, and she also knows quite well that oo makes u: sound. When she is in the mood, she “lets on” her knowledge of many sight words, but she always sounds everything out when prompted and then blends it back into the word.
Math. You might ask: what does this picture have to do with math? In fact, cooking is an excellent math and science activity. We measure, mix, change things, and, of course, we count. Anna had a lot of fun helping papa make these cookies and decorating them. We also found out in the process that she sometimes forgets English names for the numbers over 10 and then switches to German numbers. It’s rather funny, because she uses no other German words otherwise even though she understands the language OK.
Science. Anna’s theme at preschool was Human Body, so we read some books about human bodies. I picked up this book at the library, and Anna was fascinated with shining a flashlight through her fingers and watching red blood inside. She played a lot with her doctor kit and is begging for her own flashlight for her birthday. We also watched a couple of Sid the Science Kid episodes about bones and muscles. Anna used to be afraid of skeletons, but she seems to be a lot more at peace with them this Halloween around. She even asked a very logical question after watching Wizard of Oz – How could Scarecrow move if he doesn’t have a brain? The fact that he didn’t have a skeleton either didn’t quite occur to her, since she never touched a real scarecrow yet.
Arts and Crafts. Anna was in the mood for art projects this week. We did Open-Ended Art projects and attempted coloring with pencils to play out “The Crayon Box That Talked”. She is also making a lot of art projects in school – this is one of them. She was very proud of her owl, and now it’s a member of her puppet theater.