It was a light week in our school. Anna didn’t take her naps on most days and then she wasn’t too interested in any academic pursuits in the afternoon (unless watching Sid the Science Kid counts as one). Everyday we watched this show, and I will share my opinions about it in tomorrow post. Otherwise she just wanted to play, and then it was time for dinner, night routine and “early retirement”. On the positive note, I had more time for sleep and for good evenings with my husband. Our guests left on Tuesday, and it was nice to have some 1:1 time in the house again. My husband got this hat for Anna, and he is going to make us witch costumes for Halloween. I am looking forward to this, and Anna gets somewhat excited about the holidays too. Here is what we managed to do this week:
Arts and Crafts – only one project on The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree. I tried a couple of others, but they all ended in frustration on both sides – Anna wasn’t really interested, and I was too tired and preoccupied with work to prepare for them well. Maybe next week is better in this regard.
Phonics – after crawling through S-blends Anna’s interest in reading program rebounded, and she wanted to read several times and for a relatively long time. So we zoomed through R-blends in three days and moved on to L-blends. Anna definitely gets it and her fluency on familiar words improved significantly. She is often able to read a book title without help, but I have to challenge her to do it. She always asks who wrote the book and who drew the pictures, which follows with inevitable question nowadays, Is it a boy or a girl?
Prewriting. I tried to interest Anna in card writing this week – not in real writing, of course, but in drawing something for her friends who also turn 3. Unfortunately, she was not interested in the least, so I scrapped for the time being my planned Post Office Day. She doesn’t care much for drawing yet, she’d rather make squiggles on the paper pretending to write. I am afraid I’d better get those birthday cards out without her participation, and I will see if I can do Post Office day next week. Unlikely – the next three weeks promise to be really busy at work, so I will probably simply have no energy for that.
Math. I tried to introduce worksheet patterns to Anna and failed yet again. In desperation I pulled out her counting erasers and tried to show her: see – apple, banana, apple, banana? Now, pink, yellow, pink, yellow. What’s next? Suddenly, the light dawned, and she said, This is like a cake! And she spent the next 10 minutes or so building pattern towers with her erasers. When the tower fell, she kept saying, Oh no! It broke my pattern. I also introduced the concept of + sign and =sign to her, because it was in one of the books we read. Strangely, this she took very readily, and could do simple additions with her erasers immediately. I guess it helps being bilingual – mathematical signs to her is just another alphabet to learn, just with a lot less symbols :)