This week was rather productive. Anna was in a good mood most of the time, and a joy to be with. She loves her preschool a lot now and brings home many interesting crafts of “messy glittery kind”. When I ask her, What was your favorite part of school today, she usually says, I can’t choose, they were all good! That’s what I like to hear, and it also cracks me up that she wants to play school so much at home. We have circle time that is led by her, sharing time, snack time, etc. Since she does so many projects at school, she was quite content spending a lot of time playing or doing various “academic” activities. Here is what we did:
Phonics: Anna’s interest in independent reading is definitely on the rise. We zoomed through L-blends in Progressive Phonics and proceeded to the first vowel blend ee. She picked the new sound combination very easily and we are half way through ee-book by now. When we read the books with short text on the page, she really tries to match my reading to the words on the page and often asks questions about different words. It’s also hilarious to hear her talking to herself saying, step – the S says sss and the T says tuh and together they say stuh. For whatever reason the Progressive Phonics method really works for her, and I am very happy about her progress.
Math: Most math happens naturally when we are talking about something. Anna likes to count objects just for fun, and her 1:1 correspondence is pretty good when she applies herself. I picked up this preschool math book in Target $1 section some time ago, and we do a page or two a week. Anna’s logic is pretty funny – she first circles the objects, then she starts making up stories about them. The first set was “trapped” in their circles, and so she drew a ladder to get them out. Then she saw trains in the second set, and suddenly everything on the page became a car for that train. I like how her imagination carries her quite far away from where she started.
Prewriting: Anna likes to draw letters more than she likes to draw pictures. She likes her Write-and-Wipe books a lot, I will write about them in a separate post next week. She did a few prewriting tracing sheets, but again she didn’t really try hard with those. Very quickly her tracings turned into some sort of creative drawing/scribbling. I am enjoying this, because I don’t really have any agenda in writing at this point, it’s all just good exercise for those cute little fingers.
Field Trips: Anna was lucky to have some fun adventures this week. We went to Gilroy Gardens on Saturday, and she went to San Jose Children Discovery Museum with the same crew (minus myself) yesterday. She said that the best part of the museum was playing with balls in the wind tunnel, but unfortunately papa left his camera at home.
Science was presented to us by Sid the Science Kid. I wrote a big critical post of it last Saturday, but Anna loves the show. I am warming up to it slowly as well, especially after my daughter informed me that turning food into poop would be irreversible change.
Arts and Crafts picked up later in the week, and we actually had two pleasant creative hours on Wednesday and Thursday. We painted in fall colors on Wednesday, and on Thursday we got out the new leaf hole puncher. Anna still doesn’t have strength to punch, but at least she can insert the paper into the puncher. This activity entertained her for a while, and then she had fun just cutting and gluing construction paper together. The leaves were not glued. She called them her baby leaves and said that she is going to get parents from outside tomorrow.
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