It was a relaxed week here. Anna was very cheerful, but not really in the mood for sitting down and doing any kind of worksheet activity. So we didn’t do any of that – we had fun learning about dinosaurs instead – by playing, reading, watching Dinosaur Train, building them and acting out stories with them. We even pretended to be them, as you can see from this picture.
Phonics. We didn’t do much in Progressive Phonics this week. Anna got some new bath toys as a belated birthday present from one of her buddies and didn’t want anything to delay her from getting into a bath and playing with them. But I noticed her taking the books that she knows by heart and actually reading them – looking at the words and trying to match them to her memorized version. A couple of times she asked me for help when she wasn’t sure that she is “reading” the right word. She always acts very proud when she finishes the book and, of course, I provide a lot of positive feedback to her.
Math. We played shop a lot. I have set up the prices to make sure that she runs out of money (erasers) before she buys everything in my shop. She was very shocked when it happened. She kept saying that she wants to buy everything in the store. It was a good moment to explain to her that we have the same problem in real life – we only have so much money and that’s why we are not buying everything we like.
Science. This week was all about dinosaurs. Here are the basic facts that Anna really digested – dinosaurs all died out, some were big and some were small, some were predators (as wolves and foxes) and some were leaf eaters (as cows and elephants), and their babies came out of eggs. The only dinosaur name she remembered is T-rex (no big surprise here, I can hardly pronounce them myself). And she began a big fan of Dinosaur Train.
Arts and Crafts. Almost all projects were dinosaur-related. It was a slow start of the week, but we made up for it on Wednesday when we spend about two hours making something. We also did The Art Box activity – I will write about it on Sunday.
Prewriting/Fine Motor Skills. I introduced Anna to sewing using the $1 felt craft kit from Michaels. Anna was extremely fascinated with sewing. Of course she cannot do it yet, but now she is more interested in lacing – especially if it’s done using the same needle and yarn that came with the sewing kit. I didn’t realize how hard sewing it until I watched her being very perplexed with a needle and a thread.