Friday, November 20, 2009

Nov18_Cat_SM 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 hNov17_PlayShop_SMer.

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 DinosNov18_TRexaur 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.

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Kim said...

Great money activity!

MaryAnne said...

I really like the picture of Anna being a dinosaur - looks like she really got into it!

Also, your store idea is such a great way to teach about money, thanks for sharing it!

Debbie said...

I love all the pictures of Anna, she is so sweet!

Selena and I need to play store, I think she would enjoy it.

It's neat to see our children reading the memorized books, and trying so hard to get every word in. Selena doesn't do that much anymore, she desires the books she doesn't know, but refuses a whole lot of help.

Anna had a great week especially with the dinosaurs!

Cindy said...

I loved the way you set up the store that Anna couldn't buy everything. Great teachable moment.

I need to get Drew a little sewing activity. We made a popcorn chain yesterday and he loved it but I only had real needles so I wouldn't let him do much.

Julie said...

I love the shop idea! What a great way to teach math and also the whole concept of not being able to buy everything you want. I have a child who is having a tough time understanding that concept so I may be setting up my own shop in the very near future!

Ticia said...

LOVE the picture of Anna as a dinosaur.
I keep wanting to get a learn to sew kit for my kids, but haven't seen one yet that wasn't hugely girly or a project I thought was just plain silly.

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Valerie said...

Anna looks like she is having such a great time learning. What fun activities you two have been up to lately!

Felicia said...

Cute stuff! I like her dinosaur painting. We played grocery store last week and the kids had a great time. It is fun to make believe with them!:)

Eva said...

I really like the shop and sewing activities :) I think I'll try them out with my daughter when she's a little older :)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

So cute how she is such a shopper. :) Great idea for explaining why we can't always buy everything we want too. I like the sewing activity too. M also likes using a needle to "sew" or string beads. Love the dinosaur picture!

SkylarKD said...

I love your eraser lesson while playing shop! It's a hard lesson that we can't always buy everything we want! ;)