Anna is 3 years 1 month old. It was a good week despite the fact that Anna was fighting a cold, and my husband was really sick with it. She still didn’t miss school days and enjoyed the theme of Music. I really like it when she comes home and tells us proudly, See what I learned from my teachers! This is usually a song, an ability to jump on one foot or ability to put on her shoes by herself. This is one of the things that I was hoping for when opting for “out of home” preschool – learning independence. In addition to her preschool learning, we did a lot of things at home this week as well.
Phonics. Just as I was saying on this blog that we will stop Progressive Phonics, Anna jumped back in and wants to do “reading words” every night. She doesn’t fight any more saying that it’s too difficult. In fact, I am amazed with her progress – she reads so many words by sight without having to sound them out any longer. She still struggles a little with me and my, and with words that have short e in it, but overall she is doing fantastic for a 3 year old.
Arts and Crafts. We did a lot of arts and crafts this week – cutting, gluing, finger painting. Anna’s top favorites were finger painting with our new finger painting set, beaded ornaments and creating a Star of David for Hanukkah. She doesn’t like glue lately, so we played a lot with stickers instead – great fine motor exercise for those little hands.
Math was mostly about playing games. I printed this one from The Wonder Years, and we also played our favorite homemade Hug the Kitty game and Hi-Ho Cherri-O. Anna is very interested in clocks, rulers, thermometers and other measuring devices, so we had a lot of discussions about measurements, especially while building with blocks and cooking.
Fine Motor Skills/Prewriting. Anna got Kumon First Book of Mazes as a present for her birthday and wanted to do a few mazes one evening. A few turned out to be about 20, and she did them effortlessly. I am hoping that mazes will become more difficult as the book progresses. She also enjoyed beading ornaments and sorting beads into a pillbox. It was a good practice for her fingers to open and close pillbox compartments and manipulating small beads.
Cooking. We made cookie dough yesterday, and Anna was very involved in every step of the process except cleaning up. She really enjoys helping in the kitchen when I let her do real things. Tasting cookie dough was another big plus. We will make those gingerbread cookies tonight, and next week I plan to make latkes and fried donuts with her – typical Hanukkah dishes.
There was no science or history this week, but a lot of Christmas and Hanukkah books and listening to season music. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, everyone, and enjoy winter celebrations. To see what other preschoolers did this week – see here.