Anna is 3 years 1 month old.
Anna’s school is busy celebrating winter holidays. Her favorite school project was a bracelet with jingle bells. She is playing with it at home a lot singing Jingle Bells at the top of her lungs. Our art board at home is full of artwork – some made in school, some made at home. I’d say that at the moment we are all “crafted out” – Anna practically threw a fit today at my suggestion to make something. It’s a busy time of the year with other obligations as well – this week it was a birthday party for her classmate, and a cookie decoration party, but she has fun and takes it in stride. We still had time for a little bit of academics this week:
Reading. We continue our Progressive Phonics program, and Anna is breezing through Intermediate books. We are now in book 10 of Intermediate series, and she actually asks to do it every day. I am starting to introduce some early readers here. Anna liked Margaret Hillert stories on Starfall, and she was able to read this version of The Three Bears by herself. I was somewhat surprised, because Hillert books based on high frequency words, not on phonic words, and still she only had difficulty with the word something. I am very proud of her progress.
Math & Logic. I want to be honest – from what I can tell, Anna is above average as far as math is concerned. Probably genetics is somewhat at play here – both myself and my husband always did very well in math and logic. That’s why I introduced this workbook for Gifted and Talented to Anna – to find something that will challenge her without going a couple of grades higher in math. We are not doing Writing Part of this book, since she is not ready with her writing skills yet, and any kind of writing/drawing assignment frustrates her. But logical tasks entertain her. It’s interesting that she easily does the pages that I thought would be challenging for her and sometimes stumped on easier pages, for example on identifying what is missing from the previous page. It’s strange, because she has very strong observation skills in real life and notices minor changes in her environment right away. I can see us playing more memory games to reinforce these skills.
Prewriting. Prewriting was mostly crafts with some worksheets that she chose to do on her own. We are not really focusing on it the way we focus on reading – my three year old is not really interested in coloring or drawing except when we eat out on Sunday morning. It’s a family restaurant, so she gets those coloring sheets and crayons. Lately she is more interested in drawing or coloring herself rather than asking one of us to draw something for her.
Arts and Crafts. As I mentioned, between her preschool and home, we had a lot of arts and crafts happening lately. Our favorite project of the week was decorating our Christmas tree, but we did other things that involved paint, playdoh, stickers, markers, etc. We also baked and decorated cookies twice – once at home and once at cookie decoration party.
Social Studies/History. We read a lot of Christmas books. Some of them were about first Christmas and we talked about Jesus Christ and Christian religion. I think that Anna is still utterly confused as to why His birth is celebrated as such a big deal. The notion that God sent His Son to Mary, and then Mary gave birth to a child who was human, but very special brought forth a lot of why and how questions. We also discussed that people celebrate Christmas for other reasons as well – for example to mark the time of the longest night and celebrate the nature cycles or just to focus on family and on giving to others like we do.
To see what others did this week, see Preschool Corner.