Friday, December 4, 2009


I won’t even name this post The School Corner, since there was very little “school” done this week. It wasn’t an easy week, because of all the transitions. Grandparents left on Tuesday, and Anna misses them. She is still in her anti-crafting phase, and my plans of making cute Christmas crafts meet with pretty strong resistance. I have to remind myself that this too shall pass, and we will have a lot more Decembers together.

Dec1_Grandparents_SMAnna had terrific time with grandparents. I didn’t write a post about the toys she is playing with, because the main attraction of the week was not a particular toy, but the fact that there were two people who showered her with attention and followed her lead. She also picked up some Russian words from them, but her accent is really funny – kind of like mine in English :)


Anna and Babushka did some cooking together. Anna really likes to help in the kitchen, especially when it involves combining things together. She was also very excited about the whole turkey making process last week. She spent a good hour making stuffing and just simply watching my mom working on a turkey. She also enjoyed turkey meat a lot – she is usually not a big meat eater, but she has her moments when she wants to eat nothing but meat. I trust that her body knows what it needs, but apparently it needs sweets all the time.

Phonics are going rather well. We didn’t do anything while my parents were here, but Anna kind of got an idea that she can earn privileges by “reading words”. I am not thrilled about it, but it’s impressive how well she can read intermediate Progressive Phonics books when she applies herself. Her fluency and sight recognition just made another big jump, and she enjoys reading titles of books in the library and in the bookstores.

See Inside Your Body

Science. Anna is still very much fascinated with human body. I took this book a couple of weeks ago, and she keeps returning to it. It’s pretty detailed and targeted towards older audience, but she loves opening the flaps and looking at different things inside. She was super-excited to visit her pedi this week for a 3 year check-up and didn’t even mind the shot. My husband said that she peppered her doctor with questions about everything in the office and gave him a lecture about how her heart and lungs work. Ironically, she is close to being overweight judging from her body mass. She is 20% in height and 50% in weight. Time for a growth spurt, baby!


Arts and crafts continue to be a struggle at home. The best thing to get Anna to switch into more creative mood is for me to sit down and start coloring or gluing with her. Even then she is very tepid about these activities, but I am still hoping to get an Advent coloring page and a story as a memory from Christmas 2009. We haven’t made any progress on my other craft ideas this week.

To see what other toddlers are doing, visit Preschool Corner.


Debbie said...

What a great week. Anna had so much fun with her grandparents. I love the picture of her with both of them and also the picture of her helping her grandma in the kitchen!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

She may not be into crafting, but she definitely did the most important thing - had fun and enjoyed her time with her grandparents! It sounds like she really soaked up all the attention and probably learned A LOT just by helping in the kitchen. Love the pictures of her with your parents!

Susana said...

I am glad Anna had such a great time with her grandparents and hope she adjusts to them being gone.

What a sweet picture in the kitchen together.

You had a special week with your parents and I'm glad you all had this time together!

Ticia said...

That is a great shot of her cooking with her babushka, and I'm going to have to find that book. A month and a half later my boys are still asking for books about bones and people all the time at the library. Maybe they can join Anna and open a clinic together someday.

MaryAnne said...

I was the only kid in my family who ever cared for crafts at all - it's definitely a personality thing. How nice that she had such a good time with your parents, and picked up some Russian too! I always dread the weeks after grandparent visits - such an adjustment, and they are missing the grandparents so much (as am I!)

Mom and Kiddo said...

I find my son also does more art when I sit down with him.

Jolanthe said...

I know what you mean about kids doing more art when you sit down with them ~ the same goes in our house, especially with the younger ones. :)

But really...coloring with crayons is rather relaxing... :)