I was pretty sick this week with a nasty cold and just now starting to feel better. Anna was affected as well, but fortunately not as much, and she didn’t skip any school. They learned about construction and did some fun crafts (for example, Bob the Builder hats from paper plates). The weather changed for the worse again – it was foggy and rainy, so we were cooped up indoors and watched a bit more TV than we usually do. In our “new to us” efforts we finally signed up for fresh produce delivery from the local farm coop. Our first box contained oranges, apples, salad, garlic, cabbage and leeks. This made us try a new beef stew with leeks recipe, and Anna was very happy to help me cook. As always, her favorite part is adding spices and mixing. We still continued with our geography, math and reading tracks:
Reading Track hums along. We finished Silent E book of Progressive Phonics, and moved on to “Two Vowels Walking” which proved to be an easier topic for Anna. It’s interesting to see how she combines sight recognition with sounding words out and with trying to guess the word out based on context and picture clues. It’s especially noticeable when she tries to read random books or reads early readers with new vocabulary like this one. Not seasonal, but I just happened to have it on hand.
Math was again about games and practical life. Even though we have tons of worksheet-based books, my daughter is completely not interested in them unless they are mazes or connect-the-dots. We had measurement tools in our math box, sorted beads, measured spices for cooking, counted while playing with balls and built with Legos. Anna loves her Legos and spends some time every day building endless towers and chimneys.
Social Studies. It was our second week of “Earth overview”. Last week Anna didn’t seem very interested but once she realized that some of our track activities include new movies to watch, she really warmed up to it. She actually insists that we need to buy Me on a Map book, because she likes it so much she wants to read it forever and ever. We learned the names of seven continents and we admired the wonders of our planet by watching Earth. And we didn’t forget our human body interest – read about it here.
Fine Motor Skills/Prewriting. Anna got a set of gel pens as a birthday party favor, and she liked drawing with them… for a little bit :) This picture is supposed to be a river with a bridge across it – looking at maps clearly left some sort of an impression. She also did more quick art projects than I expected – a bit of coloring here, a bit of cutting there, and a lot of clean up for one sick and tired mommy.
Gross Motor Skills/Nature. As I mentioned, the weather was not very cooperative this week. You might have noticed a lot of pajama pictures in recent posts – we get Anna into her pajamas for her rest time in the afternoon (in the hopes that it will convince her to sleep), and usually she stays in them in the afternoon if we don’t plan to go out. When we are home Anna loves just to jump around when she is in a good mood or play hide-and-seek. She is always excited when her father blows a balloon for her. At least she got a lot of energy out at her friend’s birthday party. It was in Pump-It-Up, where the kids spent more than an hour bouncing, climbing and sliding.
To see what other preschoolers have been up to this week, visit The Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.