It was a very rainy week. In our sheltered Silicon Valley rain is called “a winter storm”. Anna was disappointed that she didn’t have a recess time in her preschool, usually they play outside every day for an hour or so. Their theme of the week was “transportation”. Our theme of the week at home was “Arctic and Antarctica”, since she was very interested in polar bears after watching Earth. I will write more about it in my geography post on Sunday. We did well on our “New to us” commitment – we had our first theater experience this week. Anna also had two playdates with her favorite friend and her dance class, so it was a rather full week for all of us.
Reading and Phonics. We finished “Two Vowels Walking” in Progressive Phonics. She also read a couple of books to me including this sweet book. It has a lot of repetition, and I only had to help her with a couple of words. It raises her confidence a lot when she is able to read “real books” by herself, and she usually spends her “play by yourself” time by looking at her books and trying to read them.
Math. We are having a lot of fun with math lately – a lot of concepts just fall in place naturally for her especially when we play with our Math box items. Anna is good at seeing patterns not just in math, but generally in the world around her. She enjoys activities that involve sorting, grouping and visual discrimination, and she loves board games. MiniLuk is still going strong, but we are almost through the three books we had. I am planning to put together a couple of my own MiniLuk challenges for her shortly.
Social Studies and Science. We were visiting Arctic and Antarctica in our geography track this week. Anna enjoyed ice experiments, and we read some books about penguins and polar bears. We also watched Earth episode about Ice Worlds, and Anna had a lot of questions about penguins based on this episode. Interestingly, she thinks that a lot of baby penguins can come out of one egg, because it is so big and she was not open to my attempts to “enlighten” her.
Fine Motor Skills and Prewriting. I looked for any evidence of arts and crafts in my picture folder from this week, but could barely find any. It was a slow week for fine motor skills. I printed out a few printables from Making Learning Fun for polar bear theme, but Anna was not interested in them at all – she only did connect-the-dots and a tangram. We also did a quick and fun sticker StArt project for one of our favorite books of the week – Missing Math.
Gross motor skills/Nature. As I mentioned before, it was pouring all week here. Once or twice Anna insisted on going outside and returned properly soaked. She compensated by chasing me or her father around the living room every night shouting gleefully, Run faster! It’s good exercise! We also tried another dancing class, and we both liked it. The class turned out to be quite exhausting for her though – she was in bed in record time at 7 pm in the evening :)
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