Anna’s theme of the week in preschool was Rainforest, and it tied OK with our geography track even though I still have all those mountain books waiting to be read. We didn’t do too well on our “new to us” commitment this week, but we discovered a new recipe that both my husband and I really liked – Collard Greens with Smoked Ham. Anna was not a big fan. She enjoyed her second dance class – well, at least the first 30 minutes. She was too tired to continue for another 15 minutes – being the youngest (and the only girl in the class – I kid you not!) takes its toll.
Phonics and Reading. Anna’s progress in reading continues to pick up speed, and it’s a little spooky to watch sometimes. If she is interested in the book, she can read it independently from start to finish in one sitting like she did with Snow Day. The main character in the story has the same name as her good friend who unfortunately lives in Germany now, and it was enough to keep her interested in the story. She only needed help with two words in the book which was about 20 pages long, and she definitely comprehends what she reads since she was asking a lot of questions about the story. We went through R-controlled vowels of Progressive Phonics in one week. Usually we spend two weeks on one book, but she just flew through it this time.
Math. We had a lot of fun with our math box and clocks in it. Anna is not the one to do any kind of worksheets, but she continues to love this Wipe Clean Numbers book. It might appear on my blog that she does a lot of learning activities, but we don’t really have a schedule or a lesson plan. She picks what she wants to do or sometimes I suggest an activity. I just place some materials strategically, so she can pick them if she wants to.
Prewriting and Fine Motor Skills. Anna was more interested in drawing and writing this week. Again, I offered her drawing and writing activities, but I didn’t “make” her do them. She likes tracing her hand, but she was not too interested in tracing cookie shapes that I offered her - it’s hard for her to keep them in place. She can write her own name really well when she applies herself. Sometimes we joke that we set her up for success by giving her such an easy name :) She was in love with her “High Five” magazine and is working on making Valentines for her school friends.
Social Studies and Science. We didn’t have a lot of time for our geography track this week, but we wrapped up our ice experiments and learned a lot more about penguins and polar bears. Anna said that the reason why she likes polar bears is because they live in the place where it snows a lot. She made up a lot of stories (she calls them fairy tales) about ice and snow. According to her, the place where the snow never melts is Germany, because we read her a letter from our German friend where she mentioned how much snow they have this year, and how hard it is to drive in he snow.
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