Anna is 3 years 2 months old
It was a good week. We managed to accomplish almost all the ongoing goals for this year. We tried something new (new recipes), we spent time outside every day since the weather turned nice and sunny again, we played as a family, and we ate healthier. Alas, I couldn’t find any time to exercise – I am still adjusting to work schedule and dead tired in the evening. Work means getting up at 5:30 am and blogging for the first 30 minutes, then getting ready for work and being in the office at 7 am. I guess I like blogging more than I like exercise, but my convenient excuse is that I don’t want to wake everyone up :) Anna went back to school and enjoys her arts and crafts there. We did other things at home:
Reading and Phonics progress nicely. We have started a pretty complex topic this week – Silent E. Anna still makes some mistakes in silent e words, but the more she reads the more she improves, and she doesn’t get as frustrated with mistakes as she used to get. As additional reading, we tackled another Hillert reader – City Fun. It’s rather long, so we read it for five nights in a row. Anna read other books to herself too – mostly while sitting on the toilet. Obviously, our family is going to have three bathroom readers soon.
We had a lot of fun with math – playing games, discussing calendar and using our math box. Pattern blocks replaced sticks and bottle caps in the math box, and Anna was interested in using them again. Sometimes she used the pattern to build, and sometimes she just built something herself. We also played a lot of word problems that require simple counting – it’s interesting to see how hard it is for her to visualize something in her head instead of using manipulatives. I coached her on how to use available visual props (for example, her fingers or the number of people in the car) to solve these kinds of problems, and then she was doing much better.
Social Studies/Science were “all over the map” this week. Anna’s preschool theme was space, so we talked about solar system. This book is interesting, but it’s for older kids or space enthusiasts. Anna was not really interested in anything beyond sun, moon and Earth. We also talked a lot about maps, but I will do a separate post on that. I also posted about our another foray into human body and nutrition in this post.
Fine Motor Skills/Prewriting. Anna continues to be not interested in writing at home even though on Wednesday she brought home some alphabet worksheet from school where she wrote her name very clearly. She is also not interested in drawing or coloring, but has fun cutting, playing with stickers and making bead necklaces. Playing with Tinkertoys and Baufix also gives a good workout to her little fingers.
Gross motor skills/Nature. It’s a little ironic that the weather became great as soon as it was time for us to head back to work and to school. At least it means that the kids can have their time outside every school day. Once the sun returned, daughter stopped napping again and we were taking her outside on late afternoon – going to the park, rediscovering our backyard, walking around the neighborhood. We also tested the dance class. Unfortunately, that class was not the right fit – the kids were older, and I was not thrilled with the teacher. We’ll keep looking.
To find out what other preschoolers are doing, visit Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.