Anna is 3 years 3 months old
We have some roses for Valentine day – our bush in the backyard is in bloom. Usually it blooms in January, but this winter was pretty rainy and cold. Of course, Anna’s school theme was Love and Friendship, and our theme at home was Making cards for friends. Not a whole of new things happened here except more experiments with veggie recipes. It was a good decision to sign up for bi-weekly fresh produce delivery – it forces us to eat a lot healthier and adds more new fruits and vegetables to our diet. The sad part is that Anna doesn’t take naps any longer and therefore we don’t have a lot of time together in the evening after work. Still, we had some “school time” together:
Reading. Anna enjoys selecting her own books for independent reading from “early readers” section in the library. Every evening she read me one or two of these books below and a few pages from Progressive Phonics. We have completed Advanced Book #1 from Progressive Phonics this week. Interestingly, she never uses her finger to point to the words she reads – she is able to track the text with her eyes.
Math. We didn’t spend a lot of time on math this week outside of playing games. I am reevaluating our math “not-quite-curriculum” at the moment after I looked at various math books in the store of educational books close to my work. It became clear to me that Anna already knows about 75% of kindergarten material, and they don’t even teach number operations in kindergarten. Like with reading, I don’t want to push her beyond the point when she enjoys the subject. So we are going to slow down and review some stuff that we already know – such as sorting, pattern making, etc.
Science/Social Studies. While the rest of the country is buried under snow, some of our fruit trees are covered in spring white. We had a couple of nature walks this week looking for worms and snails and inspecting all the new flowers. It’s a little hard to explain to Anna how it is that her grandparents are sending her pictures of very snowy New Jersey while the roses are in bloom in our own backyard, but she gets more aware of the size of our country and differences in climates. She actually asked me the other day if we live close to the equator because we don’t have snow :)
Arts & Crafts. The main art subject this week was, of course, making Valentines. Anna tried her hand in cutting hearts, but very quickly decided that she’d rather delegate this to me. We also did our first contact paper craft since I finally got contact paper. Anna was quite fascinated by it and tried to talk me into making “so many cards for all my friends” with contact paper.
Gross Motor Skills. We had another failed dancing class on Tuesday. Anna simply refused to go saying that she is absolutely too tired to make it. I have to admit that 5 pm class is not ideal for a young child who decided that naps are overrated. Instead we were trying to spend some time outside every day – running, climbing, throwing balls and playing. I think our next attempts at organized activities will be swimming classes with papa in the morning.
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