Friday, February 12, 2010

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 :)

Feb10_ContactPaper_SM 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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Whoz Your Doula said...

My 3 1/2 year old gave up napping about a year ago. Way to soon for her mama that needed some personal time while the older children do individual reading. She is also a dance school drop-out.

Annette said...

We still nap...but due to the length, it's still hard to get crafts done with dinner and such after school.

Lovely tree!!

Kim said...

Aack, just lost my first comment. I hope it doesn't show up on your page. Anyway, wow, roses. How nice!
Have you tried the Family Math books with Anna? They're supposed to be fun math games for kids. We're going to try the one for young children after we move. I haven't bought it yet, but maybe it would keep Anna engaged in the idea of math, at least?
Sorry about the dancing. Crumpet's karate class is at 4:45pm and that is quite a difficult time. Fortunately, I can often get him to nap on karate days, but if I can't, class is pretty painful...At least you could get outside to exercise.

Cindy said...

The pic of Anna by the rose bush is beautiful. Johnsie gave up naps over a yr ago but now he is to bed nice and early. Gives me some mom time at night.

MaryAnne said...

I am jealous of your roses and spring blooms! My kids are in love with contact paper, too - so much so, in fact, that we are out of it at the moment. I need to buy more!

Debbie said...

We have things blooming here too, but they are not suppose to be blooming, so that is not a good thing.

Sorry to hear about the dance. Selena goes back and forth on the naps. She hasn't decided yet if she is going to give them up totally just yet.

I am glad to hear that she continues to thrive in reading and is doing so well in math.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Naps are pretty essential in our house - I'm not sure any of us would survive the day without them :)

Ticia said...

I think my favorite pics from this post is the first one of Anna by the tree and the one of the trees in bloom. It's pretty.
And my kids still show very little interest in patterns. I'm sure I'll be going back to that sometime soon.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I am so envious of your gorgeous foliage. We are snow-buried here.

Afternoon classes don't work for us, either. Tornado Boy doesn't nap anymore, but trying to get his attention after about 2 o'clock is a lost cause!

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Brandie said...

Have you considered giving her "quiet time" in her room with books in lieu of nap. I know my three year old is inching closely on losing nap because the only way she'll take it is in MY bed with me Sitting beside her. I am just beyond impressed with how well she is doing with reading!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Sorry about the no naps stage! M is no longer taking naps although we did have a couple of weeks in January when he went back to them... however, it was a very short couple of weeks, sigh. I agree that a 5pm class is too late for most children Anna's age if they are not taking naps. It's amazing that Anna is so advanced - it proves what a little work at home can do! Your roses are beautiful as well as your flowering tree... I am jealous! ;)