Friday, February 19, 2010

Anna is 3 years 4 months old.


It was a good week. I had Presidents’ Day off, and the weather was gorgeous. We had a full weekend of seeing friends, going to the library, sailing in San Francisco Bay and hiking in a beautiful eucalyptus grove. Anna was in a good mood most of the time and even was taking her naps… occasionally :) Her school theme of the week was Senses, and our theme at home was China. It’s interesting to see what she likes to do when she has time to herself. She doesn’t play pretend as much as other kids – she never really liked dolls. Instead she pulls 20 books from her bookshelves and finds the ones that she can read or she plays with her Lego. She builds more and more complex structures and she can spend a lot of time tinkering with her “trees”.

Reading continues to explode here. I don’t have to do anything to encourage independent reading any longer. In fact, we have debates every night about just how many books she will read to me. Anna just doesn’t want to stop and is very proud of herself. Obviously she is getting strong positive reinforcement from everyone who observes her reading, and that makes her even more confident.


Math. We had fun this week with math activities related to our China theme. We played with dominoes and tangrams and did some connect-the-dots. It looks that two-digit numbers are finally clicking with her too, since she is reading them correctly most of the time on the game boards and on book pages. I am still considering on how I can do math activities as much a routine as our reading activities, but for now I just go with the flow and ebb of her interest in the subject.Feb17_China

Social Studies/Science. We had a busy week learning about China. We played with things that came from China, we read books about Chinese New Year and other traditions, and Anna got this GeoPuzzle of Asia that I saw on one of my favorite blogs – Joyful Mommy and Joyful Child. The puzzle, is way over her head, but I really enjoyed putting it together :) Feb18_Writing

Fine Motor Skills/Arts. Not a whole lot happened here this week. I am really glad that Anna goes to preschool that focuses on arts, because at home she is not that interested in arts. She will choose board games over arts every time, and she was not interested in her art box or in writing this week. I also suspect that she is “resting” after being “crafted out” for Valentine day.

Feb17_HopScotchGross Motor Skills. Since the weather was great this week (and it’s going to rain again this weekend), we tried to spend some time outside every day. We had great field trips and also visited our neighborhood park. Anna watched older kids play hopscotch and tried herself – it was quite funny since she cannot jump on one foot yet. She is now telling us that she wants to play soccer – we’ll see about that.

To see what other preschoolers are doing, visit Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.


Debbie said...

What a great week! It is funny to watch our kids try new things that they don't quite have the skill for.

MaryAnne said...

I love that top picture of Anna - beautiful!

Sounds like you had a wonderful week. I couldn't get Emma to make ANY Valentines this year. She made two when we went to craft time at the library, but that was it. I was surprised, because she made at least twenty (on her own initiative) last year.

Jenny said...

That is so awesome that she's reading already! It sounds like you've had a great week.

Jolanthe said...

We love those Geo Puzzles too ~ at least now you an work on them with her and soon enough she'll know the countries better than the rest of us!

Ticia said...

What a very wonderful week. You got a little bit of everything done, and I'm jealous of your nice weather. Here it's been icky and cold, except for the day of the funeral and the memorial service. I'm grateful for that, but still, I'd like some nicer weather.

Amy said...

You are a busy mommy:) So you work during the day and homeschool in the afternoon? I'm impressed thatcyour little one is already reading. That's great!

Pathfinder Mom said...

Tornado Boy wasn't much for pretend for a long time either. He's really blossomed in the imagination department in the past six months or so.

I love Anna's Music Rocks t-shirt.

Brandie said...

You are absolutely right, it is very interesting to see where kids interests and strengths are! I always imagined my girls being readers like I am, but apparently they are math/science like their father!