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.
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 :)
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.
Gross 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.