We finally had a good weather this week and spent a lot of Sunday outside. Anna’s theme at preschool this week was Birds, and she enjoyed it a lot. Our theme at home was Mountains. We all had a new experience at a birthday party for one of her friends. It was at a pottery studio where every child was given an unfinished plate and variety of paints. Anna was a little disappointed that she cannot take her pretty plate home directly, but she enjoyed making her own design. And I made another new recipe trying to salvage savoy cabbage from our vegetable delivery box – savoy cabbage soup (yum, yum!)
Reading and Phonics. I am still struggling to find early readers for Anna that would fit her reading level. The same level 1 ranges from ridiculously easy to impossibly hard between different books. Flap Your Wings was challenging for her, but she worked hard and enthusiastically. It always surprises me how she is able to read the word from sight once I show her once how it’s pronounced. She is also getting better on trying to read the word based on context clues and pictures. It’s really a very funny and cute story to read together too. We finished the last book of Intermediate Level in Progressive Phonics and ready to move on to advanced section.
Math. We didn’t do much on math this week. To be honest, we didn’t do much of anything except this week. Anna was tired in the evenings and was “wiggly”. She always wants to read in the evening, even when she is very tired, but she was not interested in any math games except shopping. Her cash register saw some action, but mostly math was happening via cooking and playing with Legos.
Science and Social Studies. A big highlight of this week was making of playdough on Monday. I hate to report, however, that I am writing it on Thursday morning, and we still didn’t get to actually playing with it. It’s one of those weeks when not everything I hoped for worked out. On geography track we are reading and talking about mountains, more on that will be in my Sunday geography post.
Arts and Crafts. Again, I had bigger plans. In fact, I showed Anna an entire page of rainforest animals on DTLK site in the hopes that she will pick something to make. She reviewed them all and informed me that she just wants to paint. I think she gets her fair share of structured art in school. On the positive note, she did a few of self-directed quick projects this week – I’ll write about them in a separate post.
Gross Motor Skills. We really enjoyed spending some time outside on Sunday – a welcome break in our rainy winter. Anna didn’t want to leave the playground and rediscovered the joy of climbing. In the afternoon we went to the backyard and played catch. Soon Anna wanted me to throw the ball across our backyard and then was running to retrieve it. My shoulder still hurts :) The dancing didn’t go well this week – she was really tired and completely melted down when we arrived. Apparently one of the bigger boys is wearing a diaper, and Anna made quite a fuss saying how she doesn’t like diapers any longer. Urgh – this was embarrassing, and we had to sit this one out.
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