It was a better week. I am glad that we are sticking with our nap ritual. Even when Anna doesn’t sleep, she gets her rest time and unwinds, but this week she was actually napping again. It was nice to spend some “non-cranky” time with her. We also had two visitors that provided a break from normal routine for everyone – one visitor came from Germany and one from Japan. Anna’s theme in school was Habitats. She also brought home a glowing winter progress report that was full of “fantastic”, “wonderful” and “fabulous”. It’s nice to know that my high opinion of my daughter is shared by other important adults in her life as well :)
Reading and Phonics. I tried to locate Little Bear book in the library since I saw it mentioned on Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn blog. I didn’t realize that it’s actually an early reader book. I located it by accident in an early reading section of our library, and Anna was delighted to have a chapter book to read. The amount of text didn’t intimidate her in the least, and I think I helped with three words over four stories. It’s really a great book, and we both enjoyed it a lot while she read to me one chapter every night. Then the book magically migrated to her bed shelf, because she likes to read in bed before (or instead of) her day nap.
Math. We had a lot of fun this week playing with our tangram sets. We also reviewed “more, fewer and same” through play. I was surprised to find out that while Anna easily identified a group of “more”, it was hard for her for some reason to find a group of “fewer” objects, so we compared various sets to reinforce this concept.
Social Studies. It was “Russian week” in our country hop, and it was a lot of fun. We learned about some things that came from Russia. Anna was fascinated to learn that Russia is the biggest country in the world and was the first one to send a man to space. We did a semi-successful StArt project with matryoshkas. I will write more about our geography studies in my Sunday post.
Prewriting and fine motor skills. Anna was more interested this week in drawing and writing. Several times this week she was getting markers and drawing various pictures that had balloons, people, cars, etc. None of it would be recognizable – it’s more like she draws a squiggle and then decided what it will be. Still – it’s encouraging to see her getting more interested in putting pen to paper.
Gross Motor Skills. I finally pulled out my yoga DVD (yay me!) and set up an exercise mat in our guest room. Anna immediately went into “me too!” mode and reminded us that she has her own Yoga Kids DVD. We tried it before, but she was absolutely not interested. This time, however, she really tried to follow the directions and lasted about two thirds into the program. Maybe one day soon we will be really doing yoga together.
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