We have Anna’s German grandparents visiting us for 2 weeks. She is very happy to have her Oma and Opa and enjoys spending time with them despite the language barrier. She seems to understand them fairly well, but responds in English only. It’s too funny to see how quickly Oma’s English rebounded when she tried hard to understand her only granddaughter. Anna still went to school as usual, and her theme this week was Insects. The weather this week was all over the place – we started the week by playing barefoot and ending it in winter jackets. It’s too bad because my husband was hoping to spend more time outside with his parents.
Reading and Phonics. With grandparents visiting and some behavior problems we didn’t have a lot of time for school this week at all. But reading doesn’t belong to this category – she considers our structured time in the evening when she reads to me to be a part of her evening routine. On her own she was enjoying several Little Critter books that we have in the house. Together we read Max and Ruby Snow Bunny Tales (her choice) and Minnie and Moo Go To Paris (my choice).
Math. Anna was all about big numbers this week. She played a lot with her magnetic set. She can build a number line, but finds this very boring. She thinks it’s a lot more interesting to build random sequences of digits and then ask me to read them back to her. She is able now to read two digit and three digit numbers since she understands the pattern in their names.
Social Studies/History. I planned to spend some time this week on the story of Easter, but it didn’t quite happen. I paged through some of the books that I brought from the library and realized that they will be incomprehensible and scary for my secular daughter who doesn’t see crucifixes nearly as often as most other kids do. We read The Easter Story that gives a very gentle overview of the basic facts about Christ’s death and resurrection. Perhaps we might do more on Saturday, but I’d rather let Anna enjoy her grandparents as much as she can.
Gross Motor Skills. Last weekend the weather was nice, and we checked out a different playground in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, we need to drive to get there, but it’s really nice. It’s separated into 5-12 area and 2-5 area. Anna wisely stayed away from a giant fort for older kids after falling through a net there (the net was low, so she didn’t hurt herself). She did enjoy this mini-climbing wall for younger kids. We hope to get her out more often once warmer weather comes back.
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