Friday, April 2, 2010

Anna is 3 years 5 months old
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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.

It's Easter LC 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).

Mar31_MathMath. 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.

The Easter Story 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 theClimbing 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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11 comments:

Kim said...

Sounds like a great week. Nice to visit with family. I'm impressed that she understands the pattern in numbers. Crumpet can't seem to get that yet...

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Are you having Oma read the numbers back in German, too? If Anna's interested in the numbers, and interested in her Grandma, maybe the two together would click?

Ticia said...

How wonderful to have grandparents visiting for so long. Probably also a little tiring for you, but it's a good thing.
I love visiting new playgrounds. We don't really have any that are right here next to us within easy walking distance, but the one for the school.

Debbie said...

I can't help but chuckle about Anna and the german. It sounds like a game she is playing. I understand you, now you understand me!

Great job with the numbers!

Christy said...

We love to visit new playgrounds!

I hope you all get to enjoy the rest of your time with your family!

Joyful Learner said...

Spending time with grandparents is so precious for everyone involved. We are planning to visit my parents in NY in May and I'm looking forward to seeing how JC interacts with them. Last year, she talked non-stop to my dad on the first day until she realized he did not understand her so she only talked to my mom. But she still loves her grandpa more because she says he's funny! lol.

Enjoy your time together!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

We've been enjoying lots of time outdoors too. So much fun! She looks so happy with her grandparents... what a treat!

Jolanthe said...

Enjoy the time with the grandparents. :) We are loving that our Oma and Opa live nearby us now!

MaryAnne said...

I hope you get a little more nice weather before Oma and Opa have to leave. That playground looks neat from the picture - I always appreciate when they separate the big kids from the younger ones.

The Activity Mom said...

What a fun week!

Pathfinder Mom said...

How nice that Anna is getting some extended time with her grandparents!