Friday, April 16, 2010


It was a spring break week here. I took two days off in the hopes of going places and having fun outside. Unfortunately, on Monday it was pouring, and on Tuesday it was still rather cold. Oma and Opa went back to Germany on Sunday, and Anna definitely reacted to gloomy skies and change in routine – she was whiny and cranky. She didn’t want to do structured activities – she just wanted to play. In the end she ended up having a pretty full week with several playdates and a lot of time outside. By Wednesday the sun returned and Ms Crankypants turned into Ms Sunshine again.

Mouse Tales

Reading and Phonics. An I Can Read It series is popular with us, because these books are pretty much on the right reading level for Anna. She read Mouse Tales this week during our “reading together” time. She also read many other picture books and some more complex books on her own – it’s now not a matter of ability, it’s a matter of interest in a particular book. She still doesn’t like to read the books with a lot of text on the page unless we read them together. We are also going slowly through Advanced Book #7 in Progressive Phonics.

Earth Day Hooray

Math. We did a math scavenger hunt at home – the objective was to find various materials for an art project – 1 bottle of glue, a pair of scissors, 3 markers, etc. I will write more about it on Monday. Our math book this week was Earth Day – Hooray! that deals with big numbers. It’s level 3, so it was too advanced for Anna, but overall she understands an idea of big numbers.


Trips. On Tuesday we went for a trip to a local park that also has a working farm on premises. Anna was only mildly interested in the farm animals – she was itching to go to the playground instead. On Wednesday she went with her papa and a friend to San Jose Happy Hollow Park & Zoo that just opened after extensive renovation. A lot of fun was had by all, but the lines are still enormous.


Play. That’s how Anna’s room looks after her so-called “rest time”. She usually jumps out of her bed as soon as the door closes and spreads some books around. Then come the toys – she plays a lot with her Lego and her Playmobil, and her games are getting more and more detailed. Usually they involve either around having a picnic or around going somewhere. Sometimes it’s having a picnic while going somewhere (a big box serves as a transportation vehicle).

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Kim said...

The math treasure hunt is a great idea! And, her room may be a mess after nap time, but at least she's getting better at entertaining herself! Great week!

Pathfinder Mom said...

That park / zoo looks amazing! Sorry about the weather during your vacation time!

MaryAnne said...

Anna's pretend games sound so much like Emma's - I wish they could get together for a play date!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Mouse Soup, is the book I generally use for working on reading endurance, as the kids progress. I didn't realize Lobel had more - how exciting!

I love Anna's face in that last picture. I think you can kiss naptimes goodbye.

Autumn said...

Wow, I'm surprised that the lines are still very long at Happy Hollow on a Tuesday! Good to know, since we were thinking of going back sometime soon thinking it would have died down a bit. Guess not.

It's interesting how a lot of children's play revolves around food, like picnic and tea time games. My boys love to play 'restaurant' when we're at the playground, and they give me bark chips that are supposed to be 'blueberries' and 'french fries'.

I enjoy reading about what you and Lars do with Anna during the week. :)

Cindy said...

Love the "rest time" photo. Oh well, at least you still get some time to yourself. We don't have any "rest time" at all. Have an awesome day!

Debbie said...

Love the picture of her room at nap time! I agree with Cindy, even Selena's pretend play revolves around food and going places.

Ticia said...

That's what my kids look like after rest time as well. And that's with most of their toys being in other rooms.

Christy said...

Rest time has the same results in hour house.

I like the math scavenger hunt idea.

Brandie said...

Kaelyn only naps with me...if left to her own devices she'd be right there with YOUR Anna...making a mess and having a BLAST.

sbswtp said...

It looks like your week totally turned around :) The picture during rest time is so cute! Ryleigh is at that in between stage right now...sometimes she takes her nap...and others her room looks like that:)

TheRockerMom said...

That rest time photo reminds me of my son, hehe. I love the idea of a scavenger hunt (especially a math one!). Thanks for sharing!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Anna has so much personality!! You've really captured it in that last photo... too cute! :-)

Elise said...

A park with a working farm sounds like so much fun, that would make for a great trip out.

Anna must look forward to rest time and coming up with all sorts of imaginative adventures. Savvy's room looks quite similar after rest time too. I love hearing Sav make up stories during her rest time - she often cracks me up with some of the things she comes out with.

I think it is wonderful that Anna is able to read Harold and The Purple Crayon by herself.

Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts with regards to the arrival of Taleea.

Jackie said...

Did you start her in the alphabet books of Progressive Phonics or did you start with the Beginner Books. My grandson is 3 (Dec) and knows all the letter sounds including the short vowels, but getting him to want to read hasn't been easy. He is always asking what words say so I encourage in to think about learning to read, but he says "not yet". So I am not sure where to start if at all.