Friday, April 23, 2010

Anna is 3 years 6 months old

Apr21_RainGirl

We had a great week even though the weather was changing wildly – from mid 80s to mid 50s with rain and then back to sunny again. Anna’s preschool theme was Dinosaurs, and she enjoyed it a lot. It was good to be outside without wearing sweaters and to have a warm and sunny weekend for a change. Naturally we spent a lot of time outside enjoying our Planet Earth.

father-bear-comes-home

Reading and Phonics. Anna read to me Father Bear Comes Homeanother delightful book from Little Bear series. I think now we read through all of them. She also read to me Rabbits and Raindrops recommended by Nicole at Tired, Need Sleep. I assume that she read all other books that we brought from the library, since she only wanted me to read them to her once and then she said that she could read them herself. We also finished Advanced Book 7 in Progressive Phonics – we will have to hit “old phonics books” soon, since Anna is not quite ready to stop her “reading words” tradition.

Apr20_Coloring

Fine Motor Skills. Lately Anna developed a little more interest in coloring. I found an excellent coloring book of hidden pictures in $1 section of Michael’s. Anna first reads the text, then tries to find the objects and then colors them. She also entertained herself by cutting and gluing many scraps of paper together this week “creating beautiful art for her school”.

Apr17_AnnaMama

Field Trips. Here we are, hanging out near Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Of course, we took Anna to San Francisco before, but last time was more than a year ago, so she forgot all about it. We had fun walking along Fisherman Wharf, watching sea lions and seeing many ships – old and new. Anna enjoyed this experience so much that we are looking forward to more trips with her.

Apr18_SunnyDay2

Play. We had the first really warm day last Sunday. It could only mean one thing – water play! We both missed it, and Anna had a blast. What is the best way to celebrate Earth than run barefoot, get as dirty as possible and then wash yourself off with a water hose? I love to see her all excited about being outside and how she finds more things to do on her own there.

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13 comments:

Christy said...

I see that I am not the only one getting some kind of Asian spam.

Another great week for Anna. WE LOVE Little Bear! There will be lots of smiles in our house when it is warm enough for water play - we miss it too.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Warmer weather is soooo much easier, no coats, or hats, or gloves, and shoes are optional - hooray!

Your sunglass picture is priceless! Anna looks like a mini-you :)

Ticia said...

What a great find! I think I might have found a similar one, but at the time the kids weren't interested in it beyond coloring like crazy. I might have to dig it up again.

Crunchy and Green said...

I agree, that photo in San Francisco of the two of you is priceless! She is doing so well on her reading, I am constantly impressed. My kids are ready for water play, too. I can tell when watering the plants leads to them both being soaking wet!

Debbie said...

Though our weather has been bouncing back and forth like yours, we are enjoying the fact that it is warming up. Not enough yet though for water play. I love the picture of you and Anna with your cool sunglasses.

Mom and Kiddo said...

You have reminded me that 'tis the season that I will start seeing on blogs all the ways kids have fun messy-wet-muddy play in their very own backyards, something which we don't have.

Discovering Montessori said...

I read your blog everyday. You are really doing a awesome job with Anna.

Joyful Learner said...

Sounds like a great week! I think a little sun makes a huge difference, especially in my mood!

Thanks again for the recommendation for Progressive Phonics. JC is now showing more interest! She will be following in Anna's footsteps!

MaryAnne said...

You always find such great things at Michaels! I think I need to check out their $1 section more frequently...

Let'sMakeADifference said...

Just found your blog. I love how organized you seem to be!!! I admire that!

Mandy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the math book list. I am excited to check it out. I don't know how I didn't know about the MathStart books, but they've been a great find!

Jenny said...

What a great week! I am still so amazed that Anna can read!

Pathfinder Mom said...

We LOVE the nicer weather, that's for sure.

Looks like a fun week - Anna's hair is really getting long!