Friday, April 30, 2010

Anna is 3 years 6 months old


We didn’t do much “school” this week. Anna was in a playful mood, especially after rediscovering some of her “hidden treasures” after my clean up of her play kitchen and her “workboxes”. Her theme in preschool was Authors and Nursery Rhymes. Now she keeps saying that she wants to be an author when she grows up, and we had several discussions on how books are published.

Frog and Toad Are Friends

Reading week was extremely busy, since I brought back very many books from the library book sale. Some of them were early readers, and Anna just informed them that she will be reading them herself. For our “ you read to me” time she read Frog and Toad Are Friends, another book from Arnold Lobel. I don’t think Anna liked it much, because Toad is quite grumpy. She also read A Baseball Ballerina. Anna didn’t have problems with words, but a lot of problems with comprehension of this story, especially since it’s written in the first person, and she is not used to this style.


Math. We made Moon Cookies together and enjoyed the whole process a lot (including licking batter). Anna read me a recipe and handled some of the measuring and mixing. She loves baking so much that I made a new resolution to try and do it more often. She also read a book Starting Off with Counting which even made it to her short list of winning library books (books that she could keep for another week)


Independent Studies”. One night Anna suddenly grabbed her My Own Human Body book that happens to reside in our office (I am not sure why) and announced that she wants to learn more about human body. Then she proceeded to read it to herself and told us excitedly about some facts from the book. Since she seems to overcome her fear of skeletons (at least for now), we might focus more on human body since this is one subject that fascinates her very much.


Art. A lot of art (at least a lot for us) happened this week – several painting sessions outside for our study of Israel, making books with papa, trying different craft kits from Michael’s (check out colored sand $1 kit that allows to paint with color, it’s really great!). But my favorite moments were when Anna was just taking something from her art box and sitting down to making unstructured art. It’s another sign that my girl gets bigger and more independent in how she spends her time.


Play. As always, we had “picnics galore” inside and outside. The whole house became a pirate ship at some point, and there was a lot of dinosaur games. Anna is still trying to figure out how she feels about dinosaurs, but there was a lot of running away from T-Rex and a lot of discussions whether he is really dead and therefore cannot get to us.

For more weeks in review, visit Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.


Elise said...

I am so impressed with Anna's reading. How wonderful for you to have Anna read to you.

Every Sunday morning, Troy cooks with Savvy, Blakie and last Sunday Taleea got in on the action too (albeit while she was sleeping in a sling on daddy). I think Sav and Blake look forward to licking the beaters more than the actual cooking!

Wahoo for Anna's independent art - that is fantastic and it is always so much fun to see what creations are made when a three year old is left completely to their own devices.

I love the narrative to the game Anna and you were playing in your previous post. So sweet.

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such kind comments on my blog. Your lovely thoughts always make me smile.

Annette W. said...

I think the Frog and Toad books tend to be a bit grumpy...till the end.

Meghan also loves to bake. Though she doesn't read me the recipe, the process, including the batter, is awesome to her.

I love how much you all do together for fun...without homeschooling! Sometimes I'm shocked.

Christy said...

I have to agree that sometimes I am shocked by how much you get to do with Anna with her going to preschool and you working - you must really make a conscious effort and do a lot of planning!

My kids all love to bake with me too. I bake way too often because they love it.

I have to look for that Baseball Ballerina book. We have that Frog and Toad book; I think I like it more than my kids do though.

Aging Mommy said...

Anna is doing so well with her reading - and just about everything else, thanks in no small part to all your efforts. Love the pictures - she always looks to be having so much fun and the look on her face baking cookies is priceless!

TheRockerMom said...

I had "Frog and Toad are Friends" when I was little. I have memories of reading it over and over in our living room. I, too, loved the narrative of her play time in your previous post. She's so expressive.

Ticia said...

Yummmmm, I have to agree the best part of making cookies is licking the spoon, and then eating the dough. I mean baking the cookies, that's it.

Debbie said...

It is so fun to see our girls grow up and the independent juices start flowing.

That is so funny about Anna and the dinosaurs, Selena loves dinosaurs so long as she doesn't have to hear about them. More on that in my WMCR post!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm so glad Anna got to make the cookies! It looks like for not doing much "school" you did a lot of learning :)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Looks like Anna had so much fun making moon cookies! What fun!!

Emily loves to bake, but Mark is the baker in our household, so she usually does that with him on the weekends. She is a big help cooking dinner with me every night!

sbswtp said...

I love your independent studies! So fun :)

Rebecca said...

Picnics are definitely fun :)

Pathfinder Mom said...

Licking the beaters is the best. Yum!
We are big into the human body right now. TB can't get enough learning about it. It's been a bit weird when he brings it up at inopportune times - like asking 'what is the rectum' in front of friends. Thanks, kid!