Friday, April 9, 2010

Anna is 3 years 5 months


The week started with a relaxed Easter celebration. Anna enjoyed hunting for eggs and counting her loot. We had to move the hunt inside since the weather was unusually cold and rainy, but now we are seeing sunshine again and happy to be able to spend some time outside. Anna is enjoying her time with grandparents. Her theme in preschool was gardening, and they planted their own vegetable garden. They also had a spring celebration party (more sweets), and we went to a birthday party for one of her preschool buddies. Our school at home was more or less on “grandparents break”, especially since I had to work late this week too.

Silly Tilly and the Easter Bunny

Reading and Phonics are happening always, even on break. Anna enjoyed reading a couple of Easter early readers and giggled a lot reading Silly Tilly with me. We started Advanced book 7 in Progressive Phonics which deals with ow sound combinations. I am excited, because I find ow sounds challenging for myself. Why on Earth would bowl and growl be pronounced differently??? This is a mystery to me despite all the learned explanations of our friend who happens to have an English language degree.

100 school days

Math. We are focusing on big numbers and odd/even. These concepts really clicked with Anna, especially odd/even. She can now read two digit numbers very easily but is still shaky on constructing them. It means that she can easily read number 74 if I build it on the fridge, but cannot always do it if I call the number and she has to build it. We also read and enjoyed  another “live math” book from one of our favorite authors Anne Rockwell.


Nature. We made an effort to spend some time outside every day this week, especially since the weather is finally getting warmer again. We extended Anna’s school gardening at home – she planted some flowers with grandparents, and we finally got a lemon tree for our front yard. I am hoping to take more of our activities outside as the days get longer and warmer.

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Kim said...

Anna is doing great, as always. How did you teach her odd/even? I can't even begin to think how I'm going to teach this to Crumpet...

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Noone has ever understood English phonetic rules - even Benjamin Franklin tried to have them reformed :)

A lemon tree sounds so tropical!

Ticia said...

because English is a ruler breaking language.
I remember having a lemon tree in our yard in California.
If you look up 100 Days, or 100 Days of School you can find all sorts of great living math books about 100. If you want I can try to find some of the activities we did, Anna would probably love them.

Christy said...

Sounds great. I would love to have a lemon tree. It would not be happy in MA though.

Adriana said...

I have the same question about odd/even. How do you teach that?
That is so nice that Anna's grandparents were able to visit for so long.

sbswtp said...

That is fantastic that she is doing so well in Math...we are working on counting to 20... :)