Friday, May 7, 2010

Anna is 3 years 6 months old.

May2_Hat

May finally brought consistent good weather. It looks like we went from heater to an air conditioner in a matter of one week. Hopefully, once our insulation is installed upstairs as well, Anna’s room will stop becoming unbearably hot in the afternoon once the sun shifts to her side of the house. Anna’s theme in preschool was Safety, and we learned about Cinco de Mayo and Mexico at home.

Arthur Birthday Party

Reading and Phonics. This week my husband installed a reading light next to Anna’s bed, because she keeps sneaking out of bed for more books to read, and we don’t want her to ruin her eyesight. She was very pleased with it, and before we go to bed we usually go in and dig her sleeping body from under a pile of books. She is reading now Arthur series by Lilian Hoban. I didn’t like this book too much – in my opinion Arthur is a brat that is very unkind to his sister. Anna, however, chose to keep it home for another week.

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Math. Anna had terrific time playing Measure Me game with me. She has a good grasp of measuring length and width. She was also making a backyard collection on the sticky paper counting all her finds before putting them in. We played estimating game trying to guess the number of blocks in the towers she built. The spookiest thing is that she always got the exact right number – and we are talking about tall towers – 15 blocks or more. Maybe I should ask her to “predict” winning lottery numbers next.

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Science. We had a lot of fun learning more about the Dead Sea – how its salt makes us float and we also played with dirt learning to make a perfect mud pie. It’s not as easy as you might think :) We also had a rare opportunity to investigate hands-on the layers of our house walls – the frame, the sheetrock wall, insulation and siding. Very illuminating, even for me.

May5_Cutting

Fine motor skills and crafts. It was not a crafty week – mostly because I was in the mood for cooking when I was coming from work. Anna is not interested at all in writing – I even tried bribes to get her into it. I guess despite the fact that she is 3.5 now, her time to write didn’t come yet. She does draw a little on her magnetic board, but mostly stick figures, not letters.

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Field Trips. On Saturday we visited our local amusement park for toddlers – Gilroy Gardens. The weather was perfect, and the park was not overcrowded. Anna really enjoyed her favorite rides, since she knows what to expect by now. She also paid a lot more attention to plants and flowers this time and had a lot of questions on bamboo.

To see other week reviews for preschoolers and kindergarteners, visit Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.

12 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

Gilroy! I remember the garlic smell everytime we drove past it. Honestly, I liked the smell. The Gilroy Gardens must be relatively new, I've never heard of it.

Cooking is a craft, too! I love it when Kiddo gets interested in helping me in the kitchen (also good for math skills). Have a great weekend.

Joyful Learner said...

Sounds like another wonderful week! One of these days I'd like to get my act together and write a week review too. Anna's reading and math skills are coming along so well! Kids don't really need to write until they are in school behind desks. They can even try typing which should be fun! JC likes to pretend type when the computer is off but I may try turning it on for her.

Christy said...

Reagan still doesn't like to write letters and numbers and she recently turned four. I'm okay with it. My boys didn't write much until they were five. Collin writes very well now with the exception of a few backwards letters and numbers on occasion.

MaryAnne said...

This sounds like a great week, and I noticed that Anna even wore ponytails a couple times! I hope the insulation helps. I think it will, we saw a big difference when we put new (insulated) windows in our house.

Rebecca said...

What a fun week! The dead sea stuff is great!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

An amusement park for little ones? Man, I wish we could have all the fun California stuff, and still keep it unspoilt, and empty Montana!

Kylie said...

You guys always have such great weeks.

I have an award for you - http://ourworldwideclassroom.blogspot.com/2010/05/spreading-some-sunshine.html

Aging Mommy said...

That's a great idea to get the reading light - I was a bookworm as a kid and used to strain my eyes reading in the dark for hours, and yes, I needed glasses at age seven!

We tried the measuring project - however Mirabelle was more interesting in cutting up the wool we used (I had no ribbon) and using the tape measure as a skipping rope :-) As I said to my husband, we have a long way to go.....

Whiteboard Workshop said...

I love the house layer science project - very creative. We didn't start writing or even really coloring until 3 3/4. Celebrating Pencil Day helped and stick figures are great practice for letters soon.

Debbie said...

Great week! Yay for summer, and amusement parks for little ones! I love that last picture of you and Anna on the ride!

KJ said...

Wow! Another great week! I came from the Homeschool Creations link up! Your science lesson looks very interesting...I'll have to read more about that!

Elaine said...

Great week! and some great ideas!!