Friday, May 14, 2010

Anna is 3 years 6 months old


It was a special Mother’s Day week. Anna was very excited about it. One good thing about having her in preschool – I don’t have to ask her to make a gift for me. She brought several cards from school and was very proud of them. But the best gift was her tidying up her room on her own and letting me sleep in :) Anna’s preschool theme was Sports. According to her, she plays soccer and baseball, mostly at home. Well, I didn’t know that :) In fact, we are seriously slacking on sports and any other organized activities, but I am looking forward to the time our community pool opens and we can start swimming again.

Frog and Toad Together

Reading and Phonics. Every time we go to the library Anna picks up several easy readers that catch her attention, and I pick one for our “you read to me” time. My pick was another book by Arnold Lobel – Frog and Toad Together. We are finishing up the last book from Advanced Progressive Phonics series – I am hoping that they will publish a couple more soon. In the meantime, maybe someone can recommend a way to teach syllables – Anna always stumbles on long words if she cannot recognize them from the context. Speaking of word recognition, it’s interesting how her reading started with phonics but now is definitely by sight. This was proven by a neat spelling game that we played this week.


Math. An excellent post from Activity Mom has prompted me to open an exactly same pack of buttons that I got at Michael’s. Anna sorted them, counted them, told stories with them and estimated them. She loves estimating games. I also tried to add counting by 2 while counting buttons, but she didn’t understand the pattern involved. She can count by 10 just fine.


Social Studies. We went back in time this week to medieval Europe and learned a few things about life in a castle. A few books and our StArt project made it a little more concrete for Anna. She added words like courtyard, Great hall, drawbridge and watchtower to her active vocabulary after building a castle out of Legos with papa.


Science. The topic of the week was bones and joints. We read Skeleton Inside You and Bones and followed up with pasta skeleton. I decided to dive again into Human Body since she is just so very interested in it. Of course, we have discussions on other topics daily as well – strangely, daughter always asks a lot of questions about fish. I guess we might do a deeper study after human body to answer some of her questions.


Play and life skills. You might think from all the posts above that daughter spends a lot of time in academic pursuits. Well, most of the days she only wants to play and is not interested in the least in anything that involves paper (except reading books, of course). She is creating a lot of “playscapes” nowadays by combining various Lego and Playmobil pieces. Making her clean up after her games is a big challenge, since she has a very hard time parting with the world she created. We let her keep whatever is on the big board in her room, but the rest of the house has to be picked up every night, and now we try to get her participate willingly in these clean-up activities.

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Mom and Kiddo said...

I really should do some estimation games.

Debbie said...

What a great week! I think it is natural as children get better at reading, that sight words become more prominant, I see that in Selena as well.

I love your lego set. I wish I could find some that size for Selena, her's are either the mega blocks or the tiny ones.

Oh teaching Syllables. The only way I know to teach syllables is to play games with the words, mostly clapping games. When the word is said you clap each syllable, explaining that long words are made of different sounds put together.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I love, love, love the castle. We have very few Legos here. I haven't wanted to spend a bunch on Duplo sets only to have to replace them with Legos later on.

We really haven't done much on estimating here. I should drag out some of our counters and have a go at it.

I love the pictures of Anna today. She really loves her pink, doesn't she?

Ticia said...

Sigh, I so need to work on the cleaning up.

Aging Mommy said...

Anna is doing some amazing things! Seeing your impressive lego collection I think we need to get some more for our daughter, I think she is ready for it and I actually love lego too!

Christy said...

Great week! I have to plan some castle learning around here. We always have fun learning about our bodies too! Our legos have been in hiding for a while (no one was picking them up!); I guess it's time to give it another try. I really love Legos.

Linds said...

We love Frog and Toad! We have not done any estimation games yet. I like it!

Mandy said...

I always enjoy reading your posts and seeing what Anna is up to. I'm looking forward to reading about your study on the Human Body. We're on to the digestive system next week...I think it will be fun!

sbswtp said...

Your posts are always great! What a fun and educational week you had :)

Cindy said...

I love the first picture. She looks so excited!

Sun-Kissed Scholars said...

I don't know where to begin! I love the Frog and Toad books. Great pick.
The castle is impressive, as is the noodle skeleton. You pack so many fabulous learning activities in, and it's obvious that she is having so much fun while learning.