Friday, May 21, 2010

preschool corner May16_Bear Anna is 3 years 7 months old

It was a mixed week. Anna started it sick, and by Monday managed to give her nasty virus to both parents. I was hit the worst, but she was mostly back to her cheerful self by the end of Tuesday (her nose is still running though). Since I was not really up for activities requiring thinking and supervision, I mostly let Anna play. Her theme in preschool was Vacation, so she played camping, going to Redwood forest and picnicking on the beach.


Reading and Phonics. We finished the last available book in Advanced Progressive Phonics! It is bittersweet – we started this journey less than a year ago, and now my daughter is reading very fluently. In fact, I have to remind her to slow down during our “reading together” time, because she is moving more and more into reading silently and her tongue cannot quite catch up with her reading speed. It’s been an amazing journey, and I am very happy that I got to observe it from start to finish.


Math. We got this sheet from Anna’s preschool with the comment from the teachers that she can recognize all the numbers, count and trace them “almost” independently. “Almost” applies to the tracing part – I mentioned many times before that daughter strongly dislikes writing. At least she gave it a good effort – it would have been impossible to make her do this worksheet at home. I noticed before that she applies herself a lot more in school than she does at home. She is quite solid in number recognition and counting by now, and we learned it mostly through games and “live math” books.


Science and Social Studies. The science topic of the week was “lungs”. Anna watched many Sid the Science Kid human body episodes – this is one area of science that she is genuinely interested in. We did this simple experiment to see how the force of air in our lungs can move light objects. We were still in England for our geography track and enjoyed traditional tea party with scones.


Arts and Crafts. We didn’t do much on arts and crafts this week at home, but Anna brought a couple of interesting drawings from school. This one is my favorite. She said that this is Humpty-Dumpty with her daughter. Daughter is afraid of the dark, so Humpty-Dumpty is carrying a lantern. At home I ask her every evening after dinner if she wants to draw, write or do math, and she always chooses math.


Practical Life. Anna loves helping in the kitchen. Baking is absolute favorite, and she usually stays on it from start to finish. She is not so keen on cleaning up after cooking even though I try hard to model it for her. One day she announced suddenly that she wants to mop the floor. I gave her the mop, and she did a reasonably good job. She was very proud of herself – she loves it when she can do something well. Unfortunately, she is a “checkmark” girl – she did it once, no need to do it again. We are working on it :)

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Mom and Kiddo said...

I love that drawing! I hope everyone is feeling better.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I absolutely love the drawing - and the story to go with it. She is so creative with her storytelling.

Sorry that you've been under the weather!

MaryAnne said...

I love Anna's Humpty Dumpty drawing!

Is that a swiffer mop? I took the middle sections out of one of those to make it a size that is easier for the kids to handle. They still aren't super keen on cleaning, but it kept them from nearly bopping each other on the head with the long handle(not such a problem in your house since you have only one child).

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Have you tried encouraging her writing by letting her write in the sand at the beach with sticks? Or writing on a MagnaDodle? Or giving her a purpose to write, like making her own books to read? Not to force it but to keep it fun.

Ticia said...

She might be more keen on cleaning if she has some in her size. My kids love using their kid-sized cleaning supplies. I actually need to buy new brooms because our old ones were the cheaper plastic ones and broke.
FYI, they also make good swords.

Debbie said...

I love her humpty dumpty drawing. I think it is so ironic how Anna will do things at school that she will not do at home, while on the other hand Selena shys away from performing for other people, but will perform what is asked of her here for us.

Joyful Learner said...

I love her drawing! I think drawing is a precursor to writing so she's doing great!

JC is a reluctant follower (outside teachers as well as me). She rather do her own thing. If it's something new, she will try it at least once which I give her credit for. If she loves it, she will do them by herself over and over again...typically open-ended activities.

Christy said...

I hope everyone is feeling better.

I love that Anna is happy to be done with mopping now that she has checked it off her list of things to do!!!! So funny. My kids love to mop.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Looks like it was a great week all-in-all! Emily loves to bake too, but I"m not much of a baker, so she and Mark usually do a ton of baking together. She LOVES it! I really like that last photo of Anna... so cute, and she is such a big helper!

The girl who painted trees said...

Cute drawing:)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Great drawing! We call those pancake people. I'm always so sad when the children pass that stage - C still draws them. I just love them.

C, has a child size broom she uses to sweep the floor with, whenever I sweep - she's crazy about it. But, Ticia is right, it does make a good sword :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great helper! I think you will love the Read Write Think site.

Rebecca said...

Sid the Science Kid is great :) And i also love the drawing of Humpty Dumpty and his daughter. ADORABLE!

MoziEsmé said...

Wow, what a bright girl!

I can so relate to the worksheets issues - Esme used to love tracing, etc., but a few months ago she decided she only wanted to do things freehand. She'll follow directions for one or two things on a worksheet (so I know she can do it no problem), and then decide to quit or do the rest her own way. And she hates routines and and repetition, so school and learning is very much on the fly!