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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