We had a good week. Anna’s school year is winding down, and this week her class visited preK classes. She was very excited and is already looking forward to the time when she will become a Bear. She will still attend a summer camp in between. Her theme in school was “vacation”, and at home we were talking about France for geography and germs for science.
Reading and Phonics. We got Anna several easy reader collections from Barnes & Noble recently. She loves all of them – The Berenstein Bears, Mouse Tales, Frog and Toad, Winnie the Pooh. I like it when she asks for the definitions of the words that she doesn’t understand, and she is now able to put them back into sentence to help us understand what she is talking about. The latest one was musty from The Berenstein Bears’ Cleaning House story. I am glad that she is really trying to comprehend those stories fully and not just reading them “by rote”.
Math. I wrote a post about our math activities earlier this week. Basically, we had a lot of math play. Writing continues to intimidate Anna, and she rejects all activities requiring writing, especially writing numbers. But she is humming along nicely in addition, patterns and logical reasoning, and she loves playing Teach Kindergarten on my iPod Touch.
Science. Since all of us were sick last week, I decided to talk more about germs and how to fight them. Germs Make Me Sick was a pretty good book from Let’s Read and Find Out series. I was worried that Anna will suddenly turn into germophobe reading how germs surround us everywhere, but the book also explains how our body fights the germs and gives some good advice on how to stay healthy (including rest, healthy food and exercise).
Geography. We had time “visiting” France this week, learning a few things about Paris landmarks, reading books about France and painting. Anna’s absolute favorite from each week is cooking a local recipe from the country we are visiting. Of course, it’s even better if it’s a dessert, and chocolate dessert is a sure way to have a very happy and very helpful child (I will skip the “sugar rush” part).
Arts/Fine Motor Skills. I can observe that Anna’s drawings became somewhat more deliberate lately. One day she surprised me twice – she wanted to do a page out of one of her workbooks and she chose a task that instructed to draw particular things – a flower growing in a pot, a butterfly under a rainbow and a dog. It’s nice to see her becoming somewhat more interested in drawing, but working with paper still remains least favorite of her activities.
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