Friday, May 28, 2010

preschool cornerAnna is 3 years 7 months old. May26_MamaAnna

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.

Berenstein Bears Collection

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”.May25_PatternBlocks

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 Germs Make Me Sicktalk 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).

May24_Painting

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).

May24_DrawingArts/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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12 comments:

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

Sounds like a GREAT week!!

Christy said...

Collin refused to write for a long time. He was reading and doing a lot of math, but wouldn't write. He is a perfectionist and it bothered him that he wasn't able to just do it right the first time. Other things came to him so easily. It wasn't until they started writing in his pre-K that he would actually write.

Great week.

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Ticia said...

I wonder if you tried play-dough letters and numbers, if she'd do that?
And the boys only really tried writing in the last year or so, to provide encouragement.

Debbie said...

I've known a lot of children who don't enjoy writing until they are older. I rejoiced with you when you wrote that Anna wanted to draw the instructed pictures in her workbook. I bet when this area starts she will just explode!

Joyful Learner said...

Another lovely week! I wouldn't push the writing only because I'm discovering drawbacks to a child learning writing too early. Since JC started writing early, I fear she may develop bad habits...fortunately she will do handwriting work which helps with the corrections now but I can't keep up with her pace since she loves to scribble letters everywhere. It's just easier if they learn it right from day one. Plus, there's no hurry. They'll be writing a lot once they get to school! Maybe just do more fine motor skills so they don't grow tired of holding a pencil for long periods. There's so many creative ways to do it and Montessori is perfect for that.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Wow! She is making such great progress!! I absolutely love the painting she did!! :-)

Whiteboard Workshop said...

Mine was a reluctant writer as well but yesterday he wrote of his own free will. It will come...

April said...

I love including food into any thing that I do with my toddler, and I think its her favorite part too!

Aging Mommy said...

I love the photo of the two of you - now I know who Anna looks like, she is the image of you!

Pathfinder Mom said...

I really loved a lot of the multi-sensory pre-writing activities that Handwriting Without Tears included. One that's really easy at home is using play-doh type material to learn to create the structure of the capital letters. If you can teach your child to make a long straight line, short straight line, big curve (think letter c) and small curve, they'll have the basics that they need to form all of the capital letters later. I found it much better than just tracing the letters.

MommyWise said...

Just wanted to say Hello! My daughter was born Oct. 2006 as well. I'm homeschooling her and blog about her work as well.