Friday, July 30, 2010

preschool corner

Anna is 3 years 9 months old 


It was another pleasant week. Last Saturday we made it to The Gilroy Gardens, one of Anna’s favorite places. She also started the third section of her summer camp – it’s supposed to be focusing on animals. Overall, summer camp was sort of disappointing, since we really thought that they will do something special with each theme. Instead the structure of the day was the same as always – just books and crafts are now focusing more on animals. Still, she is adapting to her new classroom and hopefully will not have any problems starting a new year in her preK room in September.


Reading. I cannot read in the car because I am getting carsick. But Anna doesn’t seem to have any problems with it, and we usually take a pile of books with us to make the travel go faster. Lately she likes non-fictional books more – she is very interested in geography books and also in books explaining how things work. I’ll write about some of her current non-fiction favorites in tomorrow’s What My Child Is Reading post.


Math. Anna’s interest in math has rebounded lately, and she chooses a lot of math-related activities. She likes to measure and count and is trying to figure out skip-counting on her own. I might do some games with her on skip counting next week when we have some time. We also do Time4Learning every evening. We might still try some other options before signing up, because we are both frustrated with endless repetition on each screen that wastes a lot of time.


Geography. It was fun this week to introduce Anna to India. I hope to visit in person one day, hopefully with someone who really knows the country and local customs. In the meantime we read books, watched The Jungle Book and learned a little about The Taj Mahal. We also read together Tigers at Twilight from The Magic Treehouse series and made bangles for our StArt project.


Arts and Crafts. Anyone who reads my blog knows that my daughter is not exactly Ms Crafty (and neither am I). But this week we experimented a lot with new materials – scotch tape, corrugated cardboard, yarn and foil, and Anna enjoyed trying them all out. She also asked for playdoh and did some pipleclearner creatures, and I am encouraged to see her getting more interested in creating things.


Play. I saw some beautiful outside stove ideas here and here. But since I am lazy, I just put out the cardboard box and told Anna that it’s her new stove. This was more than enough for her to launch into cooking up a line of delicious mud pies, mud soup and hot chocolate (out of mud, of course). No pictures of her, because we both wisely decided to declare clothing “optional” for this activity. At some point out came a garden hose and one formerly filthy child was allowed back in the house.

Come and share your week’s accomplishments in Preschool Corner hosted by Homeschool Creations.


Mom and Kiddo said...

I love being lazy, you definitely had the right idea! And I'd hardly call our stove "beautiful" :)

littlewondersdays said...

What a great week! Your geography study looked interesting again. Great cooking too!

Christy said...

Great post. I love your stove. That is something I can make!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I am so impressed with her interest in skip counting. She is doing so well with her math.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ticia said...

I sometimes think when we make the fancy pretty versions of things it takes away from the kid's imagination. I know my kids have the most insane games going in the backyard with a 5 gallon paint bucket and the playscape and a bunch of shovels (which they have to be warned not to hit people with).

MaryAnne said...

I love your cardboard box stove!

And, I look forward to hearing about Anna's favorite non-fiction books tomorrow =)

I'll start reviewing books again sometime, and will link up when I do!

April said...

The cardboard box stove was a great way to let her play in the mud! Sounds like fun!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The box is great! I think I might go so far as to draw a couple circles on the top for burners - but I'm not sure about the clothing optional cooking, we have some pretty close neighbors :)

Kim said...

How did Anna like the Jungle Book? I love the stove! We saved a bunch of boxes from our move and I have many plans for them, but no motivation!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Haha! Love the stove too! It is great when they just go along with it too. Good for imagination!

Joyful Learner said...

We used to have a stove like that. I actually drew circles on it and had an oven door and everything. But it was trashed after a playgroup because it was played with so much. The kids loved it THAT much. :)

My Family My Forever said...

I love that stove idea and the commentary on the formerly filthy child:-).

I remember y'all going to Gilroy Gardens last summer too. Doesn't seem like a whole year has already come and gone!

Jenny said...

A box is all you need for a stove. That's a fun idea. I think you two seem craftier than you probably think you are!