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.
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