It was a mixed week of getting back to routine. Anna was very happy to see me home, but also more clingy, demanding and testing her limits non-stop. Interestingly, she improved as soon as I went back to the office – the familiar routine of comings and goings calmed her down, especially since I tried to spend some time every evening in “no strings attached” play of her choice. The first three weeks in her summer camp at school proved to be tough, but she seems to be settling down there too. I am hoping that she will like the second three-week camp better, since “Construction Junction” seem to be more up her alley than “Creative Canvas”.
Reading The worst punishment for my daughter is taking away her “reading together” privileges or her “reading before falling asleep” privileges. I had to revoke them one night this week, and after her attempts to negotiate the truce failed, she burst into tears saying, But I can’t fall asleep without books! I will be playing and playing until morning. Her idea of a proper night time routine now includes reading for an hour after her “official” time for bed and then coming back for another kiss and a final tuck in.
Math. Excuse this terrible picture, my camera lens needed cleaning. We did some math worksheets, but for whatever reason Anna developed an idea that she is not good at math. It’s kind of funny, because her logical and computational skills are good for her age, but she starts to perceive math as hard. So I am going to pull back a bit and see if she can start seeing math as fun again, which means more games and manipulatives and less “testing”.
Arts/Fine Motor Skills. Anna is a bit more interested in using her magna doodle and we both enjoyed playing squiggles together. She also enthusiastically decorated a picture frame as a present for her father – he had a birthday yesterday. I wanted her to write her name on the frame, but she logically responded to me, But he knows that it’s me in the picture, right?
Time outside. Last year we started pool season right when our community pool opened on Memorial Day. This year we had an unusually cold spring, then we traveled, then we were fighting colds and ear infections. We are happy to finally be back at the pool! Anna loves water, especially shallow “baby pool”. I am still bugging my husband about signing her up for swim classes – I hope that she can learn to swim this year (I think it will take longer than 2 week classes taught by teenagers).
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