Friday, July 2, 2010

preschool corner Anna is 3 years 8 months old.

June29_Happy

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”.June29_Reading

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.

June29_Shopping

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”. June30_PapaPresent

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?

June28_PoolTime 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).

For more weeks in review, visit Preschool/K Corner at Homeschool Creations.

13 comments:

Kylie said...

Glad things are getting back to normal for you all. :-)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

It takes a LOT longer than 2 weeks, with classes taught by teenagers. Be prepared to be patient, but they do eventually learn to swim with those type of lessons.

Anna reminds me so much of my oldest, when he was that age. It just makes me smile.

Debbie said...

I am glad things are smoothing out for all of you. I have talked swim lessons but we don't have a community pool here. There is the Y but they are ridiculously high for membership then the swim lessons. I guess someday I will have to break down and pay for them there.

Ticia said...

We keep meaning to sign up for lessons as well, hopefully after we get back into town.

Ticia said...

Oh, and loved the whole taking away books thing, that was my punishment as well. I got into trouble in reading class in junior high for reading.

Terra said...

I hate hearing young children saying that math is hard. I was one of those children and I had such a hard time with math growing up. I'm sooooo not ready to hear that come out of my daughter's mouth. I don't even tell her she's doing math. She does get frustrated with writing though, so I feel your pain.

Aging Mommy said...

Glad things are getting back to normal. I am amazed that Anna will read on her own for an entire hour after bed time. Although I remember doing the exact same thing once I learnt to read and would do so until it got too dark to see the page. When I was at school Math was my one weak subject. It took my first male teacher to zone in on this and he told my parents that Math is often a subject girls are a little afraid of and shy away from, so with some extra attention for a little while my shyness went away and Math became my best subject and I became an accountant. We started swim class three weeks ago at a great dedicated kids swim school - just once a week for 30 minutes with one teacher and four kids but in three weeks we have seen an amazing difference and they guarantee success.

Joyful Learner said...

I'm thinking about signing JC up for swim classes. I can teach her myself but I've been lazy about getting started. I figure having scheduled classes will force to go.

Pathfinder Mom said...

We tried group lessons at the Y - they were dismal. We did private lessons 4 days a week for 2 weeks and they were so much better. It was amazing how much TB learned in such a short amount of time.

The girl who painted trees said...

I have swim classes lined up for Bear starting Monday. It's a private class but only five days so I don't think it the effects will last long. We'll probably take some through parks and rec for the fall; some group lessons to keep all the learning fresh all year. Bear will look at books on her own for about an hour as well after official bed time. It reminds me of myself as I used to read for hours after I was supposed to be asleep! I hid under the blankets with a flashlight!

Crunchy and Green said...

I am glad things are getting back to normal for both of you. I hope she enjoys her second camp better!

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

I see on your post that anna is 3 years 8 months... wow... is she really advanced with the things she is doing? my son is 3 and a half and I haven't taught him half the things you are doing... i'm gonna check up on your old posts now and see what I can add :)

btw, hi! I know its been a long time! :)

Kim said...

I love how much she loves reading. And I love that she wouldn't put her name on her Daddy's present. Too funny. Crumpet automatically decided math was hard and he doesn't like it, before he'd ever even done math. Weird. I actually like math, but maybe I presented it wrong? So we just never use the word math, and he does fine. :)