It was the last week of Anna’s summer camp in her preschool. Overall, I am somewhat disappointed between the difference in how this program was “marketed” and how it actually went. I’d say that her summer camp was a glorified daycare, but at least she got used to her new teachers and her new classroom… somewhat. The school is closed for the next 2.5 weeks, and Anna will have a lot more time with papa. Hopefully the weather will allow spending time in the pool and in local parks. I can’t believe that the summer is almost gone, and the new school year will start on September 1st.
Reading. Oops! Anna lost her “reading light” this week, because she kept turning it on after her “final bedtime call”. Usually she reads in bed for about 30 minutes and then we ask her to turn off the light and get to sleep. Also practically every day I was finding the light on early in the morning and her sleeping and covering her face with a blanket to avoid bright light. So the light went away for the time being – she might get it back when she is “3 years and 10 months old”, that is, in a week.
Math. We used the trial time of Time4Learning to complete the whole K Math curriculum. I didn’t start the curriculum from the very beginning, because it would frustrate daughter to tears. She definitely understands all K math concepts, and I was surprised to see how easy she could do addition when it was presented in a computer game. She is a lot less resistant in demonstrating the same knowledge otherwise – you can see our failed Lego Math game for more detail. By the way, Anna does play with these numbered blocks – she is just not interested in “puzzling them out”. Unlike many other kids, she does not like puzzles and still struggles even with basic 20 piece puzzle.
Geography. We had a very nice time with our country study this week. We were visiting Japan via books, a very interesting DVD and an actual visit to a real Japanese garden. There was so much more that I wanted to do, but I always planned for country studies to be a spiral study, not a mastery study, so we will definitely revisit Japan one day soon. It’s easy to do where we live since San Jose was always home to a large Japanese American community.
Arts and Crafts. Anna was very interested with an idea of writing in pictures. One night she stated that she wants to make a book about her visit to Hakone Gardens. I stapled a few pages together, and she proceeded to cover them in squiggles while dictating herself a story. Some of the squiggles did have some resemblance to reality – for example, she drew a gate for the garden and some rocks. I always like when she comes up with her own projects similar to her modern art ladybug.
Other. Daughter can be pretty helpful when she wants to be, especially when she gets to try new things such as this battery-operated pencil-sharpener. She was very fascinated by it. We still have occasional power struggles about cleaning her room in the afternoon – it’s not so much on whether to do it, it’s rather when. Experience showed that delaying this activity until after dinner makes for a very trying bedtime routine, so we are working on getting her to clean up directly after her “quiet time”. It’s not easy, but we are working on it.
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