Anna is 3 years 10 months old
This was a vacation week for Anna, and my husband promptly booked her mornings with playdates. They explored a new playground, visited Palo Alto Junior Museum and had a play date with Anna’s best friend. On Wednesday I took a day off, since my work friend and I planned to take the kids to Exploratorium in San Francisco. Unfortunately, this did not happen, because her son got sick, so I went with “Plan B” and took Anna to San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum. I haven’t been there since Anna was a baby (she visited several times with her father), and it was fun to see that she knew very well where she wanted to go.
Reading. Both non-fiction and fiction books were popular this week. She got back her reading light and returned to her ritual of reading a couple of books before falling asleep. One book from our own library that is back in favor is Cars, Trucks and Things That Go – apparently, daughter is a big Richard Scarry fan.
Math. Daughter loves DreamBox and plays it every day with great enthusiasm. I continue to be impressed with how well thought out this math game is. I can definitely see marked improvement in attitude and also in understanding of some math concepts that for some reason didn’t click before. A lot of “I get it now” moments happened this week, so I am pretty excited. Maybe I finally found our “Progressive Phonics” for math – something that can be done in 15 minutes a day, be interesting to my daughter and lead to a remarkable leap.
Field Trips. For the first time in the last year I forgot my camera at home, and that was for my trip to San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum! Grrr! I took some pictures with my horrible cell phone camera, but they don’t quite capture what a wonderland this place is for kids. Waterways (in this picture) and temporary Bob the Builder exhibit were her favorites. Bob the Builder is definitely any budding builder’s paradise – with toy trucks to climb into, various building tools, dress up and construction toys. We spent total of four hours in the museum without any meltdowns – sight previously unseen.
Fine Motor Skills and Crafts. Anna had very little interest in crafting this week except painting paper dolls for our StArt project. She got something new for writing that held her interest for a little – a small dry erase board. Talking to her about writing words, it looks to me that her problem is not as much technical skills required as confidence and motivation. I think I am still going to wait for a couple of months to see if some of those missing pieces will fall in place.
Other. A lot of vacation time was spent playing outside. The favorite place appears to be a dirt pile which makes for a lot of laundry. We also attended a baby shower, and Anna entertained everyone by winning the nursery rhymes game. It surprised me that she could recognize the nursery rhyme from the random line in the middle of the rhyme. She was faster than me and knew more. Soon I won’t be able to keep up with her in other areas too :)
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