Consider it Anna’s “first day of school picture” – it was taken on her first day of school in the afternoon. This year we extended Anna’s school stay to 3:30 pm, so my husband can start going to the office for 2 days a week. She will still go to preschool for 3 days a week and have two days a week for playdates and other activities with her papa. Her school has a nap time in early afternoon, and Anna actually napped on her first day. It was awesome, because she was happy and energetic in the afternoon, and I hope that the trend continues throughout this school year.
Reading. We don’t do a lot of dedicated reading activities any longer, but usually we try to have one time during the day when she reads something to us. Her latest favorite was Stuart Little easy reader collection that my husband got for her in Barnes & Noble, but she skipped one “scary” chapter about Stuart and the Library Owl. I am thinking about revisiting Progressive Phonics with her, because she switches so completely to whole reading and struggles to read multi-syllable words that follow phonics rules but new to her.
Math. Anna is always ready for “sweet math” with measuring and stirring. We made chocolate chip cookies for the first time, and the favorite part for both of us was eating the batter. She also continued her math journey on DreamBox and waded into new waters of two digit numbers that she needs to read off an abacus and then select from a set of numbers presented to her. Knowing that, say, “twenty three” is presented as 23 is not a challenge to her, but actually recognizing the number on an abacus is quite a challenge. However, her motivation is extremely strong, and she is willing to stretch herself to be able to continue her game.
Arts & Crafts. Anna was not too interested in arts and crafts this week, but drew occasional pictures on her magnetic board and new blackboard with erasable markers. Her idea of craft time and my idea of craft time are not always the same as proven by our StArt project. She mostly likes sticker storytelling (I give her a sheet of stickers and she uses them to tell a story) or something that she can use in play later. She is not interested in art for self-expression. She seem to think that she expresses herself enough by talking non-stop.
Other. Anna has neglected her trike for a long time, but she is finally riding it confidentally. It’s still not something that she really wants to do a lot, but at least she doesn’t fight it any longer. Another good development is cleaning up her room without a fight. Now she has “a date with Mr Timer” every afternoon. She is very proud that she gets to set the timer herself (she sets it for 10 minutes) and races around trying to clean up before the beep. It’s so much better than nagging and resisting – Mr Timer is a magical device indeed :)
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