It was a pretty busy week for me at work, which meant that I didn’t have as much time with Anna as I usually do, and she was not too pleased about it. She is still somewhat unsettled and has a hard time deciding on things to do. I can only play “invisible monsters are after us” so many times in the end of the busy day. Her theme of the week at school was “shapes”. She seems to be more enthusiastic about school since she finally has two “real friends”. Not very surprisingly for me they both happen to be boys. Apparently, these two boys love to get together with Anna in the reading corner, and they all read to each other. There were some highlights at home as well:
Spelling. Anna is suddenly interested in spelling (I suspect that it was something discussed in her class). She constantly asks how to spell different words. So I decided to revisit Progressive Phonics, and to focus now on spelling. We dug out Book 1 and every night she reads me a few pages from it. Then I quiz her on highlighted words (“short a” words at the moment). It’s funny to think how far she came in her reading and how there was a time when she was struggling to read those words. Now she reads all the text without any problems.
Math. I was just beginning to think that I am going to cancel my subscription to DreamBox if I see yet another abacus game when finally Anna started to see different activities again. She is now in the middle of 1st grade in math, and seems to have no problems identifying 2-digit quantities, comparing numbers, making and solving word problems and doing simple addition and subtraction in her head. She also started to spontaneously read the minute hand on the clock without me teaching her anything about it. She is very good at “pattern identification”, so these things come pretty naturally to her.
Writing. I always found it amusing to see how Anna is off the charts with her reading and math while her motor skills are pretty much age appropriate or even a little behind. As her hand control improves, she gets more interested in writing. Preschool definitely helps – it’s clearly a worksheet year, and now she seems to apply herself more to her writing worksheets. They are doing “letter of the week”, and they are now on letter B. I have never seen her write curved letters successfully before, but as you can see, she is making good progress. She wrote this card with her papa and practiced on the lined eraser board first (my husband got it from Target) before writing the words on paper.
Crafting. Anna has a little more interest in spontaneous crafts again. This one is a “scary Halloween monster with sharp teeth and a poisonous apple in his hair. She was also busy shredding Halloween colored paper into rectangles and making “Halloween cards”. And she really enjoyed her paper doll StArt craft – I think we will be doing more of them in the future.
Other. We had an incredibly hot weather this week. Too bad that the pool has already closed, but Anna spent some time in water play with her papa and running in the sprinkles practically every day. She also enjoyed trying out a plasma car of our neighbors. Anna has finally mastered her trike and thinks that she should get a bike for her birthday. Just as with some other things she does – she went from refusing to ride it to riding it confidently. That seems to be her pattern with things that require motor skills development – there is always a big unexpected jump, and it’s so exciting to watch it happen.
I am linking this post to Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.