Friday, November 12, 2010

preschool corner


We are getting back on track after all the excitement of Halloween and Anna’s birthday. All the presents are played with, and candy bowl is not filled to the brim any longer. Ironically, time change is tougher on me than on Anna, since I am an early riser. I am still adjusting to it, but she switched to a different bedtime fairly easily, especially because evenings are so dark now. Anna’s school theme this week was Health, and at home we are wrapping up our three week journey to Australia. I also introduced new rule to Anna – now when I come home we do two activities of my choice and then play until dinner time. It allowed us to fit some things that I wanted to do togetherApples to Apples Jr.

Reading.  Anna got Apples to Apples Jr game as a present for her birthday. Suggested age is marked 9+, because the game requires fluent reading and comprehension. We played it this week, and she had a blast. We haven’t had to help her at all, and she could even judge reasonably well (especially, when she didn’t see who put down what, since she tended to favor me in her judging when she saw which card I put down :)). Playing this game showed me again how far she progressed not only in reading but also in comprehension and in her sense for the language.


Drawing/Writing. We don’t push Anna do drawing, writing and coloring – just keep pencils, pens and markers where she can reach them. It’s interesting to see how her drawing becomes more purposeful every week. She also initiates min writing projects more often – like writing new words for her Thankful Tree. I love to see her independent projects even when they look like strips of paper with squiggles on them (it turned out they were band-aids).

Nov10_Rocket Balloons

Other. We try to spend some time outside while the weather is decent. Anna ran into her former classmate during one of our park outings and had fun helping him launch rocket balloons. It’s a great mini-science experiment to see balloons launch up supported both by wind and by the air coming out of them. And how fun it was to try out the pump!

I am linking this post to Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.


Christy said...

I like your new rule. That sounds like a great way to make sure you can accomplish a few things you have planned and still have some free play time.

MaryAnne said...

Apples to Apples is such a neat game! I don't know why they set the age limit so high - I think any child who can read can happily play the Jr. version. And that's so sweet that she favors you when she sees which card you put down, although it's definitely more fun if you don't know which card goes to which person =)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

It looks like Anna was in the "danger zone" if the balloon had popped!

Joyful Learner said...

I've been wanting to try that game but didn't know why the age limit was so high. Now, I know it, it's not beyond us.

Balloons scare me.

Debbie said...

Sounds like a great week. We have had some struggles with the time change like now Selena will not fall asleep with the light off because it is too dark.

It's fun to watch how our children's drawings and writing change as they grow.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Rocket balloons are so much fun! We have Apples to Apple Jr, and Emily always enjoys playing it too!! Sounds like a really fun week!

Ticia said...

We're still struggling with the time change.......

Jeff hates apples to apples because it's so subjective.

I should look into that balloon launcher, it'd be wildly popular here.

Christina said...

Hi! I just came across your blog today. I have been looking into the game Apples to Apples for my 7 year old daughter, but feared it might be too difficult for her. Now that I've read your post, I think I will give it a shot. She adores board games :) Thanks for sharing!