Friday, November 19, 2010

Anna is 4 years 1 months old

Nov18_BerriesWe had a great week and took advantage of the last days of good weather before a rainy weekend. Anna’s preschool theme was farm,and at home we wrapped up Australia with Australian lapbook and with watching Wiggly Safari DVD that was filmed in Australian Zoo. My new resolution not to set up “blogworthy” activities made me feel that we had a lot more quality time together, and I enjoyed watching Anna creating her own activities and games (she always does it after she feels that I paid enough attention to her :)).

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Writing. I liked the ideas presented in Raising Lifelong Learners where the author was suggesting to use writing for young children in game context. Anna decided to plant a seed while playing outside (make it about a hundred seeds), watered them carefully and made a sign for papa, to make sure he doesn’t step on my plants. It was interesting to see how she knew exactly how to make her sign – with a craft stick sandwiched between two pieces of paper.

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Self-directed crafts. One evening Anna brought some sticks from outside and announced that she wants to make stick dolls and then dress them with construction paper outfits. Again, she was very certain as to how she wants to do them and worked very hard trying to put them together with a scotch tape. She used pipecleaners to make heads for them. She didn’t want to ask for help and was somewhat upset to discover that her dolls are falling apart too easily, but I think it was a great chance for her to build something of her own design on her own.

Harry Potter 7

Personal highlight of the week was seeing Harry Potter 7 movie on Thursday before it opened for general release. I am a big fan of Harry Potter books, and I was excited when a friend of ours presented us with this treat to see the evening preview while another friend babysat Anna. I was a bit disappointed that many of the book side story lines were dropped, but it was still a good movie. I am already looking forward to Part II that will be out next June, and I am also looking forward to the time when Anna can read and enjoy first Harry Potter books.

12 comments:

MaryAnne said...

How neat to see a sneak preview! I love the "no feet" sign =)

Phyllis said...

Oh, I especially enjoyed seeing your week this week. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

Autumn said...

Looks like Anna is enjoying her unstructured time!

I just picked up my copy of Raising Lifelong Learners at the library yesterday and am looking forward to cracking it open during nap time.

Debbie said...

That is the one thing I love is just watching Selena do things on her own. I love the No Feet sign she made. We've had a lot of craft self motivated craft projects that just didn't turn out like she imagined, but she has had the most concentration during those projects.

Joyful Learner said...

We end up posting lots of things JC ends up creating also. I just haven't had the inspiration to come up with my stuff lately.

It's interesting how Anna chose to write No Feet!

Looking forward to more of her activities!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Was she planting real seeds? That would make for an interesting fall activity :)

Christy said...

I was wondering if she was planting real seeds too. I love her sign.

I'm glad it was a good week for you. I look forward to your posts even more now!

I am a Harry Potter fan too, but my husband and T are not. C is just starting to show some interest. I'm wondering if I should read him the first book or wait until he is ready to read it himself.

Kim said...

I'm glad you are already enjoying your time more with Anna now that there is less blogging. I love her doll craft, and I love that she stuck with it. Crumpet gets ideas for what he wants, but when it isn't immediately easy and doesn't turn out exactly like he wants, he flies into a total rage. Sigh.. And I am so jealous that you got to see Harry Potter. I'm desperately trying to find a babysitter so I can go. Or hoping that it's still out when Crumpet Sr. comes home so I can go then!Only a few more weeks...

TheRockerMom said...

I so want to see HP7pt1, but we have no one to keep Robbie for us.

I love the no feet sign, too!

Ticia said...

Were seeing HP tomorrow. I'm so excited my boys especially often come up with their own projects. It s fun to see

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a fun week -- I can tell this new blog schedule is working well for you!! I love seeing Anna creating her own projects and how fun that you got to see the Harry Potter movie!!!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I LOVE Anna's sign!

We have the Harry Potter movie on our date night list--hoping to make it to it soon!

Hanna was my "taper". I can't even begin to tell you how many rolls of Scotch tape she probably blew through when she was Anna's age through Joe's age at least! I love seeing kids do this sort of thing.