Anna is 4 years 1 months old
We 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 :)).
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.
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.
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.