Anna had a blast on Halloween weekend. There was trick-or-treating in the shopping center, a neighborhood Halloween party and, of course, Halloween night. This year she had no reservations about costumed adults and spooky houses – she was enjoying herself and didn’t want to stop. She was also chatting with all adults and kids she met on the way – she definitely opened up socially a lot lately. Her theme in preschool was Autumn, and we are enjoying great fall weather this week. The trees look beautiful, and the kids have great fun trying to make leaf piles. It’s a little funny to see birch and magnolia leaves together in the pile.
Playing outside. Anna has been waking up earlier lately – somewhere between 7 and 7:30 am. Therefore she was acting exhausted in the evening, and we moved her bedtime to 7:30 pm. It leaves us even less time between the time I come back from work and the time her night routine starts. I decided it’s more important for us to spend this time playing and being outside than in any kind of schooling. She has enough school, since her preschool is so focused on “kindergarten preparation”. Every day she is greeted by the phrase from one of her teachers, Good morning, Anna! Would you like to do your worksheets now or later? And this is supposed to be a play-based preschool!
Writing and Drawing. For fairness sake, teachers’ focus on writing helped move this process along. Anna definitely tries to write more even though her letters are hard to read and her spelling cracks me up. Here is her “letter to grandparents”: Mi trep to Nu Grse moz fun” (My trip to New Jersey was fun). She now has her own desk in our office, and I keep it stocked with paper, so from time to time she wanders off and gets quiet. She is drawing. She is now using more colors and more deliberation, and her pictures are actually telling the story. I don’t have the photo of completed picture, but it was about leprechaun, clovers and “a stealer of clovers”. Then for some reason grandparents were added to the picture too :)