Friday, November 5, 2010

imageAnna is 4 years old.

Oct31_HalloweenAnna 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.

Nov2_Outside

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!

Nov2_Drawing

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 :)

12 comments:

Kylie said...

Love her spelling, but at least she is writing and trying. She's doing very well.

Christy said...

C and R wake up at 6!!! They go to bed at 7.

R's preschool is play based, but they are doing K-prep too. They don't do much work, but they have a letter of the week theme and they work on simple math concepts daily.

Ticia said...

I love how her spelling is. There's something enticing to me about the early spelling of kids.

Probably why I taught first grade.... Or from teaching first grade.

Phyllis said...

I love the inventive spelling stage. She is doing exceptionally well at four!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I hope you did send that letter to her grandparents - it's very sweet!

Debbie said...

It sounds like we are both in the same stage with our girls. Selena is quite testy come evening and is going to bed between 7 and 7:30. I agree with Leah I hope you sent that letter to her grandparents.

MaryAnne said...

Anna's leprochaun looks very cool! And it's so cute that she has her own little desk in your office!

Joyful Learner said...

It's wonderful she has begun writing! It's pretty exciting when they first explore and try new things. JC hasn't been doing invented spelling as much. She used to write elaborate stories and then one day she completely balked when she couldn't read her own writing! Now, she asks me how to spell words which means no more elaborate stories. :(

Kim said...

Glad she enjoyed Halloween so much. Crumpet too - he was telling everyone how much he loved their costumes. He told one little 'batgirl' he liked her costume every time he saw her (5 or 6!) He had no idea she was the same girl!
I'm glad Anna's writing is coming along. Love the picture!
I'm jealous of your leaves, but it's getting a bit cooler here, which is nice..

Aging Mommy said...

Isn't it wonderful when they truly enjoy Halloween and lose any fear just are swallowed up with excitement. Anna for just 4 is writing incredibly well - at my daughter's preschool they do not start writing until next year in Pre-K. How wonderful that she is starting to draw more and enjoy art - sounds like she is just going to take off in every direction.

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I love their spelling and story telling attempts at this stage. I think your decision to spend more time in the early evenings playing and relaxing together sounds like a perfectly sensible way to spend your time :)

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Anna's leprechaun picture and story both sound sweet.

Sounds like she really did have a good Halloween all the way around!

I agree that just being together after her day at school is also most important especially if she's going to bed earlier.

We need to get back into an earlier bedtime and wake time routine around here! With homeschool and Jamie working for himself we are being a bit too relaxed lately and I need to tighten up:-).