Today is the last working day of the year for me – woo-hoo! I am looking forward to the break and hanging out with my family and friends. Anna had a Winter Wonderland party in school, and her theme was music. At home we were busy finishing up homemade cards for friends and family, and we had precious little time for anything else. I keep reminding myself that she is still learning a lot from playing, listening to Christmas music and reading many books every day – both on her own and with us.
Reading. This is how Anna’s room looks like on Saturday after a visit to the library. Usually we split the books into “reading together” pile and “her” pile. Then she sits down with her blanket and goes through her pile like a wildfire. She also spends most of her rest time reading through many books we own. The length of the book and complexity of the text don’t hold her back – she can read any book if she wants to. This girl loves her books, especially the ones she hasn’t read yet.
Math. I am excited to join a review team at Timberdoodle. The first thing that they offered for me to review was a title from one of my favorite publishers Critical Thinking. Anna was reasonably open to some paperwork, especially when I told her that she can earn one point per fully completed page. We haven’t quite discussed redeeming the points (the point is represented by one penny). Anna said that when she has “enough money”, she will buy one toy to donate and one toy to keep. I think it will be quite a lot of pages before she has “enough money” for that.
Cooking. ‘Tis the reason for the cookies. Anna tells everyone who listens how much she loves to cook and bake, and it’s true. She loves helping in the kitchen, and gets better with cutting, mixing and stirring. She went to two cookie decorating parties and went wild with icing and decorating pieces. Interestingly, then she doesn’t want to eat the cookies – she only likes chocolate treats.
Arts and Crafts. This is also a season for coloring. In the mornings when Anna is home, she comes to the office in the morning and busily sets out to “work” on her own – coloring Christmas pictures. I used her colorings to make Christmas cards for friends and family. We didn’t get to do messier projects this week, since our time together was limited. I hope we can do more painting and baking over the next two weeks.