Friday, December 17, 2010

Dec14_MamaAnna

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.

Dec13_Books

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.

Dec13_Math

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.

Dec12_Cookies

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.

Dec15_GngerbreadHouse

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.

16 comments:

MaryAnne said...

That's a great picture of you and Anna! I'm so impressed by Anna's love of reading - and how nice for her, especially as an only child. My 7yo niece is a voracious reader, and her younger brothers and sister get jealous of her books sometimes =)

Congratulations on getting picked to review for Timberdoodle, they look like a neat company!

Today is Mike's last work day in 2010 also - so exciting!!!

Phyllis said...

It must be so joyous for your heart to see her reading with such gusto. I was just like her as a child. I always assumed my kids would be like that, too!

Debbie said...

A great week! Enjoy your time with your family.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Looks like she's a pretty busy girl! Have a fun rest of the year.

The girl who painted trees said...

I wish bear didn't like eating cookies! Timberdoodle looks great.

Christy said...

I love the picture of you and Anna! Hooray for time off! I'm sure you will enjoy every minute.

I am reviewing for Timberdoodle too.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We love going to the library too. My son loves to read the books as soon as we get home.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Great baking picture! She looks so intent :) How nice to have some time off right at Christmas.

Ticia said...

Congrats on joining that review team!

How cool is that that she wants to get one and give one? My kids go through random bouts of generosity and then they usually want to give away lots of their toys they play with all the time. Which is a struggle for me.

Debbie said...

I meant to tell you the picture of Anna with her books reminds me so much of Selena on library day. The first thing she does is sit down on the floor and starts looking at all the books, putting them in piles, of her reading books and our reading books.

Eva said...

Looks like a fun week! Anna's love for books is amazing :) I hope you and your family have a wonderful & joyful holiday break :)

littlewondersdays said...

She looks like a natural in the kitchen. Enjoy your special time at home, I know it's precious.

SANDRA said...

My youngest son loves to decorate cookies but won;t eat them unless it's chocolate chip. Looks like Anna has been enjoying helping Mom.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I'm really trying to fit in cookie decorating, but it's proving to be a challenge. Today I went to bake them and was out of sugar. Then my husband came home with sugar and I realized I'm out of oil! Anna looks so cute in the kitchen. How funny that she won't eat the cookies after she makes them. My guy is the same way with pizza.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Also, I'd never heard of Timberdoodle, so I'm looking forward to reading your reviews.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I LOVE that picture of you and Anna!! It is so good and so sweet.

I hope you enjoy every bit of your time off and together over Christmas break with family and friends.

I really enjoy being part of the Timberdoodle team and have reviewed some fun stuff so far. The verdict is still out on our critical thinking books right now. Joe likes them alot, but he is so happy to do anything I give him. Hanna will be the decision maker for me with her book:-).

Anna is such a smart girl Natalie! I always enjoy seeing all that she is learning and doing.