Friday, December 3, 2010

Anna is 4 years 1 month old

Dec1_TreeI love this time of the year! By December 1st we had all the lights on the house on and our Christmas and Hanukkah decorations out. This year Anna actively participated in decorating the house and was delighted to choose which ornaments to put on the tree. Her theme in school was Fruits and Vegetables (I have no idea why), and at home we were focusing on celebrating Hanukkah and learning a bit of history behind this holiday. My personal highlight was achieving perfect latkes – the only part I didn’t enjoy was grating potatoes by hand. Anna loves helping me cook, but unfortunately I cannot “delegate” grating to her just yet.

Nov30_Reading

Reading. Anna spends at least an hour a day (more like 2 hours) reading to herself. She is completely fluent and reads silently. Her comprehension level comes out quite unexpectedly in the discussion but really depends on her degree of interest in what she reads. She can quote from the books she likes practically verbatim, it’s sometimes too funny to hear, especially when it happens to non-fiction books.

Dec1_Calendar

Math. Advent calendar is a great activity for number recognition. We always put our days randomly for extra challenge. I decided to wrap up our Dreambox work, since we got into areas that we didn’t cover before. Perhaps we will restart our subscription when Anna is a bit older. Instead we will go back to our Mathematical Reasoning book – it looks like Anna doesn’t resent writing numbers quite as much as she did 6 months ago when we tried it out for the first time.

Dec1_Crafts

Arts and Crafts. Anna is more interested in crafts lately – especially if she gets to try something new in the process. For lazy people like me Activity Village UK has a wonderful and rather secular so far) activity calendar. Or check out Advent ideas at Little Wonders’ Days or at Inspiration Surrounds, Creativity Abounds. Anna was very happy to make the first ornament from the activity calendar printables – we’ll see if this enthusiasm lasts later in the month.

I am linking this post to Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.

13 comments:

Joyful Learner said...

I didn't grating the potatoes and even tried to get JC to do it. But she didn't like it either. Apparently, they have potatoes that are already shredded. Considering ours was gluten and egg free, they came out pretty good! The homemade applesauce came out even better.

It's great that Anna is trying new things!

Christy said...

I am so impressed that Anna spends so much time reading on her own. That is great!

Latkes sound so good. Someday I will try to make them!

Discovering Montessori said...

Good for you for perfecting your latkes. I love have Anna can entertain herself with one of lifes' most precious skills reading. Nice advent calendar. Thank you for sharing.

MaryAnne said...

Perfect latkes - delicious! Growing up, my parents had an attachment for their mixer that could grate anything. They never made latkes, but it would be perfect for that.

Activity Village UK is a great place to find minimal prep activities!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Sounds like you're both having fun this month!

Julie said...

She's doing so well with reading! That's great. We're also using the advent calendar for number recognition. M still struggles with that so I'm hoping it will help. As for the latkes, I've told the family that I'm going to make them for the first time this year. Everyone is very excited so I'm hoping they're at least edible when I'm done! I'm not expecting perfection!

Phyllis said...

I love that first picture of Anna! Thank you for directing me to the Christmas Countdowns. Some fun new blogs for me to see!

Ticia said...

So, how do you make latkes? I'm planning on making them when we learn about Hanukkah, but haven't looked up a recipe yet.

Oh, and in a few years you really need to introduce her to Jean Fritz books, they're a great young history books that are chapter books. She may be able to read them now, but I don't think she'd enjoy them now.

Debbie said...

I love the last picture, the joy on Anna's face is priceless. It sounds like you had a great week!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I love the present garland. It looks so colorful! Anna is growing up so quickly! How wonderful that she is reading on her own so well, and that she loves crafting!! :-)

littlewondersdays said...

It's wonderful that she enjoys reading. You have so many great things going on at your house! Thanks for the blog mention too.

Elise said...

Christmas takes on a whole new meaning when we have the privilege of sharing it with a 4 year old. Savvy gets so excited about seeing the decorations and she can't wait to go and visit all the houses that display Christmas lights. This year we will be able to take Blakie too - last year he was too sleepy and little to stay up a bit later to go and see the lights. Savvy notices all the beauty that Christmas has to offer and her keen observation also means that she points it out to me. I am so grateful that together we can appreciate the magic of the season. Blakie is also very sweet with the things he says about Christmas and he gets super excited to see Santa.

We share a lot of the same goals for the month of December. My biggie is to stay in the moment.

Thank you for mentioning my Christmas activities.

Kim said...

Oh, how I want to decorate, but I'm waiting for hubby. Instead, I'm putting all that energy into shopping, and wrapping, and dreading the process of shipping from Hawaii!!
I'm so impressed that Anna enjoys reading so much. Crumpet now likes reading the Progressive Phonics pages, but still gets annoyed when I ask him to read some of our easy library books. It seems like work to him, and reading is supposed to be special fun time for the 2 of us. I like it to be that, so I don't push too much, but I want him to see how much he knows...
Thanks for reminding me about the Activity Village website. We used it last year, and I need to go back and look at it! Enjoy the season!