Anna is 4 years 1 month old
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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