Anna is 4 years 3 months old. We are enjoying better weather and shorter work week this week. Unfortunately, Anna was sniffling this weekend and at some point has lost her voice completely, so we were mostly hanging out at home. She was not happy to miss another birthday party she was invited to, but was somewhat consoled when she could still give a present to her friend and receive a party favor in return. The teachers in school are telling us that she loves to make other kids laugh and pretty good at telling stories. She told me that she is making up stories in her head when she goes to bed but didn’t want to share any – “it’s a secret, mommy”.
Math. We are still doing some math worksheets, but we are trying to focus more on “thinking math” – figuring out answers from the verbal clues, logical reasoning and sequencing. We also did more work on symmetry by folding more paper and cutting space aliens and space ships. I don’t put a lot of emphasis on “math facts” – I will leave that to her kindergarten teacher next year :)
Science. It was the Solar System week in the house. Anna is very fascinated with this topic. She created a solar system out of homemade playdoh, and read many books about space and planets. She also played through a planet mission on the computer where she enjoyed putting planets in order and answering quiz questions about them. Now she added “astronaut” to the list of her future careers.
Arts and Crafts. The weather was warm enough to take crafting outside a couple of times. We were making some “mini-crafts” in small doses for the big space collage – they all involved cutting, drawing, coloring and decorating assorted aliens and spacecrafts. I hope to reveal the completed project next week. Her independent projects also involved some cutting and gluing – a step forward from cutting everything into “a salad”.
Play. The “toy of the week” was definitely Lego, especially when papa was joining in building spaceships too. We also tried two new games this week – Connect 4 and Crazy 8s. Crazy 8s was an instant hit – daughter definitely prefers games of chance to strategy games at this point. I wish we had one more player for Apples to Apples Jr – Anna likes the game a lot, but it’s just not as much fun with three people.