Friday, January 14, 2011


Anna is 4 years 2 months old. We are slowly getting back into routine here. Kindergarten registration opened on Monday, and I dropped off Anna’s package. It turned out that now TB test is also required for all students, so papa had to take her in for that test and for her flu shot booster. She was not amused with extra needles. It’s strange to think that this year my little girl will go to the big school, but she now enjoys her preschool days, especially since she is allowed to read during nap times. Her theme in preschool was Construction, and at home we wrapped up Arctic and zoomed off into space. The picture on the left is from a fun birthday party that she attended this past weekend. I call it “two monkeys”.


K Prep. Anna’s favorite game to play on my iPod is Teach Kindergarten. Her previous favorite was Feed Me Monster (free), but she got to the end of it. She doesn’t get to play on my iPod often, but it’s a nice way to unwind after a long day (for both of us), and she doesn’t have to write anything – it’s still her least favorite of all school activities.


Arts and Crafts. I love it when Anna is interested in drawing or crafting. One of her favorite things to do is to make “accessories” for her paper dolls. Usually this means drawing, cutting and pasting together “food” or “pets”. When she is in the flow, she is not at all concerned about whether her drawings have anything to do with reality or not – she is simply having fun.


Play. Is anyone up for a tea party? I am now trying to scale down our “afterschooling” and give daughter more time to play. She loves her teenage babysitter and was pretty excited to stay with her once last weekend. She is also a lot more open to joining other neighborhood kids outside. There is a group of young teenagers including her babysitter who seem to enjoy playing with little kids, and she gets to make more friends lately. In other news – she started swimming classes, and I hope that she will enjoy our community pool even more this coming summer.


MaryAnne said...

It sounds like you had a great week! I love the "two monkeys" picture, and it looks like Anna did a LOT of drawing this week!

Christy said...

I love the two monkeys! Cute. It sounds like you had another great week. C didn't like to write at all until he was in Kindergarten.

Debbie said...

I am with the others, looks like you had a great week. The two monkeys picture is so cute, I also like the tea party picture.

Phyllis said...

Sounds like a great week!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Great pictures of Anna!

Kim said...

Oh wow, kindergarten registration.. I'm kind of glad we aren't going through that this year. Just the words make me cry. What a big girl! So good that she is now enjoying preschool. And that she's making friends and enjoying her babysitter. We are hoping that a young friend of ours will start babysitting for us after her birthday in March. Sam loves her and it would be great to get out regularly!Good luck with the swimming classes.

The girl who painted trees said...

I'm glad Bear gets to stay in her MOntessori preschool three days a week for Kindergarten. I get to teach her the other two days so I'll be part homeschooling and she still gets the school experience. I'm stressed about the decision for first grade, but we'll come to it then and not now. Things always change anyway. Anna's drawings are cute. I'm glad you get to unwind together. So important.

Ticia said...

I love tha she's making stuff for her paper dolls that is so much fun

It's a bit of a shock when you realize your oldest is ready for kinder. Of course if you moved to Texas she wouldn't go for another year. We have an august cut off date

Our Homeschool Fun said...

That picture of Anna playing your iphone is cute, so is the one of her in her kitchen.

I'm so happy for you that she's enjoying her swim lessons and hope it continues!

Glad you had a good week back to the "normal" routine of things.