This week has started with big battles between daughter testing every rule and parents trying to reinforce them. Parents won, and by Monday life has returned to normal. Anna’s theme in school was Rainforest. I wish they had better books and crafts, because she keeps telling me that giraffes and lions are rainforest animals. At home we continued with space, learned quite a bit about space travel, moon rovers, shuttles and space stations and built a lot of them from Lego. On Tuesday night my parents came for a visit. They will stay with us for almost 2 weeks, and, of course, Anna is over the top excited – she loves her Babushka and Dedushka.
Math. We didn’t do much for math this week except referring to various Lego pieces as 2x2, 2x3 or 4x1 and playing a money game here. I didn’t care much for the game since it allowed too much guessing and one part was too long. She also pulled out her Miniluk and Miniluk books and played with them for a while. Miniluk is a great system to encourage attention, number recognition and logic.
Science. We continued to learn about space, spacecrafts and moon rovers by reading a few books and watching The Big Space Shuttle. Anna learned a lot about shuttle missions and what astronauts do. However, she thought that it’s much more interesting to be “a nice alien from Pluto” – she put a deflated ball on her head to create her alien outfit.
Nature. While most of the country is blanketed by snow, we are having our typical late January weather – it’s warm enough to wear short sleeves during the day. Every January we go to a certain hiking place – this year was the first time Anna hiked all 3 miles or though on her own. Usually the place has a lot of California poppies, but it has been a cold winter, and only one brave bush popped out so far. We saw a lot of egrets up close – they are so graceful. I just wish Anna wasn’t whining so much – she kept saying that she would rather play at home. We definitely need to get back to more field trips, so she can build up her strength and get used to hiking.