We have all enjoyed our two weeks of vacation. It was really nice to be able to sleep in (Anna would usually come to our room between 8:30 and 9:30) and take naps (Anna was playing in her room during our naps). We spent leisurely days at home – playing, reading and cooking together. On non-rainy days Anna was happy to try out her new bike (a Christmas present from Oma and Opa), and so far she really enjoyed it. We’ll see what happens when the training wheels come off. Everyone was in a good mood. It was not easy to go back to getting up early and getting back to the routine, but we are getting there… one day at a time.
Reading. The reason for the late sleeping during our vacation time was Anna’s habit of reading in bed. She also loves making herself “reading nests” on the floor. I was wondering when she will be interested in reading chapter books without too many pictures, and this week she read Polar Bear Patrol from Magic School Bus series – somehow this series appealed to her a lot more than some others we tried previously.
Math. We did some “math for points” work over vacation. Then on Monday Anna threw the biggest tantrum, because she was too tired to do her math and she really wanted to earn her math points. She has a curious gap in her understanding of skip counting, so I think this is the area where we will focus a bit more for the time being. She had a fun hands-on activity to learn more about lines of symmetry last week.
Arts and crafts. Anna was not very into arts and crafts during our break – she’d rather read than draw or paint, but she has her art supplies freely available and draws or colors when she feels like it. Since Christmas is over, she was working on a new decorations for her bedroom window – coffee filter snowflakes. Very colorful and so fun to blow around the kitchen.
Play. This year there were hardly any “duds” in Christmas presents. Anna was very excited about the bike, and one of her favorite presents was a new digital watch from her uncle and aunt. You might see it in practically every picture. Our own big present, Magna Tiles, was a big hit as well. It’s really a wonderful set, and I hope that Anna will play with it for a long time.
The year started great – let’s see what happens now when we are all back to work/school routine.