Friday, January 7, 2011

Jan1_Bike

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.

Jan4_Reading

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.

Jan4_Math

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.

Jan4_Snowflake

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.

Jan4_MagnaTiles

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.

13 comments:

Christy said...

Sounds great. R can't wait to have her training wheels taken off; they will come off in the spring when we take the bikes out again. I think it's great that Anna loves to read on her own so much.

Ticia said...

We need to replace the tubes in Princess' bike. We haven't enforced the whole bike thing too much, but we need to.

MaryAnne said...

I've had magna tiles on my wish list for a while now, they look really neat. My kids got a really cool present for Christmas from my statistician brother that Anna might like - it's called Qubits, and I hadn't seen it before. You can find it on Amazon. It's a little beyond their current building ability, but they like me to help them build bridges, and they enjoy building random things because the rubbery pieces feel so nice.

Counting is a huge hole in our home - Emma just can't get past ten, consistently at least. Apparently Mike was the same way, and he's exceptionally good at (abstract) math as an adult, so hopefully she turns out the same way! I never had trouble counting, but then again I had three older siblings teaching me how from a very young age!

TheRockerMom said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation!! I'm really interested to know more about your math points. What are they?

Discovering Montessori said...

Nice vacation time you guys had. I never thought about my children decorating their bedroom windows before,they would love doing that. Thank you for sharing.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Nice week! It's always so sad when vacation ends.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Too funny that she had a meltdown over NOT being able to do math!!

littlewondersdays said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful vacation together. I know it was precious time.

Debbie said...

Vacations are always so nice. I love the picture of Anna on her bike. Glad she is enjoying it. I know that Selena is looking forward to riding her bike again come spring.

Kylie said...

ahhh afternoon naps, gotta love those. I'm curious about your math points too, did I miss that post somewhere?

Kim said...

Glad she likes her bike so much! How nice that she will read and let you nap! And nice that you picked all the right Christmas presents!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Yay! I'm SO happy to see her painting coffee filter snowflakes!! :-) Looks like a really fun week, and she's learning so much!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I've never heard of Magna Tiles, but I am going to look into them.

Sleeping in is great isn't it? I get up every morning pretty early to head out to run, but over much of Christmas holidays and then this week I've slept in with the rest of my family--no one gets up here till nine--and it's been wonderful!

I hope back to school and work goes just as smoothly as vacation went!