Anna is 4 years 3 months old.
Anna really enjoyed grandparents’ visit. She really didn’t know what to feel on Monday when my parents left and her beloved papa came back from his visit to his parents, but she was over the top excited to see him back. Her theme at school was “Love and Friendship” in preparation for Valentine’s Day, and at home we were busy mass-producing Valentines for her school friends. Here is a math exercise – how many days do we need to make 24 Valentines if we make 4 Valentines a day and then also Valentines for teachers and favorite people. In short, we are still working on all those Valentines every evening, and Anna learned to write “From Anna” very nicely in process. Another data point that practice makes perfect – I can see that her letter formation improves slowly but surely lately.
Math. Another game that Anna received from my parents was Mighty Mind. She had no interest in it in the summer at their place, but now she was enthusiastically solving the challenges and not wanting to stop. I was surprised to see her getting quite far in this game – all the way to level 19 (there are 30 levels total). In general she is more interested lately in solving logical and spatial challenges, and I think it’s a lot more useful than memorizing math facts at her age.
Nature: We continue to enjoy beautiful weather here. We got to explore a new playground last weekend and go for a hike. Anna was fascinated to see Line 404 between salt marsh wetlands of San Francisco Bay and urban areas of Silicon Valley. She was hoping to see protected salt marsh mouse, and we did see a lot of holes in the ground that could be its nests. Here she is inspecting a ladybug.
Sports: Swim lessons continue, and Anna enjoys them even though she is still not willing to put her face in the water for more than a dip. My mom managed to sweet talk her to do it for much longer in the bath, but so far she didn’t repeat these feats in the pool. My parents were also trying to light her passion for tennis – my entire family plays tennis, and I hope that one day she will too, but I don’t think she is quite ready for real lessons yet.