Friday, February 11, 2011

# Week In Review – February 11, 2011

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.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Visiting the salt marshes sounds like a lot of fun.

We also have Mighty Mind. On the front of the box it says, "keeps kids busy for hours!" which I think is the best selling point... ever.

TheRockerMom said...

What a great and well-rounded week! I totally agree about the importance of logical and spatial puzzles. We have Mighty Mind and the next step, Super Mind and Robbie adores them. Thanks for reminding me, I need to try to direct him toward them again.

:)

Phyllis said...

Sounds like a lovely week. I remember when my daughter was in a morning preschool program and when I picked her up one day, one of the teachers was so excited. Apparently Katie had not only finished off the box of Mighty Mind but was working on a second, more advanced box. She said that she had never seen anyone get that high. I know I couldn't do them!

Debbie said...

Great week. Anna looks so happy! I have never heard of Mighty Mind, might have to check it out.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

It can take several times in level one or pre-k before some children will put their face in the water. Don't be discouraged though, even if they repeat levels, they do eventually learn to swim using those red cross, swimming pool lessons. I had nearly given up with my first two, but we kept putting them back into lessons, and now they swim quite well.

Ticia said...

Finding new parks is always fun to do.

Glad to see she enjoyed her visit.

Christy said...

This reminds me that I have to put C and R in swim lessons. T used to swim for the local swim team, but C and R are petrified of pools.

Our town recreation dept. has a great tennis program over the summer. Do you have anything like that? It's a lot cheaper than regular tennis lessons and it helps to get them started. The lessons here are taught by kids from the high school tennis team.

I didn't realize your husband had gone to visit his parents while your parents were in town. I must have missed that.

Joyful Learner said...

Sounds like a great week! I have to look into Mighty Math but I'm reluctant to buy anything new at this point.

We were planning swim lessons in Hawaii but the swim instructor never got back to me. So, daddy ended up teaching her. Of course, he bribed her with a stuffed seal she's been begging us to buy. She ended up putting her face under water and getting more comfortable. I think we will hold off on the lessons though.

Kim said...

Good luck with all those Valentines. Crumpet made 4 for the Meals on Wheels ladies and was completely burned out. I'm glad we don't have a whole class to prepare for! I want Crumpet to play tennis too, but so far, he'll only join me for a few minutes...

The girl who painted trees said...

We almost signed Bear up for lessons in the summer, but then I taught her myself. She got really brave by the end of the summer. Mighty Minds sounds good. I want Bear to get lots of practice with spatial tasks:)

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Joe worked on Valentine's all week diligently too. He didn't seem to mind surprisingly.

Thanks for sharing Mighty Mind. I am going to look into it.

No head under water here with Joe either! Hanna was almost in second grade before she became what I consider a swimmer willing to learn.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Sounds like such a great week! I'm a big tennis player too, but so far I haven't done much to introduce Emily to it yet. Just hitting a balloon back and forth over the net with the racket. Looks like Anna had a lot of fun!

Julie said...

M's theme this week was also friendship and it continues into next week. Sounds like she's doing well with her Valentines. I'm sort of regretting having M make hers this year as it takes a lot longer, but I think she'll manage to finish by Monday!

MaryAnne said...

That's a lot of valentines!

Mighty Mind looks like a neat game, and maybe one that would help Emma build her math skills.