Anna is 4 years and 4 months old. Daughter had a reasonably good week, which cannot be said about me. I finally caught my husband’s cold and felt tired and miserable. Luckily, I started to get sick on Monday night, so we had a nice long weekend and used the break in rainy and cold weather to spend some time outside. I read in the newspaper that it might snow here this weekend, and Anna is super excited at the thought that she might see snow. I still think it’s not going to happen though. Anna’s theme in school was Dinosaurs, one of her ongoing obsessions. At home we started to dig deeper into musical instruments.
Reading. Anna loves books, especially new books. We had “fights” this week when she begged me for new books to read while I was trying to point out to her that she has a big pile of library books that she refuses to return to the library. She still likes books with pictures, but this week she was reading a big book of original Winnie the Pooh stories. Her comprehension level is high even though she tends to “misread” longer unfamiliar words. She picks their meaning from the context or asks me if she cannot make sense of the sentence without knowing an unfamiliar word.
“Music and Movement”. I brought home Mary Poppins DVD from the library, but Anna very categorically refused to watch a movie. Interestingly, she has no interest in movies unless it’s Sid the Science Kid, Reading Rainbow or non-fiction. However, she loved the bonus feature on DVD with some songs from the movie. She danced to them many times and attempted to sing them following subtitles. Even after seeing the scenes from the movie and all the assurances that the movie is “not scary”, she still didn’t want to watch it, and it went back to the library.
Social studies. Behold the future President of the United States. We didn’t focus on long gone Presidents but discussed instead what President does by reading a few books. Now Anna added President to her list of future careers. They also include the first astronaut on Mars and Person of the Year. Looking at the list, she could go for two out of three. She was very concerned to learn that not everyone agrees with what President does – this kind of contradicts her ideas of listening to authority figures.
Practical Life. Anna was very helpful around the house lately. She is very proud to be able to set the table, clear the table or get her own glass of water. She loves helping in the kitchen, especially if we are cooking something sweet like banana bread. Her swimming classes (I consider swimming part of “practical life” and not a sport) are going much better, and I am optimistic that she will be swimming by summer.