Anna is 4 years 3 months old. It was grandparents’ week in the house. Anna still went to school, and her theme there was Birds. She and babushka spent a lot of time on “practical life” activities when Anna enthusiastically helped my mom to cook and bake. Anna informed me that she doesn’t eat well, because “well, mommy, you don’t cook what I like”. I guess I have to cook more fish from now on, since she ate both freshly salted and baked salmon like a starving kitten. We are still battling some behavior issues of “I want to do what I want to do” and “I will find fault with everything if I look long enough” kind – it feels sometimes that our 4 year old is doing a practice run for her teenage years.
Spelling. My parents brought Anna a new game – Scrabble Jr, and she enjoyed playing with them. So far she is playing “the easy side” of this game and hopefully learning how to spell the words that are already preprinted on the board. I am curious to see if she will play “free words”, but we haven’t tried it yet. She can spell easy words, but always balks at more complex words and asks me to spell them for her.
Geography and Social Studies. I had a lot of plans for Chinese New Year, but work has been stressful this week, and I didn’t want to take over too much from my parents. We watched Chinese New Year movie from the library where the quality of production was horrible, and we read a few books about the holiday. Theoretically, Anna wanted to make a dragon from the movie, but practically she was not in a crafty mood all week and preferred to build with her magna tiles.
Play. The best part of the week was simply playing with grandparents. It’s always good to have “different hands” for a while – playing different games and learning different things. Even though Anna kept telling me that she would rather play with me than with babushka and dedushka, I know that she is enjoying their visit a lot and will miss them when they leave.