Friday, February 4, 2011

Jan31_Cake

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.

Feb1_Scrabble

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.

Feb2_TV

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.

Feb2_Balancing

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.

12 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

That's great that your parents play games with Anna. I'm sure she will miss them.

Ticia said...

I love that last shot of her playing with her dedushka (and that was a new word for me).

MaryAnne said...

Grandparents are wonderful! Looks like Anna is doing a great job balancing on one foot!

MaryAnne said...

Oh, and salmon is something my fussy eaters also consistently love!

Debbie said...

Anna looks so happy being with her grandparents. I love the picture of her with her debushka!

Christy said...

It's too bad your parents don't live closer. I bet they miss Anna so much!

I love all of the pictures in this post.

I had a few things planned for Chinese New Year, but we didn't get to them. C made a dragon in school though.

Discovering Montessori said...

Looks like a fun week! Anna is so blessed to be able to spend time with her grandparents. Most of my favorite childhood memories were of my grandparents. Love the picture of Anna with your father. Grandparents are the coolest! Especially when we have to do the discipling. Thank you for sharing.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Sounds like a great week. There is nothing like grandparents to take the pressure off parenting. I'm thinking I should try some spelling games with Kiddo. We don't have any, though, except for adult scrabble.

Kim said...

Ah, we are familiar with having a 4 year old teenager!
Wonderful visit with grandparents!I am looking forward to having my mom here, even though she doesn't really play with Sam much. It is still nice to have extra hands...

The girl who painted trees said...

It's so great when the grandparents come to play! (I mean stay!) hehe.

Julie said...

It sounds like she had a great visit with her grandparents!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I love all the pictures in this post Natalie. Especially balancing pic. I bet Anna so enjoyed being with her grandparents.

House full of picky eating kids here--so frustrating!