Friday, March 25, 2011

Anna is 4 years 5 months old. It was a very rainy and gloomy week, and we all have a bit of a cabin fever by now. We even had a very unusual event – hail. Unfortunately, Anna was in school when it happened. Hopefully hail didn’t kill her herbs that are taking their sweet time to sprout. Appropriately enough, Anna’s theme in school was weather. It was one of those weeks when I had more plans than energy to actually execute them at home. On the positive note, Anna had a blast with papa – preparing another garden patch for her future watermelons (they sprouted successfully!) and simply playing with him. It’s fun to watch these two cuddling and laughing together.
Math and Logic. Anna loves laying her hands on my iPod when she gets a chance. I was excited to download a very first free iPod game created by my “real life” friend Cat. It’s called Sticker Sudoku, and it’s a really neat introduction to Sudoku. It’s pretty challenging for Anna, but she seems quite taken by the game. In fact, she rejects all my attempts to explain her some strategy points insisting that she wants to do it on her own.
Arts and Crafts. It was somewhat more “artistic” week in the house. We got Melissa and Doug stamp pad and tested it by trying out some fingerprint art from Ed Emberley’s Fingerprint Drawing Book. Anna had fun with this activity at first, but got tired from copying the designs pretty quickly. Unfortunately, she is not a person who quickly transitions from a guided activity to “free form” – she was disappointed when her creatures didn’t look quite like the ones in the book. Still it was an interesting project to try.
Meet the Orchestra
Music. We read an interesting book this week called Meet the Orchestra. The book described the orchestra instruments pretty well, but didn’t have a CD with it. DSO website came to rescue and we listened to all the instruments described in the book. Then I tried to get Anna interested in watching a little bit of Fantasia 2000, but she deemed it the famous “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” too scary and asked to turn it off. We discussed which instrument she would like to play. She said, Cymbals, because they are the easiest to learn.
Play. Every day Anna complains that she didn’t have enough time to play with me. Her idea of playing together usually consists of having me choose what we are going to be doing. The things that in her mind qualify as “play” are usually throwing balls, tickling and pillow fights. I personally think that she needs more exercise! Our best playing time this week was building and playing Titanic.
  • Mar21_Rocket Quote of the week: Anna: How do we know that George Washington really lived?
  • Me: Because we have a lot of things written by him and by people who actually knew him and even have his portraits.
  • Anna: But maybe we just know him because his face is on a dollar bill?


Joyful Learner said...

I love the quotes of the week! I may have to copy you one day. I downloaded the sticker soduku and K loves it too.

Christy said...

Hooray for your gardening success with the watermelons; I hope the herbs survive too!

It sounds like you had a great week.

I looked at one of those Ed Emberley books, but we have yet to try it out.

Debbie said...

I must check out the link to the music. Selena is all about music. She is also all about tickling and general rough housing. I always love Anna's quotes.

Phyllis said...

Katie used to love the Ed Emberly books when she was small. Anna is looking so much more grown-up these days! Sounds like a lovely week to me!

Ticia said...

I would think she'd like most of Fantasia 2000 because most of it is fairly conflict free. I love both of the Fantasia movies.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Good question at the end! She really thinks.

Mom and Kiddo said...

We love Peter and the Wolf for instrument introductions. They studied it in kiddo's school last fall and he's been humming it ever since. There is a terrific film version, but the beginning might be too intense for Anna. You'd have to preview it. Check out their website for some learning activities, too.

Kim said...

I've heard good things about that "meet the orhestra' book. Our library is having a small concert next month and I'm looking forward to taking Crumpet.
Glad your seeds sprouted! We planted some of our sunflower seeds, and so far, most are doing well. Thank you!
we have the same problem with art projects. Crumpet visualizes something, and when his project doesn't look like he planned, he gets very discouraged...

MaryAnne said...

I'll have to tell my brother who owns an iPod about that game - I think my nephews would like it!

Anna's quote is fantastic! I love hearing the things she says. It's probably better for her herbs that they hadn't sprouted before that hailstorm. We're having real cabin fever here, as well - Johnny and Lily are sick and it's cold out!

learning ALL the time!!/Susan said...

I have a book called "The Story of the Orchestra" by Robert Levine home from the library right now...I've heard good things about it, but haven't looked at it too much yet. It does have a cd with it.

Viki and David said...

oh thanks so much for the sudoku app! Love the DSO site, too. My MIL loves crosswords, word finds, sudoku, etc and my girl is taking after her. She'll be excited!

Julie said...

I just downloaded sticker sudoku and will let you know what the kids think of it! We have that instrument book. I think it's a cute introduction to the different families of instruments.