April has brought us beautiful weather, and we are trying to enjoy every minute of it. We took a lot of our activities out of the house, and Anna was spending her evenings in our backyard or playing with neighborhood kids. The water hose season was open too – “running in the sprinkles” is one of her favorite things to do. Her theme at school was Insects/Butterflies.
Reading. As always, Anna read a lot this week. I think she’d rather give up all her toys than her books. Her chapter book of the week was Little House in the Big Woods, which she read in two sittings. Big books or small fonts don’t intimidate her in the least nowadays if she is interested in the story, but she still likes me to read them to her later so she can ask about every word she doesn’t know.
Math. We are going easy on math lately. My husband made a good point to me saying that “advanced” math is really not a critical skill for a 4 year old. I had to agree with him – there will be enough time for daughter to master her math facts. She still gets a bit of workout playing her favorite Teach Me Kindergarten game on my iPod and doing from time to time exercises from Daily Math Practice, Grade 1. Usually it takes her less than 5 minutes to complete 5 daily exercises, but it gives her a chance to practice more formal math and also improve her number formation.
Art. Last Saturday we went to an annual art show in Anna’s school. My favorite was this display of self-portraits drawn a little more than 6 months apart. It was amazing to see how all the kids progressed in their skills in this preK year. We also joked that the pictures express Anna’s feelings about her school in the beginning of the year and in its end :)
Geography. We don’t do country studies this year, but opportunistically watch geography-related programs. Anna was asking to bring back The Little Travelers Japan DVD for a while now, and I highly recommend it for “Japan” unit. It’s not necessarily an educational DVD, but it really immerses young children into the life of a different country as experienced and narrated by two young American sisters. You will know what the Japanese eat, how their houses look like, how they pray and a lot of other interesting tidbits about Japan.
Play. As I said before, most of the play was taken outside this week – to the parks, to the street and to the backyard. We have a pretty good neighborhood with many kids, and the boys usually have enough nerf guns to spare. She is also trying her hand at batting with a baseball bat. At home the most popular game was “packing for a trip” with top bunk being an airplane and the bottom bunk being her new house in the new city.
Quotes of the week. Anna (mixing food on her plate). Look, mama, I am making California! Asparagus is for cactuses in the desert, rice is for snow, and beef is for mountains. We have everything!
I had to look for a while before I was born to find a perfect papa for myself, but I already knew you at that time.