Friday, May 27, 2011

May25_Baker

It’s been another very busy week for me at work, and I didn’t have any energy for “afterschooling”. Anna doesn’t seem to miss it much as long as I am still available to play with her a little bit after work, have dinner together, read books and tuck her in. We made one big art project over the weekend – salt clay, and she enjoyed it a lot. Her theme in school was Vacation. I can’t believe that her graduation is only 2 weeks away. I don’t take graduation too seriously, since she is still going to stay in the same classroom with the same teacher for summer camp. We did some reading at home about United Kingdom, since this is our next stop in country studies.

May24_Farm

Field trips: On Sunday we went to the Emma Prusch Farm Park in San Jose – nice (and free) outing to see some farm animals up close. Last year Anna didn’t care for animals, she wanted to go to the playground as soon as possible. This year, however, she was quite interested in all the fowl they have and insisted on feeding them. The highlight was when a resident peacock joined other birds pecking at chicken scratch seeds. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me at that moment.

May26_Stickering

Arts and crafts. From time to time Anna gets an urge to do what she calls “stickering”. My mom gave her this Mellisa & Doug sticker collection and after ignoring it for a few months, she is now all over it. Sometimes she uses crayons or pencils to add details to the sticker scene, but mostly she is just using them to make up stories. Our only guided art project was “salt dough creations”.

May23_School

Play. Anna and papa make the best of their new afternoon time together that used to be my domain. The other day when I came home late Anna was busy making “tools” out of her Tinkertoys. One of her tools was a paint brush. She took some empty cups and proceeded to “paint” her whole room in different colors. It’s interesting to see her imagination at work. This picture was taken when she was playing school – she was “teaching my students about different animals”. The teacher was a sock pupper, and the students were mostly smurfs.

10 comments:

Debbie said...

True learning at it's best!

MaryAnne said...

Such cute pictures! It sounds like Anna had a nice week. I hope work calms down for you soon.

Christy said...

I hope work slows down. We have those M&D stickers too, but they haven't been touched yet. I have to remember to leave them out.

Phyllis said...

I am sorry you are working so hard. I can hear your weariness, but I can also see how special your times with Anna are to both of you. I just love your new categories. I think this time of play and being together is so beautiful.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Anna's pretend play always sounds so wonderful to me.

Ticia said...

Hopefully it all slows down very soon. That's got to be hard for all of you.

That park sounds wonderful.

Kim said...

Crumpet is suddenly very into (Star Wars) stickers too.. Love the pretend play stories!
You make my tired, just thinking about having to play and care for a little one after long days at work. I can barely manage bath time at the end of the day here..Where do you find the energy?

The girl who painted trees said...

Bear was just stickering today actually in conjunction with her writing folder which I just posted about. I love Anna's pretend play too. She's got such a great imagination.

Brandie said...

Afterschool- such a great idea and term!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Jack LOVES his M & D sticker book like Anna is using. I do too!

So, how does Anna know what 'smurfs' are? Just curious.

I sure hope this week finds your work manageable. Been thinking about you...