Friday, July 29, 2011


In our lives… We had a great and full weekend with two terrific “field trips” – to the ocean and to Big Basin State Park. Anna loved the beach, and the book that I selected for the week, Gramma’s Walk worked really well with the theme even though the walk in the book is an imaginary one. She got additional shots needed for K, and was a tired, vomiting and cranky little girl on Wednesday due to DTap reaction – ugh.


Afterschooling. We tackled Gramma’s Walk book in FIAR program. We are not doing formal FIAR, but do use the book as a foundation for extension activities. Since we only found one shell during our beach visit, I pulled out a tray of shells that I bought about 2 years ago. Anna had fun, cleaning them, sorting them and finding what to do with them.


Creative thinking. When I gave Anna a bunch of shells I asked her what she could do with them. Her choices were interesting – she sorted a bunch of scallop shells “to make a Christmas garland or to use in projects”, a few smaller shells were taken as “scratchy” musical instruments, and she wanted to make a hummingbird feeder out of the largest scallop shell. Another bunch of shells was taken to “make a math game”, but I haven’t grasped the game just yet.


Places we are going… Anna was one very busy traveler this week! In addition to having a beach and a redwood forest as her personal playground, she also headed back to the Monterey Aquarium with her papa and with her favorite friend. This has definitely been the most adventurous week in an entire summer so far. She loves travel and she loves to talk about her adventures with everyone who is willing to listen.

July25_DivingFavorite things. There were a few this week. One is that papa taught Anna to dive. She was resisting it for a while, but now she is so proud of herself that she just spends most of the time in the pool diving. She also expressed more interest in writing this week. As it’s typical for her, she does many things only when she is ready and no amount of pushing will make it earlier.


  • Favorite quote: Mama, are there really millions of books in the world?
  • Me: Yes, and every day more books are being written. Perhaps when you grow up, you will become a writer?
  • Anna: No, I am not so good at writing. But I am good at reading, so perhaps I will become a reader.


Mom and Kiddo said...

Anna's given me a great idea: include the shells we collected at the beach in New Kid's "bucket o' water" play that he does every day. Thanks, Anna!

Joyful Learner said...

I love the pic of Anna on the log. It would be cool to go back when she's older and take another photo!

Anna is so practical. Being a Reader is a good thing. I think we have more writers now with so many blogs. We need more readers! :)

Christy said...

I love the Redwood Forest photo - very cool!

Anna always has great quotes!

Kelly said...

Looks like a wonderful week! Pretty photos.
Little Wonders' Days

MaryAnne said...

It seems to me Anna is well on her way to becoming a reader =)

What a great week you have had! I'm very impressed that Anna has learned to dive already! My kids need to get some time near a pool, although it will probably have to wait until next summer.

Phyllis said...

What a fun summer Anna is having!

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

I love these posts, and Anna's quotes are always so fun! She will certainly be a reader :)

That's awful that Anna got so sick from the shot!

I have not read Gramma's Walk.

Debbie said...

A great week! I always love Anna's quotes, she is definitely on her way to becoming a reader.

Kim said...

I love how creative she was with the shells! And that she will be a reader when she grows up!! I can't believe she's diving. We have made no progress with swimming at all, but we also haven't been anywhere near the pool in weeks. I'm signing him up for swim lessons today. He doesn't want to go tho - the poor instructors are in for a tough time...!

Ticia said...

I want to grow up to be a reader. I'd love to just do that all day long.

Joyce said...

I like Joyful Learner's idea of going back to the redwoods when she's older for another picture. It looks like she had an amazing, fun filled week! My son, R, isn't diving yet, but he loves jumping from the diving board. And doing cannon balls. He has perfected the cannon ball. He could also spend all of his time simply jumping into the pool. He's a little younger than your Anna, but not by much.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I like the hummingbird feeder idea - she's very creative!

TheRockerMom said...

Anna is so blessed to be able to visit such wondrous places! I can't believe she's about to start K already. Time has really flown these past few years.

I hope she's feeling better. :)

Elise said...

Anna came up with such a diverse range of activities for her shells. Very creative.

Anna must feel so proud of herself to have mastered diving.

MommyLabs said...

I love all her ideas - the shell garland, scratchy music and humming bird feeder. What an independent and creative thinker she's going on to become..!
And, that quote at the end is so sweet! Ofcourse, we need readers and prolific ones at that and not just writers :)