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.
Favorite 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.