School. This is the last week of Anna as a 4 year old. She is excited about her birthday, but not as wild as last year. I guess she has a lot of things to occupy her time and attention. School was OK. It worries me a little that they didn’t even mention Columbus Day in school – it seems that practically all time is taken by 3Rs. But she still enjoys school and is excited to go there every morning.
Afterschool was busy, since I had somewhat more time this week. Anna continues to be very interested in math and begs to play Dreambox every day. It’s interesting to see what she grasps literally on the fly and what she is still struggling with. She is very fascinated with big numbers and learned in about 10 minutes to add them (without a carryover) and to read back the results. At the same time she still uses her fingers sometimes to calculate how much is, say, 6+3.
Favorite moments this week included going to a local pumpkin patch and doing some quick pumpkin decorating. We also had a friend from Germany staying with us for a day, this time Anna was not put off by a fact that he is over 2 meters tall. And we had a great playdate with her classmate last Saturday. Anna seems to connect really well with this boy, and we really liked his mother, so perhaps it will be the beginning of a friendship between our families.
Favorite quote: We were discussing Anna’s “skill of the week” in school – organization.
- Me: Do you know what “organization” means?
- Anna: Putting things where they belong.
- Me: Not only that. It also means having a plan for what you are going to do.
- Anna: So if I plan to make a big mess, does it count as organization?
Please come and join Afterschool – hosted this week at What Do We Do All Day?