School. Anna had a lot of fun events this week. On Monday they celebrated Chinese New Year by painting banners with Chinese characters. They continued to learn more about Chinese characters throughout a week. Anna’s school does a lot to encourage writing. This week was an annual author week – they had three different authors visiting their school, reading their books and telling stories about writing. In addition we went to an author event in our library and brought home The Year of the Dragon by Oliver Chin signed specially for Anna. Unfortunately, Friday was a furlough day, but YMCA was opened all day, and Anna whipped up a lot of fantastic crafts there – they will all be sold (or so she hopes) at the Art Show in February.
Afterschool. Life has been busy this week, but we had fun spending some quality time together even if it wasn’t much. With my husband gone, Anna went to Y every day and stayed there until at least 4 pm. In the evenings we were playing, talking and reading. There was also a library visit, gymnastics and a Russian lesson. Quite a lot for one tiny 5 year old, but she has been in a great and helpful mood all week except missing papa whiny moments every so often.
Places we are going. We had a super gun visit to San Jose Children Discovery Museum yesterday, and it deserves a separate post. They had a special Chinese New Year event with a lot of performances of local Chinese youth groups including dancers, musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, and martial arts practitioners. Anna volunteered to dance a Lion Dance – there she is as a tail of a Lion.
- Anna asked me about lottery numbers on the window of the store. After doing my best to explain to her what a lottery was, I asked her,
- What would you do with a million dollars?
- Anna (after some consideration). I would get a house. If I am ready to get a house.
- Me: How will you know if you are ready?
- Anna: If I am 17 or 18 years old, then I am ready. Maybe I am ready. Because, you know, nothing is quite the same when you are not around. But don’t worry, mama, you and papa can come and live with me in my new house.
Cachey’s Mama Preschool shared two posts about her preschool house unit. Her preschoolers were comparing houses around the world, building with marshmallows and completed an incredibly well constructed “protect the house” experiment. I wish my daughter had attended her preschool!