Anna is 4 years 5 months old. It was a very rainy and gloomy week, and we all have a bit of a cabin fever by now. We even had a very unusual event – hail. Unfortunately, Anna was in school when it happened. Hopefully hail didn’t kill her herbs that are taking their sweet time to sprout. Appropriately enough, Anna’s theme in school was weather. It was one of those weeks when I had more plans than energy to actually execute them at home. On the positive note, Anna had a blast with papa – preparing another garden patch for her future watermelons (they sprouted successfully!) and simply playing with him. It’s fun to watch these two cuddling and laughing together.
Math and Logic. Anna loves laying her hands on my iPod when she gets a chance. I was excited to download a very first free iPod game created by my “real life” friend Cat. It’s called Sticker Sudoku, and it’s a really neat introduction to Sudoku. It’s pretty challenging for Anna, but she seems quite taken by the game. In fact, she rejects all my attempts to explain her some strategy points insisting that she wants to do it on her own.
Arts and Crafts. It was somewhat more “artistic” week in the house. We got Melissa and Doug stamp pad and tested it by trying out some fingerprint art from Ed Emberley’s Fingerprint Drawing Book. Anna had fun with this activity at first, but got tired from copying the designs pretty quickly. Unfortunately, she is not a person who quickly transitions from a guided activity to “free form” – she was disappointed when her creatures didn’t look quite like the ones in the book. Still it was an interesting project to try.
Music. We read an interesting book this week called Meet the Orchestra. The book described the orchestra instruments pretty well, but didn’t have a CD with it. DSO website came to rescue and we listened to all the instruments described in the book. Then I tried to get Anna interested in watching a little bit of Fantasia 2000, but she deemed it the famous “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” too scary and asked to turn it off. We discussed which instrument she would like to play. She said, Cymbals, because they are the easiest to learn.
Play. Every day Anna complains that she didn’t have enough time to play with me. Her idea of playing together usually consists of having me choose what we are going to be doing. The things that in her mind qualify as “play” are usually throwing balls, tickling and pillow fights. I personally think that she needs more exercise! Our best playing time this week was building and playing Titanic.