Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Annaliese loves to write. She keeps a little journal and writes whenever she gets a chance. Of course, she's not really spelling any words, but she is using letters and punctuation! I can't get over this little girl's imagination. She knows exactly what she's writing. ;) And she creates these beautiful, thoughtful stories and screenplays! Yesterday it was her idea to make sock puppets...and we're going to make a wooden stage and sew some little curtains so they always have a place to perform. And she told me exactly how we'd build the stage and how we would sew the curtains. Love it. I love how she thinks outside the box in each of her tasks.

I've posted a little sampling of her handwriting here. She's doing a great job.

And we're in desperate need of some sunshine here!! And warm weather again. :) What happened to spring?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Focus on Natural Science

What a big week we've had. Aside from our normal lessons, we have found ourselves reading and learning about natural disasters. Annie became curious about earthquakes and tsunamis since we had been talking about the events in the Pacific.

Learning the value of money is still a focus in math, and she is learning how to form all of her lowercase letters in handwriting.

This past week Annie has been obsessed with drawing, and perfecting, Snow White. She has gotten so good at it...it's precious. I'll have to upload a picture of it soon.

Happy almost Spring!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Learning about Money and Reflections

We are learning about the value of a penny and a nickel, and the term cent. Annaliese caught on quickly to this. However, I think I need to pay with cash more so she actually sees this in the real world. I always tend to use a debit card, so her concept of money is probably a little vague. When she and Maggie play "store", they are always sliding a card to pay and typing in a pin number. Ha!

We are also learning about reflections and building those on a geoboard...she loves this. As we're working with the geoboard I throw in the terms symmetrical and reflection. Another thing that has helped her grasp this concept is working with her favorite things...pictures of butterflies!

Over the past couple of weeks she has moved into the stage where she tries to read every sign and word she sees. This is so cute. She is actually doing a great job. Of course, we haven't gotten anywhere near learning about the crazy rules of the English language. So, when she's trying to sound out the word, height, for example, it makes no sense to her. I can't say it makes much sense to me either, though.

Happy First Day of March!! :)