It is so exciting to see the growth in Bear. At school this week, she was invited to stay the whole day (instead of coming home at 12:30) so she can join the kindergarten students in the afternoon. Bear is thrilled to be able to spend more time with her friends and I am thrilled to be able to have the afternoon to work with J-jo since he has been napping in the mornings while Bear is in school. She will start staying for the afternoons in February. (Bear goes to a Montessori school 3 days per week. Montessori classrooms are multi-age from 2.5 years to 6. This is why she gets the chance to move ahead. We will most likely be full time homeschooling again when she is 6.)
She is internalizing some of her addition facts. If I ask what 2 plus 2 is, for instance, she will automatically say 4. She can now recognize the numbers on a die without counting the dots. She spontaneously counts to one hundred by herself, though still needs help after sixty with some of the numbers.
At school, she has been given readers to bring home as homework. These are utterly boring to read, but we do them. She prefers to read more challenging regular picture books and I just help her with non phonetic words or very long words. She read two non fiction books about frogs alone to me. Her writing is improving and looking more and more like a late kindergarten printing. She retains interesting vocabulary words from books and uses them in her speech. It is very amusing to hear such a little person use such fancy words. Her love of Little House books has had us read the whole Kirsten series of The American Girl books and we are now starting the Rose Years books, which tell the story of Laura Ingalls’ daughter Rose. She has already asked for a Little House themed birthday party (her birthday isn’t until August!) Does anyone have ideas?
She has been working through her frog work. We’ve also been doing a bit of geology work but I haven’t had time to post the unit yet. We’ll be starting a Chinese New Year art piece this week to prepare for Chinese New Year on February 3rd.
Bear painted a portrait after being inspired by the Mona Lisa and did a Matisse inspired Valentine.