Daily Archives: November 6, 2011

Holidays Are Upon Us

In two weeks time Ally would have finished her year in Pre-K. Her school report has been sent home and we are so proud of how well she has done. Not just academically, but more on the social front. She has settled down well in school and made friends, most importantly, her teacher says she’s always courteous to both friends and teachers.

We aren’t planning any holidays this time round since I can’t travel but I’m going to try to use this time to help Ally with her weaker areas like writing. While she has made great progress with her pencil holding, she still struggles to write. She shows very little interest in coloring, to her it’s still a waste of time.

I’m also hoping to help her with her reading, she is now noticing signs and starting to read short words on her own so we’re going to use this time to expand on that. I usually take my cues from her, when she shows an interest in something, I follow her lead and expand on it. Which brings us to Math.

A few months ago I started a program with her called ” Math U See” and so far, we are both still loving it. She has nearly finished the first book, today we just learned simple algebra. What I love about the program is it only takes me 15 minutes a day, very doable even with Max around. Sometimes he sits in and listens, but most of the time he would rather play with the manipulatives.

The last thing I hope to work on with her is something that is ongoing. In recent months we have noticed that she has come home from school using some rather unpleasant words. We expected this sooner or later, so it’s a daily reminder for her to use kind words and to share with her brother. Max doesn’t make this easy of course, he is now at that age where he demands his fair share. So this is something that we need to work on with both children,  to share nicely with each other and use kind words.

While entertaining the children the whole day can get very tiring, I’m quite happy not to battle the morning traffic for the next month and a half.

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