This week’s topic, as chosen by The Rajah (age 4), is “The Sun.”

DAY TWO PROGRESS REPORT
Activities/Objectives:
1.  Read “Our Stars” written and illustrated by Anne Rockwell: Done. This was a pretty easy-to-understand science book for a preschooler which can be few and far between.
2.  Discuss the main learning points of the book, as well as anything interesting E learned or liked: He was most excited by the Big Dipper page because he “saw that on Peppa Pig!” I promised to try and show him some of the constellations and stars that were in the book tonight when we go out shopping if any stars are out (it’s been a rainy morning so who knows if we’ll have much luck but I will try). We also talked about moon phases and how the sun and Earth placement affect the moon’s shape.
3.  Complete page 32 from the Crayola Creative Basics “Shapes” Workbook: Finished. I especially loved that for the sun’s “eyes” he colored black dots then put a white ring around them (it’s a detail that is hard to see but I know he did it).
4.  Practice writing both uppercase and lowercase “S” using pages 113-116 from American Education Publishing’s The Complete Book of the Alphabet (Preschool-1)Four worksheets were a LOT of work but he was excited to do them because he got a new orange pencil (the little things) and because the seek and find letter challenge was back. He got a bit bored with the coloring portion (at one point he crammed eight colors into his fist to make a “super crayon” and colored with that) but he completed them all and did a great job.
5.  Complete pages 27-29 from the School Zone Reading Readiness (K-1) Workbook: These worksheets had to do with finding letters before, between, and after one another in the alphabet. One I sold it as a UmiZoomi-style pattern challenge he completely forgot that he hasn’t had as much practice with all the letters and just went for it. He did a pretty amazing job.

I’m super proud of him. He’s getting a bit better with starting sounds which gives me hope and the Hubs and I have been discussing reading strategies to try and encourage more of those pre-reading skills. Sometimes I get that “mommy anguish” when I hear someone tell me that their 4-year-old is already reading at such-and-such grade level but then I remember all the cool stuff E knows and can do and I just let it go. Life is not a competition.