June 19th, 2015
Arjun has had a long Pre-K year. It started in January 2014 and we finished in May 2015. We took it real slow for him and it was a good strategy as it did pay dividends. Arjun can read fluently, he can add and subtract. Surely, he is ready for Kindergarten.
We started Pre-K with reading one book a week and doing related activities. You can read in detail about this in the section Preschool Read Alouds. As time seemed appropriate, we started to follow the curriculum – Sonlight Curriculum Grade P4/5.
Reading and Language Arts: In order to learn to read, we closely followed “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.” Yes, at the end of 100 lessons he was reading fluently. At the end of 100 lessons, he was ready for Language Arts Grade 1 with Grade 1 Readers. We completed it in May. He completed the workbooks Explode the Code 1, 2, 3. For handwriting, I created worksheets for him where he traces Shri Mataji’s quotes. He dictated a travel journal about our visit to London and we made a book out of it.
Math: He completed the workbooks for Horizon Math for Kindergarten and Singapore Math Workbook and Textbook 1A. We will work on Workbook and Textbook 1B during Kindergarten. On his own initiative, he joined Kabir for Abacus every Sunday. He loves going to Abacus class with Kabir but doesn’t enjoy homework. Amit has started to read ‘Life of Fred – Apples’ with Arjun.
Read Aloud/History/Science: I read almost all the books in the curriculum to him. I think he enjoys hearing to Kabir’s book much more than his own. He loved it when Kabir taught Science section to him. He is looking forward to Kindergarten Science as he is excited about the experiments. He did take part in few of Kabir’s Science Experiments. He took part in PEAK Science Fair but didn’t present. He participated in presentation on Poland, Costa Rica (he sang the song “Arroz con Leche” with Kabir), and England.
Extracurricular Activities: Arjun loves piano and he participated in his first recital this May. He loves swimming and so, he takes lessons from Ms. Barbara Aguirre at the Tupelo Aquatic Center. He participated in Lego Fair last year and monthly Lego Club too. He has accompanied us in all the field trips and vacations. He loves Ms. Vick Farmers’ Arts classes. He participated in Kids’ Spring Market too. He participates in bhajan classes with Archana Mayfield via Skype.
His favorite thing to do is dig or use various tools (whatever he can lay his hand on) in our backyard. I avoid visiting our backyard frequently as I would see something that would get him into lot of trouble with me. Also, he loves Arts and so, the construction paper and art supplies vanishes like thin air in our house. He knows very well how to push my buttons but he still finds it hard to go to bed without my hand. He is not an enthusiastic reader but he loves to copy from books that is beyond his age. His favorite playmate is Kabir but they fight like typical siblings. He is the best entertainment in our house. Without him, every member of this family will be in their own nook doing their own stuff. Our days fly by getting angry and secretly laughing at all his naughtiness. We love him!
We celebrated end of the school by inviting Heather Tate and her family. We ate homemade pizza, pasta salad, homemade sponge cake loaded with fruits and cream, and homemade strawberry ice-cream.