Kindergarten Home School Day 4

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The whole family has a little sniffle today (thank goodness nothing more) so we kept to “home school lite” and threw in an afternoon movie. How is your adventure in home school going? Please share in the comments!

7-9: Breakfast, get dressed, free play. And help mommy clean the bathroom! Anyone else’s house extra spic and span right now?

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9-10: ELA. While reading a story (A Stone Stood Still), Travis was on the lookout for five sight words from class. He got a kick out of the fact that he could use marker in the book, since it’s one from home. He also did one letter page from a school workbook and 20 minutes on his Lexia website.

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10-10.30: Math. We went around the house looking for things to count, including toy balls into a bag (42!), and socks. After we counted individual socks, we paired them up.

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10.30-11: Snack/free time.

11-12: We did a Scholastic science unit on spring, which included a nice read-aloud, a few quizzes, and a physical activity to get us moving. I also read Usborne’s See Inside: How Things Work about machines.

12-1: Lunch/quiet time.

1-2: Travis’s special today would have been Music. We sang his school song, and talked about some of his favorites from class, followed by a Spanish song on colors. Little sister loved joining in with instruments.

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2-2.30: Skype with a friend! I’m learning that social interaction is just as key as the education to Travis’s school days. We also played a card game for “social learning”, taking turns going first on Memory.

2.30-4: Movie time! Why not on a rainy day when you have a cold.

4-5: We capped off the day with a “cooking lesson”. Travis and I love to make recipes together, and making a lovely salad was the highlight of the day.

We’re hoping for no rain tomorrow…

Cupid’s Crouton Salad

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We didn’t have time to make this love-themed recipe from Raddish Kids at Valentine’s Day, but I’m glad of that fact now. It was the perfect recipe to make while “social distancing” with the family at home!. We even dialed-up Raddish’s love-filled Spotify playlist as we cooked, featuring everything from The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love to I Just Called to Say I Love You!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 loaf baguette
  • 3 tablespoons + 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Tear the baguette into small pieces until you have 4 cups of bread. Transfer the bread to a bowl and drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt.Cupid's Salad (1)
  2. Spoon the baguette mixture onto a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. The kids loved watching it toast! Transfer to a large bowl.Cupid's Salad (3)
  3. Meanwhile, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and chop the cucumbers. This was the first time I let Travis use a knife without my hand on the handle to guide, and he was so proud. Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil to the bread, then stir in the chickpeas and basil.Cupid's Salad (2)
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Pour the dressing over the bread mixture.

This salad was a huge hit! It’s the first time I’ve gotten Travis to eat chickpeas, and every bit of it was cleared from the plate. There were some fun tidbits to read about the history of this Italian salad on the recipe card, as well as ways to say ‘I love you’ in 6 languages.

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Friends and Family Map

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Here’s an activity I’ve meant to do with Veronika for some time, and now with the era of COVID-19 upon us I was propelled into action. For babies who might not get to see relatives in person very often, it’s helpful to have a visual depiction to go with names (Grammy! Papa!) as well as of where people live.

I used two maps for the game, one a world map and one a close-up of the United States.

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Print out pictures of family members, and then cut the faces into small squares; tape these down to the map. She loved looking through all the photos as we worked, proudly saying the names of grandparents and aunts and uncles.

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Of course Veronika is too young to fully understand geography, but it was a fun way to introduce the names of different states as we positioned all the photos.

Then we moved up to the world-sized map to look at relatives who live abroad, and also the places where her ancestors come from, like England and India.

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Hang this on the wall and refer to it often!