Kindergarten Home School Day 5

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Well, we made it through a full week! Here’s a recap of our Friday.

7-9: Breakfast, get dressed, free play.

9: Check-in, ELA. The read-aloud suggestion today was to read a book and then to act it out. I picked one that I knew would maximize Travis’s fun: The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds.

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Travis (and baby sister!) got to play with all the toys that the naughty bunnies play with as they try not to sleep, and there was lots of tiptoeing and marching. We then connected the book to moments in his own life. We rounded out the hour with a workbook letter page (B) and 20 minutes on his Lexia program.

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10-10.30: Snack/recess. With a rainy day again, some Nat Geo Kids clips kept Travis entertained.

10.30-11: Math. We played with dominoes! First we counted pips, then made shapes with the dominoes, and then lined them up in order of smallest to largest.

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We also read a fun book from our personal collection, Usborne’s Count to 100.

11-12: Science. Travis’s class recently did a unit on wood, so today was a wood scavenger hunt around the house. Travis couldn’t believe how many things are made of wood, whether furniture, toys, or more.

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In honor of the first day or spring, we also planted a bean sprout: Wet a handful of cotton balls, but squeeze out any excess water, then place in the bottom of a mason jar. Add two to three dried beans, placing them between the cotton and the side of the jar. We’ll water it daily and see!

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Thanks to Little Passports for this suggestion.

12-1: Quiet time/free play (while baby sister naps!).

1: Over lunch, the kids watched a performance from storyteller Bill Harley I’m so touched how many musicians, authors, and other performers are providing these resources to our children.

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2-3: Art: His special today would have been art, so Travis drew our family. He started out very studiously drawing himself, before it all got a bit sillier!

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For social/emotional learning, we also talked about a kind deed we could do today. He chose to scatter some leftover birdseed outside for springtime birds, then drew a picture.

3-3.30: Crafts/Movement. We finished the day with silly sock puppets.

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A final Go Noodle dance and a walk outside for fresh air, and our first week of home schooling was complete!




Birdseed Indoor Sandbox

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I was looking for a good material for an indoor sandbox this morning, and remembered we had a bulk bag of birdseed. What perfect timing for the first day of spring! For a touch of spring whimsy, I added little speckled Easter eggs, a wind-up bird toy, child-sized gardening tools, and a “flower pot”.

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Of course Veronika might not have picked up on these details, but she sure loved coming over to explore!

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First she tested out the birdseed with a lot of scooping and pouring, enjoying both the spade and the cup.

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The little bird had her momentarily intrigued.

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Then while big brother was doing his home school lessons nearby, this happened:

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But that’s okay! The birdseed sweeps up like a dream, and she was so delighted at her own antics.

Tropical Pudding Pie Dip

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This dip has notes of tropical fruits like orange and pineapple, and it’s great for dipping chunks of fresh fruit. We love it with bananas!


  • 1 package dairy-free vanilla pudding mix (such as Dr. Oetker)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup non-dairy sour cream
  • 1/3 cup orange pineapple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a stand mixer, blending until combined.
  2. Chill until ready to serve.

Note: This makes a fairly watery dip. If your kids prefer a thicker consistency, use less almond milk.

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Doll Bed

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Veronika adores her two soft dolls (both named “Baby”), and I find myself marveling at the way she mothers them. She loves to give them hugs, pretend to feed them, arrange them in her car seat, and more. So today I made a little bed for her to tuck them in! Doll furniture can be expensive, but all you need for a doll-sized bed is an old box, whether a shoe box or something sturdier (I used a wooden one).

We added a pillow and Veronika’s very own baby blanket from the hospital!

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I showed her how to tuck Baby in for the night, and she loved it. She proudly said “sleep sack” as she layered the blanket on top.

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Of course baby needed a sip of milk before bed.

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She spent quite a while taking both dolls in and out of the bed, rearranging them just so, and clearly taking a lot of pride in her caregiver role.

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This was such a sweet game to start her day.

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