# Kindergarten Home School Week 3

You’ve likely noticed that I paused on posting daily home school updates, as I didn’t want to overwhelm people’s inboxes. Starting next week, Travis’s school will be sending actual lesson plans, rather than suggestions, so I may go back to daily posts. Either way, the week had its ups and downs, some days where we felt on top of home school, some that were a struggle. This post can’t really capture all that, but here’s a run-down of activities from our third week home schooling for COVID-19.

Math:

• Computer games through a school program, all focused on concepts of greater than/less than or addends to 10.
• Stuffed animal counting. We had fun making up silly equations, like “3 animals are having a tea party, and one more joins in. 3+ 1 = 4.”
• April weather graph, with predictions for what we’ll see most (rain) and least (snow).

ELA:

• Reading a story and then retelling it in your child’s words. We chose ‘Corduroy‘ for this activity, and I then asked him to imagine what might happen next. He said they’d go back to the store and buy a new stuffed animal friend, a giraffe!
• A book ‘scavenger hunt’, in which Travis had to find things like the title, author’s name, count the words in a sentence, locate a question mark, etc. When we finished the book (Click, Clack Moo), he went back to tell me what had happened in the beginning, middle, and end.
• Workbook pages
• Letter tracing pages (G, H, I, J, K)
• Online story time with his teacher
• Writing a sentence with a sight word. Travis’s sentence included several (I, am, the): “I am swinging on the swings”. I loved his picture!
• Online read-through of Puff the Magic Dragon, followed by drawing a dragon in an online paint program.
• Writers’ Workshop. Travis really stuck with it this this week, thinking abut a story instead of his latest Star Wars movie. His tale featured skeleton pirates, and he drew a boat to go with it!
• Sight word rainbow writing, using a different color for every sight word.

Social Studies:

• Community helper video. Travis drew himself as a doctor (which was more about his latest fascination with skeletons and bones).
• Discussion of why a society might have rules.

Science:

• A BrainPop video about making and testing a hypothesis, after which we tested out what would float and what would sink.
• An online video about plants, followed by a nature walk to find plants.

Recess:

• Spring walks!
• Chalk! Travis drew pictures of pirate skeletons and we also wrote some sight words.

Specials:

• Library:
• Going through his shelf to sort fiction from non-fiction.
• Online video of I Am Yoga – with poses, too!
•  Art:
• Travis drew a self-portrait on a big piece of craft paper, and little sister joined in!
• Spanish:
• Online video with food words
• Zumba dancing
• Gym:
• An online P.E. video from Mr. Joe. Loved watching him do this one!
• Sock Toss: Place a target on one side of the room and make balls out of pairs of socks. Every time he made a goal, Travis had to take a step back.
• Music:
• His teacher sent a full 15 minute class video to follow along! This was super appreciated.

Mental Health:

• The school counselor sent a link for a three hour loop of relaxing sounds!

Family activities:

# Super Silly Animal Sounds Activity

Veronika loves animal sounds and has a good 20 or so animals in her repertoire now. This was a fun way to keep the learning novel. We were able to go over old favorites and learn a few new ones, too!

I placed a bunch of animal toys into a small brown paper bag. Plastic animals worked best for the game, though we had a few stuffed animals inside, too.

I presented her with the bag and it was up to her to reach in. As she pulled out an animal, I chanted (for example):

Pig, pig, hey hey hey.

Pig, pig, what do you say?

After which, we oinked!

The rockin’ rhythm and tapping of the beat on our laps definitely got her attention, a nice change of pace from singing Old Macdonald.

We went through the whole bag this way. Sometimes instead of reaching in, she would peer inside the bag and say (for example) “quack”, so I would pull out the duck for the chant:

Duck, duck, hey hey hey.

Duck, duck what do you say?

Then we played in reverse. Can you put frog back in the bag? Ribbit ribbit! Can you put lion back in the bag? Roar roar!

We added a few animals that she’s less familiar with, like turkey gobbling and donkey hee-hawing, for a little variety.

Feel free to reinforce the game by reading an animal sounds book, just after!

Although much too advanced for a 17-month-old, I jumped at the chance to introduce the idea of letter sounds with this same method. She liked the little chant so much that I filled the bag next with our set of magnetic letters and pulled one out at time.

Ess, ess, hey hey hey,

Ess, ess, what do you say?

Ess says ssss.

She even repeated some of these back to me! I wasn’t surprised though that she lost interest in this variation quickly.

This is a great learning game that you could tailor in all kinds of ways beyond animals and letters.