Kindergarten Home School Week 4: Friday

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TGIF! Travis started the day strong, ended it not so strong, but heck now it’s the weekend!

9-10: ELA. After watching a read-through of the artsy picture book When Pigasso Met Mootisse, we discussed what the problem was in the story, and then the solution. Travis really enjoyed drawing it out! We were on such a roll that he did a letter page in his workbook and a few minutes of Lexia. Baby sister was busy with craft sticks, meanwhile!

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10-10.30: Math. This subject got us moving today! After writing the numbers 10 through 19, we talked about how all teens are made up of 10 + X more.

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Reinforce the idea with exercise. We put the numbers in a hat and had to do 10 jumps + X other exercises depending on what number we selected. Travis loved making me do side planks and jumping jacks, and found it especially funny if I drew the number 19.

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10.30-11: Snack/free play (windy and rainy again, darn).

11-11.30: Social Studies. I tried to sneak in the day’s video on different types of homes, which was wildly unsuccessful. He threw a fit when I asked him to draw our neighborhood.

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Good thing we had a…

11.30-12: Zoom session with his class! Technology has proved so helpful in keeping classmates connected. They all sang their morning circle time songs together.

12-1 – Lunch/free play. Because he couldn’t get outside, I challenged Travis to build a Lego house. Challenge accepted!

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1-1.30: Art. I tried get Travis to sit for the day’s special, with the assignment to draw what he saw outside his window. Another temper tantrum. I got him happy going off-book and making goblets instead. Then we called it a day!

Little sister had an online music class at 2, and it felt nice to devote the time to her. We all really need some fresh air and we’re looking forward to a sunny weekend. How did your week of home school turn out? Please share in the comments!

Passover Goblet

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Passover began yesterday, and although we don’t celebrate the holiday, we have friends and family who do. Travis enjoyed learning a bit about the holiday and making these goblets, which are traditionally placed on the Seder table to symbolize hope. The message of hope certainly felt appropriate in this Covid-19 era in which we suddenly live! You’ll need plastic goblets for the craft, which you can find at craft stores or party stores.

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Dab tacky glue over only half of a plastic goblet, to avoid getting fingers messy, and wind colorful yarn around that half. Let dry, then repeat with the bottom half of the goblet.

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We left the stems free of yarn, but you can cover completely, if desired.

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Once dry, we added a few pom poms for a final flourish!

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You could also add name tags for the prophets Miriam and Elijah, if truly celebrating a Seder this week. Travis loved the way these looked, and was so enamored of the goblets that he made sure the family drank water all day from leftover ones.


Butterfly Bagels

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Here’s the perfect way to bring a smile to kids’ faces on a spring morning!

To prepare these fluttery butterflies, slice two bagels in half and toast. Cut each half in half again, then arrange so the halves are backwards to each other, creating a butterfly wing shape.

Meanwhile, mix together 1/4 cup non-dairy cream cheese, 1 to 2 drops red food coloring, and 1 tablespoon maple syrup in a small bowl. Spread evenly over the bagels. Put two pretzel sticks on top as antennae and cover with your favorite fruit. Don’t forget about symmetry! We liked using an apple slice down the center and banana slices on the wings.

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For a snack version, you could make a similar butterfly with cut apple slices. Use peanut butter as the “glue” to hold down any fruit toppings, or even sprinkles!

Fine Motor Activity: Craft Sticks + Plastic Bottle

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I recently used up a bottle of non-dairy creamer with a lid that easily opens and closes, revealing a small opening inside. I knew this lid was going to be perfect for Veronika as soon as the bottle was empty, and boy was it ever!

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Rinse out any similar bottle and let dry completely, then give to your toddler along with colored craft sticks. Veronika immediately began transferring sticks into the bottle. She experimented with dropping in one at a time…

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…or seeing if she could fit in a whole handful!

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Of course dumping it out was great fun.

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As was shaking it for a maraca-like sound when it was filled.

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This easily became a color lesson, too. I sorted the sticks into piles for her as she busily filled the bottle. “Purple!” she tends to say when she sees any color right now, so I emphasized the names of some of the others.

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Even better than that hands-on moment with her, though, was the fact that she could return to this game all morning. She’d pop in a few sticks, dump out a few more, then be on her way, only to return again a little while later.

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Marker Painting or Drawing

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We run through markers pretty quickly around here, and normally Travis’s school has a great recycling program for dried-up ones. But with school closed, I found a new use for those dried-up markers today: toddler paint brushes!

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I simply set out paints for Veronika (using old play dough jars as paint pots), and showed her how to dip the tip of the marker in the paint. It then becomes a brush!

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These work best as “dot marker” paints. If you have enough paint on the tip, you can get more of a smeary line, but Veronika was quite content to dot dot dot.

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She worked so carefully, dabbing first in the paint and then on her “canvas”.

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I also squirted some paint onto her paper so she could run a marker through it for thicker lines.

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She eventually decided it was fun to smear all the lines together with her hands. Here’s her final masterpiece:

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As an alternative method, turn the dried-up markers into “watercolors”. For this version, I placed a shallow dish of water on Veronika’s high chair tray, along with white paper and a few markers with very little ink left.

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As you dip in the water, the colors become vibrant once more, with a pretty, swirly effect very similar to watercolor paints.

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Veronika again loved the process of dipping…

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…and painting.

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She also discovered the little dish was wonderful for splashing her hands in, and tried to make some watery handprints on the paper.

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Next time I would use thicker watercolor paper for this activity, but in a pinch, regular printer paper was fine. She dumped a little of the water right out onto the paper, which really made the colors blend and swirl!

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You’ll know the game is done once the tip of the marker turns white, and then it’s time to recycle.

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