Kindergarten Home School Week 5: Wednesday

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Well, today was not as rough as Monday, not as fantastic as yesterday, but I can accept a middle-of-the-road middle of the week here in Covid-19 home school. Don’t forget to share how your day went in the comments!

9-10: ELA: Today’s focus was on the sounds in words. I put ten objects in a pillowcase, all with one syllable (pen, car, etc.).

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As Travis drew them out, he tapped out the sounds on his fingers, so, for example pen has three distinct sounds (p, e, and n). He enjoyed the tactile nature of the game. He then did one letter page in his workbook and 30 full minutes on Lexia but then…

10-11: Math. When I asked him to come to his math lesson, he had a meltdown. I recommended free play and recess, but that didn’t cut it. So I pulled out a surprise (his latest package from Little Passports; stay tuned for my full recap!). Even this didn’t really reset him so I sort of just talked him through the lesson on 3-D shapes, despite a fun rap song to watch and a scavenger hunt.

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11-11.30: Social studies. Travis watched videos on nurses and farmers as two important community jobs. He drew a picture of a farmer and wrote a sentence about how they help. Eating lunch after he told me, “Mom I ate my crops!” A cute, positive moment in the day.

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11.30-1: Long lunch/free play.

1-1.30: Library. For his special today, we watched his librarian do a story read online of Tops and Bottoms, and do a silly bunny rabbit finger play.

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1.30-2.30: Outside! We took a long walk. It was cold but sunny and it did everyone good.

We rounded out the afternoon with a bunch of miscellany, whether playing the card game Uno, fitting in a STEM craft on muscles, or just letting the siblings play.

Muscle Machine

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For a little STEM to our home school day, I showed Travis a demonstration of how muscles work in opposing pairs. This craft was also a great way to upcycle his latest Kiwi Crate box. Here’s Travis flexing his muscles to get started!

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To start, we printed out a printable with shapes of the shoulder, upper arm, and forearm. Place the paper shapes on cardboard and use push pins to mark anywhere that circles are shown. Remove the push pins and cut out the cardboard. Widen each push pin hole with a brad.

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Use double-sided tape to attach the bicep and tricep muscle shapes to the upper arm. Insert two brads about half way in the two outside holes (these will act more like bobbins; alternatively, you can use real bobbins if you have them). Push a third brad through the middle hole, inserting it fully, and attach to the shoulder piece.

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Insert two brads into the outer two holes of the forearm. Cut two pieces of string 18 inches long and knot around these two lowest brads. Add a center brad on the forearm to attach it securely to the middle arm. You now have something roughly like this:

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Loop the top string clockwise over the brads that align with the bicep.

Loop the lower string clockwise around the brads that align with the tricep. Pulling the strings can now allow the arm to flex upwards or downwards, depending which you pull.

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For added stability, you can zip-tie the whole apparatus to an empty plastic bottle, but we skipped this step and pulled it more like a marionette’s strings. Have fun having your child see which other muscles move in pairs, like bending a wrist up or down, or bending back and forth at the waist.

French Toast

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This easy French toast recipe is quick enough even for a weekday morning!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  1. Whisk together the flaxseed and water in a shallow bowl to make flax eggs. Add the almond milk, cinnamon, and vanilla, whisking to combine.
  2. Dip one slice of bread at a time into the mixture, coating both sides.
  3. Transfer to a skillet heated over medium-high heat and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining bread. Delicious as is, or drizzled with a little maple syrup!

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Froot Loop Sand

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This project is a fun way to use up a box of any rainbow colored o-shaped cereal, whether brand name Froot Loops or an organic version.

To start, you’ll need to crush the cereal until very fine, which is half the fun/ Yes you can do this step in a food processor, but I wanted Veronika to get hands-on with it.

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I placed a big batch of the cereal in a large zip-top bag and had her help roll over it (or just whack it at!) with a rolling pin. I helped her out because the finer the “sand” the better the project turns out.

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Next I gave her a glue stick and showed her how to rub all over a piece of construction paper, which she loved!

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Once the paper is really sticky, pour the cereal sand on top. Shake off any excess over a tray, then let dry.

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The colors really do look so pretty! We tried this a second time by pressing a gluey piece of paper down over the cereal sand instead, once it was all in the tray. This didn’t work quite as well, but was a nice variation.

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Of course Veronika was busy with leftover “sand” and a few utensils for quite some time!

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In sum, a great toddler art project.

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