Kindergarten Home School Week 6: Tuesday

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Well, the big news here is that Travis won’t be returning to school this year, due to Covid-19. I’m processing all the emotions that go along with this, even as I’m grateful for my family’s health. We went light on school today, since technically it is “vacation” week. So as a surprise we started with…

9-11: Movie morning! A special treat on a rainy day.

11-11.30: ELA. Travis is nearing the end of his letter workbook (T and U) and did 20 minutes on Lexia with topics like story sequencing and vocab building.

11.30-12: “Field Trip”. We took two virtual trips thanks to online videos, one near (the Great Lakes) and one far (the Borneo rainforest). I thought Travis would be interested, but I think the morning off derailed his momentum. You’ll notice he’s lying on the floor in protest.

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12-1: Lunch/free play.

1-1.30: Math. Travis did 20 minutes in the online Dreambox program.

1.30-2: Cooking! We rocked out to pop music as we made popcorn.

2-2.30: Social studies. A nature craft was perfect here on the day before Earth Day.

2.30-3: Storytime. We discovered the delightful resource Circle Round, featuring stories and activities to go with them. Travis could color in a picture as he listened to a read-aloud of The Money Tree.

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Beanbag Games, Two Ways

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Beanbags are a classic toddler toy, with almost endless variations on how you can use them. Here are just two fun ways Veronika and I played with them today!

First, I simply placed a basket a little ways away and asked Veronika to put a beanbag into it.

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Then I asked her to bring one back to me.

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Of course at seventeen months old she didn’t always follow “directions,” but this can lead to endless variations on transferring beanbags in and out of the basket. Your child can throw them, or toss them, or place them gently – whatever they like best!

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Then we made things sillier with a beanbag crawl. Encourage your little one to get down on all fours and put a beanbag on his or her back.

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Seeing big brother Travis model this helped her get the idea!

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Then she was off and crawling!

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Obviously it was difficult for her to balance the beanbag, but she got a big laugh out of it every time it slipped off.

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She kept asking for my help to return it to her back: “More more crawl!”

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Maybe we’ll even turn it into a racing game when she gets older. How does your child play with beanbags? Please share in the comments!

 

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POPcorn

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On the heels of jazzy jambalya and bluesy blueberries, Travis helped make one final musical recipe today from Raddish Kids. With a rainstorm outside, it was the perfect time for an indoor party of Pop music and and popcorn!

To start, heat 2 tablespoon canola oil in a large heavy pot. Add just 1 corn kernel and wait until it pops. To pass the time, we queued up Pop music on Spotify.

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As soon as that one kernel pops, your oil is hot enough. We added 1/2 cup additional kernels to the pot. Hold onto the pot with potholders and shake while the kernels are popping. I had to do this step since our pot was heavy, but Travis loved watching… And listening! Pop pop pop.

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Wait until you only hear 1 pop per second, then remove from heat. We got surprised by a few final kernels popping up at us, which Travis loved!

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Transfer the popcron to a large bowl. Melt 2 tablespoons Earth Balance butter in the microwave and drizzle over the popcorn. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Now you’re ready for a movie and popcorn afternoon!

Nature Earth Craft Challenge

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Tomorrow is Earth Day, and although we can’t celebrate with others this year, Travis and I talked today about ways we can help the Earth as a family. This month’s craft challenge from Highlights magazine – to create an Earth with items from nature – was the perfect end to the lesson!

First we needed to head outside and gather materials. I challenged Travis to think of what colors the Earth needed: blue and green of course! We looked for tall green grasses and little blue wildflowers (which were hard to find), and came home with our treasures.

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Travis actually loved the fact that we had more green than blue. He decided our planet was more grass than water, and had so much fun with it.

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We made a big circle of glue on poster board, and then he was able to sprinkle down handfuls of the grass, or press the blue flowers in more carefully in other parts.

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As he worked, we read about ways to “step up for Earth” as a family.

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Our new family goals include: saving water by having the kids bathe together, not separately; and to save on paper towels by buying reusable cloths.

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Happy Earth Day to all! There are silver linings even in this Covid-19 era.

 

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