The first thing to note about the day is how Travis needed me. Beyond all the school lessons I had planned, he wanted me in his games every time there was “recess” or “free play”, reminding me how sorely he misses interaction with other kids. It is hard to be there not just as a teacher and mom and chef, but also as playmate! Luckily, the constant need for my attention was woven through with lots of fun, and here’s what we did:
9-9.30: Letter F/Food. After completing a workbook page on letter F with a focus on food, we set up a restaurant!
Using an old play set, Travis thought it was just a riot to be my waiter, including menus to look at and guest checks to fill out.
This doubled as our math lesson for the day because everything had prices. If my check was $28, which bills did he need?
We also had an adorable waitress, when she wasn’t busy with math of her own.
9.30-10: Letter G/Games. After a workbook page on letter G, we switched over to a game of “golf”.
I had hoped for this to count as his P.E. for the day, but it was short-lived. He much preferred selecting a board game. Taking the time to sit and play a few rounds together really mattered to him.
10-10.30: Snack/free play.
10.30-11: ELA. Travis did about 20 minutes on Lexia. Little sister learned about emotions!
11-11.30: Science. Our encyclopedia page today was about magnets, prompting me to pull out an old magnet set. It turned out to be the hit of the day! Travis wanted to go through all of the experiment cards, plus just had exuberant fun with the set.
11.30-1.30: Lunch/free play.
1.30-2: Zoom. From now on his teacher will lead the class in circle time songs every Monday. It was really hard for Travis to sit still for this; he’s out of practice when it comes to following teacher rules. Something to work on…
2-2.30: Writing. Travis opted to do a few pages in his Star Wars book instead of writing an “Over the Weekend…” assignment.
2.30-3: Spanish. This week’s silly video was his teacher asking her niece what foods she likes and doesn’t like. Travis then went through the food from our earlier restaurant play and gave a big thumbs up “si me gusta!” or thumbs down “no me gusta!” to each one.
Lessons ended there, and it was time to make a batch of homemade lemonade. Too rainy for a walk, so we’ll need our exercise and sunshine tomorrow!
His bedtime story was the non-fiction Wild Ideas.