Kindergarten Home School Week 13: Tuesday

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We had a quick half-day today, mostly focusing on Travis’s author spotlight assignments from the teacher.

9-9.30: Author Spotlight. Today’s Mo Willem story was Should I Share My Ice Cream? Travis watched a read-aloud, then filled in his own version: Should he share his… Legos!

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He also created his own Elephant and Piggie cartoon, somewhat reluctantly, and then we tested out dance moves based on Elephants Can’t Dance. (Meanwhile my toddler was busy with pots and cups).

9.30-10: ELA. Travis did workbook pages on letters X and Y, and then great sight reading on Lexia.

10-10.30: Snack/recess. Baby sister had her gym class online.

10.30-11: Math. Just some quick Star Wars addition problems today. (Baby sister was learning shapes).

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11-11.30: Library. We finished with a rhyming activity from Travis’s library teacher, including making up silly rhymes like a pony eating macaroni.

Then there was lots of time to play outside at the town playground after that! Hoping to squeeze in some more STEM activities tomorrow.

 

Traditional Potato Salad

Traditional Potato Salad

Sweet potatoes add a fun pop of color to this otherwise standard potato salad.

Ingredients:

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh green peas
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Peel and chop the russet and sweet potatoes. Place in a large pot and cover with water, then bring to a boil. Stir in the peas; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are very tender. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the mayonnaise, green onions, salt, and black pepper. Chill until ready to serve.

Shape Mail Carrier

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Today I made a shape matching activity for Veronika, and it turned into a game of playing a mailman who was making deliveries! She was the mail carrier and had to deliver the right shape to the corresponding “mailbox”. I loved that this game was equal parts learning and introduction to imaginative play.

To start, I covered construction paper with sticky contact paper on both sides for durability, and cut out shapes: rectangles, hearts, circles, triangles, and squares.

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So first up was a simple game of shape matchup. If I had one of the pair, could she find the other?

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She quickly proved to be an ace at this test, not just picking up the right shape…

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…but naming them, too.

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I wanted to make the game more exciting, so turned it into the mail carrier game. We have a set of toy boxes, each one a different shape with items of the same shape nested inside (i.e. a pizza wedge and watermelon wedge inside the triangle box). We scattered all the shapes on the ground, along with the construction paper set I’d just made, and I placed the empty boxes in front of her.

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“Special delivery!” I called. “Which mailbox should the triangle go in?”

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She was so proud making these deliveries!

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Note: If you don’t have a toy like this, simple cut out and laminate each shape from paper, then tape or glue onto an empty shoe box. These can be your mailboxes!

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After we’d filled the mailboxes, she decided to get a little impish. I could see the wheels in her brain turning as she deliberately placed the shapes in the wrong box, and then looked at me for a laugh.

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But if you think about it, this was showing her understanding of shapes on a whole new level.

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She thought this was hilarious and kept it up for quite some time.

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Measuring Cups & Pots

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With only two weeks of home school left to go, I still need quick fixes to keep Veronika busy while big brother does his lessons! Today I was reminded that sometimes simpler is better. This activity required zero preparation to set up, and zero mess to clean up!

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I just pulled out measuring cups (both the liquid kind and the dry kind) and a pot. That was it. And then I asked her to make imagination soup! My little chef soon went to town. She poured ingredients into the pot…

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…took the lid off and on and enjoyed the clang this made each time…

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…and of course tasted!

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I loved watching her lift the measuring cups to her lips and make a slurping noise. “Is it yummy?” I asked her. “Yummy!” she replied. Those dry measuring cups are also great because they double as a nesting and stacking toy.

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She kept very busy in her kitchen while Travis did his morning school work. I wonder what she put in her imagination soup?