Kindergarten Home School Week 14: Monday

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9-9.30: STEAM. He started with a workbook page counting up dimes and pennies, followed by a second page coloring arctic animals, and a third imagining a town in a cold mountain setting. Travis drew houses, a clock, and bridges.

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To extend the play, I pulled out all the building blocks and train pieces and it was time to engineer a city! As you can imagine, this had both kids happily playing for a while.

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9.30-10: Gym. For his final P.E. as a kindergartner, we kept things fun with “at home” sports.

10-10.30: Snack/recess. There was some messy outside art on the patio!

10.30-11: ELA. Travis’s teacher sent along a favorite story, Dex…The Heart of a Hero.

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After watching a read-aloud, Travis colored in superhero masks, and both kids dressed up in masks and capes.

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Travis was supposed to write, “If I were a superhero…” but frustration led to a huge tantrum. He half-finished the assignment.

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As a result, we switched over to a workbook page on WH words and a stint on Lexia.

11-11.30: Spanish. The kids have laughed and loved the silly songs sent by Travis’s teacher all spring, this time on a fruit conga line!

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11.30-1.30: Lunch/free play

1.30-2: Class Zoom. Travis even shared that he was thankful for his sister.

2-3: Outside. We can’t get enough of the playground!

3-3.30: Music. There was a special live Zoom with the teacher today, going over favorite songs from the year, and getting Travis up and dancing.

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Frozen Painting, Two Ways


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It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer, so all things ice are on my mind! To wit, today Veronika tried painting with frozen cubes in two ways.

I set up both games the night before. For the first, I filled compartments of an ice cube tray with water. After about an hour, when the water is firm but not frozen solid, insert a craft stick for a handle into each cube.

In the morning. I gave Veronika these ice “paintbrushes” alongside a paint-with-water book. The ice did all the work!

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I showed her how to swirl it in the paints on the page, then make color magically appear.

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Beyond the magical wow factor, there was the fun of the colors, the thrill of cold ice, glee watching the cubes melt, and more.

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Her final work of art wasn’t bad for a nineteen month old!

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For the second game, I had also frozen cubes the night before, but with paint! Fill the compartments of an ice cube tray with washable paints nearly all the way, then top off with water. Again, insert a craft stick after about an hour in the freezer.

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For this craft, we headed outside to get messy! Place thick watercolor paper on a tray, and use the frozen paint cubes directly on the paper.

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The more the paints melt, the deeper the colors.

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Big brother Travis discovered you can make cool etches with the edge of the craft stick, one the paint melts off.

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Some of our paint cubes didn’t lift out of the tray neatly, but Veronika loved scooping and stirring at these leftover globs of half-frozen paint, so that was half the fun!

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I helped scoop the paint onto the paper so she could mush it about with a craft stick.

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You’ll notice we made an enormous mess, but I had expected as much! Luckily the paint will wash off after the next good rain storm.

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The kids filled page after page with these frozen cubes, and loved every minute.

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“Play At Home” Sports

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Are your kids antsy to play their favorite sports even during social distancing? These four easy ideas from Highlights magazine recreate four common sports with items you likely have on hand. Today Travis tested out all four.

First up was Basketball. We balled up socks into sock balls and took turns aiming at a small bucket.

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Slam dunk!

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Next up: Bowling. Arrange empty plastic water bottles on the ground and roll a tennis ball towards them.

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This was Travis’s favorite of the games, and he loved playing with the empty bottles after, too!

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Time for Golf! Turn small paper cups on their side and use a broom as your golf club to get a small golf or ping pong ball into the cup. Our course turned out to be a 3 par!

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Finally, Gymnastics. Stretch a line of masking tape on the floor and practice walking one foot in front of the other as if you’re high up on a balance beam.

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We definitely got in our physical fitness today!

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