We’ve been working with the kids on all things ‘life skills’– what skills do they need for their stage in life RIGHT NOW and that will be useful in the future? Because the kids range in age from newborn to 7, there’s always a new stage to focus on and new skill to be learned. For instance, that might mean some stage of potty learning (ex. an older child being independent taking care of all clean up) or a toddler learning to pull pants down. Basically we’ve slowed down everything I normally rush through and do for the kids and are working to get them as independent as possible. This would be a ‘Kindergarten’ year coming up for my 2nd child, and so this time before we worked on jacket zipping, shoe tying, etc. with the oldest, so we’re trying to give the 2nd, although she will likely be at home, the same freedom/responsibilities. Plus, it will make T-ball and Soccer MUCH easier if she at least attempts to tie her own shoes.
It’s spring and that means time to move clothes around and sometimes that is upsetting to let clothes go when you’re growing out of them so we read a book about the voyage of a beloved dress that found new life. I’ve also been chatting with the 7 year old about emotional/physical health topics as she approaches the tween years. I shared the information in the text about teeth cleaning and eye exams with the 4 year old, but braved bras, shaving, and…the rest of it with the 7 year old. Here’s hoping I’m doing the right thing.
The kids had club on Monday, where they typically do art and some sort of memorization and bible study.
Tuesday we went and voted, played in the park and had take out pizza.
Thursday I let the kids watch PBS while the 7 yo and I completed the health book. One kid down, 3 to go. Whew!
Friday is usually an off day but they asked for some pages to color so I printed the ‘paper trail’ below for them to complete.
They also played with tablets. It really is hard to stop them from learning, even on an off day.
Easter door hangers
American Girl Care and Keeping of you for the younger girl (Health text for 7 year old)
I had a favorite dress by Ashburn
7 year old independent reading
Usborne Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare
Usborne Illustrated Stories from Dickens
Beforever Kaya The Journey Begins by American Girl
Castle Hangnail by Vernon ( I read this to and it was SUPERIOR and I loved it!)
Leprechaun in Late Winter by Osborne
The Secret of Fern Island by Spenser
Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance by Barrows
4 year old reading aloud
James and the Giant Peach by Dahl (chapters 14-26 to her)
Edgar Gets Ready for Bed (to her) by Adams
What is Easter? by Adams (SHE READ IT!)
Zeg and the Egg by Tillworth (read it several times, til memorized)
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Colandro (to her)
There Was an old lady who swallowed a clover by Colandro (to her)
Leprechauns never lie by Balian (we bought this book and it is fantastic)