Kooks ended up getting whatever it was that I had last week and now Boo has it so it’s been another long week for us. We’ve also been gearing up for Sali’s wedding which was yesterday. I wrote about her traditional wedding at Kid World Citizen and will be writing about her church wedding here as soon as I can get my thoughts together. Apart from that we’ve continued learning with some fun but very low key activities.
Literacy and Language Arts:
Our rhyme from Webbing Into Literacy this week was “Higglety Pigglety Pop.” We also worked on prewriting skills by playing the “Sunny Day Drawing Cube Game” from Teach Preschool. The girls rolled their cube and then drew whatever picture came up. You can print out a drawing cube at Preschool Spot, but I hadn’t planned ahead enough to organize a printout so I just put some masking tape on a couple of our building blocks and drew the pictures on that. The girls loved it and have been playing with their drawing cubes regularly.
Cognitive Skills and Math:
We practiced sequencing circles by size with this caterpillar craft from No Time for Flashcards. Boo pasted the circles from largest to smallest and then we added an eye and a pipe cleaner antenna before Boo went to work with her markers to add feet and a smile. Kooks wasn’t feeling great that day and demanded all of the materials but wasn’t so interested in doing the craft.
Science and Nature Studies:
HubPages has a post on getting kids interested in growing plants that has a lot of great ideas. We decided to use their instructions to try to grow an avocado stone this week. Ours already had a little root coming out of it when we opened the avocado and we are hoping that it continues to grow. We stuck some toothpicks into the stone and then suspended it on top of a jar of water so that the bottom of the stone stays submerged. The girls love checking on it.
Dada and the girls decided to make use of the humidity that our air conditioner pulls out of the house to make a mini bird bath. They buried a small plastic container under the air conditioner’s drip pipe and then placed an old lid next to it to catch the overflow. We have a whole bunch of blue wax bills (beautiful little birds with blue breasts and brown backs) and Jameson firefinches (small brown birds with red beaks) that have been really appreciative of their new waterhole as have the lizards, geckos and skinks. They are all pretty shy however and everything scatters when I try to get a photo.
When Kooks was feeling particularly rough, Lyra worked on a cereal box house for her in the hopes it would make her feel better. Kooks was so excited that she got up to help with the decorating. This idea came from Mama Smiles and has provided a lot of fun for both the girls this week.
We are going to take a break from homeschool this week and just focus on eating well and getting healthy again. The following week we are planning a vacation at Lake Malawi and I want us to all be at our best so we can enjoy the week away to the fullest. We have been feeling a bit caged in and burnt out so we are really looking forward to our holiday and hoping it will revive us.