We are all dealing with a new life as COVID 19 has suddenly turned every furloughed/laid-off/working from home parent into a teacher.
I picked up the ball and ran with it. I have a Kindergartner, a pre-schooler and a toddler here. I don’t have any kind of colored skills poster or big lesson plans, but I’m doing my best to keep it light, fun and still focus on some learning.
We are including quiet time, screen time, crafts, writing, reading, outside time, and home skills too!
For those of you looking for inspiration coming up with ideas to keep your little kids occupied for the morning (DON’T try to teach ALLL day!), I’ll share my daily tasks with you here. I’ll include any links I use at the bottom of each story too.
Sound good? Let’s go!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
We start every morning now by incorporating the Kindergartner’s videos from his Elementary School. They have a YouTube Channel that plays the Morning Announcements (Pledge of Allegiance, what today’s lesson of the day, etc.). It’s a great way to add a constant to every morning. Then, we watch the morning meeting with his Kindergarten teacher. After that, we get to Dad’s portion of the teaching.
OK, I’m writing these about a week or so behind actually teaching, so this one doesn’t fit real well if you’re following along now – however, no reason we can’t do these crafts and ideas on a different day and just learn about Leprechauns and such. Right?
We read a library book that we still have here. The local library is currently closed due to the pandemic and not even allowing us to return books. The book is “The Leprechaun Under The Bed” by Teresa Bateman. My Irish accents were on point!
I found a great story time YouTube channel: KidTimeStoryTime. The women refers to herself as The Storyteller and she uses puppets. It’s quite entertaining.
We watched her read “How To Trap A Leprechaun” by Sue Fliess
To the table for snack time followed by our craft project!
We did TWO crafts today. During breakfast, I cut 4-leaf clovers out of construction paper and stems. Now, the kids were tasked with gluing the stem to their clover. They wrote their name on one leaf and then one different wish on each of the three remaining leaves.
I brought in a few Amazon boxes I had laying around and we turned them into Leprechaun traps. We used Duplo doors, pipe cleaners, tape, paper, markers, crayons, glue, paper and other assorted craft items we had tucked in a drawer to make the traps colorful for the little guys.
We used shiny marbles and golden pom poms as the bait. If I had more time, we would have collected pebbles and painted/colored with markers, as the bait – maybe you can try that.
We did our outside time and set them out in our barn (yeah, we live on a farm).
Later in the day (after nap) we found the traps tripped, but empty with a few little sweet treats left behind (lollipops).
Back in for lunch, naps for the little ones, and the Kindergartner had quiet project time (School Assigned Projects, LEGO, Pokemon cards, reading, etc.)
Stay Strong. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy!