School Day #80 – Happy April Fool’s Day!

Don’t forget our School Zoom Call at 11 AM TODAY! Check your email for the invite.

Parents, check out Erica’s video on Quiet Baskets for ideas on independent activities for your children to work on in between or after their lessons.

Enjoy Day #80 of school!


  • Morning Prayer – 10 minutes

Materials

  • Morning Prayer booklet
  • Psalm 4 sheet

To start Morning Prayer, just press play on the audio bar below. We invite you to participate alongside your child.

We’ll start our new hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness, next week. In the meantime, you may sing along with This Is My Father’s World before you begin your Motor Lab stretches.


  • Motor Lab Stretches – 5 minutes

Do 3 Supermans and 3 Giraffes with your child! Review the 4 Key Activity stretches here if you need a refresher.


  • Phonics – 15 minutes

Materials

  • Letter M Poems – Please open this document so you and your child can read along with the poems as I read
  • Lowercase letter M craft sheet
  • Tin foil
  • Crayons
  • Optional: Black watercolor paint

Click the video below and watch along with your child.


  • Math Games – 15 minutes

If you missed it, here is Sara’s brief tutorial on the Everything Math Deck and how to divide it up into manageable sets of cards for your child to play with.

Materials (see pictures below)

  • Set #1 – 1 through 10 shape cards
  • Set #2 – 1 through 10 dot cards
Set #1 – Shape Cards
Set #2 – Dot Cards

Watch this short video for a new game to play with the shape and dot cards!


  • Music – Hymns – 5 – 10 minutes

Listen to the melody of the first verse of Great Is Thy Faithfulness, starting at 0:25 and ending at 1:00 three times:

1st time – Just listen

2nd time – Hum along

3rd time – Hum, whistle OR sing along

Listen from 0:25 to 1:00

  • Free Play – 30 minutes

This is a great chance to pause for a snack, outdoor or creative play, or even lunch, depending on your family’s schedule. Your child has been working hard, and we want to honor their diligent work with a brain and body break!


  • Recitation – Poems – 5 – 10 minutes

Recite the poems Jump or Jiggle and The Little Turtle along with the recordings. Then ask your child to recite them on their own!


  • Composer Study – 15 minutes

Materials

  • Half sheet with fossils and instrument

Listen to the poem first.

Then listen to Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fossils from Carnival of the Animals three times.

The first time, ask your child to sit in their learning position and listen carefully.

The second time, they may dance or move as they please.

Play the piece for a third time while your child colors the half sheet with the fossils and instrument.

We will be collecting this half sheet on Friday at materials pick-up and adding it to your child’s other Composer Study drawings. 


  • Literature – 15 minutes

Materials

  • A great book

For this week, choose a good book to read each day with your child. Next week, we will continue reading The Adventures of Winnie-The-Pooh together.


I pray you had yet another enjoyable day! If you want more Carnival of the Animals, here’s a great playlist to put on this afternoon.

As always, reading with your child in the evenings is a great way to grow their mental word bank and fluency, and they may want to show their Math Card Deck to a parent or sibling after dinner!

If you find yourselves with more free time, please refer to our Additional Resources page for some great websites to explore.

See you tomorrow for School Day #81.