We haven’t technically started Kindergarten yet – at least we haven’t started checking things off my meticulously-put-together school schedule we intend to start at the end of next month. ;-) But Emma was getting bored not having some type of work of her own to do every day and you know what happens with a 5-year-old is bored? They share it. They tell you they’re bored – possibly the most irritating sentence ever uttered when you have worked hard to make sure your kids have plenty to do and play with. ;-)
Emma is like me. She needs some direction for her days or she’ll sit around in her pajamas all day doing nothing. So out came a daily schedule I put together in Word with boxes to check off. Interactivity is the key to success here! Off she goes to brush teeth, brush hair, make bed, get dressed, practice handwriting, practice addition, and more. She literally runs around completing tasks just so she can check them off. And it requires no nagging at all. Awesome. Not only that, but she has a much better attitude throughout the day because of it!
I made one for Isaac as well so he could feel included but he isn’t quite as into them as Emma is.
That’s okay, though. :)
Practicing phonics with this Reading Eggs app…
Learning and reading sight words while playing this Pop for Sight Words game.
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Working on her handwriting and sight words with these free printable worksheets I found (and love!) here at Confessions of a Homeschooler. (And drawing like crazy, too!)
Putting together her princess puzzles (found here).
Practicing forming letters with handwriting apps and a stylus.
And “playing” Reading Eggs whenever she gets a chance. Can’t recommend this more!
I know I haven’t shared a lot about what Isaac is doing but unlike Emma at that age, he has noooo interest whatsoever in learning. I mean any kind of structured learning. He knows his alphabet and can count to twenty (and possibly higher) thanks to Emma but when I try to sit down with him he is sooo impatient! I’m not worried about this at all, he’s only 2. But whenever he is interested I will be ready! :)
In the meantime, at least he is starting to show some interest in books!
How are your days going right now? Do your kids thrive on schedules or dislike them?
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