The day started quiet while the kids played in their rooms together until they got hungry. While they were eating they watch a couple episodes of Wild Kratts(Caracul-minton & Cheetah Racer). After they ate they played together all over the house. We got enough snow last night to play in so they went out and enjoyed the snow for a while. When the kids came in they had some hot chocolate with marshmallows and lunch. They then watched a couple more Wild Kratts episodes(Huge Orange Problem & Zig Zag).
We started school with our Michigan unit. In M is for Mitten Q is for quadricycle, sort of interesting but the kids weren't really into it. R was for Red-breasted Robin, the state bird. The kids were excited about this because we learned it's call and we see robins all the time. The kids decided that the robin craft I had planned on doing was going to be puppets. So the kids made puppets with my help and then we all took turns putting on puppet shows. It was quite fun and the kids really got into it. Much better day than yesterday!
For the by yourself learning, D decided she wanted to start with her reading. She read Bob Books 1 & 2 to me, then I read Bob Book 3 to her. While I was reading she would repeat some of the sentences. D then chose to do an -at word activity that we got from thisreadingmama.com. It has pictures and you have to match the beginning letter to the correct picture to make the correct -at word. When she was finished she worked on some word puzzles that we got from one of the sites that worked together to make the Bob Book printables, not sure which one because we printed it and cut it before I knew I was going to have to know who put it out. Then of course she worked on some of the word paths from 3dinosaurs.com because she is loving those mazes. Using these Bob Books and the Bob Book printables is really helping her learn to read in a fun way. I didn't want to push her into reading and finding this has really got her wanting to try. After all this school work she was done with schooling for the day.
P started with english today. In Easy Peasy English 1 Day 49 english he worked on putting parts of a story in order. When he opened up the site he actually said that he liked this one. After the first one he asked if he had to do any more, shows how much he really likes it huh. I had him go through more until he didn't have any mistakes, which didn't take him too long. For Easy Peasy Math 2 Day 141 he worked on a fraction worksheet that he had to match the amount of shaded animals to the correct written fraction. Then he went on doing a deep sea diver subtraction practice game.
The kids and I played Monsters Inc. Life and Mouse Trap. In both games I lost and D won. We then finally got out our bin of Easter decor, better late then never. The kids really wanted to do egg hunts in the house so I really had to get them out, we don't have too many decorations anyway. The three of us took turns hiding the eggs for each other in different places of the house. I think the kids ended up playing for almost 2 hours.
After dinner the kids got dad to play a board game, I tried to sneak away but they wouldn't let me. Before the game started dad found an acorn top and showed the kids how to make a whistle out of it. P got it to work a little and D didn't try, she was too busy looking for the cat that the whistle scared. So then we played Dora Chutes and Ladders. D quit about half way through, dad got 1st, I got second, and P "at least got 3rd because D quit"(his words). The kids played around a little bit then watched Wild Kratts Googly Eye, then went to bed.
So a day of no video games and less TV worked out without too much complaining. In the beginning of the day there was some "but I've been good" coming from them, but they weren't good for long enough. P's version of being good is for about 5 minutes. If he kept his body to himself and D stopped whining we would be good, we will see how it goes. Tomorrow we have a busy day out of the house so we will see how it goes.
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