The morning started out nice and quiet really. D and Roxy, our 8 month old Chocolate Lab, were the ones to rise me out of bed, like usual. After D had her breakfast and I had my iced coffee and checked my email and Facebook D went on her computer and started playing on the Nick Jr website and I started cleaning up the living room. D then moved on to the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic website and played games. Between the dog wanting to go outside and D wanting me to watch what she was doing, I finally got most of the cleaning up done that I wanted to do. After playing games for a while D decided to watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on Netflix and coloring a Pony coloring book. She was really into Pony this morning. All the while P was still sleeping. He must have needed it I thought, but then I found out he was watching Ultimate Spider-Man in the middle of the night because he couldn't go back to sleep after D woke him up some how.
I woke P up at about 12:30 PM. While he was eating lunch I read chapters 5 & 6 of Mr Popper's Penguins to the kids. D was dancing around the living room and doing puzzles while I was reading. Throughout the reading I ask different questions and we talk about what is going on in the story. I also try to pick out different things the kids can learn about throughout the reading. This is sort of a Five In A Row style of learning.
While P was having some time to himself watching Wild Kratts on Netflix D and I were doing some learning activities. We read some flip-the-flap nursery rhymes, Little Boy Blue, Old McDonald, and Hey Diddle Diddle. To practice her letter recognition and sounds we did the Leapfrog Tag Jr and the Letter Factory Flash Cards. She was getting burned out toward the end of the flash cards so we zipped through the rest and let her go on her way.
P and I did a shared reading of a Super Hero Squad Level 2 book. We take turns reading pages because he really doesn't like reading and the books that are his level are usually too long to keep his interest. We then did some addition Wrap-Ups. P wanted to play a game of checkers after his learning activities, D watched and played with the chess pieces that go along with the Super Mario checkers/chess set we have. Toward the end of the game we were just chasing each other and P was getting bored so we just let each other get jumped. We have had a book about learning to play chess from the library for a while and just haven't sat and done it yet so P decided it was time. My husband knows how to play and taught P once a few months ago but I think P has forgotten to have his dad keep up on the lessons. Chess really isn't has hard to learn as I had thought. P remembered some things, but the book was a good tool. We have decided that we are going to try to play every day so we can get good enough to beat his dad, uh, at least we can try.
For the remainder of the day the kids did different things together. They watched a couple episodes of Wild Kratts while playing under the covers fighting. That didn't seem to work too well because the dog kept attacking them. They played Mater's Tall Tales video game and Mario 3D World on the Wii U. At some point P was hitting his sister because she was actually doing well so he got taken out of the game. To get back in he did some addition flash cards. P designed some BeyBlades for each of them so they can battle tomorrow morning.
At about 8 PM the went to P's room to watch shows on their iPad minis and go to sleep. Since about Christmas time D has been sleeping in P's room. They enjoy having each other in the same room. They had done this before so I made one room a bedroom and the other a playroom. Not long after I had done that they were complaining they wanted their own rooms back. So this time I think I will leave things alone and just let them do their thing until one of them decides they don't want to share a room.
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