Challenging Co-workers

My co-worker (E) didn’t care for the color of her work materials so she stormed off to the job. Meanwhile my other co-worker (J) complained about E’s inability to be a team player for the project and suggested that we just continue without her. More complaints continued until we decided it was time to cave in an eat some carbs for comfort. How are things going with your new co-workers?

Yes, Ellie really did have a meltdown about the color of paint she received. Somehow, in that moment all of the information from the baby prep classes came back to me. When you’re overwhelmed by the screaming, it’s okay to walk away or even step outside for 5 minutes.

Now for the fun that kept us too busy to remember what we were missing.

Activity 1: Bow-tie Butterflies

  1. Put regular uncooked now-tie noodles in a bag with a squirt of paint.
  2. Move the noodles around until they are completely covered.
  3. Dump the noodles out on wax paper, separate and allow them to dry.
  4. Glue noodles on paper -hot glue is great, but be sure to help kids with it. The noodles are heavy so card stock is recommended.
  5. Draw antennae on the butterflies and movement lines with a sharpie.

Activity 2: Baking Banana Bread

Read a baking related book. I recommend Amelia Bedelia Bakes Off by: Herman Parish. Amelia Bedelia is known for mixing things up, so I played the character of Amelia while we baked. Jake read the instructions to me, while Ellie made sure I did them correctly. The recipe called for two eggs. I acted like I was going to toss in two whole eggs (shell and all), but Ellie stopped me and explained the recipe meant without the egg shells. Why was this important? Jake had more practice reading, not just words, but fractions too. Ellie showed her comprehension of the story by applying the concepts to our situation.

Activity 3: Classroom Set-up

Classroom teachers will be sending home materials for distance learning, but there are little things kids will be missing out on. I decided the routine of a calendar, practicing place value and counting coins would be things bit harder to learn without hands-on materials.

I do have a distinct advantage since I have my teaching supplies and just picked a few things to transform our basement into our new classroom. If you have a regular wall calendar that would work nicely, but you can even use your phone. Talk about the numbers and how they go up by 1 each day and document the weather to notice trends. We started counting our days of “Apocalypse Academy.” Each day we will place a straw in the ones place until it gets to ten and then we’ll bundle them and move them to the tens place. At home you could do this using legos and a plastic bag for grouping them. Identifying/counting coins is another great skill for kids 5-8. I recommend first identifying coins and their value. My students really enjoyed these poems. From there start with counting small groups of pennies, then add nickels and so on.

As always if you need any tips for educating your child, please reach out to me.

Remember “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” -Charlie Chaplin

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