The messy and chaotic truths of school at home.

My oldest daughter gets bored of her school lessons quickly sometimes it can be difficult getting her to stick with it and keep going. Throughout the day to spark her interest and supplement more learning activities we often play learning games. Yesterday was a short lesson day therefore we played lots of learning games together.

Learning games means a huge mess and total chaos which is worth it because by playing educational games together it gives me a chance to bridge their age gap in a way where we can enjoy family time. Rather than working with my oldest (age 6 )as my youngest (age 2) runs around getting into everything or watching silly videos on my phone.

My oldest daughter has been difficult to get interested in learning. She has come a long way since we started a structuralized learning approach at home with her for preschool. Although her attention span is better my husband and I still use the learn as you play method with her. If she’s given to many worksheets during a day or feels to pushed into learning she begins to go into a total meltdown that turns a big part of our day into calming her down and sitting back trying to stay calm ourselves as a six year old starts yelling at the top of her lungs. That is why we enjoy playing the “SpringFlower See & Spell Matching Toy” with her because it gets her working on creating words in a way that doesn’t feel to pushy. Also my youngest is able to play along with us learning lowercase letters and color recognition.

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Today I had to work only for a couple of hours because I wanted to make sure I was home by a reasonable time to start school for the day. That’s one of the better parts about school at home is that the schedule is much more flexible. I don’t have to worry about getting her to a physical place and picking her up on time.

The school day started off decent my husband had my daughters up and ready to go by the time I got home. In order to get in a makeshift gym class I brought out stepping stones and alphabet bean bags to get my kids up and moving as they were learning.

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As the day went on it sort spiraled out of control. After we finished lessons for the day our family cat had poop stuck to his fur, he then resorted to brushing it off onto the carpet, the kids bookcase, and the couch. That’s life you end up with more than you planned for and the only option is going with it.

My youngest hanging out on the couch as I cleaned the cushions.

It took an extra hour to put the couches back together because my daughters decided to play with the cushions on the floor, sometimes as an adult its hard to find the enjoyment in the small things because your the one who is doing all the work as they play. I just try to remind myself that not everything has to be rushed and let them just enjoy the simple stuff.

Thanks for visiting LearningWithNanaHedgehog.com. When your having a rough time and feeling as if everyone else has it together and your failing remember kids our kids. They’re most comfortable with their parents and caregivers therefore emotional outbursts are normal and your not failing if the house is a mess and the kids are running all over the place like a robot as my oldest was tonight. It’s normal were all just figuring out this new normal and going with it because that’s life it’s what we all do. No route in life is easy or without complication that’s what makes it worth living.

Christmas calendar with Christmas themed counting coloring pages.

My oldest daughter is currently working on learning sight words, reading written number words, and counting. My youngest daughter age two is gradually learning to count and is building a basic foundation of skills. Therefore I made a fun Christmas Calendar for my daughters to mark off each day with a fun corresponding coloring page.

Christmas Calendar laminated for durability.

The coloring pages represent numbers one through twenty-five. Each coloring page has simple sentences with sight words and the corresponding written number for extra reading practice. I opted not to include the number symbol because I wanted my oldest to try and write them by memory best she could. I figure everyday my daughters can color a coloring page and cut out the images for scissor practice, then glue them onto construction paper to make their own Christmas scenes.

Christmas Calendar Coloring Pages

1. I see one pretty Christmas tree.
2.    I see two kids wearing Christmas pajamas at nighttime.
3.  Do you see three gingerbread houses?
4.  I see four silly polar bears in Santa hats.
5.  I see five angels.   
6.  There are six hedgehog heads in Santa hats.
7.  I see seven penguins. 
8.  I see eight reindeer heads.
9.  I see nine gingerbread people that I can decorate myself.
10.  I see ten Christmas books.   
11.  I can see and count eleven dogs with Santa hats.
12.  I see twelve snow people in the snow.
13.  There are thirteen little candy canes for you and me.
14.  I see twelve Santa Clauses how many more would be needed to make fourteen?
15.  I see fifteen seals with Santa Hats.
16.  I can see and count sixteen chimneys.
17.  I see seventeen orcas.
18.  There are eighteen Christmas stockings.
19.  Do you see nineteen turtles in Santa hats?
20. There are twenty stars in the sky tonight.
21.  I see twenty-one gumdrops.
22.  There are twenty-two Santa hats.
23.  I see twenty-three ornaments.
24.  I see twenty-four elves.
25.  I see twenty-five presents.

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My youngest daughter gets into everything and since we tend to decorate our Christmas tree with ornaments my husbands mother bought him yearly when he was growing up we decided not to put out a normal tree. Instead last year and this year we decided to keep the ornaments safe from her. Instead we’ve been putting up the toy tree and the gingerbread house to play with. During the off season we store the tree in her bedroom for my daughters to pretend play Christmas together, stacking toys around the tree.

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Thanksgiving coloring pages for early readers that are appropriate for the year 2020.

My husband and I haven’t fully celebrated Thanksgiving in several years because of our work schedules we often spend the day at work rather than with our kids in the traditional way most people do.

This year with COVID-19 the holidays look different for everyone. It has been a struggle for my oldest daughter staying at home, visiting her grandparents less and adjusting to the reality of school at home as I’m sure it is for most children.

Therefore this year the concept of being Thankful for what we do have seems to be more important than ever before. Rather than the constant repetition of reminding my daughter that this is the new normal. No matter how hard as parents, and or caregivers we try to keep them safe there isn’t a prior place to seek advice from we’re all just figuring this out for the first time. Trying to stay calm, as we keep our kids calm. Honestly how can we keep our kids calm when the constant reality weighs on us.

Even if I wanted to keep a distance from her and the rest of the world away from the reality of COVID-19 it’s impossible. In matter of months we’ve added masks into typical out of the house attire. When a six year old searches for cute masks to buy with their birthday money it leaves me as an adult feeling sad. Sad that at six years old my daughter has to embrace a reality of uncertanty. Yet proud that my daughter respects the safety of others.

Shifting back to point during times filled of such negativity and distress it’s important to remember what we are thankful for. To slow down and remind ourselves were still alive and there is still good in the world, and even in times of a pandemic we can allow ourselves to be happy. We all should give thanks to the ones we love, and be thankful for each other. For people working in healthcare settings, grocery stores, and any setting in which they’re directly involved with the public. Even people working from home that are still continuing at times when it might feel helpless. Teachers navigating a new normal, parents trying to bridge life before with life now.

There’s plenty to be thankful for. Rather focusing on what we’re loosing out on during the pandemic instead atleast for one day we can focus on what is worth being thankful for.

That’s why for the holiday of Thanksgiving I made my daughters five coloring pages with simple sentences for early readers. Rather than focusing on Thanksgiving in the traditional sense I focused on what Thanksgiving may look like this year. Reminding my daughters it’s the small things that matters. We don’t have to be talking to someone in person to socialize. We can talk on the phone, we can see people on the computer, and make cards to remind the people we care about that we are thinking of them.

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Counting leaves coloring pages.

For the month of November our focus theme has been the leaves falling and changing colors during the Fall Season. Therefore I made five leaf counting coloring pages to go along with the theme of the month.

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Items above are some of the helpful tools my husband and I use to help teach our daughters how to count to 100 and do simple math problems. They both enjoy using the 100 placemat as they eat cereal and count together.

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Leaves with shapes coloring pages.

Most weeks I give my daughters five coloring pages with simple sentences for early readers to read and color together. The month of November we went with a leaves theme for the last month of Fall.

My youngest daughter is beginning to learn names for different shapes. Therefore I made five fun leaf coloring pages with different shapes for extra practice and exposure for my youngest daughter that she could do along side her older sister.

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Brown and Yellow.

Recently I have been trying to pick two colors a month as the focus colors. For the month of November I decided to use brown and yellow. I made simple color posters for each color to help reinforce the focus colors throughout the month. I laminated each for durability.

I also made brown and yellow color cards that can be used as a matching game for young kids. I also laminated the cards for durability.

My oldest daughter tested the cards out as I was making them and insisted I added magnets on the back to place on our magnetic wall that way she could write the words next to them. Which is great because I’m always trying to come up with more ways to get my oldest daughter to practice writing in a way that keeps her interest.

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Besides the mess created by the little toys hiding inside the acorns that end up all over the house Alphabet Acorns really is a neat fun alphabet learning toy with a Fall theme. Sometimes my daughters and I hide the acorns and then help a squirrel stuff animal find them.

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November’s question: Why do leaves fall?

We have a lot of trees around our home which makes for an abundance of leaves especially in our backyard. My daughters always asking about leaves and fascinated with why they fall and how they fall from trees. I asked her why she thought they fall down her response was that they get blown down by the wind.

Then she’ll ask me why and there I am put on the spot, I know why leaves fall although in terms of a scientific response I’m pulling out my phone trying to find an educated explanation. Therefore I created a simple sheet for myself with a more scientific answer than they fall because it’s getting cold and that’s what leaves do. I also added definitions for any words that I thought she’d ask me what does that mean. I make myself simple reference sheets for everything because I’m not a teacher I’m a mom simply trying to guide my daughters through their early years while exposing them to as much information as possible.

Why do leaves changes colors and fall?

I made a fun leaves counting activity to go along with the leaf theme. My oldest daughter helped me cut out the pieces and began playing with as soon as it was laminated. I try to make new activities each month that way my daughters don’t get bored of the same thing.

Four leaves on the tree.
Three leaves on the tree.
Writing practice and counting.

Besides a counting activity the leaves can also be used to teach patterns and talk about colors.

I also made five leaf theme coloring pages for early readers.

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More Halloween theme coloring pages for early readers.

The idea I had in mind when I started making coloring pages with simple sentences to read was for my daughters to color a page a day and hold me accountable to do something extra with my oldest that would also be age appropriate for my youngest as well. To be honest my plan didn’t stick and instead I give my daughters generally five different coloring pages a week that they color mainly at the end of the week. They’re great for the weekends to get in a little reading time when my oldest is addiment on reminding me that the weekends aren’t for learning.

For the last week of October I made another set of Halloween theme coloring pages. Free printable below each coloring page image.

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Halloween art using cool and warm colors.

My oldest daughter has been learning about warm and cool colors in aspect of art. In order to further reinforce the subject we made Halloween theme art together. I allowed her to pick out the supplies she wanted and to choose what she was going to create with a Halloween theme. When it comes to art I allow her to freely express herself. She gets discouraged and can be quite stubborn during school time therefore when we get to art I allow her to take control. I offer up an idea of what we are going to make and allow her to figure it out from there.

She chose to draw Frankenstein and a witch.

The supplies she chose to use were a total of two paper plates, orange construction paper, markers, and glue.

For Frankenstein she picked out a paper plate and markers. She chose green, blue, and purple to draw Frankenstein. We talked about the fact green, blue, and purple are cool colors.

For her witch drawing she chose a paper plate, construction paper, and markers. She glued her construction paper onto the paper plate after she finished her drawing. We discussed that the orange background, and the red words she said were “ha ha” were written in warm colors. The witches body outlined in green I then re-emphasized is considered a cool color.

I chose to make a paper plate zombie with the help of my youngest daughter. I focused on cool colors for my Zombie plate art. To fully reinforce the concept to my oldest daughter. Having kids with a four year age gap means I have to try to engage them both at the same time while trying to stick with both their levels. My youngest is exposed to much more than my oldest was at her age. She plays with markers, tries to steal the glue sticks, and scissors therefore I use the toddler scissors to be safe. She enjoys art time and always our art time ends in a huge mess to clean up at the end.

Supplies I used to make Zombie plate.
My youngest helping stick the green pieces on.
Zombie plate using cool colors.

When my youngest grew bored of sticking the green pieces onto the plate she then grabbed markers and began to make her own art on another paper plate.

My youngest daughters two favorite colors are yellow and pink.

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Thanks for stopping by LearningWithNanaHedgehog.com. Please remember all activities are meant to be done with adult supervision. I know especially right now it can be tough sticking through all the craziness with kids. The mess of art cleaning up all the supplies, markers all over the place, paper scraps all over the floor I just remind myself it’s worth it in the end when my kids proudly hang up their art work excited about what they created. Not everything has to be perfectly structured and sometimes it’s just nice to let kids express themselves in a way in which they learn and get their emotions out in a healthy safe way. We can all just do our best, and keep trying to find what works best for our kids because not all kids learn in the same way.

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Halloween theme coloring pages for early readers.

For the month of October I’ve been making Pumpkin and Halloween theme coloring pages with simple sentences for my daughters to color and read throughout the month. Each week I choose five to share with them. My oldest daughter enjoys coloring as we read the sentences together. She often cuts the pictures out after coloring for additional scissor practice.

Enjoy five fun Halloween theme coloring pages with simple sentences for early readers.

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