Thinking of you all
w/ Miss Meg, Miss Diane, Miss Jane, & Miss Cami
March 23, 2020
Here is what we have been up to this past week while home.....
We would love to see what you have been doing at home :-)
This is completely optional. I wanted to offer another way to stay connected during these times with our classroom community.
How are you feeling?
Here are some suggestions to keep the learning alive at home.....
- Read stories (new and old) with your child
- Play a board game or card game (e.g., chutes and ladders, uno, go fish, candyland memory just to name a few)
- Use household items to practice counting, patterns, sorting, etc. (e.g., legos, colored cereal, M&M's, beads, socks, other toys, etc.)
- Go outside (chalk, bubbles, play tag, duck duck goose, hide and seek, etc.)
- Letter or Shape Hunt (inside or outside: what letters or shapes can you find in the natural environment or you can use post-it notes (going to be more inside for this activity) and write letters/shapes/numbers on each post-it and spread throughout the house; depending on your child you can give them a post-it and they need to match the item, they could find a post-it and tell you what they found, or you could ask for a specific item and they need to find it)
- Bake (talk to your child about measuring, numbers, weights, and sizes, etc.)
Optional STEM Challenge
Fine Motor Fun from Miss Sandra
A great activity for learning fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Give them a colander and some pipe cleaners/straws/uncooked pasta. You might need to demonstrate how to use it if needed. Then let them go to town. You might be amazed at just how entertained they will be.
As with many activities, taking the pipe cleaners out is easier than putting them back in, so it provides a natural grading of challenge for kids at a variety of skill levels. Putting the pipe cleaners in encourages precise hand movements and higher level hand-eye coordination than stacking two blocks or placing pegs in a board. Encourage your child to hold the pipe cleaner with their fingers pointing toward the tip, as opposed to grasping with their fist and turning their arm in so the thumb-side of their hand is facing down.
Depending on your child’s age and skill level, you can add all sorts of educational challenges to this activity by involving your child in identification of colors, sorting and matching colors or sizes, reviewing vocabulary such as through, enter, exit, twist, over, under, loop, push, pull, and more.
One other activity Miss Sandra recommends is playing with bubbles. Practice popping bubbles with your right hand, with your left hand, clapping your hands together, reaching for them, and poking them using an isolated index finger on your right hand and then practice with your your left index finger.
Let's stay active with gross motor activities from Miss Joanne
Please assure safety while performing any and all tasks with your child.
Games You Can Play:
Bean bag or balloon toss
Egg in spoon
Take the stairs, not the elevator
Walk around the block- play I spy while walking
Run relays with siblings and/or caregivers
Step on/off a step stool
Place pillows on the floor and have child walk on them
Jump rope or jump over a small obstacle
Ride a tricycle or bicycle
Jumping or jumping jacks
Play ball- bounce, catch, throw, kick
Push heavy items in a stroller/wagon
Learn to ride your bike or a scooter
Building a fort – boxes, blankets
Walk like an animal
slither like a snake
hop like a frog
bear/all 4s tummy down
crab/all 4s tummy up
Hop like a bunny
Doing Other Activities:
Do puzzles or play with building blocks while squatting
Clean up toys by squatting
Read a book while lying on belly
Do chores like setting/clearing the table