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 :-)

If you would like to send a photo of your child or the whole family and what you have been enjoyed doing together during this time we would love to see it. I can put the pictures you send me in the next newsletter to keep the class updated on everyone. If you prefer that only I see it, please let me know when you send me the picture at maloneym@franklinps.net

This is completely optional. I wanted to offer another way to stay connected during these times with our classroom community.

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How are you feeling?

It's important to have an open dialogue with your child about how you're feeling. All feelings are OK. When things change to disrupt our usual routines and daily life, our emotions are bound to be impacted. You can use this visual to help you talk to your child about what "zone" they are in. We use this language at school. For example, you can model by saying, "This morning I was in the blue zone. I was feeling tired and sad because I miss seeing my friends at work."

Here are some suggestions to keep the learning alive at home.....

We are focusing on learning being fun during this time and maintaining skills, not learning new material. All the suggestions are completely optional-you can try them all or none or pick out a few that you think will be fun. We are here to provide support-any questions at any time, please feel free to email me.


  • 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

The class knows how much I love to "switch it up" and "keep them on their toes" which is why I am creating an optional STEM challenge. Many of the students in room 201 love the toy marble maze and why not create one at home (since we have some time) with recyclables and things found throughout your house?!? I have included a video of my homemade ping pong ball maze (which was A LOT of trial and error, duct tape, and laughs) and a picture of a smaller scale pom pom maze out of a paper plate that my sister made. If you would like to take part and get your family involved-the more the merrier. Use whatever you have around your house (if you have a marble maze you can use that too) and most importantly have some fun! You can work on counting, patterns, language, creativity, fine motor skills, problem solving skills, and social-emotional conversations if an idea does not work. If you send videos or pictures I can post them with our next newsletter if you would like. This is a completely optional activity, just like all suggestions in this newsletter. Can't wait to see the creativity!!!

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:

  • Simon says

  • Bean bag or balloon toss

  • Hot potato

  • Egg in spoon

  • Hop scotch


Get Moving:

  • 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


Outdoor Activities:

  • Jump rope or jump over a small obstacle

  • Ride a tricycle or bicycle

  • Jumping or jumping jacks

  • Bubble play

  • Play ball- bounce, catch, throw, kick

  • Push heavy items in a stroller/wagon

  • Learn to ride your bike or a scooter


Indoor Fun:

  • Dance party

  • Building a fort – boxes, blankets

  • Walk like an animal

    • slither like a snake

    • hop like a frog

    • gallop/horse

    • 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

Freeze Dance - hope you have as much fun as we do in room 201!

Miss Meg and her sister rocking the "FREEZE DANCE"

for those needed quieter and calmer moments-we sometimes listen during lunch (which is right after playground time)

Disney Relaxing Piano Collection - Sleep Music, Study Music, Calm Music

Thank you

I want to take a moment to thank you for exploring these optional suggestions/ideas/challenges to keep the learning alive with your child. The most important thing at this time is that your child knows you are there for him/her. Children thrive on consistency and you are the constant. The routines have changed and that is alright-if you would like I can send you some different examples of schedules you could try at home (I did not want to overwhelm) just email me maloneym@franklinps.net. Also, allow yourself to breathe-enjoy the moments where your child is using his/her imagination/creativity and playing on his/her own or you had that idea and it went a little off the rails- embrace it and keep it in your back pocket for next time. Thank you for all that you do everyday and for keeping the learning alive during this time! If you need anything please do not hesitate to email me
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One of my favorite days this school year- you can't help but smile when you look at this picture!

How to connect with Miss Meg

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me!