Smart Cats at Home

May Edition

Are you having fun with your home Bags?

Dear Smart Cats and Families:

I hope you have been enjoying some of this beautiful weather together. I wanted to check in with everyone to see how you are doing. I sure miss all my Smart Cats and hope you are continuing to learn through fun activities and using your imagination.

I am going to be putting together some more bags for you to have activities for June so stay tuned for more information to come and when. The school doesn't want me handing out bags on the school grounds so we will be delivering them to you in June once I get all of the items. In the meantime, I included enough items in your bags to keep you busy exploring and learning.

I would love to hear from you and see what you have been up to. If you are comfortable sending me some pictures of you using the items in your bags please email them to me at or text them to me at (503)341-3381. I would also like to know if you are in need of any additional items to assist you in learning from home. If your student is struggling with this new homeschooling routine, if parents are needing supports, after school snacks to help your Smart Cat have brain power, resources, parenting tools, etc.. Please reachout to me and I will assist and get items to you that I can. April Dobson, also can assist and help families and students. April is Todos Juntos' Family Resource Coordinator and an OHP assister. If your family is in need of health insurance she can help with this.

Now for the fun stuff! I have included files below and activity ideas for you to do with items from your bags. Enjoy !!

Dice Games

Dice Game 1

You will need paper, a writing tool (Crayons, or pencil will work), and pieces of paper or bingo markers or bear counters, and 2-4 dice.

Write random number from 1 to 12 (for 2 dice), 1-18 (for 3 dice), 1-24 (for 4 dice) all over your piece of paper. You can use your notebook for paper and keep it to play again. Do not write them in order. If your student is lower in math skills use one die at first then add more to help with counting. Roll your dice, have your Smart Cat count the number they rolled, find the number on the paper and cover it with one of the bingo squares from your bingo game. Continue doing this until all the numbers are covered. You can also do this with more then one player and make it into a competition, just use different markers on the numbers for each player and once all of the numbers are covered, count who has the most and they win! You can use the counting bears from your bag too.

Dice Game 2

Download the file below. I would use your bingo markers or bear counters for the markers so you can reuse the game boards, but you can use crayons if you like. You will need two dice for this game. The instructions are included in the file. There are several different game boards depending on level of your student. Start with the pre-printed clocks, once they are good at matching the time on the clocks, use the game board that has some of the clock printed and some that they need to draw themselves, then graduate up to the game boards that you have to draw all the time in. Your student can play with you or a sibling or you can use this as a single player game as well. Lots of different ways you can use this. Also, once they have fun rolling dice, counting their roll, and finding the clocks that match the number, have them try to look at a clock you have at home and roll the dice until they can match the hour on that clock. See how many tries it takes for them to roll the correct hour. Record their tries in their notebooks.

Measuring Time!

You should have a ruler and a measuring tape in your bags. You will need one of these for the Measuring Bugs activity. Also, go on a 'I Spy" scavenger hunt. Give your Smart Cat a small bag for gathering things, write out a simple list of things for them to spy and collect. Examples, a green leaf, rock, pencil, crayon, paper clip, etc. Name things that they can read and find around your home and yard. Have them check the items off on their list as they find them. Once they have found the items use the magnifying glass in their bags and measuring tape to examine the differences and similarities, use the measuring tape to measure the items length. have them write the number of inches (round up to nearest inch), of each item, talk about what is bigger, smaller, longer, shorter. This is a great way to teach math skills and language that makes it fun.

Resources and Information


Online sessions for families and professionals presented by Swindells Resource Center-

May 16- Building Resiliency in challenging times-

May 19, May 26, June 2-Trauma Informed Parenting- 3 part series -

May 27- Reducing relational Stress- building resiliency for families of children with special needs -

Fact Oregon Resources

May 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM: Distance Learning for Little Ones: What You Need to Know Toolkit

FACT Oregon staff will explore each page of our newly created Distance Learning for Little Ones: What You Need to Know Toolkit and share ideas for how you can use these tools to support your child on an IFSP, prepare for the transition to kindergarten, and track progress during Distance Learning.


Todos Juntos

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