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Volume 18

April 9, 2021

Learning Resource for Week 28: April 12 – April 16

Message from Teacher Anna, Teacher Selena, & Teacher Mimi:

In collaboration with families and staff, we have developed values for our program that we call program wide expectations. You will be seeing and hearing these phrases regularly. These expectations reflect our mission to create learning environments that are inclusive and intentionally designed to be positive, safe, and supportive. Here are the four program wide expectations: Be courageous, Be curious, Be compassionate, Be a community. More information will come soon!

To learn more about the Pyramid Model that we are using to implement these, please visit the NCPMI here at this link:

https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/docs/NCPMI_family_factsheet_web.pdf

Problem Solving

Magnetic Activity – This is a fun activity to do with kids to explore science. With the magnet wand from our supply box, collect some items around the house with your child to find out which items are magnetic and which items are not magnetic. You can also label them as it shows in the picture. Have your child test out each item and don’t forget to have fun! Make sure you are extra careful with the magnets around technology like phones, tablets, TVs or computers; a magnet can ruin the screen on these devices.

Math / Science

Grow a vegetable – Since Spring is here, why not grow a vegetable that you may already have in your home and see how big it grows? To start off easy, I thought it would be a good idea to grow green onions. Here’s how easy it is to grow them in your home:

  1. Slice off the ends of the bulbs, leaving roots attached.
    2. Stand the bulbs root-end down in a small jar or a cup. Add enough water to cover the roots, but leave the top edges above water.
    3. Set them by a window that will have sunlight and keep the roots moist. After a few days, green shoots will emerge from the tops of the bulbs. After that, they’ll grow very quickly.
    4. Keep the roots submerged and change water at least once a week.

You can take pictures each day to show your child how much they have grown day by day.

Language / Literacy

Hair Love: Book Video – This book is about a little girl named Zuri and her father learning to style her hair and the bond they have through hair. This is another great one to talk about loving your body and a positive self-image with your child. Ask your child what type of hair they have and how they like to style it. Here is a video of Teacher Anna reading the book: https://vimeo.com/449095299

 

Social Emotional

Emotion Masks – These masks are a great tool for talking about feelings. And all you need are paper plates or pieces of paper (cut in half), craft sticks, tape, and markers. The activity will focus on four emotions: happy, mad, sad, and silly. For each emotion (and each mask), read each emotion and have your child make a face and then talk to your child about the emotion it represents. Once they correctly identify the emotions, practice using them when a child is feeling that emotion or use it when reading a book with different emotions.

Movement / Play

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed song – This song is a classic. As you and your child sing and listen to the song, encourage your child to count how many monkeys they see and to use their fingers. This helps with their counting skills!

Link: https://video.link/w/xMSbc

ACTIVITIES FOR OUR YOUNGER CHILDREN

Bedsheet Parachute – In school, we have this parachute that the teachers let the kiddos play with. However, I realized that using a fitted bedsheet or any bedsheet you have at home can be used as a parachute. Get the kids (or even you) to hold onto the end of the bedsheet and work together to try and shake a small stuffed animal or ball off of the parachute! You can even try to see how long you can keep the stuffed animal or ball on the parachute. Another idea you can do with the bedsheet parachute if you have 3 or more people is to try to get one kid at a time to run (safely) under the sheets before the parachute goes down.