ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
TIPS FOR COPING WITH SPRING ALLERGIES
What are the Symptoms of Spring Allergies?
* Stuffy Nose (congestion)
* Runny Nose
* Watery Eyes
* Itching in the nose, eyes, or the roof of the mouth.
How Can I Get Relief From Spring Allergies?
One of the best ways to manage your spring allergy symptoms is to see a board-certified allergist. An allergist can help you come up with a plan to treat your allergies. Your allergy treatment plan may involve:
* Taking allergy medicines, like antihistamines, before your allergy season begins.
* Using a nasal corticosteroid sprays.
* An immunotherapy option (allergy shots or tablets) for your type of allergy
Check pollen counts at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology so you can avoid outdoor activities on days when counts are high. You can also check pollen forecasts on Pollen.com.
The month of April, traditionally a rainy period, gives way to May, when flowers will bloom because of the water provided to them by the April rains.
April Showers, Brings May Flowers! April Song | Jack Hartmann
13 – 18 Months Milestones – Self-Expression
* Comforted by cuddling and parent’s touch.
* Is able to calm with experiences such as rocking, touch, and soothing sounds.
* Has an established and reliable sleeping schedule.
* Cries and notices hurt.
* Enjoys various textures, such as grass or sand, after multiple exposures.
* Is generally happy when not hungry or tired.
* Has grown accustomed to everyday sounds and usually not startled by them.
* Is able to enjoy a wide variety of touch, noise, and smells.
* Is able to self soothe when upset.
* Is able to transition to new environment or activity.
Language / Literacy
Learn the letter Oo | Jack Hartmann
Phonics Story O| English Singsing
Learn letter O | Super Simple
Letter Oo Story
Oscar turns the light on.
Olive turns it off
/o/ /o/ /o/
Off and on, off and on!
SINGING IN THE RAIN!
Author: Arthur Freed
Nacio Herb Brown
Illustrator: Tim Hopgood
A joyful celebration of spring rain showers, based on the song as performed in the classic Gene Kelly Film.
The Rainy Day
Author and Illustrator:
Anna Milbourne and Sarah Gill
Have you ever wondered what clouds are made of? This story is from cloudy skies to the ‘splish, splash, splosh’ of puddles and a beautiful rainbow.
Art / Writing
Make Straight and Curved Lines | Jack Hartmann
Graphic Practice: ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (
) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )
Practice curve line using music and raise your pencil when the music stop.
Letter Oo song | Learning Dynamics
Uppercase O – around, close
Lowercase o – around, close
Write the letter O – ABC Writing for Kids
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Letter O for Octopus and Orange
Materials: plain white paper or colored paper, crayons or colored pencil, journal.
This activity is either draw or cut and paste.
Cut or draw a circle shape and color.
For Octopus, cut long oval tentacles and attach to the circle to create an Octopus.
For Orange, color the O with orange crayon or colored pencil to make an orange.
Math / Science
Count to 100 | Jack Hartmann
MARCH WEATHER GRAPHING
- 1. How many days was sunny? 5. How many days was sunny and cloudy?
- How many days was cloudy? 6. How many days was cloudy and rainy?
- How many days was rainy? 7. Which weather has the least days?
- How many days was snowy? 8. Which weather has the most days?
After discussing the March Weather and weather graphing, work with the “Rain Drops Counting” Activity and Graph.
RAIN DROPS COUNTING AND GRAPHING
- This raindrops picture and graph is just a sample.
- Encourage your kids to draw four (4) different color rain clouds and create their raindrops up to 10.
- Help your kid create a graph and by using their chosen colors, graph the raindrops.
- After created a Raindrops graph, ask your kid the following questions:
- How many raindrops on your ___________ cloud?
- Which cloud has the most raindrops?
- Which cloud has the least raindrops?
MAKING RAIN IN A JAR!
You can help your child learn about weather by making a Rain in a Jar!
Materials: glass of jar, plate, warm water, and ice
- Heat the water until steaming.
- Pour it into the jar.
- Place the plate on top of the jar.
- After waiting for a few seconds, put the ice on top of the plate.
- Then watch what will happens.
Water went up into the warm air and when it hit the cool plate, it formed into water drops that comes back down. “This is how the rain is made”
Water in the air forms clouds, and then comes back down as raindrops.
This activity helps the child understand where rain comes from.
Problem Solving Song | Lisa Hermsmeier
Riddle: Rainy day
I run, but I do not walk. I drip and drop, but I cannot pick myself up. You have to consume me and sometimes I surround you. What am I?
To figure out this riddle, encourage kids to think about the clues that can happen and let go of the clues that cannot.
Riddle: Runs in the family
Four siblings stood underneath an umbrella. Two were holding dogs and two were holding cats. How did they all keep from getting wet?
Answer: It was not raining
Sometimes it is all too easy to follow a detail like “standing under an umbrella” and make assumptions about rain. This riddle encourages children to think through all the information they are given. Help them to learn the ways they assume things, so they can think more critically.
Movement / Play
Most kids would love to sit in front of their iPad on a rainy day for hours. Instead, turn their “device” time into exercising fun by turning on some kid-friendly YouTube Exercise Videos.
GoNoodle: This channel provides the greatest variety of get-you-moving videos for kids.
Cosmic Kids Yoga: This channel includes a huge collection of videos that focus on yoga and mindfulness wrapped in fun, interactive adventures – building kids’ strength, balance and confidence.
INDOOR GAMES TO GET ENERGY OUT!
Make a simple hopscotch “board” on your floor and kids will enjoy it!
Place a balloon between your child’s knees and have them waddle across the room without dropping it. Make it more challenging for older kids by having them go around a few obstacles. If they drop it, they have to go back to the start.
Set up a “course” and see if your child can blow a balloon all the way to the finish line. They have to do army crawls working their upper body and core strength along the way.
Hang a balloon by a string from your doorway so it is a few inches higher than your child’s arm reach. Then challenge them to try to tap it with their hand. Count how many they can do in a row.
Backhand Balloon Balance:
Challenge your kids to balance a balloon on the back of their hand, and see how long they can do it before it falls to the ground.
Make a “net” by tying a piece of string or tape between 2 chairs and then have your child hit the balloon back and forth by running from one side to the other, trying to keep it off the floor. If you have 2 or more kids, have them hit it over the net as many times as they can without it falling.