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Volume 19

April 15, 2021

HPCC PM REBECCA AND NADIFA’S CLASS NEWS 4-23-21

UPDATES:

Rebecca‘s class monthly meeting is Sunday 4/25 from three to 3:45 PM unless people will be out of the house and want to meet earlier or later.

April All Class Parent Center Meeting: library resources  Apr 27,21 4:00 PM

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Social Emotional

Invite your kid to be a helper and describe the helping job they are doing. This way they will feel proud of their skills and be able to share what they are good at(Think about it as practice for their job interview process!).  But I have also seen kids reach out to help other kids once they are able to identify things that they are good at 🙂

Can your child be: silverware set up helper? Shoe finder for the younger kids?

Socks sorter?

Huff Post writes “If your 4-year-old is obsessed with arranging his trucks in a perfectly straight line across the living room that no one else is allowed to interfere with, you can reference his impressive attention to detail and ask for his help putting stamps in the top right corner of your pile of holiday cards,””

 

Skills: conversation about sharing/helping, vocabulary, recalling parts of a story

Language / Literacy

We read this shaped book in class the other day. Read this or some of the other shape books I’ve posted and ask your kids what shades do they see in their house?  https://video.link/w/xbVkc

Practice numbers and letters associated with your family: fold a piece of paper into a mini book and write the number of your house on the front page inside a house shape, & inside make pictures and write names or letters for all the people in your house.

 

SINGING!

We will be practicing this counting rhyme in class -see if you can play the game with your kiddos to help them practice remembering number order and number names!

One Two, buckle my shoe!

Three four, shut the door!

Five six, pick up sticks!

Seven eight, lay them straight!

Nine ten, let’s say it again!

Or try singing Five little elephants went out to play upon a spider’s web one day: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wQf6yWEScB8

Language skills: Vocabulary/conversation skills/Fine motor holding pen/making letter shapes

Art / Writing

Can you make elephant heads out of Playdoh?  

-Use a big circle and smash like  a pancake,

-a little circle and pinch an oval for the ear,

-a snake becomes the trunk

Skills: identifying and forming shapes/fine motor skills/counting

Math / Science

Math-Create and take apart shapes: Once preschoolers can correctly identify flat and solid or three-dimensional shapes (cube, cone, cylinder, sphere), they are ready to create and then take apart shapes using materials provided by their teachers/parents.

 

Make a shape. Offer toothpicks, pipe cleaners, straws, or craft sticks as materials children can use to make into shapes. Discuss the shapes they make.

 

Deconstruct shapes.

Children can explore how to form three-dimensional shapes. For example, let children watch as you cut rectangular containers such as cereal boxes. How many rectangles are there in the box? Then ask children to figure out how to put them back together. https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/apr2014/discovering-shapes-and-space-preschool

Recycling with Sesame Street- Murray visits a recycling center: https://video.link/w/4eLkcEarth day is coming: have your kids practice taking care of our environment!

Skills: Identifying and forming shapes/thinking and talking about the environment

Problem Solving

THINKING GAME:

 “What’s in the bag” guessing game

https://ourdailymess.com/2019/03/27/7-easy-games-to-boost-your-preschoolers-critical-thinking-skills/

In this game, you place a couple of really familiar objects or toys inside of a bag. Let your child reach their hand inside and (without peeking!) try to guess what it is.

Make sure you use items that are pretty easily distinguishable for them (a bear with a soft texture they know well, or a small ball, etc.) This is such an easy game that requires them to use their critical thinking and problem solving skills!

Skills:

the bag guessing game

https://ourdailymess.com/2019/03/27/7-easy-games-to-boost-your-preschoolers-critical-thinking-skills/

In this game, you place a couple of really familiar objects or toys inside of a bag. Let your child reach their hand inside and (without peeking!) try to guess what it is.

Make sure you use items that are pretty easily distinguishable for them (a bear with a soft texture they know well, or a small ball, etc.) This is such an easy game that requires them to use their critical thinking and problem solving skills!

 

Skills: Vocabulary of touch/sensory relaxation/conversation

Movement / Play

 

Flash Light Treasure Hunt https://www.atlasmission.com/blog/10-music-movement-activities-energize-preschooler/

https://preschool.utahdanceartists.com/blog/movement-activities-for-preschoolers-you-can-do-at-home/

Hide a few of your child’s favorite toys around the house (or just in one room), turn off all the lights, and send her off to find her items with the flashlight! Hide a fun snack to enjoy together too.

 

Tissue dance

Rainy days or being inside got you down? Turn the focus on something else with the tissue dance.

Have your child place a tissue on her head and turn on her favorite songs. The rules are simple: she can do any movement she likes, as long as that tissue stays put.

 

Skills: indoor moving vocab/imagination and storytelling practice/moving for exercise!