Volume 19

April 16, 2021

Learning Resource for Week 29: April 19 – April 23

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

As we mentioned last week, our four program wide expectations are Be courageous, Be curious, Be compassionate, Be a community. First we will be focusing on how children can be courageous.

Children are courageous when….

they try new things for the first time

they ask questions

they make a mistake and try again

they share their own feelings

they stand up for what is right

In this week’s learning resource, you’ll find an activity to help your child learn what it means to “Be Courageous”.

ACTIVITIES FOR OUR YOUNGER CHILDREN

I Spy With A Book – We know that younger children can’t quite read yet. However, why not play “I spy with my little eye” with one of their favorite books? Ask your child to grab their favorite book, read together page after page and have the adult say “I spy with my little eye…” and choose what you see in that book for the child to find. This is something I like to do with the kiddos during our session and they enjoy finding the item on the screen.

Language / Literacy

The Day You Begin: Book Video – This is an activity to teach your child about how to be courageous. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. The book reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

 

After reading the book, talk to your child about how they can be courageous. One idea you can talk about is: raise your hand and speak confidently when you have a question. Let your child know school is a place to learn, and you wouldn’t be there if you had all the answers.  You also won’t learn what you need to know if you don’t ask any questions.  There are no wrong questions, and your example will help others have courage to ask their own questions.

 

You can also ask:

“What is one way that you feel very different than most people around you? How could people support you? How could you support others who feel different?”

Video Link: https://video.link/w/Optic

Hello Around The World Song – Culture and diversity is very important in a community and in the classroom. Why not learn to say “hello” in a different language other than our home language? This video teaches you how to say “hello” in 15 languages, watch the video and lets learn and repeat them!

 

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

Social Emotional

Unicorn Yoga: Video (Social Emotional) – Yoga is an activity that we always did in the classroom! Teacher Selena created a video doing yoga so we can relax and be active during the summer. Join along and do yoga. Remember to count along with Teacher Selena while doing each yoga pose.

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/447223526

Problem Solving

Outdoor Obstacle Course – It is important for kids to stay active. Since the weather has been nice out lately, gather some materials you may have at home to make an obstacle course. For example, if you have a hula hoop, lay the hoops on the ground in a row or pattern where kids must hop or step from one to next. Next, fill up plastic water bottles or milk cartons to use as bowling pins. Place the bottles in two rows and use any large round ball to try to knock them down. You can also start the game by using a jump rope. You can jump rope multiple times or even use a log as a balance beam. You can also use a timer to see how fast they are and cheer them on. Don’t forget to be safe while doing this activity, and wear your mask if you are around other people!

Math / Science

Number Hopscotch – Number hopscotch is a common game that children enjoy playing. You draw a large hopscotch on the sidewalk, put a number in each square, toss a rock, and jump away! Numbers from 1-10 are traditionally written in each square. Once the hopscotch is drawn out, toss the rock and see what numbers it lands on and have your child say the number and jump to that number. You can also have your child count from 1 to practice counting. It won’t be long before your child knows their digits from 1-10. Once the numbers 1-10 are mastered, write the digits from 11-20 in the squares.