Volume 20

April 16, 2021

Public Health Guidelines for Child Gatherings

Helping Children Understand Emotions When Wearing Mask

What is The Washington State Early Learning NEXT STEP?

“Introducing ME!” Family Connection Booklet | OSPI

Free-For-All | Conscious Discipline

Importance of Earth Day!


Earth Day is a special day that we set aside to celebrate our planet Earth. Just like you celebrate your birthday once a year, people celebrate Earth Day each April 22nd.

Earth Day is a Global Event! People from all around the world celebrate Earth Day. Over 200 million people in 141 countries set aside the day to think about the Earth. Whether you live in America, Germany, Japan or Iran – the Earth is still our home.

How can we protect our Earth?

Earth Day is often used as a way to remind people that they can take steps to help protect our planet. People want to make sure that the Earth’s air is clean to breathe, our water is pure to drink and that our soil is healthy for growing food.

What can you do to help the environment?

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle | Happy Learning English

1. Don’t litter! Always pick up your trash!

2. Recycle! The word “recycle” means to use something over again. Instead of throwing away plastic bottles, you can recycle them and make something new from them.

Toddler’s Milestones                           


As a parent, you give your children a good start in life—you nurture, protect and guide them. Parenting is a process that prepares your child for independence.

Following are some of the things you, as a parent, can do to help your toddler during this time:

1. Read to your toddler daily.

2. Ask her to find objects for you or name body parts and objects.

3. Play matching games with your toddler, like shape sorting and simple puzzles.

4. Encourage him to explore and try new things.

5. Help to develop your toddler’s language by talking with her and adding to words she starts.

For example, if your toddler says “baba”, you can respond, “Yes, you are right―that is a bottle.”

6. Encourage your child’s growing independence by letting him help with dressing himself and feeding himself.

7. Respond to wanted behaviors more than you punish unwanted behaviors (use only very brief time outs). Always tell or show your child what she should do instead.

8.  Encourage your toddler’s curiosity and ability to recognize common objects by taking field trips together to the park or going on a bus ride.

Language / Literacy

60 minutes

Learn the letter Qq | Jack Hartmann



Phonics Story Qq| English Singsing


Learn letter Qq | Super Simple



Letter Qq Story

Quietly, beneath the quilt,

The queen’s quadruplets sleep.

/q/ /q/ /q/

Quick! Come See!









It’s Earth Day!

By: Mercer Mayer

Read By: Beth with Happy Cultivated


Little Critter tries to make a climate change machine to reverse the effects of global warming.

Earth Day Every Day

By: Lisa Bullard

Illustrated by: Xiao Xin

Read by: PV Storytime


This short, simple story about earth day, discusses how children can help the planet by planting trees, starting an environmental club at school, and learning how to reduce, reuse, and recycle…

Art / Writing

60 minutes

Make Straight and Curved Lines | Jack Hartmann



Graphic Practice: ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (


                     ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )


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Practice curve, slant lines using music, and raise your pencil when the music stop.



Letter Qq song | Learning Dynamics


Letter Uu

Uppercase Q – Around, close, slant

Lowercase q – around, stop, down


Write the letter U – ABC Writing for Kids





         Q is for Quilt, Queen, and Quail

Materials: colored paper, journal, scissors, crayons or colored pencil, glue


  1. Q is for quilt. Cut or draw upper case Q and glue square shape colored paper to create a quilted Q.


  1. Q for Queen. Cut out or draw an upper case Q turn into Queen with crown.


  1. Q for quail. Cut out or draw a lower case q and turn into quail.



Math / Science

60 minutes

Count to 100 | Jack Hartmann

Earth Day Math Activities

Earth Day Count and Tally


Recycle | Earth Day Song | Jack Hartmann


Recycle for Kids | Kids Academy



King County Recycle Guide

What Can We Do to Help Mother Earth Clean and Green?



Problem Solving

60 minutes

Problem Solving Song | Lisa Hermsmeier


Robot Design Challenge: Solving Real-World Problems with STEM




* Building supplies: cardboard tubes, pipe cleaner, straws, aluminum foil, etc

* Hot glue gun and glue sticks

* Scissor

* Googly eyes (just for fun!)


Before starting on the designs, talk with kids about what problems robots might be able to help with. (Suggest to kids that Robot might help pick up trash)


Encourage and help your child to create a Robot using the recycled materials

Social Emotional

60 minutes

Emotions (Feelings) Song | ChuChu TV Nursery



Happy Earth VS Sad Earth Sorting


This activity is a great way for kids to learn and talk about some of the things that make the Earth “Happy” and “Sad”



Movement / Play

60 minutes

  1. Recycled Outdoor Music Station


Make this with children and play with it all year! Young children will enjoy designing and decorating their own little musical symphony.


. Recycled Heavy Weight Lifting Exercise (Detergent containers)


Filled each container with sand, water, or small pebbles on your desired weight (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 lbs.) depending on your kid’s strengths to lift it for exercise.


. Wind Chime out of Recycled Materials


Create a wind chime out of recycled materials. Hang it inside or outside your house. This will create a happy sound the your kids love and enjoy.


Help your kid develop his/her creativity in putting together a wind chime.