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Volume 21

April 30, 2021

Learning Resource for Week 31: May 3 – May 7

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

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4. Children under 5 most often drown in swimming pools and bathtubs. Drowning often happens at times when caregivers hadn’t planned for the child to be in the water.

Parents may think that if their child falls in the water they will hear lots of splashing and noise and they will be able to get to their child. In most cases, children slip under quickly and in silence.

Supervision and a life jacket are 2 of the most important things you can provide to protect your child from drowning.

For more information visit this website:

https://www.seattlechildrens.org/health-safety/keeping-kids-healthy/prevention/water-safety-for-children-birth-to-5-years/

As we mentioned, 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”.

Suggested Home Learning Activities For This Week:

Social Emotional

Try Something New – This week to learn more about how to be courageous here is an activity to talk with your child about trying something new. Sometimes it is scary for children to try things that they have never done before and starting a conversation about these activities is a good place to help them learn how they can be courageous and try something new. Start by asking your child, “Is there anything that used to be difficult or a little scary for you that’s now much easier?” Remind your child that all the abilities they have now were new at one point. They weren’t born with them; they had to learn, practice, and persist.

 

To put your child’s fears in perspective, ask questions like:

  • What’s the worst thing that could happen?
  • What evidence suggests that this might happen?
  • What is more likely to happen?
  • What would you tell a friend who felt this way?

 

When you talk to your child about trying new things, make it a discussion rather than a lecture. Listen to your child’s worries, and help them talk through and confront these fears.

 

 

Art / Writing

Paper plate rainbow fish – This art and craft rainbow fish is super fun and easy to make at home.

Materials you will need:
– paper plate
– construction color paper
– glue
– paint or markers
To begin, you would need to paint or color your paper plate. Once the plate is dried from the paint or color markers, cut out a triangular shape to create a mouth and glue the triangle to the opposite side to form a tail. Next, cut out multiple pieces of coloured construction paper and begin sticking the coloured paper to the paper plate to create scales. Finish off with a large paper eye. Your child can use any color they would like for scales. Be as creative as possible and have fun!

Problem Solving

Match Maker – This DIY match game is easy to create at home. You can also use any cards you may have at home. To make this at home, you would need to make two copies of number cards with pieces of paper and separate 10 pairs of numbers. Instruct your child to match the pairs. You can also take turns by finding the pair between you and your child. Once the pair is matched, don’t forget to say the number out loud so your child can work on their number recognition skills.

Language / Literacy

Fine Motor Skills: Write Tally Marks 

This activity will introduce tally marks to your child as a new way to represent quantities. This is especially good for a child who is challenged by writing numerals.

Tally marks to show the numeral 4: ||||

Place 4 blocks or objects in front of your child. Show your child how to make a tally mark for each block. It’s not important that you use a slash for the 5th object at this point, if you are counting that high.

Materials You Will Need: small number of objects, paper and pencil

Math / Science

ACTIVITIES FOR OUR YOUNGER CHILDREN

Washing Hands and Counting – Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of germs and infections from one person to the next. Therefore, you can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often. CDC recommends that we wash and scrub our hands for 20 seconds. This is good practice for counting and safety measurements that you can do with your child while you both count up to 20.