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Volume 21

April 30, 2021

Learning Resource for Week 31 May 3-7

Message from Teacher Dave & Teacher Jessica:

Happy May! I know we are excited for the beautiful weather in the upcoming forecast. In hopes of the weather staying sunny, we have found some resources for you to utilize outside this week. As always, please remember to wear a mask when you are outside and in public spaces.

As we mentioned last week, our four program-wide expectations are Be Courageous, Be Curious, Be Compassionate, Be A Community. This week we will continue focusing on how children can be courageous.

Children are courageous when they:

  • Try new things for the first time
  • Ask questions
  • Make a mistake and try again
  • Share their own feelings
  • Stand up for what is right

In this week’s Learning Resource, you’ll find an activity to help your child learn about Being Courageous! Let us know how it went!

Below is a link to all of Seattle’s great parks. I have included both Discovery and Lincoln Park, but feel free to use the website to find one that is best for you.

Discovery Park

Head to the city’s largest urban park to explore the 534 acres of tidal beaches, sea cliffs, and forests. Have kids in tow? The recently renovated play area includes new picnic tables, a zip line, and plenty of equipment to keep little ones entertained for hours.
Discovery Park; 3801 Discovery Park Blvd

Or check out: Lincoln Park in West Seattle, a hidden gem featuring cable rides, a tree house, and saucer swings for the young (and young at heart), alongside winding paths that lead to a beachfront perfect for splashing. Or, bring your water wings for a dip in Colman Pool (heated saltwater) just off the beach.
Lincoln Park8011 Fauntleroy Way SW

 In addition to parks, we have found a gentle reminder about water safety and children. As the weather gets warmer you may seek out large bodies of water, please look over this tip sheet to keep you children as safe as possible.

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

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As always, here are some additional activities for this week:

Language / Literacy

Story Time

Below is a video of Teacher Anna reading a book called Hair Love. Please enjoy the story. Once Teacher Anna is done, write about your favorite part. Use the same password that we have used for previous videos.

https://vimeo.com/541873845

BOOK NOOK

The Great Tidy Up – Good clean fun

Illustrated by Jess Jardim-Wedepohl, Written by Corinne Lamoral Rosmarin

https://freekidsbooks.org/bookview/19610/  (scroll down to the book and make it fullscreen)

Art / Writing

Walk and Discover: Go on a walk with your child and find different color flowers. You can take a picture of your favorite one and try to draw it.

Encourage child to add color and more details to their picture. Ask your child about their picture and write one sentence about it.

Problem Solving

Magnetic Activity – This is a fun activity to do with kids to explore science. With the magnet wand from our supply box, collect some items around the house with your child to find out which items are magnetic and which items are not magnetic. You can also label them as it shows in the picture. Have your child test out each item and don’t forget to have fun! Make sure you are extra careful with the magnets around technology like phones, tablets, TVs or computers; a magnet can ruin the screen on these devices.

Social Emotional

Be Courageous!

Here’s another simple way to teach your child about Being Courageous. One of the ways we can Be Courageous is by trying something new.

A simple way to do this is to talk with your child about things they’ve never tried (this could include things like a game, helping with a house chore, or trying a new food!). You can even work with your child to write these things down on strips of paper. (Your child could even help cut out strips of paper!)

When your child wants to do something, you could pull out one of those strips from a hat or a box! No matter what activity you end up trying with your child, always remember to be there as a support when they’re trying something new!