Volume 23

May 17, 2021



-OPTION B MONTHLY MEETING SUN 5/23 3:00-3:45 on Teams

-NO SCHOOL MON 5/31 Memorial Day

THANKS for HAVING your children

-practice newsletter “homework“ 

-and play games from the thinking section of our newsletter – they will be well prepared for in-person class!

-& THANKS for calling, emailing, or texting if your child will not be in class – it’s expected in kindergarten.  

Reminder: Southwest Library is open for some in person services.

Southwest Branch | The Seattle Public Library ( In person & curbside services 12-6pm T-Sat

NEWSLETTER SET TO 7.5 hours of HOME LEARNING WEEKLY: READING AND EXERCISING at least 20 min a day each included

Social Emotional

In class sometimes I sing “What do you do when your friend is crying…what do you do?  You don’t know what to say; you take your friend into your arms and you hug them.  You take your friend into your arms and you love them.”  We send kisses and hugs to sad friends online.  Try making a list with your child – write words and draw pictures together.

“If you’re SAD and you know it…” activity with drawing creates a “what to do action plan” for your children – ask them if they remember what they planned when they are having strong feelings.

Will they take a breath, curl up with a blanket, ask for a hug or some help, or say “I have a different idea?”

Skills: conversation about feelings/vocabulary

Language / Literacy

BOOKS ONLINE: Read for 20 min with a brother, sister, or adult every day if you can!

-Picture a Tree:

-Me On The Map – a book about where we live (houses, streets, cities, states, countries, and THE WORLD): is a FREE SITE that has great books in lots of languages – this one is about FIREFIGHTERS:


WRITING PRACTICE: Going to the store and doing chores with mom is fun with conversation: read this book to get ideas

-Make a list for the store together: your child can draw the shapes of fruits and cans and other things like round bread. 

-Children can help you check the list or if they don’t go in with you during Covid but stay in the car with another adult, they can remind you of the items before by reading the list aloud!


SINGING: Practice math with songs

1,2,3,4,5 I caught a fish alive:

Farm animal song counting

Language skills: Vocabulary/conversation skills

Art / Writing

Folding, Ripping, and Taping or Gluing Paper -Last week when we did cutting practice I showed children how to separate strips of paper with creases you fold one way/another way/and pinch smooth with fingers & fingernails to make strips that rip apart.  Make creases for your children and ask them to fill a jar or make a long line with them – it is relaxing and it helps them ESTIMATE and SEE HOW LONG THINGS ARE.  Later they can tape or glue to make pictures.

Drawing Butterflies: read this book online to get ideas 

SKILLS: motor skills of cutting& drawing, conversation skills, estimating, and measuring.

Math / Science


Where do you see shapes?  How many circle shapes on a page of your book?  Can you find a square, a triangle, and a circle in some different books? 

Comparing sizes is a Measurement Skill: keep your kids busy by sorting and counting.  Give them papers with shapes on them and ask them to find big and little shapes in their toys/in your house.

Practice patterns with different toys in rows: BIG, small, BIG, small….



Make drawings you can take on a walk or to the park to play I-spy with:

SKILLS: drawing, vocabulary, observation

Problem Solving

THINKING GAME: Watch Teacher Rebecca’s Video of “Animal Song and Guessing Game” and see if your kiddo can remember which animal goes missing.  They can play with 2-3 animals and a parent or sibling 

SKILLS: remembering and naming animals out loud.  

Movement / Play

Wear your kids out: give them heavy things in laundry baskets, boxes, or small tubs to push around your house.  They can compare the weight of different items.  Are lots of small ones just as heavy as one big item?

Practice jumping: it’s a skill that helps them coordinate their muscles and relaxes them later.  Use the paper strips they separated in the art activity to make a jump line on the floor and play music while they go back and forth: How many times can they jump before they need a break?

Go on a walk 20 min a day: even if it is just back and forth on the two sides of your block.  You can do your I-spy science hunt and have lots of conversation & learn new vocabulary.

Skills: indoor moving vocab/ moving for exercise/conversation, and imagination skills