Volume 24

May 17, 2021

Teacher Juliet, Teacher Genet, Teacher Mahi, Teacher Meskerem          

May 17 – 21, 2021 Spring Newsletter 

Screen and Media Resources for Families

By: Nourished and Active In Early Learning

Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition

 Family Media Use Plan from the American Academy of Pediatrics. An interactive online planning tool available in English and Spanish.

Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet from the Nemours Foundation.

7 Parent-Tested Tips to Unplug and Play from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Screen Time Resources from Zero to Three, a global non-profit organization. Landing page with research-based screen time resources.

Screen Sense: What the Research Says About the Impact of Media on Children Aged 0-3 Years Old. Report for parents from Zero to Three.

Common Sense Media provides unbiased reviews on quality and age-appropriateness of many TV shows, apps, and games marketed for young children. Their website is a good place to find quality media opportunities and programs.

Book: Media Moms & Digital Dads Book: A fact-not-fear approach to parenting in the digital age. Yalda T. Uhls, PhD. 2015. Bibilomotion, Inc. Brookline MA.

Movement / Play

Toddler’s Corner By: SensoryLifestyle


Pinch and Lift game

Skills developed

Fine motor skills

Eye hand coordination


Target Senses


Proprioceptive (body position)


Play with Beads


Skills Developed

Fine motor

Eye hand coordination


Target Senses

Tactile (Touch)

Visual   (sight)



Sensory Activities/play stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight, and hearing.  


Stop & go games


Stop & go games are excellent to start teaching your toddler about impulse control.


How to Play

Incorporate stop & go language into your toddler’s favorite games.


Rules: While playing a specific activity say ‘stop’… wait… wait and then say ‘go’ and keep on playing.


After your toddler understands the concept, you can prolong the wait time. Just enough to keep them engaged but not frustrated.


Examples of games:


Ball bouncing: While bouncing on a large exercise ball

While walking outside

Whilst walking your toddler in a stroller

While giving them a piggyback on your shoulders

Whilst pouring water into the bathtub or onto your toddler

Language / Literacy


By: Learning Dynamics


Short Vowel Aa

Book 4 Pam Has a Hat

Help the child sound out these new words before reading this book.

Pam  Sam  bad  sad  hat   sat  ran  and  bag  taps

Sight Words: a has





Ask these questions after reading the book:

  1. What does Pam have?
  2. Where is Pam’s hat?
  3. Why do you think Sam grabbed the bag?
  4. Why did Sam sit on the bag?

Hands on Letter Sound Activity (Beginning Sound)


Gather your child’s toys, foam alphabet, and play with your kids.

Ask your kid to identify the toy and emphasize the beginning sound and match it to the letters.

Math / Science

Count to 100 | Jack Hartmann



Using your Tangram or any materials work with your kids on Patterning. Introduce AB, ABA, ABC, ABCD, and beyond.

Patterning is also a basic mathematical skill upon which many other mathematical concepts based such as addition, skip counting, times table and others.

Learning to be proficient in identifying and creating patterns is the beginning of the mastery of life-long mathematical skills.

Math / Science

60 minutes


DIY Floating Ping Pong Ball

By: Sick Science!


-Plastic bottles

-Ping Pong Ball or any light

Materials pompoms


– Scissors or cutter

– Nail and hammer

– Tape


  1. Cut the plastic bottle near the top.
  2. Mom or dad using the tape guide to cut the top of the bottle with cutter.
  3. Place the bottle cap, open side down, onto the workbench.
  4. Center a large nail on the top of the bottle cap and use hammer to punch a hole in the cap.
  5. Pull the nail out of the bottle cap and you should have a nice, round hole.
  6. Place the short end of the bendy straw through the hole.
  7. Start blowing into the straw and place the ping-pong ball over the stream of air.

Art / Writing

60 minutes

Rainbow Fish Writing and Arts & Craft Activity

Rainbow Fish

By: Marcus Pfister

By: StorylineOnline


This story teach kids about sharing

And being a good friend


Rainbow Fish Paper Plate Craft



Paper plate or white paper

Paint, crayons, watercolor



  1. Cut the small rectangular size on the paper plate to use as tail.
  2. Kids will create their own rainbow fish using paint, crayons, and watercolor.


Rainbow Fish Writing

Help your child practice writing using the rainbow fish arts and crafts they make.


A good friend _________________




Share and play with others.

Problem Solving

60 minutes

Design an Umbrella (STEM challenge for kids)


-Household materials (sponges, Popsicle sticks, coffee filters, paper plates, etc)

-Small toys (we used dinosaurs)

-Play tray

-Glue, tape, string, etc



Ask your kid to help their toy not to avoid be wet by building an umbrella using the supplies.

Let the kids come up with their designs and draw out some design before proceeding.

Let the kid build the umbrella and help them if they ask for help.

Social Emotional

60 minutes

Emotions (Feelings) Song | ChuChu TV Nursery

The Feelings Book

By: Todd Parr

Read by: TFC: The Feeling Channel

Help Kids Identify their emotions.

  1. Help your kid by tracing a circle in a paper then ask your child to cut the circle.
  2. Draw the different faces of emotions in a cut circle.
  3. Trace a rectangle shape and ask your child to cut the rectangle shape.
  4. Ask your child to write the emotions words in the cut rectangle.
  5. Play a matching game of picture and words.


Movement / Play

Musical color Scavenger Hunt

By: Days with Grey

The weather is good outside. Bring your kids outside and play the musical color scavenger hunt

Material is only colored chalk.

Draw a circle as seen in the picture and color it.

Play a music as kids walk around the color. When the music stop the kid will ran to grab an item that was the same color they landed on.