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. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx
Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet from the Nemours Foundation. http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/tv-habits.html
7 Parent-Tested Tips to Unplug and Play from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. https://commercialfreechildhood.org/pf/7tips/
Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age from the American Academy of Pediatrics. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Tips-for-Parents-Digital-Age.aspx
Screen Time Resources from Zero to Three, a global non-profit organization. Landing page with research-based screen time resources. https://www.zerotothree.org/early-learning/screen-time
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. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/2536-screen-sense-what-the-research-says-about-the-impact-of-media-on-children-aged-0-3-years-old#downloads
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. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
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. http://www.yaldatuhls.com/popular-writing/
Movement / Play
Toddler’s Corner By: SensoryLifestyle
Pinch and Lift game
Fine motor skills
Eye hand coordination
Proprioceptive (body position)
Play with Beads
Eye hand coordination
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:
- What does Pam have?
- Where is Pam’s hat?
- Why do you think Sam grabbed the bag?
- 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
DIY Floating Ping Pong Ball
By: Sick Science!
-Ping Pong Ball or any light
– Scissors or cutter
– Nail and hammer
- Cut the plastic bottle near the top.
- Mom or dad using the tape guide to cut the top of the bottle with cutter.
- Place the bottle cap, open side down, onto the workbench.
- Center a large nail on the top of the bottle cap and use hammer to punch a hole in the cap.
- Pull the nail out of the bottle cap and you should have a nice, round hole.
- Place the short end of the bendy straw through the hole.
- Start blowing into the straw and place the ping-pong ball over the stream of air.
Art / Writing
Rainbow Fish Writing and Arts & Craft Activity
By: Marcus Pfister
This story teach kids about sharing
And being a good friend
Rainbow Fish Paper Plate Craft
Paper plate or white paper
Paint, crayons, watercolor
- Cut the small rectangular size on the paper plate to use as tail.
- 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.
Design an Umbrella (STEM challenge for kids)
-Household materials (sponges, Popsicle sticks, coffee filters, paper plates, etc)
-Small toys (we used dinosaurs)
-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.
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.