Volume 25

May 31, 2021

May 31-4, 2021 Newsletter, Teachers Rebecca and Nadifa


Group B has a new Wed 3:30 pm class

We will alternate showing/sharing animals and toys with wheels. You’re invited to bring a toy with wheels to share again next week, plus we will do songs and stories.

High Point Library has grab and go picture book bundles in Tigringa , Amharic,Oromo, and Somali.

* Available during High Point curbside hours (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 12-6)

* No due dates, no fines, no library card required!

* In rubber banded bundles of 3 books. Families make take multiples, no limit.

If you are behind on your rent this program can help you: there is a regular on-going lottery that will take place through December so there’s multiple chances to get support through the lottery. Please fill out a pre-application paper to get in The lottery;

In King County -through Dec-Weekly updates re status of application- apply ASAP

Social Emotional

Sharing with siblings that are babies or toddlers:

Share your attention game

Some parents were asking me how to help their toddlers and preschoolers learn to share

“Young kids can often have a hard time sharing attention. To help your toddler get better at sharing your attention, have your child and a sibling sit next to you or on your lap at the same time, and interact with each of them separately. Play a game, like pat-a-cake, with your toddler, and then let him observe while you play tic-tac-toe with your other child. Simply doing this helps your toddler learn to share your attention.”

Skills: conversation about feelings/vocabulary and sharing space w/sibling

Language / Literacy


All The World

Race car dreams:

Teacher Rebecca reads a birds’ bathing magazine booklet: this link might come in an email.

Art / Writing


This is a memory game as well as writing practice: show your child a picture from a magazine or the Internet or another book and let them look at it for 2 min before hiding it.  Then ask them to tell you what they remember:

-what objects were in the picture? -what was happening?

Bring the picture back and draw something that was in the picture together. What will happen next? You can write down the words your child says and that way they will be able to “read their story” back to you later.

We have a game at my house that has picture cards. I really like it.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Vocabulary/conversation skills, fine motor writing skills.


One potato, two potato, three potato, four: sing and count for fun!

Art / Writing

Sharing with siblings that are preschool or older:

Put a folder or a big box or some kind of divider in between two children and give them each a piece of paper. Ask them each to draw a shape like a square, a triangle, or a rectangle and then invite them to Decorate their shape before they share it with their brother or sister. Will they make something similar or different?

Sitting close together while doing separate activities can help kids learn to share and tolerate other people close to them and working near them.

SKILLS: motor skill of drawing, conversation skills, using your imagination and social-emotional sharing space

Math / Science


Practice using words that tell what comes first, second, third in your day.

“Which book do you want to read first?“

“First we’re going to the store, second we will stop at the gas station, and then we will go to the park.”

“Let’s fold this paper into thirds – that’s when we fold it into three parts”

If you fold your paper in thirds and draw a very large animal with it you can fold it up and invite someone in the family to guess what animal it is by just looking at a third () of it

When you talk about what you will do first, second, and third, you are talking about time which helps your child with learning to pace themselves and follow directions.  See the daily schedule photo from last week and support your child to learn the “flow of the day”.


Don’t forget to brush! We watched a video of a hippo getting it’s teeth brushed:

Brush for two minutes every a.m. and p.m.

SKILLS: vocabulary of ordinal (1st/2nd/3rd) numbers & taking care of our bodies

Problem Solving


Wonder what your children are learning when they’re playing? Watch them play with things that roll in your house. Kids are learning so much when they watch things roll.  They’re learning how they can:

  • solve problems,
  • move objects to make things work the way they need to to have a successful ball game or car game,
  • and they’re learning a lot about scientific concepts like friction, force, gravity, etc.

Make ramps with things in your house like hand towels, grip matting for shelves, sandpaper or other rough or smooth materials like foil.

SKILLS: self-initiative, problem solving, guessing which car will go fastest

Movement / Play


Obstacle course at the park: this is a game that gives parents five minutes to sit and rest at least! Give your kids three directions in a row: “run to the small tree, jump like a frog from the tree to the sandbox, then walk all around the edge of the sandbox“.  This might get them involved in playing and if not when they return you can give them three more directions.


Take a walk! Even if you’ve worked all day you can walk back-and-forth on your block for a few minutes before after dinner or even just sit on your front steps and ask your kids to walk around looking for things you call out to them “can you find a tree with no leaves? Can you find A number three on a car or a house? Can you find something pink on our street?“ They will use all their senses, experience something new, and learn some thinking skills.

Practice Olympic exercises in the safe 15 min video link

Skills: listening, remembering/recall, exercise and conversation