Volume 27

June 14, 2021

Learning Resource for Week 36 June 14-18

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as the Summer Meals Program, was established to ensure that children receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. SFSP is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and administered by state agencies, who reimburse providers who serve free, healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks to children and teens age 18 and younger.

Our four program-wide expectations are Be CourageousBe CuriousBe CompassionateBe A Community. This week we will focus on how children can Be Compassionate

We are Compassionate when we…

  • Offer to help someone
  • Cheer someone up
  • Support others
  • Listen to how others are feeling
  • Listen to different ideas

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

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Math / Science

Make a chart on a piece of paper. In the left column write objects and in the right column you will write the number of steps it took to get from one place to the other. Point out two objects and say “how many steps does it take to get from ___ to ___?” Have your child count aloud with each step. Then help them to record the number of steps in the right column. Below is an example. You can choose any objects you want. You can pretend your home has turned into the great outdoors. Pretend your sofa in a giant rock, your refrigerator is a mountain or your rug is a lake!

Objects number of steps
couch to table 6 steps
bed to door 3 steps
wall to wall 12 steps
fridge to sink 5 steps


Math / Science

Get cooking with this fun and simple recipe for pancakes! Measuring, mixing and pouring are all great ways for your child to learn the basics of cooking while they practice fine motor skills. Encourage them to plan ahead for the ingredients they’ll need, and help them as they think of someone who might like to share some delicious flapjacks!


  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Optional: blueberries


  1. Before you start cooking, talk with your child about the parts of the recipe that seem easy or hard to them. Let them know it’s OK to ask for your help if they need it.
  2. In a large bowl, measure and mix the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk, egg, and oil. Mix until smooth. If you’d like blueberries in your Flying Flapjacks, add a few to the batter now.
  4. Lightly spray a pan or griddle over medium heat with the cooking spray. Pour or scoop the batter onto the pan, using about ¼ cup of batter for each flapjack.
  5. Cook each flapjack until they are light brown on both sides. Remove them from the pan and place them on a plate.
  6. Serve up a few Flying Flapjacks to your family and enjoy. They’re so delicious, you might even see them “fly” off the plate!
  7. As you enjoy some pancakes with your child, ask them what it was like to make them. Did they enjoy taking the lead? Which parts could they do by themselves? Which parts did they need to ask for help? Ask them what kind of recipe they might like to try next!

Social Emotional

Be Compassionate: Make a Kindness box!

This activity can help the whole family practice compassion and kindness with each other! It can also be used to help your child be more mindful of the things they do and say.


  • Empty Tissue box (or an empty jar works, too!)
  • Slips of paper
  • Things for decorating! (Crayons, markers…)


  1. Gather your materials and help your child decorate their box! They can put things that remind them of being kind, like hearts, smiles, even stickers if you have them! J
  2. Talk with your child (and the whole family can participate too!) about things they’ve done to be kind and compassionate. This can include things to help cheer up family members, neighbors and friends
  3. Help your child write down their acts of compassion on slips of paper- they can even draw a small picture to go with it! After that, they can go over the message they wrote and put the paper in the Box. And boom! You now have a fun new way to help your child practice kindness and compassion at home!