Teacher Juliet, Teacher Genet, Teacher Mahi, Teacher Meskerem
June 14 – June 18, 2021 Spring Newsletter Volume 28
“SHOT OF A LIFETIME”
Washington State Lottery for Vaccinated Individuals
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Getting vaccinated in King County
Updated June 3, 2021
COVID – 19 Testing
The following locations provide free COVID-19 testing regardless of immigration or insurance status. They are open for drive-thru and walk-ups/wheel-ups to anyone who cannot access a COVID-19 test through their regular healthcare provider.
When You Have Been Fully Vaccinated
How to Protect Yourself and Others
Movement / Play
Fine Motor Practice with Cheerios
Take some play dough, roll it in a ball, and then stick spaghetti noodles on the top. Have your toddler slide cheerios down the noodle. It is simple, but great for practicing fine motor skills! In addition, it really keeps them busy.
Hammer Golf Tees in Styrofoam
For this activity, took a block of Styrofoam and toddler use a toy hammer to poke in golf tees.
Cardboard Tubes with pompoms
Tape toilet paper tubes and drop pom poms down a cardboard tube.
To spice up the activity, you could add more than one tube. Toddler had so much fun with this variation of the activity. You could try it so many different ways!
Language / Literacy
By: Learning Dynamics
Set 1 Short Vowel O
Book 8 Dot and Sox
Help the child sound out these new words before reading this book.
Bob box dog mop not
Mom Dot Sox on mad
Sight Words: in the
Ask these questions after reading the book:
- Why do you think the dog’s name is Dot?
- Why do you think the cat’s name is Sox?
- What fell off the table onto the floor?
- Do you think Mom should clean up the mess?
Segmentation is breaking words down into individual sounds. This skill will assist children in the art of reading for most of their reading career.
Help your child red the word associate with the picture below by breaking down into individual sound.
Math / Science
Let’s count to 100 | Super Simple Song
I Love Pop!
By: Dr. Seuss’s
A Celebration of Father’s Day.
MATH DONUT FOR DADDY ACTIVITY
The objectives of this activity
Following directions, identifying shapes and colors.
Ask your child to draw a circle donut in a paper. Talk to your child that the donut needs to have colored sprinkles for dad.
Give your child an instruction such as the following:
- Draw 5 circles and color it blue. 2. Draw 3 triangles and color it purple.
- Draw 7 square and color it green. 4. Draw 4 rectangle and color it orange.
- Draw 6 hearts and color it red. 6. Draw 8 ovals and color it yellow.
Math / Science
TAKE A NATURE HIKE OR TRIP WITH YOUR DAD
Celebrate Father’s Day with your family going on trip or nature hiking.
While on a hike, collect rocks and create rocks arts and help your kids use their imagination to paint or draw on the rocks.
Rocks Art Activity
Art / Writing
JUST ME AND MY DAD
By: Mercer Mayer
Little Critter and his dad go camping. What fun things will they do? Find out.
Happy Father’s Day!
After listening to the story, provide your child materials and create a father’s day Card.
Ask your child what message they want to write. Write the message as the child is saying and ask her/him to copy it on the card.
Writing a message on the card is a good writing practice for the kids.
This simple game “Which Food Am I?” will help your child develop critical thinking in guessing what food you are describing.
For preschooler kids: Show the picture of the foods and ask the questions.
For Kindergarteners: Try your kids to ask straight the question without showing the pictures of the food.
Movement / Play
W – SITTING
By: Child Development Center (CDC)
What is W – sitting?
The child is sitting on the floor with their knees bent, feet positioned outside of their hips and their bottom on the floor. When in this position, the child’s legs will resemble the shape of the letter ‘W’.
Why do children W – sit?
Children who have weak core muscles tend to W-sit as this position provides them with a wider base of support.
Some children may be prone to W-sit due to anatomical differences of their hip joint where their thighbone twists inwardly.
For other children, it may initially be a comfortable position to sit in, and then over time, they develop muscle tightness, making it uncomfortable to sit any other way.
What is wrong with W – Sitting?
- Children depend less on their core muscles when they are W sitting. Without a stable core, a child’s shoulder and wrist stability may be weak, and this may affect their fine motor development.
- In the W-sitting position, children have fewer opportunities to weight-shift side-to-side and rotate their trunk when attempting to reach out to play with toys on the floor.
- Decreased trunk rotation also limits coordination between the left and right sides of the body. This can affect their ability to use two sides of the body at the same time (bilateral coordination), which is important for everyday activities such as writing, cutting, buttoning their shirts, or using utensils during meal times.
- The W-sitting position causes stress on the hip and knee joints that can lead to long-term postural problems and low back pain.
- Long-term W-sitting can tighten and shorten the muscles of the legs that can cause ‘pigeon-toed’ walking. This can then affect the child’s abilities in various gross-motor activities such as jumping, running, climbing, or riding a bike.
What You Can Do About It?
Encourage other forms of sitting by modelling or using verbal cues:
Cross – legged Sitting Long Sitting
criss-cross applesauce the child’s legs are stretched out front of them
Side Sitting Kneeling
Where the child’s knees are bent
And both legs are pointing towards
Same side of the body.
* Choose floor activities that encourage frequent changes in positioning.
* If you have any concerns regarding your child sitting posture, contact an occupational therapist or physiotherapist for further consultation.