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Volume 28

June 21, 2021

Teachers Bea, Lisa, Suzanne and Margie

Message from your teachers!

Hello Parents,

As we approach the end of the school year, we hope you are able to take a break from the routine of school or work in some way. As you know, our state has so many beautiful parks and area’s to see nature. Take a safe walk, breathe, and enjoy.  We have really appreciated your support and wish the best to children moving on to Kindergarten!  

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!

Resources:

Updated Jump Start and Transition to KG info from SPS:

https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/preschool_and_kindergarten_transition

SPS first school day info:

https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/preschool_and_kindergarten_first_day_sept_2021

Seattle Public Library resources:

https://www.spl.org/programs-and-services/learning/student-success

Teacher Bea Email: meksavanhs@nhwa.org Work Cell: (206)313-2646Teacher Lisa Email: lisap@nhwa.org Work Cell: (206) 480-7230Teacher Margie Email: margiec@nhwa.org Work Cell: (206)779-3881Teacher Suzanne Email: suzannep@nhwa.org Work Cell: (206)398-9699

Movement / Play

Activities from Teacher Bea

Stepping Stones

At home you can use strong recycled containers large enough for small feet.   You can also create the pretend stones with markers, paper, or tape.

See Activity explanation below:

Primary Objectives:
Demonstrates traveling skills
Understands spatial relationships

Why it’s Important:
Many children love to move their bodies through space in different ways. This activity encourages your child to be active while helping him master spatial concepts.

Materials:
Masking tape; sidewalk chalk; large open floor space or outdoor area.

What You Do:
1. Use chalk outdoors or masking tape indoors to create a path of “stepping stones” around the space.
2. Invite your child to jump from stone to stone. As he moves, help him notice where he is in relation to his surroundings. I see that you are near the door, but you are far from the window.
3. Encourage him to describe where is in relation to you or any other people participating. Whom do you think is closest to you? Who is behind you?
4. Switch places, and continue the activity by moving along the stones and asking your child to describe your position as you move. Where am I now? What am I next to?
5. Vary the game by placing the stones in a different area of the room or outdoor space. Continue the activity for as long as you child is interested.

 

Art / Writing

Activities from Teacher Lisa

Be compassionate with yourself!

Sometimes we need to remember to be nice to ourselves. We make mistakes, and things happen. It’s important to honor those feelings and also remember what we love about ourselves! This art activity can help us remember what we like about ourselves!

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Tape or glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. On one piece of paper, draw a big heart shape. If you want, you can color it in and cut it out!
  2. On other small pieces of paper, draw pictures or write some words that describe things you like about yourself. Examples can include how you smile, or how fast you can run, your eyes or hair color! Anything you like about yourself.
  3. Draw out the pictures on small pieces of paper and you may cut them out if you want. Then use tape or glue to attach those pictures to the big heart you made! Then when you’re feeling down, you can look at all the things you love about yourself to help you feel better.

      


Apples & Bananas

https://vimeo.com/440794095

Sing along to Apples & Bananas and practice those vowel sounds with us!

Math / Science

Activities from Teacher Suzanne

Click on the link below to enjoy “Caterpillar Shoes” a fun rhyming story about a Caterpillars life. Your child can listen for the rhyming words while learning about the life of the caterpillar. After listening, write down your child’s words as they draw and describe.

https://video.link/w/hYR1c  

Movement / Play

Activities from Teacher Margie        

Shape hopscotch

Set up is easy.

Grab a few fun colors of sidewalk chalk and a bare spot of cement

Draw several shapes in a line; the same as you would do for a regular hopscotch game.

You can use simple shapes like circles, triangles and squares. You could make things even harder by using octagons, polygons, and any number of shapes

Find a couple of rocks, grab the kids, and start playing.

 

How to Play Shape Hop scotch

Take turns throwing a small rock and then hop to the shape closest to the rock.

Practice jumping on one foot and name each shape as you land on it.

 

You can mix this game up as much as you want.

If you’re playing with toddlers, just have them jump (or run) to each shape and then name the shapes as they stand in them.

Or, call out a shape and have your kids run to that shape.

Practice your gross motor skills by hopping, standing on one foot, skipping, etc. The possibilities are endless.

The best part is that it gets you outside and gets your kids moving!

Have you ever played shape hopscotch?

 

Math / Science

Fun Scavenger Hunt-  Nature                             

Stay safe and always stay close by to supervise.   Children can use their eyes and do not have to touch items unless they are safe.