Volume 36

August 9, 2021

Teacher Juliet, Teacher Genet, Teacher Mahi, Teacher Meskerem          

August 9 – 13, 2021 Summer Newsletter          Volume 36

Mask Guidance

New guidance from the CDC urges communities with high or substantial cases of COVID-19 to return to masking indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Public Health Seattle & King County as well as health officials across western Washington are strongly recommending that everyone wear masks when in indoor public settings. Getting vaccinated is still our best defense against COVID – and with the surge in extremely contagious variants, you can add an extra layer of protection by wearing a mask.

Please remember that masking continues to be mandatory, regardless of vaccination status, in places such as public transportation and health care settings, and at any Neighborhood House worksite.

To find a vaccine for yourself or your communities, see resources from Seattle & King County Public Health. Drive-through or in-car vaccinations are available, and there are opportunities to get a free ride to and from your vaccination from Lyft, Uber, or Hopelink.

Health Fairs


Saturday, August 14, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

GREENBRIDGE (White Center)

Wednesday, August 18, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Greenbridge Plaza: 8th Ave SW & SW 99th Street

YESLER (Central)

Friday, August 27, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Address TBD

SEOLA GARDENS (Burien/White Center)

Wednesday, September 1, 4:00 – 6:00pm

11215 5th Ave SW #129, Seattle, WA 98146 

Movement / Play

Follow the Leader

By: Lakeshore Learning


Get the whole family moving with “Follow the Leader”—a fun game that incorporates physical movement, following directions, and coordination!

Getting Started

Once your child is walking independently, engage in a simple game of “Follow the Leader.” Play the game in a large, open space.

How to Play 

  1. Select one player to be the leader. Tell the others to follow the leader’s movements.
  2. Encourage the leader to perform a variety of movements—hopping, marching, touching toes, jumping, and so on. Remind older family members to keep it simple for little ones.
  3. Now everyone can follow the leader’s movements! Remind the leader to change the movement after 20 seconds or so. Switch leaders after a few minutes.

Language / Literacy

60 minutes

Simple Words Match-Ups

By; Lakeshore Learning


Children will identify short vowel sounds.

Children will decode and recognize words.

Children will associate words with objects.

Materials Needed

Simple Words Match-Ups reproducible


Getting Started

Print out the reproducible and cut out the puzzle pieces.


  1. Show the child the puzzle pieces, pointing out that some show a word and some show a picture.
  2. Select a word piece and have the child sound out the word. Help the child by breaking up the word into individual letter sounds and then blending the sounds together to pronounce the word.
  3. Encourage the child to find the picture that corresponds to the word.
  4. Continue in this way until the child has completed all the match-ups.
  5. If working with a group of children, give each child a puzzle piece. Have children walk around the room to find the child who has the matching word or picture piece.

Extended Learning

For more phonics and word building practice, try our Build-A-Word! Magnet Board. It is a fun, hands-on way for children to practice CVC words, sounding out the letters as they spell each word.

Math / Science

60 minutes

Measuring the Crayon

By: Lakeshore Learning

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Children will understand length.

Children will use nonstandard and standard units of measurement.

Materials Needed

Measuring the Crayon reproducible

Construction paper (optional)

Nonstandard measurement items—for example, paper clips, pennies, or pasta (bow tie or penne)


Getting Started

Print out the reproducible and cut out the crayon and ruler.

To make the ruler and crayon more durable, you can photocopy them onto construction paper.


  1. Show the crayon and ruler to the child and ask the child how many inches he or she thinks the crayon measures.
  2. Have the child measure the crayon. Show the child how to line up the ruler from one end of the crayon to the other. Prompt the child to count the number of inches.
  3. Show the child the items you are using for nonstandard measurement, such as paper clips. Ask the child to predict how many paper clips long the crayon is.
  4. Compare the standard and nonstandard measurements.
  5. Invite the child to use other nonstandard units to measure the crayon and compare the results with earlier measurements.

As the child works, ask questions to engage his or her thinking—for example, Why did you need more pennies than paper clips?

Art / Writing

60 minutes

Sun Catcher

By: Lakeshore Learning

Welcome the warm summer days with a vibrant sun catcher kids make themselves!

This activity is appropriate for:

Preschool – 2nd grade / 3 – 7 years


Art Tissue Paper

Clear Adhesive Rolls – 20 ft.

Easy-Stick Glitter Shapes

Construction Paper – 9″ x 12″ – White

Craft Tape Pack – 1″ Bright Colors

Yarn Laces with Tips

Best-Buy School Glue


Sun catcher Template

Hole punch


  1. Trace and cut out the template shape onto 2 sheets of contact paper.
  2. Peel the backing off one of the sheets of contact paper.
  3. Tear pieces of tissue paper and stick them to the tacky side of the contact paper, creating a design. Encourage children to add Easy-Stick Glitter Shapes.
  4. Peel the backing off the second sheet of contact paper and stick the tacky side to the tacky side of the first sheet of contact paper.
  5. Trace and cut out the template shape onto 2 pieces of construction paper, and cut out the centers.
  6. Place the decorated contact paper between the 2 pieces of construction paper and secure with craft tape.
  7. Prompt kids to decorate the outer border of the sun catcher with Easy-Stick Glitter Shapes.
  8. Attach yarn at the top to display the sun catcher with Easy-Stick Glitter Shapes.

Problem Solving

60 minutes

Sink the Boats!

By: Lakeshore Learning

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Children will make predictions.

Children will engage in design and building.

Materials Needed

“STEM Worksheet” reproducible



Boat pictures




Towel (optional)

Getting Started

  1. Cut out pieces of foil in various sizes. The child will use these pieces to make different boats.
  2. Fill the bin with water and place the bin on a table. For easier cleanup, place the bin on top of a towel.
  3. Gather pictures of various boats from magazines or the Internet.


  1. Show the child pictures of different boats. Point out the shapes.
  2. Tell the child that he or she will be making a boat today—out of foil!
  3. Show the child the foil and explain that it can be form to hold its shape.
  4. Remind the child that the foil tears easily, so he or she should handle it gently.
  5. Have the child plan his or her boat design first.
  6. This will help the child think through the design before trying it out.
  7. Invite the child to build the foil boat and test it by placing it in the water to see if it floats.

If it does not, encourage the child to try again and remind him or her to learn from the previous design when creating a new one.

  1. Once the boat floats, it is time for the next challenge

How many pennies can the child place on the boat before it sinks?

  1. Have the child predict how many pennies he or she thinks can be pile into the boat before it sinks.

Then invite him or her to test it! Was the child correct?

  1. If the boat did not hold as many pennies as the child thought, invite the child to create another boat, making adjustments based on what the child learned from the first boat.

Social Emotional

60 minutes

The Pout- Pout Fish

Author: Dolores Diesen

Illustrator: Dan Hanna

Read by: Auntie Lee Reads

Make a Pout-Pout Face!

By; Lake Shore Learning

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Children will be aware of the feelings of others.

Children will identify feelings and emotions.

Children will recognize facial characteristics associated with emotions.

Materials Needed

The Pout-Pout Fish book

Paper plates

Blue paint


Wiggly eyes



Getting Started

  1. Add blue paint to a paper plate and place it on a table.
  2. Place the paint and other materials in the middle of the table where they are easy to reach.


  1. Show the video The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen to the child.
  2. Ask the child why the Pout-Pout Fish was sad. What in the story made him happy?
  3. Tell the child that today he or she will be making a Pout-Pout Fish. It is up to the child if the fish will be happy or sad.
  4. Instruct the child to draw a mouth on the plate—either a smiling one or a sad one. Remind the child to pick a crayon color that will be visible against the blue Pout-Pout Fish.
  5. Invite the child to paint the plate blue and glue wiggly eyes on the plate to finish the Pout-Pout Fish’s face.
  6. Ask the child if his or her fish is happy or sad. Encourage the child to talk about his or her favorite part of the story.

Movement / Play

Egg Walk

By: Lakeshore Learning

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Children will improve balance and coordination.

Materials Needed

Large wooden spoon

Egg Shakers

Getting Started

Go to a large, open area.


  1. Place one egg shaker in a spoon, with the pointy part of the egg sticking up. Give the spoon to the child.
  2. Encourage the child to walk from one side of the area to the other—all while holding the spoon and not dropping the egg shaker. If the egg shaker drops, have the child pick it up and return to the start to try again.
  3. If playing with more than one child, allow the next child to go until everyone has had a turn.
  4. Once children have mastered walking from one side of the area to another while balancing the egg shaker, change up the activity by having them walk in a zigzag or around different objects.