Volume 1

September 20, 2021

Hello Parents!

Most of you are very new in my classroom this school year.   I want to welcome you and let you know that you can always call, text, or email me between the hours of 7 am and 3:30 pm while we are still working at home.

Each of you have a scheduled Home Visit/Check in time, but please let me know if you need to change times or if you cannot attend.  Our Communication is very important as we work together to provide the best learning experience for your child.  

Enjoy the fun learning activities and helpful links below.

Thanks as always for your support and patience during this time. 

Suzanne

suzannep@nhwa.org       (206) 290 – 6013

Useful Links:

Visiting a library in Seattle? Here’s some updates! https://www.spl.org/hours-and-locations/road-to-reopening

It can be hard dealing with all the stress we may feel as we start to reopen and head back to school. SPS has a resource here about anxiety and some resources to help: https://www.seattleschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Anxiety-Education-for-Caregivers.pdf

Our four progam-wide expectations are Be Compassionate, Be Curious, Be A Community and Be Courageous. This week we will focus on how children can Be A Community.

We are A Community when we:

  • Are kind to one another
  • Take care of one another
  • Embrace our differences and cultures
  • Share what we know and care about
  • Solve problems together

In this week’s learning resource, you’ll find an activity related to this week’s expectation. Let us know how it went!

Social Emotional

Be A Community: Happy In Our Skin – This week we are going to be learning about how we can teach your child to be a community. The book, “Happy in Our Skin” paints a picture of a world that recognizes the value of diversity and accepting people, especially those who may be different from us. After listening to this book talk to your child about the people they saw in the book and how they were similar or different from themselves. Talk with them about your culture and other cultures that are in our community and how even though we are different we are kind and help each other. I will send you the password.

https://vimeo.com/504949936

Happy in Our Skin: Manushkin, Fran, Tobia, Lauren: 9780763670023: Amazon.com: Books

Math / Science

Home Video

Click the link here and watch “Rosie Rabbit’s Radish” and think about what it takes to grow a vegetable or other plant- what do you need? Your child can draw a picture of what kinds of plants they would like to take care of one day. If you have your own plants or a garden at home, you can even show your child how to take care of them! I will send you the password.

https://vimeo.com/449900366

Amazon.com: AlphaTales: R: Rosey Rabbit's Radish (Alpha Tales) eBook :  Lewison, Wendy Cheyette: Kindle Store

Language / Literacy

Letter Scavenger Hunt

What you will need:

Paper, scissors, and pen or pre-made alphabet cards

Cut out pieces of paper and write letters on them (or use pre-made alphabet cards). If your child is just starting to learn the alphabet, start with using only a few letters from their first name. Start the activity by showing them the alphabet cards you will be hiding. You can say the letter and letter sounds together. Afterwards, hide them in safe spaces where your child can explore and find them. When you have hidden all of the letters, ask your child to find them. As they collect the letters, say the letter and letter sounds again together.

Math / Science

Weather Activity

Go outside together and look at the sky. Is it sunny, cloudy, rainy, or snowy? Ask if your child feels hot, warm, or cold. Is it windy? You can draw a picture together of how the day looks.

If you are able, you can watch this song about weather before you go out!

https://video.link/w/gvY8c

How's The Weather - video Dailymotion

Math / Science

Learning through sensory, scooping, and pouring. 

Homemade Sand:

4 cups dried, used coffee grounds

2 cups cornmeal

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

 

  1. Dry the grounds in the sun or in your oven on low heat. Make sure the grounds are extremely dry-otherwise they’ll mold. Stir all ingredients together and there you go!

 

  1. Provide funnels, scoops, wooden spoons for hours of mixing, stirring, and pouring fun. Empty bowls and small containers are great for dumping and filling.

Social Emotional

An Activity to remind your child that she or he is special. 

Collect markers, glue, scissors, and paper or poster board, pictures from magazines, printed out, or drawn by your child. Use whatever is available to you.   You can also use pictures you have taken, if you are able to do so.

Ask your child to draw in different areas of the paper their favorite:

Foods

Colors

Toys

Activity

Sport