Please watch the videos first. ☺ 1. Write your name. 2. Write the word: Spring 3. Staple 2 toilet paper tubes together. Cover with paper and add yarn to go around the neck. Decorate with stickers and markers. You made binoculars! Go outside and look for signs of spring. 4. Make a checklist of spring things you might see in your yard. The kids love checking off lists! You can use pictures or read it to them. 1.green grass________ 7. flowers________ 2. tree buds__________ 8. birds___________ 3. worms_____________ 9. bird nest______ 4. bees______ 10. squirrels nest______ 5. rainbow______ 11. baby plants________ 6. dirt____________ 12. Leaves on tree___ 5. Make a worm jar. Fill a clear jar with dirt. Punch holes in the lid. Let the kids dig up worm to put in the jar. Cover outside of jar with dark paper. After a week or so, slide paper off and look for worm trails. Worm trails help garden plants get oxygen and water to the roots. 6. Start some seeds inside. Marigolds come up quickly. Wrap a dry lima bean (white) in a wet paper towel and place in a ziplock bag. Place in a sunny window. It will sprout roots quickly and you can plant. This youtube video shows you how to grow new veggies from old veggies. https://youtu.be/rk27954pr24 Read Jack and the Magic Beanstalk https://youtu.be/3pfNOs01741 *After reading the story I have often let the class plant some magic beans in a dixie cup- those speckled jelly beans and Easter grass. We guess what will grow in each cup. After we come back from spring break, we find that a lollipop has grown!
Watch the video first please. 1. Parents use a highlighter and make a row of capital and a row of lower case W’s. Let your child trace with a pencil. Make sure they pinch the pencil. 2. Trace a W in a small tray or box filled with sand, salt, corn meal, flour, rice or dirt. Shake the tray and make more W’s. 3. Write and draw the word: worm 4. Write your name. 5. Read Super Worm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0keNDquvZEE
Parents, if your child has a particular letter they are having trouble writing or recognizing, make your own silly story page. Let them cut out pictures from magazines or pictures you print off that begin with that letter. Glue them on paper. Say each picture: ___ letter is for the pictures ____, ________ and ______. Let them tell you a silly story using the pictures on the page. You could make the entire alphabet!
Watch the video first please. 1. Read When Spring Comes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_kNU3XpMew 2. If you have play dough, let your child make a Ww. 3. Parents write a big W on a piece of cardboard. Have your child trace with their finger. Remember to start at the top. Then glue items on the W – maybe white popped popcorn or white mini marshmallows cut in half(they stick without glue). 4. Write the word: wind 5. Write your name. 6. Parents draw a large diamond on paper (wrapping paper, newspaper). It’s going to be a kite. Let your child cut it out. What shape is it? A diamond! Color, paint, use stickers, ribbons to decorate. Don’t forget a tail. You can tape sticks to the inside in a t pattern. Add some string or yarn and let them run!
Watch the video first please. 1. Read Baby Birds First Nest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7MiIiihuEo 2. Gather natural items- pine needles, sticks, leaves, dried grass and mix with a little glue and form a nest. Or use long pieces of yarn dipped in glue. Turn a small bowl or cup upside down and cover with foil or plastic wrap. Drag yarn pieces through glue and wrap around the covered bowl or cup. When dry, peel the foil/saran wrap off the nest. 3. Parents draw an oval nest shape. Use brown paper or grocery bag or let the child color or paint white paper brown. Let your child cut out the nest and glue it to another paper. Their handprint becomes a bird. The thumb is up as the head and the other fingers are to the side as the feathers. You can draw their hand or paint their hand to make a handprint on top of the nest. 4. Cut out several nest shapes and write numbers on them. Turn them facedown. Your child turns one over at a time and tells you the number. That is how many eggs go in that particular nest. Eggs can be jelly beans, small rocks, dot markers, or fingerprints. Number 3 = 3 fingerprints in the nest Good number recognition and one to one counting correspondence. 5. Write and draw the word: nest. 6. Write your name. In case you are running out of paint at your house, here is a paint recipe. ☺ Simple Cornstarch Paint 1 Cup of water 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch Several drops of food coloring Mix water, cornstarch and food coloring in saucepan. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring until thick. Remove from heat and cool. Store paint in airtight container when not in use.
Please watch the video first. 1. Draw and decorate a birthday cake for Jocelyn. Put 5 candles on it. 2. Parents draw a big egg shape for your child to cut out. After it is cut, have the child cut it in half. Glue the bottom half onto paper. If you have a paper brad, attach it to the paper so the egg top opens and closes. If no brad, just glue the top onto the paper so it looks open. Have your child draw what would hatch from their egg. Take dictation- what does it eat, where will it live, what is its name? 3. Make your own shaker eggs. Fill plastic Easter eggs with some beans or rice. Tape around the seam. Use your shaker egg to sing Laurie Berkner’s I Know a Chicken https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E7l0JPgclE This is always a favorite song! I hope you do it! ☺ 4. It’s Friday! Don’t forget to circle up and Chicken Dance! https://youtu.be/4xmV5uHWNag 5. Use plastic eggs for letter recognition- but only 5 at a time! Capital letter on one half; lower case letter on the other half. Take eggs apart and have them match correct letters together. Can also use for number recognition. Use a permanent marker to make dots on one half and the number on the other half. 6. Fill plastic eggs with movement ideas. Child picks an egg and does what it says. Hop on one foot, walk like a penguin, jump like a frog, etc. 7. Write and draw the word: egg Write your name. Have a wonderful Easter time. Stay well. More Home Distance Learning coming on April 14.
Hi Parents! See, you are super heroes! ☺ Here’s my favorite play dough recipe. It keeps a long time in a ziplock bag- no refrigeration needed. You can jazz it up with glitter or scents. Great for creativity and strengthening hand muscles needed for pencil work. I put plastic knives, pizza cutters, forks and cookie cutters with it. 1 cup all purpose flour ½ cup salt 2 teaspoons cream of tarter 1 cup of water 1 Tblspoon oil 1 teaspoon oil Combine flour, salt & cream of tarter. Add liquids and stir til smooth. Cook over medium heat ,stirring constantly until a ball forms. Remove from heat and kneed. Store in ziplock.
Please watch the video first. 1. Write your name. Write the word: stick 2. Can you use your sticks to make the things in the book? Make a flag – cut out the flag, decorate it and tape it to your stick. Make a T. Make 4 legs, body and 1 sword. Draw a head for the body. Use your 6 sticks to make a clubhouse. Decorate it. Make a door and windows. Is your clubhouse in a tree? How do you get to your clubhouse? 3. Watch: Six Sticks for Three Snare Drums and Band on youtube. https://youtu.be/Kt5KXnGf2g
Find a coffee can or plastic container and make a drum. Make some music with your drum.
We are still using our sticks from yesterday. Watch: Not a Stick by Diane Alber on youtube. https://youtu.be/k2qvwumtECw 1. Parents, draw a star shape. Kids, cut out the star. Decorate (ribbons, yarn, crepe paper streamers) and glue or tape the star to the top of a stick. It’s a magic wand! What would you wish for? 2. Color a stick with markers or crayons. It you have pom poms or beads or buttons, glue them down your stick._oooooo___. It’s a caterpillar! Color a coffee filter or paper towel with markers. Spray or drop water on and watch the colors spread. When dry, add these wings and turn your caterpillar into a butterfly. 3. Lay your sticks out to make a road or a train track. Can you find something in your house to make a ramp? 4. Gather 20 popsicle sticks or sticks from outside. Make number cards 0-20 and turn face down. You child can turn over a card, tell you the number and count out that many sticks. If they don’t recognize all the numbers, it’s ok. Tell them and help them count. 5. Add sticks to the play dough play and see what happens. 6. Write your name.
Two videos today ☺ 1. Write your name. 2. Write and draw the word you feel – happy, sad, scared, bored, tired 3. Show your family how to take care of big feelings inside by blowing out the candles on a cake. Remember to blow 3 big blows. Blowing can help “blow “ away bad feelings. Sometimes you can hug a teddy bear as tightly as you can to squeeze out big feelings. Sometimes we feel like hitting. It’s ok to hit a pillow. Pillows, not people! Talk about what could help your feelings change. 4. For guaranteed giggles – Roll up socks and have an indoor snowball fight. Play Paper, Rock, Scissors Hide a special treat and let your child find it. Have the kids hide their eyes and count to 10 while you hide the treat. *Parents, this is a stressful time for you. It’s okay to feel your feelings, too. Go to the closet and scream into a pillow or hit the pillow to get rid of some stress if you need to. I have “adult play dough” someone gave me. It’s got lavender in it and it is soothing to squish and mold ☺ You aren’t alone. Feel free to email me if you need to. I don’t know all the answers, but I will listen and that can help ☺
Happy Birthday Charlotte!!
1. Write your name. Draw a birthday cake for Charlotte. 2. Watch: Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill and his band on youtube. This is a favorite in the classroom. https://youtu.beVqOqfidupQ 3. Find some junk – toilet paper tubes, pipe cleaners, buttons, beads, foil, packing peanuts, marshmallows, toothpicks, etc. Make a silly sculpture.
Dance today! Parents, there is a huge connection between brain development and learning with big body movements. I’ve included our favorite bean bag dance.
Watch the video first. 1. Write your name. Write: move 2. Use bean bags or double bagged ziplock bags of rice or beans. Have kids toss and catch to themselves. Throw bags back and forth with a partner. 3. Watch and do : Bean Bag Dance on youtube. https://youtu.be/4Rri2xpvhxo 4. Twister is a great movement game. 5. Make movement cards. Move like a kangaroo, a bear, etc. 6. Another fun movement game we play- The Children Are Sleeping. The children are sleeping. The children are sleeping. And when they woke up they were…. Cats, dogs, lions. * If it gets crazy and loud, have them be butterflies, snails, sloths, etc. ☺
Have a good weekend!
Hi Parents! We use the calendar every day to practice skills like counting, predicting, patterning. You can use your calendar at home in the same way. Draw or use stickers in a series of 3-4 pics to establish a pattern- ex. flower, sun, tree, bird. Cover up current and upcoming numbers. Yesterday was number 17, today is ? Clap or hop as you count together. The more senses you involve, the better the learning. What picture will be next on our pattern? Say the pattern together. Unmask the current day on the calendar to see if you were right. ☺ The kids can also teach you the days of the week song. Every day have them write their name. Use a highlighter and trace out your last name and let them trace over and learn their last name. I have put together a few ideas to use each day to keep skills sharp , provide some fun and keep them a little busy. Watch the video each day first and then the activities as you can or want to.
Wed. March 18, 2020 1. Have someone trace your foot. Cut out your footprint. 2. Write your name on your footprint. Then write: foot. 3. Decorate your footprint any way you like- crayons, stickers, paint, chalk. 4. Now, you trace one foot of everyone in your family. 5. Sort the foot tracings from smallest to largest. *Save your footprint for tomorrow!
More fun things today to do with your footprint! 1. Take your footprint and measure. How many of your footprints to be as long as your bed? As tall as your refrigerator? Measure your family. How many footprints to be as tall as mom or dad? 2. Feet are important. We need feet to stand and walk. What things can you do with your feet? Hop, jump, skip, run, tap, stand on one foot, switch and stand on the other foot. Your feet can even paint! Parents, tape large paper to the wall. Kids, lay on your back and hold the paintbrush with your toes and paint. No paint? Use crayon or markers. 3. Put a tapeline on the floor and have your child walk on the line – heel to toe. Can they go backwards ? 4. Place pillows on the floor and jump from pillow to pillow. The floor is “hot lava.” ☺ 5. Write your name. Write the word: jump Extra story "Who Has These Feet" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUjGvCi1mA4
1. After you dance, your feet need to go outside for some fresh air. Put on your fast shoes. Take your feet to the backyard and RUN! 2. Place several colors of paint pie tins (that you can throw away). Turn on some music. Let your child step in paint and dance on a large sheet of paper , cardboard or old sheet. Change colors and keep on dancing. Yes, I do this activity in the classroom. ☺ 3. Write your name. Write the word: dance Have a good weekend! Ms. Sharon