Week of April 6th

First, find a work mat! You can use a towel, bathmat, placemat, etc. Your child is used to having a designated workspace; one that they know is only theirs, and that they can safely leave their work on if they need a break, or something else comes up. They know where to come back to. 

Second, have your child help you make these works! It encourages ownership and learning, plus its extra time together!

Last, rescue is robbery! Try your hardest to step back and just watch! You'll be surprised how much they can figure out!

Sensory Experience: Sand Foam

You will need 3 cups of clean sand, a shallow bin, or tray, with a high edge and shaving cream.

-Add sand to the bin/tray, 

-Gradually add the shaving cream

-Combine using your hands

-Add more shaving cream until desired consistency is made

*Extension Ideas*

*Add dinosaurs, shells, toy cars to use for imaginative play*

*Hide plastic alphabet letters, or numbers, and ask what number or letter your child has found*

*Using one or two fingers practice writing letters or numbers*

Science Experiment: Walking Water

Gather 3 clear cups of the same size, food coloring (blue and yellow),

2 paper towels folded vertically a few times, and water.

-Position your empty glasses about 2 inches apart in a straight line

-Add the same amount of water to the first and third cup

-Add a few drops of blue food coloring into the first glass and stir

-Place one end of your paper towel into the blue water, then place the other end into the glass that is empty.  

-Add a few drops of yellow into the third glass and stir.  

-Place one end of the other paper towel into the yellow water, then place the other end into the glass that is empty

-Leave the glasses for a while and watch what happens!

*Try this with other colors as well!*

Practice Zipping

Follow this instructional video to practice zipping!

Pin Pushing

Follow this instructional video to practice pin pushing!

Practical Life Work: Leaf polishing

The children take great pride in caring for their environment at school and can do the same at home!

-Prepare a small cloth, cotton ball or q-tip

-Provide small bowl of water if your plants can tolerate being wet

-Allow child to  "polish" the leaves of your house plants using a circular motion, dipping the implement in water if it is safe to do so

-If necessary, provide a simple reminder to be gentle as plants are living and most are quite delicate

-The Bonsai plant shown would be best polished with a q-tip.

*Art and Language Extension: Have your child draw pictures of the plants and write down the names of the plants.* 

Sensorial Work: Identify shapes in your child's environment

In your home, on a walk, or on a car ride there are shapes all around us! 

For example: Dinner plate- Circle, Stop sign- Octagon, House windows- Rectangle 

-Start a shape journal (follow directions for the African Journal and Nature Journal)

-Walk around the house, go for a hike, or on a car ride searching for shapes

-Record the shapes in the journal

*Art Extension: Draw around coins of different sizes with a pencil (quarter, dime, nickel, penny) and then get creative. See photo for ideas.* 

Music: The Seasons Song (to the tune of This Old Man)

Practice singing this with your child— Yay spring is here! 

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

There are seasons, 4 in all. 

Weather changes, sun and rain and snow

Leaves fall down and flowers grow!  

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