|Inspired by Room 7's Northern Lights Art Work, we created our own display|
I am thinking about all our Room 4 and Bessborough Drive families and trying to decide what information to pass along. As your child’s teacher, my main focus is on their well-being and growth as learners. Yes, the schools have been closed and we aren’t able to spend time playing with our friends and participating in lessons taught by our teachers, but on the plus side, students remain curious and opportunities for learning happen all around us.
|There are a lot of home school schedules out there. Here is one that may work for your family.|
So how do we spend these days that stretch before us? The answer will vary for each family, but most children thrive with the structure of routine and some sort of familiar schedule. Find or create together the one that works for your family and consider posting it in your living space so that your child knows what is coming up next in the day.
5 Activities for a Balanced Day of Fun and Learning
Whether it is with, play dough, slime, a tub of soapy water, sand on a baking tray, or rice in a bin with measuring cups children love the relaxing effect of sensory activities. It is time away from screens and to engage in mindfulness. I notice that, during times of change students will gravitate towards sensory activities and participate for long periods of time - it is calming.
a) Reading aloud to your child is always a good idea. This is different than books that they are learning to read independently. The focus for read alouds can be on meaning (e.g., predicting what comes next, retelling the story in sequence, talking about favourite parts) and on vocabulary. Pick one or two words that may be new to your child and talk about the meaning. Make a point of using that new word throughout the day. Make puppet characters from the story and retell it with members of the family. This Scholastic link has activities for different stories.
b) Independent Reading is what happens with texts in their book folder. On the last day of school, each child received 5 books to practice at home. Beginning readers who can recognize the words “the, is, look, said, I, am, come, here, and my” will be ready to move into more difficult texts. More advanced readers can retell the story in their own words and answer questions that involve inferences or “reading between the lines”. Use magnet letters to make simple 3 letter words and have your child read and write these words.
c) Writing – after going on a walk, reading a book, or going to the store, ask your child to draw a picture about the experience and then write ideas to match. Some students may just be labeling with simple words like, “mom” “dad” and “slide”. Other students will be retelling events with sentences and words like, “first, next, then, and last”. If your child writes a story, I would love to see it! Please take a picture and send it to me, I will send back a response.
|Children love Lego and this calendar gives ideas for every day of the month!|
Board games are an effective and fun way to teach math skills. Adding up dots on a dice, moving the appropriate number of spaces, and using phrases like “more than”, “same”, and “less than” are all important math concepts. When children are having fun and playing, the brain is able to memorize and learn more easily! Time to practice writing numbers from 1 to 20 would also be beneficial. Please consider using different surfaces to help make it more fun; for example, tracing numbers in a tray of salt, using chalk on a chalkboard, forming numbers with play dough.
4. Science and Outdoor Exploration
|A simple experiment we conducted before the break. Three balloons filled with different states of matter.|
Science exploration and time outdoors go hand in hand. When you are walking through the neighbourhood take time to observe closely all the things that you see around you. If you see new growth on a plant, where do you see this growth? How does it differ from the rest of the plant? Bring along a magnifying glass to “zoom in” on the nature around us. Consider checking out Kids National Geographic for information on a wide range of subjects.
Don’t forget to give children a chance to run, climb, and balance. All of these large motor activities will support your child’s health and even fine motor control.
5. On Line Resources
A little bit of screen time can provide some down time for all. Please check out the resources below for some quality examples of online learning.
*Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.
*Pretend to travel the world..Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.
*This is the awesome free curriculum that we use. Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here!
*List of thinking games by grade: https://allinonehomeschool.
**More awesome free learning websites that we like to use**
|Hanging out with my family and my dog Nia. I miss all of you and hope everyone is doing well!|