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Writing Paper Templates
Calendar of Virtual Field Trips for Families
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SPRING BREAK FUN
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SPRING BREAK FUN
Hubble Control Center – Lobby
Hubble Control Center– Operations Room
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Daily activities (weekdays only):
- Josh Gad (Olaf from Frozen) reads books every weeknight (times vary but you can also watch the recorded videos) on Twitter – #GadBookClub
- Drawing with Michael Woodside – learn to draw Disney Characters – live streamed on YouTube and Instagram daily at 10:00 am – #drawingwithwoodsy (videos are also recorded).
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – draw with author and illustrator Mo Willems daily on YouTube at 12:00 pm #MOlunchdoodles. (videos are also recorded). For more information go to: https://www.kennedy-center.org/mowillems
- Deb’s Virtual Art School – Artist Deborah Putnoi does lessons on Facebook daily at 1:00 pm https://www.facebook.com/TheDrawingMind (videos are also recorded).
- Want more?? – Check out this spreadsheet – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/121u24nzZE7hLduT8zdDHowZ8Vvl-lUrorUP5E5UBkts/edit?fbclid=IwAR0kYHStNFWWBbz_RZH9Y-mqc_Ohh4DGaVN6jqFiZA80wCqM2Rf3P6RxNw4#gid=560148342
Fine Motor (small muscle) Activities:
- Color, Draw, Paint
- Use putty, play dough or clay
- Trace shapes, pictures, letters and numbers
- Complete Dot-to-Dot pages
- Practice tying their own shoes
- Complete interlocking puzzles
- Build with small building toys such at K’nex and Legos
- Cut out shapes with scissors. Use the shapes to make a picture or a card for someone.
Gross Motor (large muscle) Activities:
- Play Outside- run, jump, climb, skip, ride a bike, jump rope, hula-hoop, play catch or soccer
- Build an obstacle course outside with outdoor toys you have on hand- use hula hoops and jump ropes to jump over, use buckets as cones to run around, create a path to follow with sticks, etc.
- Play Freeze Dance or Have a Dance Party
- Make a Movement Cube Game out of a square tissue box and some paper. Wrap the square tissue box in plain paper. Draw or write a movement activity on each side of the box. take turns rolling the cube and doing the activity that the cube lands on! (Kids are familiar with this- we do it at school!) Suggested movement ideas include jumping, running in place, sit-ups, push ups, squats, jumping jacks, somersaults…. use your imagination and get moving!
- Read aloud to your child at least once a day; talk about the book. Is it a fiction or nonfiction book? Who is the book about? What happened first, next, then, and last? What was your favorite part of the story? (fiction) What did you learn from this book? (nonfiction).
- Play sight word Go Fish. Print out two copies of the sight word cards from the resources at the bottom of this page. Cut out and glue the words onto index cards or construction paper to make a deck of playing cards. Play the game as you would play Go Fish with a standard deck of cards, except you will be asking one another if you have a word instead of a number to make the matches.
- Play Sight Word Memory Match. Use the sight word cards you made for Sight Word Go Fish to play Memory. Practice reading the words as you play.
- Have your child read to you. If you do not have any books at home that are at your child’s reading level, see the resources below.
- Practice writing upper and lowercase letters and talking about the sounds. One way to do this is to give your child paper and pencil or a dry erase board and marker. You say the name of a letter, and your child writes the letter. You can also challenge your child by making just the sound that the letter makes and asking your child to write the letter. If your child needs more of a challenge, you can stretch out simple words by saying each sound in the word slowly. Have your child write the letters then read the word he/she wrote. (you say /c/ /a/ /t/; your child writes cat then reads the word)
- Print and cut out the alphabet cards from the resources below. Use the cards to make simple words. Have your child read the words to you. If he/she can’t read the word right away, encourage him/her to tap out each sound and blend it together to read the word. For more challenge, let your child build words for you to read.
- Have your child practice writing upper and lower case letters.
- Have your child practice writing his/her first and last name with the first letter uppercase and the rest of the letters lowercase.
- Make a journal for your child to write in. Staple some plain paper into a booklet and have your child draw pictures and write a simple sentence to go with the picture. If your child has a hard time coming up with an idea to write about, you can suggest topics such as their favorite food, places, people, or things. They may choose to write about an event or experience they have had. Try not to tell your child how to spell each word. Encourage him/her to make the sounds they hear in the words and write the letters. It is ok for the words to be spelled they way they sound. That is the stage of writing we are at in Kindergarten. You may choose to let your child use the sight word cards in the resources section below for the spelling of sight words. (At school, these words are on the Word Wall and the kids have access to them to help in their writing. )
- If you’re planning to make an obstacle course or a build something together, provide your child with paper and drawing tools to make a plan for their construction. Encourage him/her to draw and label their plans, then follow them to create!
- Make cards to write letters to friends and family that we cannot be with right now. Be pen pals! Getting letters in the mail is a fun way to make reading and writing meaningful for your Kindergartener!
- Play Go-Fish or Memory with a deck of cards.
- Play a board games such as HiHo Cherry O or Chutes and Ladders.
- Print and cut out the number cards in the resources section below. Use the cards to practice naming the numbers, putting numbers in order from least to greatest and greatest to least.
- Practice counting to 100 by 10’s and 1’s. Count out small snack pieces such as cheerios, Goldfish, or pretzels. Match the number of pieces to the correct number card.
- Practice writing numbers 1-20. Make it fun by putting some shaving cream on a tray and writing with your fingers.
- Count out 100 Legos or blocks. Build something with the 100 pieces.
- Tell your child some story problems using the numbers 1-10. Have your child solve the problem using their fingers, drawings, a ten frame, a number bond, or by writing an equation. For example I have 5 cookies. I gave three to my friends. How many do I have now? or Joe has 5 cars and Sam has 4 cars. How many cars to they have all together? Make up your stories to include the names of family and friends to keep it fun and engaging.
- Go outside and observe the spring changes that are just starting to happen. Your child can write and draw about what they see in their journals. Talk about what they notice about the weather, the temperature, the plants and trees, the animals, and about the sunrises and sunsets.
- Fly a kite. Is the wind pushing or pulling it?
- Play laundry basket games- have your child sit in a laundry basket. Push and pull your child around in the basket. Have your child try to push you, a sibling, or some objects of different sizes and weights in the basket. Talk about pushing and pulling as ways to move things. Help your child discover the relationship between the amount of force needed to move someone or something with a push or a pull and how heavy the objects are. Can your child connect these ideas to other situations, like being pushed on a swing or being pulled in a wagon?
- Cook together. Talk about the changes that happen when wet and dry ingredients mix together and what happens to the ingredients when they are cooked.
- Make play dough or slime. Talk about the ingredients and the different textures.
- Use the Mystery Science links below.
EPIC: I have created an account for each child in our class for EPIC. You will receive an email that invites you to sign up. This is an app that is free through June 2020 with an invitation from me! It is completely optional. This is a great resource for a myriad of books as well as leveled readers that the children can access at home. Please don’t feel obligated to join unless you want to.
ABCMouse.com: I have also created an account for each child in our class on ABCMouse.com. You will receive an email invite to sign up. This is also an app that requires a subscription and it is completely optional. I only set it up as a potential resource for learning activities that can be done from home. If you choose to use ABCMouse.com, I strongly recommend that you supervise your child and encourage them to complete the learning activities along the learning path and that you discourage them from only using the “fun” parts such as the drawing activities. This can be a useful learning tool if used correctly and the students complete the activities as intended. It is not as effective if kids jump around on the website and skip activities.
For Free Printable Emergent Readers: www.hubbardscupboard.org This website has many free printable books that you can access and print out for your child to read.
Mystery Science: Forces and Motion Online Unit: Access these online lessons with the links below:
Scholastic- Let’s Find Out Magazines: Your child can read the online version of the magazines we use at school, play the games, and watch the educational videos.
Let’s Find Out Magazines Password: Strauss403
YouTube Channels that support learning:
Jack Hartmann’s Kids Music Channel: There are songs for pretty much every learning area on this channel. We use this in class and the kids are familiar with many of his songs. Get moving and have fun!
Cosmic Kids Yoga: This can be a fun way to get some calmer indoor movement into your day.
Art for Kids Hub: Great videos for learning to draw a wide variety of pictures.