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Making the Most of Our Time at Home

As many of us work to appropriately practice “Social Distancing” amid the COVID-19 crisis, the impact of how it will affect our children is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Social Distancing is the opposite of what is healthy and developmentally appropriate for the social/emotional development of young children.  Young children learn appropriate social skills and how to manage their emotions by interacting with others, so how do we ensure that our children’s development is being supported during this time of social distancing?

Young children learn best through hands on activities and engagement, so for the duration of the closure of our schools and Early Learning Centers we will post daily activities that parents can do at home with their children to engage them both socially and academically.

YWCA Hartford Region utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold Online as their guiding philosophy and assessment of young children’s learning. All activities focus on  Teaching Strategies Gold Learning Objectives. Each activity includes everyday materials that you can use in your home and a link to the instructions and other activities that you can do with your child.

Fingerprint Graph

Children learn best when they are able to explore materials in order to make sense of mathematical concepts.  This activity allows children to connect quantity to the written number, this assists in counting and mathematical equations later in their education.

What you will need:

  • Printer Paper
  • Sharpie
  • Ink Pads or Paint

WHAT CHILDREN WILL LEARN:
Math - Uses number concepts and operations

  • Counts
  • Quantifies

YWCA Hartford Region utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold Online as their guiding philosophy and assessment of young children’s learning. This art activity focuses on the following Teaching Strategies Gold Learning

Link: https://pocketofpreschool.com/my-body-themed-activities-and-centers-for-little-learners/

2020 Census Coloring Contest

Ideas That Count is providing a fun and creative and fun way for children to learn more about the 2020 Census. Take part in a Census Coloring Contest, run in partnership with Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. Break out the pencils, crayons and markers and share your work on social media and enter to win a cash prize. To download the coloring book, click here!

TO ENTER:

  • Download the coloring book
  • Color in digitally or print out a copy and color/collage
  • Post your finished page(s) to your Instagram and/or Facebook and tag NoMAA
  • Use #NoMAA2020Census (so they can find it)

Deadline is April 30 (another contest will start May 1 with new artwork)
A panel of judges from the NMAA will select a monthly winner and provide a $50 prize -- icing on the cake for keeping your child busy and productive on something educational and fun.

Visit the Census Coloring Contest to learn more.

Pine Cone Counting

This math activity can be done with any materials that you can find outdoors.  The activity can double as a yard clean-up activity if you have your children gather the pinecones to sort.

What you will need:

  • Side walk chalk
  • Pine Cones or other outdoor materials

Directions:

  • Write the numbers one through ten on the sidewalk and work with your child to put the appropriate number of materials under each number.

WHAT CHILDREN WILL LEARN:

Children learn best when they are able to explore materials in order to make sense of mathematical concepts.  This activity allows children to connect quantity to the written number, this assists in counting and mathematical equations later in their education.

YWCA Hartford Region utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold Online as their guiding philosophy and assessment of young children’s learning.  This art activity focuses on the following Teaching Strategies Gold Learning Objectives:

Math
Uses number concepts and operations

  • Counts
  • Quantifies

LINK: https://fun-a-day.com/simple-outdoor-number-activities-for-kids/

Fingerprint Names

Reading begins well before children pick up a book and begin to sound our words.  The foundation of reading begins first in understanding how words, sentences and pages come together to tell a story in a book.  This understanding can begin in infancy.  Next, children learn about letter recognition and sounds.

What you will need:

  • Piece or paper
  • Marker
  • Nontoxic finger paint

Directions:

  1. Write your child’s name on the piece of paper using the marker.
  2. Have your child place their finger in the paint and then on the lines of their name

WHAT YOUR KIDS WILL LEARN

YWCA Hartford Region utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold Online as their guiding philosophy and assessment of young children’s learning. This art activity focuses on the following Teaching Strategies Gold Learning Objectives:

Physical
Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

  • Uses fingers and hands

Language
Listens to and understands increasingly complex language

  •  Comprehends language
  •  Follows directions

Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet

  • Identifies and names letters

LINK: https://www.howweelearn.com/alphabet-activities-for-preschoolers/

Inflate a Balloon with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Children experience science best through hands on interaction with the environment and the opportunity to explore and observe.  This simple science activity can be done with a plate, water and small candies like Skittles or M&M’s (although at this point in the stay at home and social distancing journey I would think twice about giving up any chocolate for a science project.)   Ask your children to give you predictions of what they think will happen and at the conclusion ask if the experiment went the way they thought it would and what their ideas around that are.

What you will need:

  • Balloon
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Funnel
  • Dry empty bottle (like a water bottle)

Directions

Step 1: Add 2 or 3 teaspoons of baking soda to the unfilled balloon.

Step 2: Thoroughly rinse and dry the funnel.

Step 3: Pour 2 or 3 teaspoons of vinegar to the water bottle using the funnel

Step 4: Attach the balloon to the top of the water bottle, being careful to not let any of the baking soda slip in until you are ready.

Step 5: Quickly tip the vinegar so it mixes in with the baking soda.

Step 6: Watch as your balloon blows up.

WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN
YWCA Hartford Region utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold Online as their guiding philosophy and assessment of young children’s learning. This art activity focuses on the following Teaching Strategies Gold Learning Objectives:

Science

  • Uses scientific inquiry skills
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials

LINK: http://www.couponsaregreat.net/science-experiments-kids-blow-balloon-vinegar-baking-soda/?/cag+(Coupons+ARE+Great+-+Daily+Digest)

Nutella Banana Sushi

Cooking activities offer children the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, measuring and math and sometimes science!  Often time’s parents and teachers choose not to do cooking activities with children because of the mess. But surprise, there is also opportunities for children to learn while cleaning up after themselves. This activity calls for bananas, yogurt and sprinkles.

What you will need:

  • 2 tortillas
  • 4 tbs Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 2 bananas

Directions:

  1. Place bread on a cutting board and spread with Nutella.
  2. Peel banana and lay in on the edge of the tortilla.
  3. Roll banana in tortilla.
  4. Slice into rounds and arrange on a plate with the cut edge facing up.

YWCA Hartford Region utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold Online as their guiding philosophy and assessment of young children’s learning.  This art activity focuses on the following Teaching Strategies Gold Learning Objectives:

Physical
Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

  • Uses fingers and hands

Cognitive
Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

  • Attends and engages

Uses symbols and images to represent something not present

  • Thinks symbolically

Math
Uses number concepts and operations

  • Counts

LINK: https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/nutella-banana-sushi-recipe/6m1kfygx

Paper Plate Flower - TUESDAY

What you will need:
Paper Plate
Tissue paper/wrapping paper or any paper that can be crumpled
Glue Scissors

Start by cutting a paper plate into a flower shape by curving the edges. Have the kids rip small pieces of tissue paper off and scrunch them up. Put glue all over the plate and have them stick the bits of crumpled paper on the plate.

WHAT CHILDREN WILL LEARN:

Art provides opportunities for children to use their fine motor skills, creative problem solving skills, develop language skills and practice social/emotional skills. This art activity focuses on the following Teaching Strategies Gold Learning Objectives:

Physical
Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

  • Uses fingers and hands

Language
Listens to and understands increasingly complex language

  • Comprehends language  Follows directions

Cognitive
Uses symbols and images to represent something not present

  • Thinks symbolically

The Arts
Explores the visual arts

LINK: https://www.craftymorning.com/

Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

Letter Hunt - WEDNESDAY

What you will need:

  • Letters
  • Corn meal (sand, flour, rice or bird seed)
  • Small storage tub
  • “Answer” Key

WHAT CHILDREN WILL LEARN:

Reading begins well before children pick up a book and begin to sound our words. The foundation of reading begins first in understanding how words, sentences and pages come together to tell a story in a book.  This understanding can begin in infancy.  Next, children learn about letter recognition and sounds. This letter activity can be done with foam letters or the magnets on your fridge. If you don’t have sand you can use flour.

YWCA Hartford Region utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold Online as their guiding philosophy and assessment of young children’s learning.  This art activity focuses on the following Teaching Strategies Gold Learning Objectives:

Physical
Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

  • Uses fingers and hands

Language

  • Listens to and understands increasingly complex language

Comprehends language
Follows directions

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet
  • Identifies and names letters

LINK:
https://busytoddler.com/2016/02/letter-hunt-for-early-literacy/

 


 

Salt Melting Ice Sculptures - THURSDAY

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Food storage container (different sizes and shapes)
  • Salt
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • Small bowl and spoon
  • Several small jars

Directions:

  1. Fill food storage containers (different sizes and shapes) with water, slipping animal figurines or small toys into them, and set them in every available spot in the freezer.
  2. The next day, take the ice blocks out of the containers and set them on a tray or plate with a rim.
  3. Pour some salt in a small bowl with a spoon
  4. Squeeze different colors of food coloring into separate jars and water them down.

To do the ice melting experiment:

  1. Let the frozen containers sit out and melt just a bit
  2. Turn the container upside down onto a tray or plate so the block of ice slides out.
  3. Use the spoon to sprinkle salt over the ice blocks.
  4. Drip the different liquid color over the blocks.

NOTE: The salt melts the ice faster than the ambient temperature of the room, creating tunnels and crevasses in the ice! The liquid color highlights the tunnels and crevasses so that we can better see them!

WHAT CHILDREN WILL LEARN:

Children experience science best through hands on interaction with the environment and the opportunity to explore and observe. This simple science activity is fun to conduct and observe and the results is stunning!

YWCA Hartford Region utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold Online as their guiding philosophy and assessment of young children’s learning.  This art activity focuses on the following Teaching Strategies Gold Learning Objectives:

Science

  • Uses scientific inquiry skills
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials

This activity is from the book Play Make Create by Meri Cherry
https://artfulparent.com/salt-melting-ice-experiment-sculptures/


 

Monster Apple Bites - Friday

WHAT YOU NEED

  •     1 Green Apple
  •     2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
  •     2 Strawberries
  •     24-28 Sunflower Seeds
  •     Edible Eyes (Wilton Candy Eyeballs)

Directions:

  1. Cut the apple into quarters.
  2. Lay the apple quarters down, and cut a 1 inch wedge in the middle of the peel side of each quarter. Do not cut all the way
  3. through because you want each quarter to stay in one piece. It will look like a mouth.
  4. Cut the strawberries in slices lengthwise so that you have 4 pieces.
  5. Spread peanut butter on the bottom of each mouth, inside the cutout.
  6. Then, place a strawberry inside the cutout to resemble a tongue sticking out.
  7. Finally, poke 6 or 7 sunflowers into the top edge of the cut out to resemble teeth.

WHAT CHILDREN WILL LEARN:

Cooking activities offer children the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, measuring and math and sometimes science!  Often time’s parents and teachers choose not to do cooking activities with children because of the mess. But surprise! There is also opportunities for children to learn while cleaning up after themselves. This activity calls for green apples, peanut butter and marshmallows.

YWCA Hartford Region utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold Online as their guiding philosophy and assessment of young children’s learning. This art activity focuses on the following Teaching Strategies Gold Learning Objectives:

Physical
Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

  • Uses fingers and hands

Cognitive
Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

  • Attends and engages
  • Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
  • Thinks symbolically

Math
Uses number concepts and operations

  • Counts

Easy Preschool Counting - MONDAY

What you will need:

  • Wooden or colored Plastic Clothespins  (large or mini)
  • Numbered cards (from games like UNO, Skipbo, or Rook)

Directions:

  1. Pick out cards between one and nine for younger children. (If kids who can count higher than 9, use miniature clothespins so they fit on the cards.
  2. shuffle the cards and set them upside down in a pile.
  3. Child picks up one card at a time, and clip the correct number of clothespins onto the card.

WHAT CHILDREN WILL LEARN:

Children learn best when they are able to explore materials in order to make sense of mathematical concepts. This activity allows children to connect quantity to the written number, this assists in counting and mathematical equations later in their education.

YWCA Hartford Region utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold Online as their guiding philosophy and assessment of young children’s learning. This activity focuses on the following Teaching Strategies Gold Learning Objectives:

Math
Uses number concepts and operations

  •  Counts
  •  Quantifies
  •  Connects numerals with their quantities

https://planningplaytime.com/easy-preschool-counting-activity

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