Well we got a break from the rain this week and got outside. We were interested in participating in the Chalk Your Walk trend on Social Media however, we do not have sidewalks in our neighborhood. The next best thing for us is our fence and stone pavers outside our house.
Today I did a super easy Tape Resist Art project with my daughter. This is something you could do with children of all ages. It can also be fun for adults. You just need a few items, most of which you may already have at home.
My daughter decided one painting was not enough. On the second project she used a small canvas board. Instead of taping directly on the canvas she put a little paint down first. She then added tape and more paint. After removing the tape and letting it dry, she added a tape diamond in the middle with another layer of paint.
I could be wrong, but I feel that both of these art pieces may have been inspired by Frozen II.
I hope you all have fun painting. You could also try:
Parents often wonder how they can help prepare young children for school. Providing children with opportunities to experience early literacy is an easy way to help. Simply by reading to children you are developing vocabulary, listening skills, and introducing them to grammar. Research shows that reading aloud to children helps build literacy even more than talking to them.
With so many children having to stay at home Actors, Actresses, and Authors have come together to read stories aloud for children’s enjoyment. Search for #SaveWithStories or #OperationStorytime on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to view the videos.
With the current state of affairs in California, we all find ourselves in a unique and strange situation. In the back of our minds, we are wondering if this is the “new normal.” We hope that the situation resolves to the point we can all continue with our regular lives but for the time being families will be assisting children with distance learning.
As we start on this journey of distance learning, we need to remember a few key points.
Preschool Age Children:
Children ages 0-5 learn best through play and interaction. Since we are in a state of shelter in place, it is a difficult time to give your children interactions with children their own ages. For the time being family members will be the main source of interaction. Here are some ideas of things you can do together to help preschool children learn.
You can also find many ideas for activities on Pinterest, Google, and YouTube. For internet security, be sure to preview videos prior to showing them to your children or watch with them.
School Age Children:
Children grades TK-5 learn very differently. It is best to assess your child’s abilities and create a plan based upon their individual ability. However, children in TK-1 still very much learn through play and interactions. One way to help engage them is to empower them to be the teacher. Let them teach you something or have them set up a classroom and teach their stuffed animals. However, as a parent of a school age child you should follow the direction of your child’s CUSD teacher.
Online Educational Resources:
Scholastic Learn at Home: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
National Geographic: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Fun Brain: https://www.funbrain.com/
Highlights Kids: https://www.highlightskids.com/
Google Earth: https://www.google.com/earth/
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips: https://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/virtual-field-trips/
Doodles with Mo Willems: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
We hope some of these ideas will help during this time.