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What are parents saying about the Daily Vroom app?
Here are some parent's comments:
“I recently found out about this app and have used it with my 3 and 5 year olds. There are great ways to turn household chores into fun, brain-building activities.”
“This app gives activities that use what I already have and do on a daily basis! It brings a sigh of relief from this mama!”
“Lots of great tips and suggestions for activities. Just goes to show you that even the little things such as sorting laundry can have a huge impact on your children cognitively. I also enjoy the fact that I can get suggestions for all of my kids. This app is wonderful!!!”
“Has great activities that you you wouldn't think would do much for your child or children. They don't take a lot of time and they don't take a lot of prep work.”
Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child's life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.
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After reading with your child, ask them questions about experiences they may have had that were similar to the characters in the story. You can ask things like, “The boy in the book felt sad. Do you remember a time when you were sad?”
By having these conversations with your child, you're encouraging them to make connections between their own life and what they read—an important part of literacy. They're also developing their understanding of how other people think and feel.
There are numerous great children's books about food; here are some that also bring math concepts like patterns, quantity, counting and shapes that connect to everyday life!
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Winter is a great time to practice some "Home Moves". Many of the Vroom activities encourage your child to focus and communicate while you are both having fun together!
Home Moves: With your child, take turns giving directions like, “Hop to the room in the house where you brush your teeth” or “tiptoe to the place where you sleep.” Go back and forth coming up with ideas. Make it harder and include more steps, “Hop to where we eat and then crawl to the place where we cook.”
What your child is learning: In order to follow directions, your child must use focus and self-control to move their body as well as memory to recall what to do in different parts of your home. This game helps them reflect on what they know and then use it to reach goals.
Cold weather makes baking snacks even more yummy than usual!
Baked Zucchini Sticks
4 medium zucchini
½ cup water
¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
1 ½ cups bread crumbs
1 tablespoon dry Italian herbs
Cut zucchini into long sticks, about 3 inches long.
Microwave zucchini for about 3 minutes. Pat zucchini sticks dry with a paper towel.
Mix eggs and water together in a small bowl. Mix cheese, bread crumbs and herbs together in another small bowl.
Dip zucchini sticks first into the egg mixture and then into the bread crumb mixture.
Arrange zucchini in rows on a metal baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Broil zucchini sticks for about 12 to 15 minutes, turning once while cooking.
Vroom Tip #593 Napkin Folds: When you set the table for a meal, encourage your child to think of different ways to fold napkins or paper towels to make different shapes and sizes. You might say, “What shapes can you make?" "What does this
What your child is learning:Your child is thinking about a familiar thing—a napkin—in new ways as they fold. Having a back-and-forth conversation about what they're doing promotes curiosity. It also helps them connect shapes and what they look like. The conversation helps develop creativity and critical thinking, all skills they'll need later in life.
Origami is the art of paper folding!
The Peace Crane Project invites every student on the planet to fold an origami crane, write a message of peace on its wings, then exchange it with another student somewhere in the world.
The project builds friendships, strengthens hand-eye coordination and writing skills, teaches geography, exposes students to new languages and cultures, and empowers youth to make a difference in their community, country, and world!
Folding Guides are available in both English and Spanish - you don't have to sign up! Download the free Peace Crane, Dove, Heart, or Flapping Wing Crane folding guide and start folding!