Week of May 11, 2020
Monday
PLAY
Ask your child what their favorite thing to do at home is. Why is it your favorite thing to do ?  Engage in a few further questions like, how does it make you feel when you are doing this thing: happy, cheerful, loved and protected ? If time allows, ask your child to draw a picture of doing their favorite thing.

GROW
Make time this week to do the “Special Activity” your child enjoys so much. Making great memories as a family is easy when you take-turns engaging activities your children love.

ESPECIALLY, FOR YOUR FAMILY
Pick up a Smarty Patch At Home Learning Kit at the Center. Call ahead and a staff member can bring it out to you!


Tuesday
PLAY
Look for shapes around your house. A hula hoop is a circle, a cereal box, window or doorway is a rectangle and a piece of pizza can be a triangle.

GROW
"Noticing shapes within the spaces will help your child identify and organize information. It helps them learn skills in other curriculum areas. For Example: an early step in understanding numbers and letters is to recognize their shape.” – www.LeapFrog.com


Wednesday
PLAY
Make up silly rhyming words, like cat, zat, jat, lat, wat, blat!

GROW
“Rhyming teaches children how language works. When children are familiar with a children’s nursery rhyme they learn to anticipate the rhyming word. This helps them to make predictions when they read, another important reading skill.” – www.themeasuredmom.com

ESPECIALLY, FOR YOUR FAMILY
Smarty Patch At Home Learning Kit video will be posted so you can do the project you picked up Monday. Go to http://childrensparadise.com/category/learning-videos/ to watch the video.


Thursday
PLAY
Set up a relay race with stuffed animals on one end and a basket on the other. Have your child run back and forth to pick up a stuffed animal and drop it in the basket, repeat. Count how many animals end up in the basket. 

GROW
Physical play and exercise can help children build physical strength and further develop large motor skills. This activity will also help your child nap… and who doesn’t love a nap ?


Friday
PLAY
Go bird watching outside. See how many types of birds you can find.   The really fun part of bird watching is observing bird behavior.

GROW
With experience, kids refine skills in concentration, observation, and reasoning. When children become interested in birds they also learn about habitat. Children watching birds play can eventually see the bigger picture and learn they must protect the habitat these beautiful birds live in.
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