“Wee Ones” Can Weekly Wednesday Newsletter

Early Learning Ideas for Home

For the week of April 22-29th

Things we can do Everyday: 

These are activities that you may already be doing or that you can build off of and make them yours.  See where it takes you…

  • ESTABLISH A ROUTINE: for the young ‘readers’ use a visual schedule with pictures (breakfast, toothbrush, getting dressed, playtime, learning time, outside, TV, stories…)  Simple pictures you and or your child draws, cut from a magazine, pictures of your child, etc…and have your child help plan out the day!  When that activity is finished take it down or a check mark if it is a written schedule.  HAVE FUN with it!  
  • WHAT IS THE WEATHER TODAY – have your child look out the window or go outside and encourage your child to talk about what they see, how it feels – do we need a sweater or a jacket, what do they notice?  Make a simple chart to track each day or draw a picture of the weather today

Playful Literacy Ideas: 

Decide which activity you’d like to do or do them all this week. 

  • Sing about C L O U D Y to the tune of “BINGO” (and many more songs) Here is the link from Preschool Express –Cloud Songs
  • Here are some read aloud picture books about clouds.  Click on the book titles links to watch them on YouTube: 

“It Looked Like Spilt Milk” by Charles G Shaw

 “Little Cloud” by Eric Carle 

  • Talk about how the sky looks today!  Are there clouds in the sky, are they wispy or fluffy, observe what happens when the sun goes behind the clouds. Can you find different shapes/pictures from the clouds in the sky?

Playful Numeracy Ideas: 

Decide which activity you’d like to do or do them all this week. 

  • Draw fluffy clouds on a sheet of paper.  Write numbers 1-5 (or to 10, 15, 20) under each cloud and have your child count and place the corresponding cotton balls in each cloud
  • Shape clouds.  Find it online with the following link: 

Here is the link from Planning Playtime – Shape cloud activity 

  • Do you remember making mud pies?  Take pans, spoons and measure cups outside and experiment…how much water do you need to mix with dirt to make a ‘mud pie?’  Get dirty, have fun…we are all washable!!  

Art and Craft Ideas:

  • Draw and Colour a Rain Cloud:   Click on the following link to watch it on YouTube – How to draw a rain cloud
  • Cloud Pictures:  Blue paper, cotton balls and glue (if you don’t have cotton balls-mini marshmallows, popcorn, tips of q-tips, white yarn, tiny ripped up white paper)  Variation – for gray rain clouds, have your child colour the white materials with black or gray markers/crayons
  • Puffy Paint Cloud Pictures:  Find the recipe and instructions from Teaching Mama by clicking on the link – Puffy Paint recipe

Some Cool Science:

  • Make a rain cloud in a jar – explore clouds and rain.  Here is the link from Fun Learning for Kids –Rain cloud in a jar

A Moment for Parents 

 These are links and/or ideas for parents to support their early learners while at home. 

  • The following link will provide some tipsheets where you will find ways to support your children during this uncertain time of covid-19 –World Health Organization