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“Wee Ones” Wednesday Newsletter

“Wee Ones” Wednesday Newsletter

Early Learning Ideas for Home

For the week of April 29-May 6th

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…

  • The weather is changing and being outside is so important for everyone’s mental health. So get outside to the back yard or just go for a walk, even if its just around the block. If you don’t have access to a backyard, get out on your deck.
  • Take a book break. Whether after lunch or starting your day. Take a few minutes to sit and read a book to your child. 

Playful Literacy Ideas: 

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

  • Find some blossoms or spring buds on the trees and flower gardens. How many can you find? What is a spring bud? Have a discussion with your child about what’s happening to the tree when we see a bud or a new flower shoot in the spring. 
  • Here’s a cute little spring song with a catchy tune and some movement as well. Find it on Youtube. Spring Is Here Song

Playful Numeracy Ideas: 

Decide which activity you’d like to do or do them all this week. Now that we are starting to dig in our gardens and flower beds let’s find nurmerance opportunities there. 

  • Worms: Find some Worms and discuss which is longer?, Which is shorter? Get a ruler and bring numbers into the discussion for the older children.
  • Leaves: Sort leaves that you are finding in the backyard (new and old leaves) sort by size, colour and shape even. 
  • Enjoy this YouTube story by clicking on the following link:  “I Can Only Draw Worms” by Will Mabbitt

Art and Craft Ideas:

  • With Spring comes Rainy Days. Here’s a raindrop art activity in which you use your breath instead of a paintbrush from Pinterest . Paint With Your Breath 
  • Make a Tree with some spring blossoms using Q-Tips! Here’s how from Pinterest. Spring Q-Tip Tree

Some Cool Science:

  • This is a super simple science activity about gravity but may just drum up some great language opportunities. Find it here on Pintrest. Cotton Ball Rain Activity

A Moment for Parents 

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

  • I have been hearing some parents vent their frustration around homeschooling. I super love this link from the Government of BC for parents that are homeschooling and trying to ease that anxiety around all of it. . EASE 
  • Don’t forget to take a break when you need it to de-stress. You can even get the kids involved! Here is a five minute yoga video I found on Pinterest. Five Minute Yoga Break

“Wee Ones” Can Weekly Wednesday Newsletter

“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

Wee “Ones” Can… Weekly Wednesday Newsletter

Wee “Ones” Can… Weekly Wednesday Newsletter

Early Learning Ideas for Home

For the week of April 16-22th

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…

  • Talk about what can be recycled at the breakfast table. The cereal box, the bag the bread came in for toast. Have your child find things in the kitchen while sitting at the table eating. Start a discussion. 
  • Just Breath!!!! Try out this site for different breathing activities that you can do with your child any time.  Find the link on Pintrest: Just Breath activities

Playful Literacy Ideas: 

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

  • Watch the Recycling Truck come and remove your recycling. Talk about what is going to happen to it. Watch a YouTube video on what happens to our recycling. Watch it on YouTube: Recycling Video
  • Here’s a read out loud book about Earth Day with the Little Critter’s. Find it on YouTube: “It’s Earth Day” by Mercer Mayer

Playful Numeracy Ideas: 

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

  • Have your child help sort your “What goes where”, Recycling-Trash-or /Compost.
  • Nature hunt in the backyard. While you’re out in the yard or if you’re just looking to have five minutes alone. Send the kids in the backyard on a scavenger hunt. This is the link to a sheet that is easy to print. Find the Link on Pintrest: Nature Hunt

Circle Time Fun:

  • If you’re looking for some songs to sing and some circle time fun try our Earth Day song. (See attached Song sheet) 
  • Colours song! This song has actions and can be done anywhere or maybe just when you need a movement break.  Find the Link on Pintrest: Colour Song

Some Cool Science Stuff. 

Try this science experiment with milk and food coloring. See how it swirls and talk about what is happening. You could even use earth day colours.

Find the link on Pintrest: Milk Science Experiment

A Moment for Parents 

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

  • Let’s talk about loose parts. Do kids need toys all the time? What happens when we just give them “random things”? Here’s a link to an article about “Loose Parts”. I will be touching on this type of play during the weeks to come. Check out the Article on Pintrest: Loose Parts
  • Don’t forget to take time for yourself either during nap time or after the kids have gone to bed… Here’s a link to the local FSJ public library where you can get e books using your library card. Here’s the link to the Fort St John Library: Digital Downloads

Wee “Ones”… Can Weekly Wednesday Newsletter

Wee “Ones”… Can Weekly Wednesday Newsletter

Early Learning Ideas for Home

For the week of ​April 8-15th

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…

  1. Brush Your Teeth song – the video and lyrics to add some extra fun to staying healthy! Here’s the link to Youtube: Brush Your Teeth Song
  2. Wash hands together and sing-ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Happy Bday, etc… Don’t forget the tops, between your fingers and your wrists!
  3. Bring bikes inside – set the training wheels inside adult runners and let your children ride! For added fun, search “scenic indoor cycling video” on your TV or computer screen
  4. Go for a walk together – play eye spy along the way

Playful Literacy Ideas:

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

  1. “Sleeping Bunnies” song – get creative with a variety of animals ie: bunnies, chicks, dinos… or with a variety of movements ie: hop, skip, jump, etc… Find the song on YouTube: “Sleeping Bunnies” song
  2. Who doesn’t love Pete the Cat Easter story: ​Listen to the story on YouTube: “Pete the Cat’s Easter
  3. “The Biggest Easter Basket” Find the song on YouTube: “The Biggest Easter Basket”
  4. Action poems or take the poems and create pictures for a felt story poem. Words and Ideas on Pintrest: Action poems
  5. Put an “egg-ercise” movement activity in each egg and hide. Have your child open 1 egg at a time and do the activity together! ie: 7 bunny hops, 10 jumping jacks, 5 push ups, 6 ninja kicks, ect… Find ideas on The Seasoned Mom page: Movement Easter egg Hunt
  6. Colour the snow – fill spray bottles with water and food colouring-talk about the colours, designs, the distance the spray goes, the snow, the ice, ect… The coloured snow could turn into an ice cream shop with cups and scoops, build coloured snow castles with cups and buckets, a construction site with toy diggers – see where your child takes it!

Playful Numeracy Ideas:

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

  1. Paper Easter egg matching Extension – add number on one half and dots on the other. Check out the picture on ​Images: Egg Matching
  2. Make ‘no bake’ cookies and turn them into nests using mini Easter eggs or jelly beans-have your child help read, measure and create the treat! Recipe and more on Bake-eat-repeat. No Bake Cookies Recipe

Art and Craft Ideas:

  1. Easter craft with clothespins ​Check out he instructions on Pintrest: Clothes Pin Craft
  2. Chalk painted Easter eggs. Find the Craft on Momto2poshlildivas.com: Chalk painted Easter eggs
  3. Toilet paper roll bunnies (toilet paper rolls, pipe cleaners, paper, googly eyes, pom poms, buttons, markers-get creative with whatever you have around the house. Every way is the right way!)!
  4. Directed drawing of an Easter bunny! Learn how on YouTube: Draw an Easter Bunny

A Moment for Parents

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

● Parent site for learning about the different types of play and their importance. Find the Article on Pintrest: Importance of Play Article

● The importance of self-care for parents/adults. Learn how on Zero to Three. org: Importance of Self-care

Virtual Early Learning

Virtual Early Learning

Here’s the April calendar for our virtual Early Learning Program. Follow the link to register.

https://sites.google.com/a/nbcdes.com/virtual-community-of-support-for-early-learning/

Follow these links for the sessions offered once your reg’d

3-5 Session Link  https://klc-vel.adobeconnect.com/activitysession/

Parent Session Link  https://klc-vel.adobeconnect.com/parentsession/

A Gift of Time!

A Gift of Time!

We encourage everyone to take this time to really get to know your children and let them get to know you. Create memories you and your children can look back on as a “GIFT IF TIME” <3 Hope you are all well!

Update #4 COVID-19 March 17, 2020 – In-person classes suspended

The following letter is from the Superintendent, Stephen Petrucci,

Dear Parents,

As you may have heard from recent announcements, in-person classes have been suspended.  We do not know how long they will be suspended.  This is a provincial decision based on the best health information available.  We all have a responsibility to do our part during this health crisis, including good hygiene practices and self-isolation when appropriate.

There will be more details to come in terms of what the suspension of classes means – for students, parents and all staff.  Please do not contact your school or the board office at this time.  We have been working on contingency plans and will have more information next week.  Our district is well-placed in terms of our technology infrastructure, tools and skill set.  Everyone will play a role in making the best out of this difficult situation.  

We will continue to give updates on this site.
Sincerely,

Stephen Petrucci

PLEASE READ

PLEASE READ

Spring Break has just begun and so has travel. FAMILIES PLEASE continue to follow the PRN (SD60) website www.prn.bc.ca and or this website to stay up to date on the latest information released regarding COVID-19 and recommendations.