Ignite @Home — a digital learning platform designed for children 28 months – 5 years old
Parent access code: HWP2020
In order to support families, Hatch released Ignite @Home where children can access digital curricular experiences that encompass seven domains of development and learning • Social Emotional • Physical • Language and Communication • Math • Phonics and Phonological Awareness • Social Studies • Science and Technology
The Ignite platform includes 206 curricular experiences sequenced to build skills necessary for your child to be prepared for kindergarten. Ignite @Home enables parents to continue the rich learning opportunities happening in the classroom, at home!
Reading aloud, starting at birth, is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to learn.
Safari Life Childcare & Learning Center in Lynwood
We wanted to share a few photos from an event Safari Life Childcare and Learning Center held last week where they handed out free masks and gloves to their enrolled families.
Play a game of “I Spy” with shapes found around the house. With your child identify what shape is found, count the number of sides of the shape, and turn it around on different sides to see if the shape will change. For added fun ask your child to find another household item that matches the shape that is found.
Go on a neighborhood walk and practice doing different exercises (jumping up and down, jumping jacks, reach to the sky, skip, hop, squats) counting to 20.
Ask your child to look outside and draw a picture of what they see. Ask them to tell you about their picture and write what they say down. Discuss changes that they may have noticed outside. Post the picture with the description around the house at your child’s eye level.
Play a counting game with cereal. Observe your child to determine their counting skills. Model counting strategies such as touching or pointing to each object as you count slowly, saying the number name. To challenge your child change the arrangement of the cereal and gradually add more or take away.
Create a print-rich environment by labeling items around the house, at your child’s eye level. At times bring your child’s attention to the labels, reading the words from left to right. Have a discussion with your child about what the item is and how it is used. Invite them to identify letters in the word and acknowledge when a word starts with the same letter in their name.
Courtesy of one of our partner centers in Chicago, A-Karrasel Child Care
Snuggle reading: With your infant and toddler, please find the time to snuggle up together and read a book. The contact between both of you will help to relax anxiety, establish bonding during these trying times, and help your child’s resiliency. This is great social emotional support, while your child enjoys the soothing sounds of your voice and develops their attention and language skills!! This is a simple, rewarding activity for these times and might even continue as a routine going forward.
Sunshine walk: Even though we are encouraged to maintain a social distance, children and families need to enjoy fresh air. Bundle up your baby and walk around the block! Talk with your baby about the sun. Notice the shadow you, your baby, and/or the stroller are making. Increase language skills by using words like: shiny, bright, shade, shadow!
What’s Missing? Game: Collect one or two of your child’s favorite toys. Place them on a table/highchair and cover them with a small cloth or towel. Remove one of the toys, lift the cloth and ask, “What’s missing?” Repeat and continue play several times. Your child will love this new version of peek-a-boo!
Where Am I? Game: Using a soft blanket or towel, cover your face and ask your baby, “Where’s Mommy?” Your baby will be so excited to see your face appear! Be sure to allow your baby enough time to process you reappearing!
1. Tips for Children: Create a flexible schedule and routine for learning at home
Have consistent bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday.
Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals and snacks, and physical activity.
Allow flexibility in the schedule—it is okay to adapt based on your day.
2. Help your child stay active
Encourage your child to play outdoors—it is great for physical and mental health. Take a walk with your child or go on a bike ride.
Use indoor activity breaks (like stretch breaks or dance breaks) throughout the day to help your child stay healthy and focused.
3. Practice taking your child’s temperature and talk to them about having to do this while they are at school.
4. Wash hands frequently and make sure that you are doing it for at least 20 seconds. Sing a song or do a little dance to make it fun.
5. Explain to your child (2 and over) why they need to wear a mask when they go outside and practice having them wear one.
6. Watch for signs of stress in your child:
Some common changes to watch for include excessive worry or sadness, unhealthy eating or sleeping habits, and difficulty with attention and concentration. For more information, see the “For Parents” section of CDC’s Stress and Coping.
Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
If you see any sign of illness consistent with symptoms of COVID-19, particularly fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider and keep your child at home and away from others as much as possible. Follow CDC’s guidance on what to do if you are sick.
If you have a child under the age of 2 please make sure that you are talking to their pediatrician regarding well baby checks and taking them in for their vaccines.
Easterseals is funded by two separate grants for Head Start/Early Head Start Services. We are a grantee of the Office of Head Start for services provided in suburban Cook County and a delegate of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services for services provided in Chicago.