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Ask your child what they miss about school. Write down their ideas and read them. Ask your child to draw a picture about school. Have your child tell you about the picture they drew. Post the picture and written ideas together at your child’s eye level.
Discuss an essential community helper with your child. Encourage them to ask questions about the helper and write a thank you note. Have your child tell you what they want their note to read. Write it down and encourage them to copy it on their paper. After they are done with the note, identify letters, letter strings, or shapes your child drew.
Find a household item. Ask your child to guess its name. Say the name of the item out loud. Ask your child to clap each syllable of the item name (ex. spat-u-la).
Ask your child to read a familiar book to you. Allow them to explore the pictures and tell you the details that happened in the story.
Shout numbers 1-20 in a random order, and ask your child to complete different exercises counting to that number.
Children as young as two years old can start helping to “set” and clear the table before/after meals. Offer different items for them to carry for you, or even let them rinse their dish when finished. Start with just one item at a time and show them where to put it.
If an item breaks or there is a spill, please do not panic. This will give your child a sense of failure and a feeling that they have let you down. This is a perfect opportunity to problem solve and teach them that accidents happen. Mistakes are made so what should we do to fix them? Allow them to assist when it is safe to do so.
Help your little one to learn vocabulary and explore with sorting/classifying. Make different baskets of items by category (kitchen items, animals, instruments, building, foods, etc.). It’s easier for children to learn new words in groups that are similar. Allow your child to touch, feel and explore each item as you name them.
Older toddlers can also play “what’s missing” with the items. Show them a few objects, naming each one as you put it in a row. Ask them to close their eyes, or you can cover their eyes, then quickly remove one and ask, “What’s missing?” They will have to use their memory and vocabulary to tell you which item you took away.
Container fun: Little ones love to explore containers including putting things in and out or opening/closing. Offer a few containers of different sizes for them to explore with their smaller toys/objects including filling, dumping, or transporting toys. For older toddlers, offer containers that close with snaps, zippers, lids, etc. so they can explore how to open and close. This will support their fine motor/hand-eye coordination and teach them about size (which toys fit into which containers). It also supports our littlest learners to learn about cause and effect.
Mondays with Michelle Obama
Story-Times with Penguin Random House and PBS KIDS Streaming on YouTube and Facebook at 11 AM (CT)
May 11: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, By Eric Carle
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.