Lisa’s Ideas and Activties

Dear Families,

While you are home during these next few weeks, and balancing both work and children, here are a few tips and ideas that will help everyone set up a positive and fun routine J

First, set up a schedule that is familiar to their everyday school day.  After breakfast and clean up, to start their day with the following workouts:

  • ABC Yoga (Yoga in the form of the alphabet in a YouTube video)
  • Shape Song (learning and singing the shapes)
  • Dance and Freeze (Great listening song)
  • Bear Hunt (Great way to understand up, down, over, through) 
  • Jack Hartman letters, rhyming, letter sounds (fun moving, stretching, whole body learning)
  • Yoga poses such as tree, downward dog, elephant, monkey, or make up their own poses for fun.
  • Get plenty of outdoor free exploring and discovering time – let them take you for a walk.

Independent Activities:

  • Having the children create an activity bin or box by collecting favorite toys or books around the home such as 50 Legos, paper and crayons, stencils, stamps, and/or stickers.  When adults need to work, it’s time for them to get their activity box out and do their own independent work. Using a timer is helpful to allowing children to understand when they can join you again.
  • Get a clipboard and paper and pencil.  Go on a scavenger hunt to find shapes, numbers, letters, and/or words inside or outside.
  • Do the same outside as a nature hunt.
  • Make a story book by stapling pieces of paper together – have children draw their story and when you come back together you can scribe their words.
  • Using a chalkboard, water and paintbrush, have fun creating a picture you can wash away.
  • Listening to online stories and then have children draw their favorite part of the story.

We will continue to reach out to the families and keep that home/school connection going.

Lisa C., Lead Teacher, Cooperative Nature School

Author: Gail Ader

Early childhood education is my passion and I have worked in this field since 1998, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. Child centered learning in a supportive and developmentally appropriate setting is the key to high quality programs. As the Executive Director at the Cooperative Learning Community my focus is on supporting my team so that they can focus on their children and families.