- Play outside
- Spend time together as a family
- Play card games
- Play board games
- Limit screen time
- Eat healthy (see this great PDF printable healthy living guide)
- Tie shoes & zipper coats
We LOVE donations of recycled goods. See below for some examples:
- scrap ribbon
- scrap fabrics
- toilet paper rolls
- paper towel rolls
- used stamps
- plastic bottle caps (please wash!)
- Recognize letters and letter sounds, print letters (letter sounds are most important for reading!)
- Write name neatly
- Recognize numbers 1-10 and count to 30
- Independence (hanging up coats & backpacks, using the bathroom independently, washing hands, putting on jackets, tying shoes, etc.)
Math at Home
- Count objects in everyday contexts (i.e. "Could you get 4 forks for dinner?")
- Count down from 10 to blast off!
- Sort small objects by similarities & differences (sticks and rocks outside are free!)
- Play board games
- Use math language during daily activities: yesterday, today, tomorrow, first, then, last, left, right, above, below, top, middle, bottom, next to, in front of, behind
- Cook and bake together (measurements and numbers)
- Compare weights of items at the grocery store. Ask your child which of two items is heavier or lighter.
- Compare sizes of different objects
Reading & Writing at Home
- Read before bedtime each night
- Allow your child to look through books on car ride commutes
- Help your child make cards for birthdays, holidays, thank you cards.
- Write grocery shopping lists together
- Sing the ABC's
- Practice name writing
- Talk about your day at dinner time (talking increases vocabulary which will help your child with their literacy skills)
- Play rhyming games (See this link)
- Sing rhyming songs (my favorite is Willoughby Wallaby Woo by Raffi)
- Go on a sound hunt! Pick a sound and see how many items you can find that begin with that sound! Looking for a challenge? Search for items that end with that sound!
- Go to the library
- Allow your child to explore writing. If they are interested in their name, they can write their name! Have your child draw a picture and write words or a story related to a topic of interest! Ask your child to read what they wrote to you!
Great reading blogs:
Online Games & Videos
Nursery Rhyme Fingerplay Instruction Videos
Online Search Tool for Kids - Kiddle
Alphabet Song with Phonetic Sign Language
Alphabet Song with Phonetic Sign Language #2
Alphabet Sign Language Phonetic Teaching
PBS Math Games
PBS Reading Games
Kid YouTube Videos
TV Shows to Watch
* Limit screen time! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for children ages 2 to 5 years, to limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. *
- Sesame Street
- The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Curious George
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
- Franklin and Friends
Screen Time & Children
When kids watch a screen, there are flickering lights or small changes of lights that cause a release of adrenaline and cortisol. These shut down the neocortex of the brain and our brain goes into reaction/survival mode (fight or flight). It is very difficult to calm down from this state. This adrenaline is also addictive, leaving kids wanting more and more screen time.
Neocortex part of the brain is involved in higher functions such as sensory perception, generation of motor commands, spatial reasoning, conscious thought, and in humans, language.
Being in fight or flight (from screen time), is stressful for children. Stress shuts down parts of the brain that allow us to reason and learn.
When kids play, get outdoors, laugh, do the arts, build, etc. all different parts of the brain become activated! No stress = brain activation! All these things help the brain be fully wired to learn at the moment AND in the future!