Dear Parents, 

Please check your email for an activity to complete with your child related to the focus question, “How do babies change?”. Please have your child ready to share this activity tomorrow on Zoom. Our Zoom meeting is tomorrow, May 28th at 11:30 a.m.

Please remember to practice the Pledge of Allegiance and our two Step-Up songs with your child daily. 

See you tomorrow!

Miss Kristen

Babies Unit: Week Four

The focus question for this week is, “How do babies change?“. The foundational text is, When I Was Little: A Four Year-Olds Memoir of her Youth by Jamie Lee Curtis. Please read or listen to this story with your child and ask them these questions: 

Level 1: Recall

What are some of the things the girl in the book did when she was little?

When the girl was little she cried a lot. What does she do now?

Level 2: Skill/Concept

What is a memoir?

The girl in this book shares many things about her from when she was little. What are some things you did when you were little?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking

The little girl in this book says she is more helpful now than when she was a baby. Can babies be helpful? Why or why not?

What are some things babies need help with?

Level 4: Extended Thinking

What are some ways you are different now than when you were little?

What are some ways you are the same now as when you were little?

Talk to your child about these vocabulary words: adult, babble, big, change, child, coo, crawl, grow, height, roll, size, small, talk, tiny, toddler, walk, weight. Define these words with your child and have them write each word and draw a picture. Additionally, you can find pictures online and print them out. 
 
***Reminder: We will have our next Zoom meeting on Thursday, May, 28th at 11:30 a.m. 
 
 

Warm regards, 

Miss Kristen

Babies Unit Activities

Dear Parents, 

Please check your email for a link to our baby animal book as well as optional activities to complete with your child. Next week will be the last week of our “Babies Unit”. We will talk about how human and baby animals change. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Kristen 

Babies Unit: Toys and Games/Math Manipulatives

Have your child read or listen to the story Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats. Provide them with small animal manipulatives and invite your child to use them to retell this story.

Animal Baby Play

Provide small toy animals for your child to play with. Encourage him/her to use them as animal babies. Add blank books and writing utensils for your child to write a story about their play.

Egg Hatch Match

Supply paper or felt egg cutouts. Cut each egg into two parts to resemble a cracked egg. Write a numeral on one part of the egg and draw the corresponding number of dots on the other part. Scramble the parts and invite your child to reassemble the eggs by matching the numerals and dots.

Animal Models

Invite your child to use Legos or other small connectors to create models of the animal baby they are researching. Provide books or pictures of the animals for your child to reference as they work. Encourage your child to consider the specific features of different animals as they work. For example, they might create long ears for a bunny or a long neck for a giraffe calf.

***I will be emailing you optional baby animal counting and matching activities to complete with your child. See you all tomorrow on Zoom at 11:30 a.m. 🙂

Warm regards,

Miss Kristen 

Babies Unit: Outdoor/Gross Motor Activities

Here are some Outdoor/Gross Motor Activities related to our “Babies” unit:

Move Like Your Animal

Invite your child to move like the animal baby they are researching.

Find the Animal Baby

Place cards with pictures of animal babies on them on the ground. Suggest an animal and a way for your child to move as they find the animal. For example, “crawl to the calf” or “run to the lamb.”

Animal Baby Play

Invite children to pretend they are the animal baby that they are researching. They can determine where they would live, what they would eat, and do the things their animal baby would do.

Watch these baby animals move here and move like different animals here

***Miss Altieri will be hosting a Music Class Zoom Session for the children tomorrow, May 20th, at 1:00 p.m. She will be practicing our two Step-Up songs with the children and sing a new baby animal song as well. I will email you the Zoom meeting information tomorrow morning.

Please email me your child’s baby animal page if you have not done so already. 

Warm regards, 

Miss Kristen 

Babies Unit: Week Three

This week we will continue to learn about baby animals. The focus question for this week is, “What can we learn about animal babies?”. The foundational text is, Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats. I read this story  to the children today on Zoom, but please listen to or read this story with your child again and ask them these questions: 

Level 1: Recall

What are some of the animal babies that lived in the meadow?

What are some of the animal homes, or habitats, in the meadow?

How many little turtles did the mother turtle have?

Level 2: Skill/Concept

What is a meadow?

What do you notice about the numbers in this book?

If there were another page in this book, how many animal babies would there be on this page?

Why? Level 3: Strategic Thinking

Why did the mother animals tell the little animals what to do?

There are two kinds of birds in this book: bluebirds and crows. What is the same about them? What is different?

The bees live in a beehive. Who do you think made the beehive?

Level 4: Extended Thinking

In this book, the mother animals told the little animals what to do. What are some of the things the adults who take care of you tell you to do? Why?

If you were in the meadow, what would you do? Why?

After you read the story, listen to the song, Over in the Meadow

Please remember to email me your child’s baby animal page by tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th. 

Warm regards, 

Miss Kristen 

Babies Unit: Science/ Discovery

Here are some Science/ Discovery activities related to our “Babies” unit and our study of baby animals:

Habitats

Provide an assortment of natural items such as small twigs, leaves, pebbles, bark, etc. for your child to use to replicate the habitat of the animal baby they are investigating. Share with your child that a habitat is a place where something lives. Use the word habitat frequently as you explore with your child to help them learn this vocabulary word. 

Would You Eat That?

Provide small samples or pictures of the foods eaten by the animal babies that your child is studying. Ask your child if he/she would like to eat each of these foods. Graph the responses.

Hatch from an Egg

If possible, supply your child small plastic eggs that open. Put various small plastic animal babies or pictures of animal babies (some that hatch from eggs and some that do not) inside and invite your child to open the eggs and determine if the animal inside hatches from an egg or not and sort them into two piles accordingly. Use the names of the animal babies as well as the corresponding adult animals frequently throughout this activity.

Check out these websites that support our study of animal babies:

National Geographic Kids

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden 

Polar Bear and Cubs Live Cam

***Reminder: Please email me your child’s baby animal project by Tuesday, May 19th. Our Zoom meetings for next week will be Monday, May 18th at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, May 21st at 11:30 a.m. 

Have a great weekend!

Miss Kristen 

Are You My Mother?

Read or listen to the story Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. Show your child a picture of an animal baby as well as an assortment of pictures of animal adults. Invite your child to determine which animal is the animal baby’s mother (or other family member). 

Animal Baby and Animal Adult Chart

Talk to your child about baby animal names. Make a chart with them listing the baby animal name on one side and the corresponding adult animal name on the other side. For example, Calf-Cow, Puppy-Dog, Kitten-Cat, Lamb-Sheep, etc. Add pictures to your chart or have your child draw pictures of each animal. Allow your child to write the animal names as well. 

Animal Babies Memory Game

Create a memory game from pictures of animal babies and adults. Your child can match animal babies to the adult or simply match sets of animal babies. Children who are ready can also attempt to write or copy the names of the animals they find.

***Reminder: We have our Zoom meeting tomorrow, Thursday May 14th, at 11:30 a.m. Please check your email for an activity that goes along with the story, Are You My Mother? Please have your child ready to share this activity on Zoom tomorrow. 

See you tomorrow,

Miss Kristen

   

Music Class Zoom Session

Dear Parents, 

Our music teacher, Miss Altieri, will be hosting a Music Class Zoom Session for the children tomorrow, May 13th, at 1:00 p.m. She will be reviewing songs from last week’s session and teaching the children a new baby animal song! I will email you the Zoom meeting information tomorrow morning.  

Please check your email today for detailed instructions regarding a baby animal project that I would like your child to complete. 

I hope to see you all tomorrow for some singing and dancing! 

Warm regards, 

Miss Kristen 

Babies Unit: Week Two

This week we will learn about baby animals. The focus question for this week is, “What can we learn about animal babies?”. The foundational text is Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon. We listened to this story today on Zoom, but please listen to or read this story with your child again and ask them these questions: 

 Level 1: Recall

Why did Stellaluna live with the bird family?

What are some of the things Stellaluna learned to do when she lived with the bird family?

What do bats do during the day? What do they do at night?

Level 2: Skill/Concept

Why did Stellaluna feel embarrassed when she tried to fly with the baby birds?

Why did Stellaluna think she was clumsy?

Level 3: Strategic Thinking

How do you think Stellaluna felt about being separated from her mother?

How do you think Stellaluna felt when mama bird told her she had to do the same things as the other birds?

How do you think Stellaluna felt when she found her own mother again?

Level 4: Extended Thinking

At the end of the story, Flitter wondered how the baby birds and Stellaluna can be so different but feel so much alike. What you do you think? How is that possible?

Pip wondered how the birds and Stellaluna can feel so different and be so alike. What do you think? How is that possible? How are you different/similar to someone else?

Talk to your child about these vocabulary words: calf, duck, duckling, egg, elephant, frog, habitat, hatch, tadpole, veterinarian, zoologist. Define these words with your child and have them write each word and draw a picture. Additionally, you can find pictures online and print them out. 

I will be emailing you information regarding the baby animal project that I spoke to your child about on Zoom today. Look out for that email tomorrow. 

Warm regards,

Miss Kristen