Preschool aged children benefit from daily exposure to foundational academic concepts. You can create a schedule that will work best for your family, but we suggest families try to incorporate time for literacy, math, creativity and movement each day. Below are suggestions for students to engage in learning. We encourage families to engage their child in 1.5 hours of learning experiences per day, however, time spent on activities, expectations for participation and level of adult support should be adjusted based on your child’s developmental ability.
- Choose an activity (see below)
- While doing laundry, see if you can count the number of buttons on each shirt.
- Put three hula hoops on the ground in the yard. Count the number of ants in each hoop.
- Play with your food! During snack time, make three piles of food. Count the number of items in each pile.
- Play Hide-and-Seek. The finder has to count out loud to 10
- Play hopscotch. Draw 10 squares on the ground with chalk or use tape. Hop and Count to 10
- Exercise. Do every movement while you count to 10. Jumping Jacks, Toes Touches, Hops on one foot, Flap your wings like a butterfly. Frog Jumps, etc.
English Language Arts (ELA)
- Choose an activity (see below)
- Have your child practice question words by using this interactive question game about Spring to help water the plant! You can print this page if you have a printer, or simply pull it up on your computer screen or smartphone. Question Board Game: SPRING
- Practice initial sounds with Alphabet Bingo! Make a bingo board on paper using 9 upper case letters (if your child knows a lot of letters, make it a bigger board, or mix with lower case letters) including Y, Q, X and some letters in their name. Find some objects with the initial sound of matching the letters on the board and have your child choose an object on their turn and identify the letter on the board. See who can get Bingo first!
- Do an Author Study: pick one or two children’s book authors (Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems, Marcus Pfister, James Dean). Find books in your home by the author, or look it up on your computer/smartphone. Talk to your child about the author/illustrator’s job. Have your child identify their favorite book by the author and represent it with a painting, drawing, or collage.
- Review the letters from the past 3 weeks: O, Q and X. Have your child practice writing these letters on paper on their own or if they need support, write them on the paper in a light color, like yellow or orange and have them trace the letters with a dark color, like purple or black.
- Do a letter sort for O, Q and X. If you are able to print and make a document, type out those letters using a variety of fonts (letter styles). If you can’t print them out, just draw them in a variety of colors or sizes. Cut them apart and see if your child can sort them by putting all the Os, Qs and Xs together in piles. You could provide a cue card with the letter for them to reference.
- Take letter writing practice outside! Use chalk on the driveway/sidewalk or use a paintbrush with water on a wooden fence or the side of your house/building.
Choose an activity (see below) and spend 15-20 minutes moving
- Speedy Color Sort: Collect items from around the house in 4-5 colors. Set out containers for the child to sort the items into (you can also label the containers with a color to help start the game). Spread the colored items all around the room and challenge your child to see how fast they can collect and sort!
- Hopscotch: Draw hopscotch squares in chalk on pavement or tape down paper in the same design. Write the numbers 1-10 in each box and practice hopping with one foot and with two!
- Animal Dance and Freeze Video: Animal Dance and Freeze | Fun Movement Brain Break | Jack Hartmann
- Balance: Put a pillow on top of another and try to balance while you march, stand on one leg, play toss and catch with someone.
- Just Move One: Play music and start dancing. Pause the music and say, “Freeze! Only move your [arms]”. Continue playing the music, pausing and calling out one body part to move, e.g. arm, head, fingers, mouth. Encourage your child to control their body and only move the part that was named.
- Down on the Farm: Get outside and move like farm animals. Waddle like a duck, roll like a pig in mud, gallop like a horse, leap like a frog, pounce like a cat, strut like a rooster, charge like a goat, run like a dog, scurry like a mouse, hop like a bunny, pounce like a cat, kick like a donkey, milk the cow like a farmer, peck like a chicken.
Creativity & Exploration
One choice activity (see below)
Science, Social Studies, Art and Music Choices:
- While on a walk outside look for animals- do you see any birds and bird nests? How do the baby animals look different or the same than their parents?
- While on a walk look at how young trees look compared to older trees- what do you see?
- Look at pictures and videos of your family pets- do you have pictures from when your pet was a kitten or a puppy? Compare the pictures to what he or she looks like now- how are they different or the same?
- Create an animal craft project with your child.
- Listen to this song about baby animals a few times and see if your child can sing along.
- Print cards of animals and their babies, i.e. duck, duckling. Mix them up, place upside down and play Memory!