These activities are designed for children to do with family members. The most important skill children learn when working with families is language. Children need to be bombarded with language all day long--even when watching TV or playing a game, don't let the time go by as passive but rather interactive.
At Home Morning Message Including songs, I Love You Rituals, etc. Go to the "How To" page to see movements!
(A response to the COVID closures)
Conscious Discipline's tips
for families during
the COVID-19 pandemic
Barbara Bush Literacy Toolkit for Families (math, music, read alouds, online classroom and library)
As schools across the nation close to protect students and educators from COVID-19, many parents and caregivers are seeking ways to support their children’s learning outside of the classroom. Guided by our founder’s belief that “the parent is the child’s first and best teacher,” the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is committed to empowering parents to fulfill that role everyday—and especially in these uncertain times.
The good news is that there are some wonderful, free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills while schools are closed. To help parents choose among the plethora of available options, our team of in-house literacy and education experts has curated a toolkit of trusted, high-quality online resources that can be used anytime, anywhere.
CLI Engage: Family
CLI Engage is a platform created by the Children's Learning Institute and UT Health. We use this platform to assess and intervene with children at school. The activities in here are all very age appropriate and family/child friendly.
Here are ways to start questions that will really get your child thinking:-What do you think would happen if______?-Why do you think _____?-If you were _____, what would you do?Questions asked this way force children to stretch their thinking and not answer with one simple word (yes, no, park, etc.)
For children who cannot answer the question verbally, allow them to point to characters, etc. in the story and say 2-3 words about their response and have them try to repeat what they can. As they grow in their language, add more words to the phrase/sentence to build even more vocabulary!
Glitter jars, sensory bottles, and other tools can help kids calm, breathe, and stay focused on an external, tangible object to help them regulate their feelings. There are a lot of recipes and formulas out there, but this video tutorial is the simplest! Have fun!
This awesome website is in English and Spanish for children birth through 5 years old.
"Research shows there is no better time to create a strong foundation for lifelong learning than the first five years of life. It’s during this period that the brain develops most rapidly. And the things that matter most for healthy brain development, like talking and playing, don’t require more time, money, or stuff. That’s why Vroom is here.
Vroom believes all parents want what’s best for their children. So we joined with scientists, researchers, and parents to take the science out of the lab and put it in the hands of caregivers. Vroom provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®."