PeerBuddy Activities & Links
Hello Peer Buddy Families!
The following are a list of suggested activities for you and your child to do throughout the day during this time away from school. This is not mandatory, and completely flexible. Think of it as a starting point for how to create a schedule and routine and best works for you and your family.
We recommend that you spend about an hour a day engaging in educational activities with your child, which can include the Zoom meetings. Children at this age are learning through everything they do, so any time spent playing and interacting with your child is helping them learn! Please choose the activities and amount of time that work best for you and your family. Activities and resources will be updated weekly to keep things fresh! Please let us know what works for you and what does not, and if there are any particular resources or ideas we can help you with. We are here as a resource for you during this time, so any and all feedback is very helpful! We would also love to see any pictures of activities that you do at home that you would like to share with us.
You can email the school or me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are having trouble getting access to the Zoom Meetings as well, please let me know!
Thank you all, and happy learning!
Communication, Language, and Literacy
- Journaling daily!
- All you need is some paper and something to draw with.
- This week focus on journaling all about Trash or the letter L!
- Give your child a prompt to draw a picture about. Here are some examples for this week-
- draw something in our house that starts with L
- draw an animal that starts with L
- draw a litter monster
- draw what would happen if we left our trash outside.
- Ask your student to label their drawing to represent their drawing (example H for house). It may only be one letter or the whole word.
- Have them also label it with their name to keep practicing their name.
- As you read a favorite story, notice with your child all the different L’s they see and hear in the story.
- Focus on letting them flip the pages, follow the words with their fingers, and encouraging them to make guesses on what might happen next.
- If it’s a favorite story you have read many times, pause while you are reading to encourage them to fill in what is going to be said next.
- Letter Art!
- Use a printed out or pre drawn outline of a L and see what creations your child can make using that shape.
- Ask them what the shape reminds them of, and then help guide them in ways to create that.
- They can add pieces of paper, draw with markers, cut around the L, use pieces of string and glue, stickers, ect.
- Get whatever materials you have available and encourage them to be creative!
- For this week, a fun idea could be to safely collect litter from you neighborhood and then clean it and glue pieces of litter to the L. You could also “create” litter by using trash from your own homes
When writing/labeling, they may need to see a model of the word or letter they are trying to write. At school, we call this “teacher letters,” so you could offer to put “parent letters” on their paper so that they can copy them.
Gross Motor and Cognitive Development
- Counting Exercises!
- Pick a few simple exercises for your child to do
- jumping jacks
- toe touches
- Have your child roll a die and count the dots it lands on.
- Then have them do that number of one of the exercises.
- Pick a few simple exercises for your child to do
- Sensory exploration!
- Set out different fun materials you have at home to manipulate with your hands, such as:
- shaving cream
- bowls of soap and water
- kinetic sand
- While working with these materials, encourage your child to focus on what their senses are telling them as they play.
- Ask them what they see, smell, feel, and hear as they explore.
- See what junk or recycled containers or items you can introduce to this play time- different sized jars for scooping and pouring, things made of different materials- how do they feel, look, and sound different.
- Number Hunt!
- Make cards for the numerals 1-10 and hide them around the house.
- Have your child try to find the numbers in order.
- You can use the “hot and cold” system as well to help them along!
Online time should be limited and balanced with other activities. PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD WHEN ACCESSING THE INTERNET, PARTICULARLY YOUTUBE. THANK YOU!
Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
While some areas of Starfall are part of their premium service, they have many early reader stories available for free. Students can follow along as the story is read to them and can, in some instances, help create their own story.
Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. ABCya! has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories. Free resources and materials are available for grades K- 5.
ABC Mouse is taking the occasion to open its virtual doors to all new students for free for 30 days. What’s awesome about ABC Mouse is that it actually operates three sites for children of various ages.
Time Magazine Digital Library. Free for the rest of this year. This is most appropriate for children going into Kindergarten or currently in Kindergarten.
This website has a multitude of language and sensory based activities for hyperlexia, hypernumeracy, autism, ADHD OR the typically developing child. This website also has printable social stories and a multitude of other links to refer to for more help and information.
This has some prep work.
This is a huge compilation of activities, both printable and not, that use a wide range of materials that could be easily found in the home. There are both early literacy and early numeracy concepts.
Fine motor and letter recognition practice with these fun coloring sheets
ABC mouse Adventure Academy and Reading IQ: ParentLetter_AofL_SCHOOL1236.pdf
Youtube has so much to offer! Look up ABC phonics songs, sight word movement songs, word family building videos, read alouds, and find our Jolly Phonics songs. We use these often in our classrooms to refine our letter, sound, and word knowledge. Need a break? Utilize youtube and all it has to offer!