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Hello Awesome Families! We are missing all of your children's faces and voices! Boyer is such a great space for creativity and learning, but we can have plenty of fun at home too. Check out these ideas from our educators. (If you have not scheduled a Virtual Visit with your team, it's simple! Learn more here.)

 

BOOKS

I Am Brave by Brad Meltzer:

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s Role in the Civil Rights Movement with your toddler by reading “I am Brave” by Brad Meltzer. Studies show it is never too early to discuss race and social issues with your little one. “I am Brave” offers parents a great foundation to start the conversation in an age appropriate manner. The picture book highlights the importance of working together to create equity in America

Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison:

“Dream Big, Little One. There’s so much you can do! Just look at all the leaders who came before you!” proudly proclaims Vashti Harrison in “Dream Big, Little One.” The author goes on to highlight over fifteen black women trailblazers in history. Mae Jemison, Ella Fitzgerald, Oprah Winfrey and others are featured this charming book that provides necessary representation of women of color in children’s literature.
MUSIC

Sing along to the birthday song with Teacher Kimberly!
MOTOR

It’s Baby Doll’s birthday!! Let’s make a playdough “birthday cake”! Playdough is a great way to strengthen hands and fingers and improve precision in toddlers’ finger use. Offer paper cupcake cups, a cupcake baking pan, birthday candles (small sticks or pencils work too), and other decorations for your cakes if you have them available. Celebrate dolly’s birthday with your “cake”, by singing and pretending to blow out the candles.
ART

A fun and engaging way to teach your children about the meaning of birthdays (and waiting for them!) is to create a birthday countdown together! Try cutting small rectangular strips of paper together and fastening them into a circle with tape. Create a paper chain by counting how many days until a birthday or another exciting event and each day that passes, practice pulling apart one part of the chain until the big day. Invite your child to decorate each strip, or for a fun added bonus you can write a small activity to do on each paper strip and complete it as you go! This is a great way to help children work on their fine motor skills as well as learn about delayed gratification within an art activity!
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL

The pandemic has taken the ordinary stressors of parenthood to new levels: will my child develop social-emotional skills with peers over zoom? Will his or her learning fall behind? Below, we will be featuring resources to help you engage your child with learning concepts and support their emotional health within daily routines. 
do2Learn.com:  While Do2Learn was initially created to provide resources for families of children with autism, the free downloads of daily visual supports, dot marker activities, and emotional regulation toolboxes help all children learn. There are no pop-up ads to interrupt your exploration of the website, no email sign-ups are required to download and print an activity, and there is no membership fee to use the website.  This is a website that has been around for years and continues to be useful to early educators and families with special needs children.
 
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