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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.)

 

ANIMAL EXPERIENCE

Amazing but true facts about Elephants:
• Elephants are the largest living land animal!
• Elephants can’t jump!
• Elephants can use their trunks like a snorkel when they swim!
• Elephants use mud as sunscreen!
• Elephant tusks never stop growing!
See real-life animals:
See elephants at the National Zoo!

Watch Rosie the elephant in Africa!

READING

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is a sweet story about an elephant who is sad he’s a little different -and learns just how special he is to his elephant friends! Reading this story is a fun way to introduce colors, opposites and emotions! You can shorten the story or just talk about the pictures if the book feels too long for your child.

The books in the Elephant and Piggy series are written in conversational style between the two characters. You can try giving each of the characters a different voice as you read to help your child learn about turn taking in conversation.

MUSIC
Join Teacher Mary-Ellen and sing about elephants.
ACT LIKE AN ANIMAL
Imitate animals to practice gross motor skills at home. Try being an elephant this week!
Swing Like An Elephant–put your arms together in front of your body then swing side to side as if your arms are an elephants trunk.
Activities that encourage us to cross midline (moving your arms or legs across your body to complete a task) is a great way to build coordination and core strength!
Stomp Like An Elephant–This is super fun if you have bubble wrap! Tape bubble wrap (or paper) to the floor. STOMP! STOMP! STOMP! Try experimenting with stomping and see how you and your child can make different sounds with your feet. Do big stomps make louder noises? Make comments about what you hear and see!
ART

Tearing paper is a great fine motor activity. They need to grasp the paper between their thumbs and index fingers and pull in opposite directions. This works on coordination of their hands and also finger strength which is important later when learning to write.

Let’s make a patchwork elephant! Click on the elephant template to download. Print and cut out the face and trunk. Have your child tear small pieces of colored paper, magazine pages, junk mail or newspaper…older children can try kid-safe scissors. Glue the colored pieces onto the elephant. It doesn’t matter where the pieces end up! Glue on the trunk and say “Hi” to Elmer!

Did you try the project with your kids? We would love to see! Take a picture and send it to candice.becker@boyercc.org.

PS. As we face this pandemic, philanthropic support is more crucial than ever! Gifts of all amounts will make a significant impact. Please consider making a gift today to help meet the most urgent needs of our Boyer community.
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