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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.)

 

READING

Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne and Theodore Taylor, III:

Wake up, baby, and raise your fist! Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne and Theodore Taylor is a poetic celebration of the terrible twos. Two-year-olds are not afraid to stand up for what they want: they protest, they go on strike, they filibuster, and they are really good at stomping their feet and saying, “No!” So, instead of heavily sighing when your toddler says “no” for the hundredth time to broccoli, hope that when your child is an adult, he/she will say “no” to injustice. And when your toddler is having a sit-in because he/she doesn’t want her diaper changed, hope that your child does the same when unjust laws need to be changed. Woke Baby is a fun, rhythmic book for toddlers and parents.

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi:

If you want your baby to learn about colors, just “open your eyes to all colors…” And if you want your child to use words rather than fists, then “use your words to talk about race.” You can teach your child to be racist or anti-racist because, as Ibram X. Kendi reminds us in this book, “antiracist babies are bred, not born.” So when you teach your child to stack blocks, consider talking about "knocking down the stacks of social blocks" while you're at it.

If you had difficulty reading Kendi’s grown-up book, How to Be an Antiracist, the toddler version provides his main points in a rhythmic bullet points that sound good but may go over your baby’s head when he talks about changing policy. That said, this is a board book with a message for parents and beautiful pictures and jazzy rhythms for baby.

MUSIC

Join Teacher Dara for a fun song you can sing to bond with your child! 
FINE MOTOR

Including kids in kitchen with meal or snack preparation can be fun and a great way to encourage them to eat healthy foods. When kids participate in the preparation of and have opportunities to explore the food they are more likely to taste it. The more kids are exposed to a food the more likely they are to enjoy it. An easy way to start having your child help in the kitchen is through preparing snacks or breakfast. You can have your child help cut up a soft fruit, such as banana or watermelon. You can offer your child a dull plastic or other child-friendly knife and encourage them to cut slices. You may need to help them hold the banana gently so it does not get squished. Then have your child put the slices into a bowl to eat at snack time. This is a great opportunity to work on their fine motor skills, using two hands together, and tool use. Have fun together in the kitchen!

ART

Ever want a fun excuse to play with your food?  Then this art project is a perfect fit for you and your child.  Take a few small- to medium-sized apples and cut them in half.  You can cut a few lengthwise and a few through the middle for different shapes.  In a bowl, take 1 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt and mix it with a few drops of food coloring.  You can make a few different bowls of yogurt for a variety of colors.  Next get a few pieces of white paper.  Show your child how you can dip the cut side of an apple into the yogurt and 'stamp' it onto the paper to make fun patterns and designs.  You could also poke a popsicle stick into the back of the apple halves to make it easier to pick up, dip in the yogurt, and stamp.  The best part is that when you are done stamping, you can eat your yogurt coated apples!
Celebrate your child this month!

We recognize that this is a difficult and stressful time in our world and country, which makes it even more necessary to take some time to reflect on the good in our lives. This month, try taking just a couple of minutes each day to share with your child something they did that made you happy or proud. You could write it down in a journal together, talk about it during meal or bed times, or make an effort to point out their actions when they have done something great! If your child wants to participate as well, try asking them something that made them feel happy or proud during the day. Giving children behavior-specific praise can be a great way to help them recognize their own prosocial behaviors and engage in more positive behaviors independently later on.
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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