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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.)



Freight Train All Aboard, families! Chug along the tracks while reading Freight Train by Donald Crews with your child. The relaxing rhythm of this simple story is perfect to read when winding down for nap or bedtime. Take your child’s finger and have them follow the train as it moves along the track. Point out the colors and ask your child to point them out too. For older toddlers, challenge them to learn the names of the train cars. It is easier for children to add new words to their vocabulary when they are motivated by the interesting images in their storybooks.

The Little Engine that Could Read this classic by Watty Piper with your child and cheer on the little blue choo-choo as he puffs and huffs his way up and over the mountain while repeating the mantra “I think I can, I think I can.” The next time your child is frustrated with trying to do something, remind them of the Little Engine and encourage them to try again. Having a reference of others succeeding after trying hard–and harder could increase their tolerance to try a little harder too!

Little Red Caboose Tired of the same songs? Try a new song about a train this week with Greta!
Up-cycle cardboard boxes into trains! Follow the link to plenty of inspiration and instruction to make a train. Before you recycle them, you can provide your toddler with hours of fun by turning the boxes into a train! Line the boxes up from largest to smallest, encourage your child to climb in and out, and take your toddler for a train ride around your home. For children who benefit from heavy work, fill the boxes with books and let them push and pull. Decorate your boxes by painting or coloring beforehand. Coloring on a vertical surface is great for wrist strengthening and early writing skills.
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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