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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.)



The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz:

Before you write off The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz as a Halloween book, take time to talk to your toddler about what pumpkins look like. Are they square? Round? Do they really look like a left-over apple core? Inspired by the story the Ugly Duckling, this tale about a funny-looking pumpkin who is teased by his pumpkin peers always gives rise to sad, empathetic faces when I have read it to toddlers at Boyer over the years. But alas, just when the Ugly Pumpkin is ready to give up on his dream of ever being a little child’s jack-o-lantern, he makes a surprising discovery that will make everyone laugh on Thanksgiving when he says, “Oh my gosh, I’m a ________!” You fill in the blank.

One Love by Cedella Marley:

This year's Thanksgiving may look a bit different from ones your family has experienced in the past, so it's a great opportunity to talk to your toddler about gratitude in a fresh and unexpected way. This board book version of the classic Bob Marley song is a fun reminder that there are universal experiences we all share, and that's something to be thankful for. 

Sing along with Teacher Kimberly as she practices signing some important words!

It’s never too early to start yoga with your baby or toddler! Research shows that yoga practice helps young children develop important skills in body awareness, concentration, emotional regulation and self-confidence. If you’re not sure where to start, try reading “Yoga Bug” by Sarah Jane Hinder or watching a video on Youtube (we love Cosmic Kids Yoga).  

Easy poses for babies and toddlers include a good morning stretch or knee-to-chest pose. 


Do you want to work on communicating with your child during a structured activity? Art projects can be a great opportunity to foster communication, as they tend to have lots of materials to manage and children tend to need help with them. This week, try building some communication opportunities into a simple art activity with your child. Grab some markers or crayons and give your child a choice between two colors, but hold onto the rest. When they reach for more, take this opportunity to model saying or signing please and thank you. Try taking turns with drawing and ask them for a marker. By holding onto the items needed for the project, you are creating a scenario where your child is more inclined to communicate and ask for something. 
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