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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.)


Meet Fire Fighter Drew! Watch the video and learn how fire fighters help people.

The Little Blue Truck
This book is a well-loved favorite of many families with toddlers. Its simple, repetitive language and fun rhyming rhythm help children learn the language of the story quickly. Pause at certain points in the book and see if your child can fill in a word or two or even look to you to fill in the next word. In this way, it makes book reading an interactive experience. This book is also great for practicing familiar animal sounds. Say to your child, ‘the cow says….’, and see if they can fill in the animal sound. The story is also an excellent example of problem solving and teamwork. Point out how the truck asks for help and then how all of his animal friends work together to help get him unstuck.

Rescue Vehicles As you are out on walks this week, point out rescue vehicles that you may see. Talk about the colors of the vehicles, the noisy sirens and flashing lights. Talk about how the people in these vehicles are ‘helper people’ and they rush to help all kinds of people with lots of different problems. Even though sirens can be loud and scary, talk about how friendly and helpful the people inside the vehicles are and how they are some of the most amazing people we have in our community. You could try walking by a fire station and see the fire trucks from a safe distance. Looking at rescue vehicle books and pictures or videos online are also great conversation starters to talk about what these vehicle and the people inside of them do. This could be a fun way to introduce your child to some of our community’s first responders.

Expand on stop and go games by adding in “stop, drop and roll”! Rehearsing this sequence teaches your child fire safety, new action words and offers practice for direction following. Work on one of the directions at a time and gradually build up to a sequence of all 3!

Make a shapes firetruck! Ahead of time, cut out the shapes. Use the red construction paper square and rectangle for the body of the truck, white construction paper for a small square window and black construction paper circles for the wheels. Then add a yellow construction paper ladder. Help your child as needed but allow them to glue the pieces to the paper in whatever way they’d like. Talk about the different shapes, and about firetrucks and firefighters and what they do!

Bring your finished firetrucks to your next Zoom Playgroup!

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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