Consejos Para Padres ~ Parenting Tips
Loving, singing, snuggling, and living with your child in an environment with multiple languages affects the learning trajectory of your child in a positive way. Benefits include reductions in occurrences of Alzheimer’s later in life to increased executive functioning skills, demonstrating advantages as young as 2 years old. How do you introduce a language to your child? Many families choose the one parent, one language approach, in which each parent uses a different language with the child. Some families choose to speak the minority language in the home and the majority language mostly in public. Others can only offer basic language from high school or college language classes.
What Have You Been Reading? ¿Qué Has Estado Leyendo?
At-home activities: At Home Activities
Age appropriate activities for children 36 months and older from Lovevery!
Children’s List of Books: Optimal Brain Integration
Here is a wide range of books on diverse topics such as Divorce, Anger, Bad Days, Emotions, and Moods.
Hicklebee’s Bookstore: Support our local bookstore by ordering online, or curbside pick up from 10am-2pm.
Audio books can also be purchased through Libro.FM.
Hicklebee’s Online Storytime: See their Facebook page for more information.
Writing: Keyboarding without Tears is a great program to help build keyboarding skills. You can create a free account for your child to use through the end of July. Check out this Crayon Grip video!
Science at home:
Check out this super easy experiment from Community Playthings, all you need is some beans!
Plastic free option: use egg cartons instead of the baggies.
Trauma Podcast: Trauma Informed Parenting
Trauma by definition is a “distressing experience”. We can all agree that during this time we are all facing some distressing experiences. This podcast is informative and offers tips on how to buffer trauma in young children.
“This episode has it all -- neuroscience, parenting, and real life stories. Dorothy Stewart and Alexandra Dutton are joined by Julie Kurtz, MFT who has written two books on trauma. She works with young children who have experienced trauma as well as their teachers and caregivers. Trauma is experienced by 50% of children under the age of 8. The good news: With knowledge of how to help children feel safe and discuss their emotions, we can help them move past events that can otherwise permanently affect their brains.”
Inclusion Collaborative is offering a Free Zoom training for parents and families on Creating and Maintaining a Schedule for Children!
at home actividades
Check out these awesome sensory recipes from Mother Could.
Spanish Stories to read aloud to your child. Or ask your older child to read these stories to your younger child. A great way to get some reading practice and foster positive sibling interactions. Cuentos Infantilies, offers great libros!
Do you use Amazon Music? Sometimes we like to listen to the Relaxing Latin Playlist during nap time or other peaceful times throughout the day. Their Latin Coffee Shop playlist is also mellow and features all Spanish songs. Here is a nap-time playlist created by Maestra Gloria on Spotify: ¡Pasitos A Dormir!
For School Age Children
Keyboarding without Tears is a great program to help build keyboarding skills. You can create a free account for your child to use through the end of July.
Visit a Museum
Virtual Museum Tours: Each week you can pick a day to “visit” a museum. Have children dress up and pretend to “get ready” to visit a museum of their choice. Let their imagination guide you.
Questions to ask/ Preguntas : What do you think we will need on our visit/ Que ocupamos para nuestra visita? Do you think we need binoculars?/ Piensas que ocupamos prismaticos? Should we write some notes or drawings of what you saw?/ Quizas podemos escribir notas o dibujar lo que miraste?
Extended Learning: What did you see at the museum?/ Que miraste en el museo? Where else can you see these artifacts?/ Donde mas haz visito estos articulos?
Use Google Earth to locate the museum and see it’s location on Earth. Where else we go “visit”, have you been to Paris, Africa, Antartica? What would you need if you were to visit? Let their imagination guide you!
Visit a Farm/ Visita una granja!
Virtual Farm Tours: Have child (ren) pick a farm to "visit".
Questions to ask/ Preguntas: What animals do you see?/ Cuales animales ves?, What sounds does that animal make? Que ruido hacen esos animales? What color are they?/ Que color son?
Have you checked out Maestra Pamela's Circle time? Maestra Alma has a special guest at her circle time! Maestra Monica also added a new video, check them out below!
Mi cara expresa mis emociones
Please enjoy this collection of ideas curated especially for you while we are all sheltering in place at our home due to COVID-19.
Pasitos Preschool Distance Learning
Pasitos is an eco-friendly, bilingual community based on learning and fun. Through a play based Reggio inspired curriculum, children gain the necessary literacy skills to make them successful in both Spanish and English. At the same time, they build social and emotional skills in working with peers and the maestras. Together these skills help open their minds and language capabilities. Teachers interact with the children to build strong academics and positive social skills.