04/01/20

Hi Everyone,
We hope all our Giraffes are doing well, and everyone is healthy. We miss you all very much! Here are this week’s ideas to try out at your leisure.  The activities we list can be repeated as much as you like. In the Giraffe room we are all about repetition. Your child may come up with their own ways to do things as well. Have fun!

Calming/ Relaxing Ideas:
- Quiet reading time. Aim for 5-10 minutes of Book time, where the kids look at books on their own or “read”  to their stuffed animal. You can remind them that we do this in the giraffe room. We say, “Wash, water, books”.  
-“Blow the Balloon”  calming breaths/song Hugh Hanley on Circle of Friends songs on YouTube (sticky sticky bubble gum song comes first) we know this song too.

Sensory Play:  
Shaving cream play time.  Add anything you like to the shaving cream and it will make it more fun.

Music and Movement:
YouTube: Laurie Berkner:  “The Goldfish” song
                Genevieve Jerup: “Ketchup Ketchup French Fries”
                Rick Goldin: “The Sit Down Stand Up Song”

Activities to try: 
In highlighter or yellow marker, write your child’s name in uppercase and lowercase letters. Practice tracing over the letters in a marker or crayon.

Parent Tip for Transitions: In the Giraffe class we use a visual to help with transitions, (clean up time, circle time, ending an activity etc.)  Children are used to hearing and seeing the visual. When it’s time to make a transition, it is helpful to give them a 5 minute warning, before you actually want them to stop and do something else.

You can make your own 5-minute hand with these simple materials: 
Trace your open hand, around each finger on a blank piece of paper. Cut out your hand and write the number 5 on it.  Attach to any type of handle to hold up. For example: a kitchen utensil, a stick, a ruler etc.

Wishing you all the very best!  We will be in touch again soon.  
Love,  Jeanne, Brianna, Jackie, Margot and Carrie
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