Week of May 4 - May 8, 2020
Click Here for a letter to famillies from Teaching Strategies: The Creative Curriculum featuring the Balls Study.
Focus Question: Do all balls roll?
Question of the Day: Monday: Do you think all balls roll?
Tuesday: Do you think you could roll a pancake?
Wednesday: Can you find something in your home that is a sphere?
Thursday: Do you think a penny will roll?
Friday: Can your body roll across the grass or down a hill?
Starting on Monday, watch and read along with one title each day.
Monday: Bounce - Click the title to listen to and watch a read aloud of Bounce.
Tuesday: The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Click the title to listen to and watch a read aloud of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Wednesday: The Three Little Pigs - Click on the title to listen to and watch a read aloud of The Three Little Pigs.
Thursday: Round Like A Ball - Click on the title to listen to and watch a read aloud of Round Like A Ball.
Friday: Snowballs - Click the title to listen to and watch a read aloud of Snowballs.
Make Time for...
Rolling our Bodies
- Encourage children to roll their bodies in a grassy area or on a soft surface or gym mat.
- Balloon Catch: Using a blown up balloon, try to toss the balloon back and forth between yourself and your child
- Invite a family member who plays sports to visit and play a game they are skilled in.
*cited from Teaching Strategies: The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, featuring the Balls Study.
Interest Area Activities
This is where you can find some fun activities to do with your child. These activities can be done with materials you already have at home, or items similar to what you have at home. Choose one activity each day starting Monday.
1. Using household items (such as cardboard, PVC pipe, or legos for example), build a ramp with your child. Using any sized ball, have them try to roll the ball up the ramp. Ask questions while you're building, like, "Do you think this ramp is wide enough to fit our ball? Is the ramp too tall for our ball to reach the top?" After your ramp is complete, discuss with your child what worked, what didn't work, what you would do differently next time, and anything else your child is curious about.
2. With your child, collect round or sphere shapes from around your house, such as coins, play food, cotton balls, etc. Line up all the objects and try rolling them across the floor. Using paper and pencil or crayon, have your child draw pictures of the things that do roll.
3. Take a ball to the yard or playground. Practice kicking it back and forth with your child, or to a goal or target. Pick an easy or large target so your child can have many attempts and feel successful.
4. Sit on the floor or ground with your child closely across from you, and roll any sized ball back and forth. As your child gets comfortable rolling back and forth, distance yourself more and more as a little time passes. When you're done, remind your child how close you were when you stared, and praise them for their work.
5. Can you roll your body across the grass or down a hill? How far can you roll?