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Early Childhood Network Resources (PreK/Head Start)

Please see the below resources for students who are enrolled in the St. John the Baptist Parish Early Childhood Network, including those who attend our partner childcare centers Garden of Eden, Little Leaders, Children of God, Kids of Distinction, Divine Hands, Wells Wallace, Little Harvard Learning Academy and St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District school sites.
 
 
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YouTube Channel: In keeping up with our scope and sequence, our Early Childhood teachers will be taking turns recording themselves teaching the Frog Street morning greeting and read aloud for the day, and posting it by 9 a.m. each school day. Please consistently check our YouTube channel so your child can see their teachers, as well as keep up with the tremendous growth they have made this school year!

Hello Parents! During the school week of May 11th- May 15th, our Pre-K children will focus on Kindergarten Readiness Skills.

 

  • 4-Year Olds focus- Mathematics:
    • Monday: Count and identify from 0-20
    • Tuesday: Match & Compare objects to Numbers
    • Wednesday: Sort Objects and Identify Patterns
    • Thursday: Addition
    • Friday: Identifying Shapes  
  • Activities:
  • Number Treasure Hunt: You will need sheets of paper that can be cut into small cards, a pair of scissors, a double-sided tape, a pen or pencil, a marker and a place to carry out the treasure hunt. You can cut the sheets of paper into smaller cards, on which numbers need to be written down and stuck in different places at the location where the activity is being carried out. Ask the child to explore the place and find as many numbers as possible in the time allotted.
  • Counting Using Styrofoam Cups: Mark the cups starting from 1 to 5. Arrange items in quantity as per to the numbers on the cups, for example, 1 toffee, 2 blocks, 3 erasers, 4 marbles and so on. Give the mixture to the child and ask them to sort the different items first. Then ask them to count the different items separately and drop them in the Styrofoam cups with the numbers as per the quantity of the respective item. This is one of the most powerful counting activities for preschoolers as it teaches them to count and recognize the number corresponding to the counted quantity, apart from also teaching them effective sorting skills.
  • Paper Plate Addition Game:
  • Listen to read-aloud story books and retell stories…ex: Books about going to Kindergarten. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2neVDMVHV48)
  • Nature Counting Walk: Take the children to a nice blossoming garden with multiple blooming flower beds. Ask them to collect a specific number of flowers. Once they collect the number of flowers allotted to them, ask them to count the total number of petals on the flowers they have collected.
  • Music and Movement: Number recognition and body movements. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MVzXKfr6e8) and Patterns: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoFhVdYsmPg)

 

3-year-olds focus on: Review Prek-3 Skills

  • Review letters: K, L, M, N, O: Identify, trace and write each letter.
  • Review and identify numbers 1-10
  • Rote Count number from 0-20
  • Fine motor practice: Make tactile number cards from 0-10 (ex: make numbers using rice, uncooked noodles or dry cereal and  glued to a piece of paper; then have your child use their finger to trace and feel the numbers while they are naming each number 0-10.
  • Storybook Read A-louds: The Rainbow fish: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3cmddZh6t8) and  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0sXEyeFzFk)

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Hello Parents! During the school week of May 4th- May 8th, our Pre-K children will focus on Kindergarten Readiness Skills.

 4-year-olds focus on: Letter and Sound Knowledge

 

  • Identify letters and their sound correspondence:
    • A, a, B, b, C, c, D, d, E, e , F, f:  Monday
    • G, g, H, h, I, i, J, j, K, k: Tuesday
    • L, l, M, m, N, n, O, o, P, p: Wednesday
    • Q, q, R, r, S, s, T, t, U, u: Thursday
    • V, v, W, w, X, x, Y, y, Z, z: Friday
  • Alphabet Poster: Look through magazines and collect pictures that begin with the focus letter sounds for each day; Assist your child to sort the pictures and group them by their beginning sounds; Write each beginning letter on a large piece of paper and ask your child to glue the pictures onto the paper; help them notice the sounds heard in each word. (Ex: “Here’s a picture of a ball. What sounds do you hear when I say ball?”
  • Alphabet Walk/drive: Take a safe walk around your neighborhood or a ride in the car and point out targeted letters and say their sounds and encourage additional words that start with that identified letter.
  • Listen to read-aloud story books and retell stories…ex: Books about going to Kindergarten. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMIte1HEWXQ
  • Write first name: ex: write name on an index card, on art work, and at the top of writing paper.
  • Alphabet and Letter Knowledge: sing the alphabets forwards and backwards (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wCxRn35jwA); also, name letters in words, while listening to a storybook.

3-year-olds focus on: “Amazing Critters” with this week’s focus being on:

Scaly and Slithering Critters”                           

  • STEAM: Draw favorite reptile
  • Moving & Learning: sing and move to “I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR2DR-ghfSQ)
  • Listen and retell read-aloud stories, such as “The Lizards in the Window” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPStyPuTr4o) and “Kate the Chameleon” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C0wsNHB-xI)
  • Letter Knowledge: practice identifying and naming: S, s, I, i, C, c,
  • Math: Walk a number line from 0-5.
  • Fine motor practice: Make tactile number cards from 0-5 (ex: make numbers using rice, uncooked noodles or dry cereal and  glued to a piece of paper; then have your child use their finger to trace and feel the numbers while they are naming each number 0-5.
  • Outdoors: Take a trip around the yard to search for lizards and chameleons.
  • Wonderful Word of the Week: “Slither”

Hello Parents! During the school week of April 27th- May 1st, our children will continue with the Frog Street Theme: Changes.

 4-year-olds focus on: “Before and Now”

 

  • Listen to read-aloud story books and retell stories…ex: Books about going to Kindergarten. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMIte1HEWXQ
  • Write first name: ex: write name on an index card, on art work, and at the top of writing paper.
  • Count objects and learn the last number indicates the quantity. Ex: play math games comparing two sets of objects and determine which quantity is greater.
  • Measure lengths: Ex: measure the length of a toy around the house using straws or string and determine which is taller or shorter.
  • Write to convey meaning: Ex: write thank you notes to a special community helper.
  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance:  explain the meaning of the words and phrases in the pledge to your child; describe the United States and state flags.
  • Identify rhyming words: match two words that rhyme; write rhyming words on paper or index cards and have your child say and match two rhyming words on the cards.
  • Alphabet and Letter Knowledge: sing the alphabets forwards and backwards (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wCxRn35jwA); also, name letters in words, while listening to a storybook.
  • Character Education: Discuss Patience and having the ability to wait calmly. Activity: list things that are difficult to wait for.  Discuss Pride ( ex: recognize their accomplishments)
  • Wonderful Word of the Week: “kindergartener”

3-year-olds focus on: “Amazing Critters” with this week’s focus being on:

Hopping Critters”                    

April 20-24

Hello Parents! During the school week of April 20th- April 24th, our children will begin a new Frog Street Theme: Changes.

 4-year-olds focus on: “Change in and Around Me”

  • Tell a Narrative: ex: complete a personal narrative about a birthday party; also participate in a generating ideas for what a character should do in a story: for example, use the story The Little Red Hen. Talk about what the characters should do throughout the story.
  • Listen to read-aloud story books and retell stories…ex: The Do Nothing Machine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kNlXg8SXp4

  • Write first name: ex: write name on an index card, on art work, and at the top of writing paper.
  • Describe and sequence life cycles: ex: plants, frogs, people and butterflies
  • Discuss the following vocabulary words: life cycle, seeds, tadpole, transformation, yesterday, gills
  • Practice small-muscle strength and eye-hand coordination: ex: roll play-dough into ropes and make shapes and letters; also participate in Hot Cross Buns hand activity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZNeuYBQMqY
  • Letter Knowledge: name letters and produce correct letter sounds: R, r, D, d, V, v, U, u, Y, y
  • Create and search for shapes with objects around the house
  • Character Education: Discuss Patience and having the ability to wait calmly. Activity: list things that are difficult to wait for. 
 

3-year-olds focus on: “Amazing Critters” with this week’s focus being on:

Flying Critters”                         

  • STEAM: Build a Bug…ex: discuss bugs and body parts
  • Moving & Learning: sing and move to “Can You Move with Me?”; “ Little Ants”; and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” ( can be found on YouTube)
  • Listen and retell read-aloud stories, such as “Little Bee’s Journey” and “Monarchs” ( can be found on YouTube)
  • Letter Knowledge: practice identifying and naming: F, f, M, m, D, d, B, b, L, l
  • Math: Match butterflies and flowers with number cards marked 1-4.
  • Fine motor practice: Write in journals, shape play-dough into letters and numerals
  • Outdoors: Search outside for small bugs
  • Wonderful Word of the Week: “Metamorphosis”

Have an Awesome Week! J

 

April 6-9

Hello Parents! During the school week of April 6-April 9, our children will begin a new Frog Street Theme: Animals.

 4-year-olds focus on: “Farm Animals; Zoo Animals; and Bugs”

  • Name and describe farm & zoo animals along with insects…ex: calf, colt, goat, sheep, elephants, giraffe, kangaroo, dragonflies, ladybug, caterpillar, grasshopper, spider
  • Listen to read-aloud story books about a variety of animals and insects
  • Produce rhyming words: ex: words that rhyme with hen, pig, bug, fly
  • Combine syllables into words…ex: clap syllables of farm & zoo animals, and insects
  • Show fine motor strength: cut out pictures from magazines, cut-up printing paper
  • Write words…ex: use writing tools, magnetic letters, chart paper; continue practicing writing names
  • Letter Knowledge: Pick alphabet letters and say the sound of different letters
  • Complete word problems for addition: ex: create animal stories in which two sets are combined; play lady bug game with a partner: count the black dotes; match dots with one-to-one correspondence; answer “how many altogether”
  • Identify safe habits: Discuss how animals and insects defend themselves; identify ways to avoid bites and stings
  • Describe the life cycle of a Frog: ex: discuss the life cycle stages of egg, tadpole, and adult
  • Character Education: Discuss Curiosity and Compassion: ex: discuss compassion for big and small animals and insects.

3-year-olds focus on: “Amazing Critters” with this week’s focus being on: “Crawling      Critters”                                                                 

  • STEAM: Build an Ant…ex: discuss ant parts, build egg carton ant body; add antennae, legs, eyes to body. Make observations and write in journal
  • Moving & Learning: sing and move to “Can You Move with Me?”; “ Little Ants”; and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” ( can be found on YouTube)
  • Listen and retell read-aloud stories, such as “Backyard Bugs” and “Critter Camouflage”( can be found on YouTube)
  • Math: Count 1-3; make sets of three’s
  • Fine Motor: ex: use tweezers to count “caterpillars” ( can use cotton balls)
  • Outdoors: Search outside for small bugs
  • Wonderful Word of the Week: “Entomologist”

Have a safe Spring Break Week! J

 

March 30-April 3

Hello Parents! During the school week of March 30–April 3, our children will continue with the Frog Street Theme: Things that Move.

 4-year-olds focus on: “Mysterious Movers”  

  • Combine syllables into words…ex: clap, snap, and tap syllables in family members’ names
  • Listen to read-aloud story books and reenact by using props or puppets
  • Combine words to make compound words…ex: use index cards and have your child combine two words to make a new word, use pictures also. (ex: foot + ball = football); butter + fly= butterfly; flower + bed = flowerbed)
  • Use concrete models to demonstrate subtraction…ex: use household objects or cereal to demonstrate subtraction and “taking away” and ask “how many are left”.
  • Independently use letters to make words…ex: write sun and moon; and practice writing their names
  • Recognize and name: U, u, X, x, Y, y, Z, z ( ex: place on flashcards)
  • Discuss the meaning of vocabulary words: ex…gravity, pollen, wind, mysterious
  • Character Education: Help with demonstrating independence (ex: putting on clothes; brushing teeth, and picking-up after themselves)

3-year-olds focus on: “On the Go,” with this week’s focus being on “Water

  • STEAM: Try water experiments, exploring three liquids around the house: liquids, glue, and water. Explore ice: making ice in the freezer and seeing how long it takes for a cube of ice to melt back to water
  • Moving & Learning: sing and move to “ Baby Shark” and “ Goin’ on a Shark Hunt”; and “ “ Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
  • Listen and retell read-aloud stories, such as “The Zebra on the Zyder Zee” and “Boats Float”
  • Review ordinal numbers: first, second, third
  • Practice making letters with play-dough
  • Wonderful Word of the Week: “Harbor”

 

Hello Parents! During the school week of March 23–March 27, our children will continue with the Frog Street Theme: Things that Move.

 4-year-olds focus on: “Transportation”  
  • Say the mystery word when teachers say an onset word, pause and then say the ryhme word
  • Listen to read-aloud story books
  • Listen and talk about car-safety procedures such as seat belts, booster seats and traffic signs
  • Classify and sort objects around the house
  • Show control of tasks that require small-muscle strength and control, such as folding paper and cutting with scissors
  • Recognize and name: E, e, J, j, O, o, Q, q
  • Character Education: Help with demonstrating independence

3-year-olds focus on: “On the Go,” with this week’s focus being on “wings”

  • STEAM: Try air experiments, such as filling and popping paper bags, making and using paper fans, and experimenting with flying paper plate kites
  • Practice 3-step directions: first, second, third
  • Listen and retell read-aloud stories, such as “If I Had Wings” and “Little Bee’s Journey”
  • Wonderful Word of the Week: “aviator”
 
 
Other Resources

Save the Children has compiled the resources below to help you and your community in these three ways:

  1. Be informed: Use the information and websites listed to learn about the spread, risks and prevention of Coronavirus, and how to talk to and support children during an infectious disease outbreak.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease Resources

Save the Children

                      Save the Children Coronavirus and Kids – Tips for talking to children

            U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Tips for caregivers, parents, and teachers during infectious disease outbreaks

  1. Educate Families: Share accurate information with the families in your community. Help them learn how to talk with their children about Coronavirus, correct misbeliefs and engage in healthy ways with their children at home.

Save the Children

Tips for Talking to Your Children about Coronavirus

How to help kids cope with extended school closures – 6 Tips You Can Trust

10 Family Learning Activities

Fun ways to incorporate math!

Top picks for educational websites and apps

National Public Radio

                Just for Kids Comic Exploring Coronavirus

American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Children

Helpful guidance, games and activities for young children   

Tips to help your child enjoy reading out loud

Safely Fed Canada

Statements and guidance on breastfeeding related to COVID 19

  1. Take Action: Take actions to protect yourself and your community. Safely prepare your environment and help others to follow guidance with simple visual reminders.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Guidance on Preparedness in Schools, Workplaces, Community Organizations and Shelters

CDC Posters on Home School and Workplace health safety

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC):

 

2020 CENSUS

 

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