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Story School - Week 10

Welcome to the last week of Story School!

We're so glad you and your child are here to join us for Story School. 

 

Like in the last nine weeks, we will focus our learning around specific early literacy and language skills as well as social emotional skills that prepare your child to thrive in school and beyond. We'll have a big message and big question to discuss together. Reflect on the message and question, and then follow the steps below throughout the week.

 

Our message this week is: You have what it takes. Your love, your daily interactions, your stories, and your hopes are what give your child the confidence and curiosity to love learning. Our question is: What are your hopes and dreams for your family?

Our message this week

You have what

it takes.

Our question this week

What are your hopes and dreams for your family?

Step 1: Watch the Story Lesson
Session 10 | Sesíon 10
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Step 2: Join our Live Learning Group

Check your email for the exact time and date, as well as a link, for your group's online Story Hour. 

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Step 3: Homework on the
Make Way for Books App

This week, we’re celebrating the amazing ways you are preparing your child for a lifelong love of learning. Your homework is to share with your child your hopes and dreams for their future.

 

Continue learning with the Make Way for Books App. Here are our suggestions for the week. Don’t forget to follow your child’s interests and explore, mix and match, and most of all, have fun learning!

If you don't have the app yet, you can download it now!

Read Now on the app!

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Grow a garden

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Do

Grow something beautiful together by planting a garden.

 

Don't worry if you don't have space for a garden; any container will do! Try adding potting soil to a bucket, can, or even a reusable shopping bag. You can use leftover seeds from vegetables you eat, or you can plant easy-to-grow plants like sweet potatoes, garlic, or prickly pear, which you just put into the soil and water. Your preschooler can help you pour the soil and pat it down, plant the seeds or plants, and water them. The two of you can talk about whether the soil is wet or dry. You can check on the growth of your plant and use a ruler or tape measure to keep track of the changes. You can even start a garden journal with drawings, photos and words to record what’s happening!

 

If you want to do even more gardening with your child and don't have space, contact your local community garden. They are usually free or low-cost and sometimes have special programs for gardening with children!

What your child is learning

  • To persist in a task

  • To measure and make comparisons

  • To observe and describe changes in nature

Stargazing

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Do

If the weather is nice, set up a blanket outside and look at the stars with your child! Ask them to draw lines between stars they see and try to make figures out of them. Tell your child that in ancient times, people would tell stories based on shapes they would see on the stars, called constellations. Then try to come up with new constellations and stories of your own!

What your child is learning

When you or your child practice following something with your eyes, that is called visual tracking. This is a rather important skill that children need when learning to read or write because your child will have to master following a line of text from left to right, from top to bottom in order to learn how to read! Having your child trace lines or figures using objects that you see from afar is a great way to practice and develop visual tracking skills.

Tracing shadows

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Do

On a nice, sunny day, bring some chalk outside and trace some shadows together. Look around and see if there are any shadows to trace, they could be of trees or anything else that casts a shadow on the concrete. If there isn't anything, stand in one place and have your child trace your shadow. You can also be creative and try to make shadow puppets your child can trace!

What your child is learning

This is a fun way to spend time outside together, but it also is an intentional way to help your child practice writing and drawing. Tracing can be difficult because it requires a great deal of control over fine motor muscles (the muscles in our hands that give us the dexterity to write, type, cut, etc.), so this is a great activity to help develop those skills while getting some sunshine!

Step 4: Keep track of your child's learning

As you complete each activity or read a book together, your child is learning and gaining important early reading skills! Be sure to mark each activity and book "done" to add them to your child's learning journal in the app and keep track of their growth!

First, make sure to add a child in the app's settings page. When you mark a book or activity done, you will see a screen the one on the left that will give you the option to add it to your child's learning journal. Add a note, new vocabulary words, and a picture!

Step 5: Reflect and connect with families

What did you learn this week?

Join us on our Family Learning Space to post your pictures and videos and to connect with other Story School parents and caregivers.

We want to hear from you! Use the our Family Learning Space to share your thoughts, talk about your experiences, and ask questions! 

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