Online Resources

Check out some of the online resources below! 

These could be great resources to use over the summer during screen time to expose your children to academics. 

  1. storylineonline.net – This website streams videos of actors reading children’s books alongside the book’s illustrations.  

Here are some of my favorites:

  1. starfall.com/h/index-kindergarten.php – Educational games for children. 

Recommended areas:

  • ABCs
  • Motion Songs
  1. cookie.com/preschool.html
  2. classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-prek-k.html – Watch stories, read books, and complete learning activities.
  3. kids.sandiegozoo.org – Learn about animals! Watch videos, read stories, find craft ideas, and play online games.
  4. abcya.com/grades/prek – Educational games for children.

Recommended games:

  • ABC and 123 Magnets
  • Talk to Me Alphabet 

7.  pbskids.org

8. sesamestreet.org

Letter of the Week: N!

What is our letter of the week, you ask!? Well, let’s watch Ms. Bowdell’s favorite way to introduce letters (I just love the song! =] )

Letter N activities:

  • Encourage your child to try to make the letter N sound
  • Find things around the house that start with the letter N
  • Write the letter CNwith a highlighter and then have your child trace over it with different colors.

The students love the Starfall letter activities:
https://www.starfall.com/h/abcs/letter-n/?

Here are some fun letter N videos:

Movement

Here are some ideas to get your child moving today:

  • Move like an animal – dog, bunny, frog, snake, etc.
  • Try some yoga moves from the YouTube video below
  • Practice kicking or catching a ball

Identifying Body Parts

Today, let’s work on identifying body parts!

  • Read the “My Face” booklet I sent home 
  • Show them the parts of their face in a mirror
  • Have your child point to the parts of their face, then have them point to yours
  • Ask them to do things with their body. For example – close your eyes, open your mouth, clap your hands, tap your foot
  • Make music with your body! The kids love when I sing the song below

Daily Living Skills

Don’t forget to keep working on your child’s daily living skills!

Daily living skills are important to practice so your child can become independent.  Self help skills also help your child to feel empowered!  We practice many of these at school on a daily basis.  

Try working on one or more of the skills listed below today:

  • Wipe down tables
  • Put away clean clothes
  • Brush their hair 
  • Wash hands – we worked on this every day at school they know they the steps! 
  • Pulling pants up and down when its time to use the bathroom 
  • Throw away trash after a snack 
  • Putting away toys

Letter of the Week!

What is our letter of the week, you ask!? Well, let’s watch Ms. Bowdell’s favorite way to introduce letters (I just love the song! =] )

Letter C activities:

  • Encourage your child to try to make the letter C sound
  • Find things around the house that start with the letter C
  • Write the letter C with a highlighter and then have your child trace over it with different colors.

The students love the Starfall letter activities:
https://www.starfall.com/h/abcs/letter-c/?

Here are some fun letter C videos:

Movement Monday

Today is gym day!

Check out our gym teacher Ms. B’s blog for movement ideas: https://iblog.dearbornschools.org/budopw/

*Parent please note that Ms. B teaches students of different ages and abilities so only choose the activities that are most appropriate for your child*

Here are some ideas to get your child moving today:

  • Have a dance party
  • Play tag
  • Practice going up and down the stairs 
  • Climb on and off the couch
  • Toss a ball into a basket or play catch
  • Go outside! (weather permitting)
  • Jump (up and down, over objects, off the last stair)
  • Make tunnels to crawl through
  • If you have any large boxes (like from Amazon) have your child climb in and out of them

Meal Pickup Schedule Change for Memorial Day Weekend

Dearborn Public Schools families are reminded that the meal distribution schedule will have a few changes starting the week of May 18 – the week before Memorial Day.

Because schools were scheduled to be closed on Friday and Monday for Memorial Day weekend, there will be no food distribution on May 22 and 25.

Meal distributions will still occur on Monday May 18 and on Wednesday May 20.  The May 20 distribution will include breakfasts and lunches for a full week, so families should be prepared to carry the larger quantity, including a half gallon of milk per student.

Through May 20 pickup times will continue to be later at four locations. Fordson High School, Woodworth Middle School, Salina Intermediate and McCollough Elementary will distribute meals from noon to 2 p.m.

Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School and Smith Middle School will hand out meals from 10 a.m. to noon.

The week after Memorial Day, meal distribution will go back to 10 a.m. to noon at all seven locations. Meals that week will be distributed on Wednesday, May 27 and Friday, May 29.

Dearborn Public Schools has been providing 65,000 grab-and-go meals a week for our students.

One person can pick up food for any student living in the home.  The child does not need to attend that school.  Each bag contains breakfast and lunch for the days until the next pickup.

The grab-and-go meals are provided free to families through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program. Through the program, Dearborn Public Schools offered free lunch and breakfast to all kindergarten to 12th grade students before schools were closed to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.

Meal distribution schedule:

May 11, 13, 15, 18 and 20

Meals distributed from 10 a.m. to noon at Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School and Smith Middle School and from noon to 2 p.m. at Fordson High School, Woodworth Middle School, Salina Intermediate and McCollough Elementary.

NO DISTRIBUTIONS MAY 22 AND 25

May 27 and 29 and June 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10

Meals distributed from 10 a.m. to noon at all seven locations.

Fine Motor Skills

On a normal Friday at school we practice our fine motor skills.  Today, let’s focus on crossing midline. 

Crossing midline is when we move our arms or legs across the middle of our body to complete a task.  Crossing midline is important in developing the ability to use both sides of the body at the same time.  Some tasks that require this include putting on shoes, catching a ball, writing, cutting, etc.

Here are some ways to work on this with your child: