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Here’s to Our Little Heros

I saw this and had to repost it! Please give your children extra love and thank them for being such great children! We miss them!

“Everyone is applauding everyone but our children. These little heroes have stayed indoors more than they’ve ever known in their lives! Their whole world has literally been turned upside down and they don’t know why. All these rules they’ve never known. Not being able to see family or give hugs. Vacation, sports and activities, playdates and schools canceled. Adults talking about others becoming unwell, news reporting death after death. Our poor children’s minds must be racing. Everyday their resilient little bodies get up and carry on despite all that’s going on. So here’s to our little heroes: today, tomorrow, forever!”

Enjoy this beautiful weekend! Don’t forget to check your porch for the green school supply bags.

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Reminder Virtual Class Meetings have been Cancelled

Unfortunately last week some older students made bad choices and were doing inappropriate things during google meet sessions. Due to this behavior and the desire to keep our students safe we will not be having any google meet sessions.

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Bag of School Supplies

Dear Families,

A green bag of school supplies for your preschool child will be dropped off to your house this week. The bag will be placed on your front porch. Some bags were dropped off today. Check your porch for the bag. If you did not receive a bag today, please continue to check your porch tomorrow and Friday.

Have a great evening!

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Learning Activities for Wednesday, April 29

Literacy Activity

Today we are going to continue learning about the letter Rr. After watching the letter Rr video, I would like you to draw a picture of 5 things that start with the letter R. Some ideas: rainbow, rabbit, rock, etc. Please share your pictures with me.

Math Activity

We are going to practice counting today. We are going to count in a different way. Backwards! Today you will learn how to count backwards from 20 down to 0. Let’s try it!

Read Aloud/Math Activity

Let’s listen to the story, The Little Mouse, The Red, Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear.

After reading the story here is an activity idea you can do with your child. To do this activity you will need….

  • chocolate chips/beans
  • red and green paper or you can draw and color a strawberry shape
  • scissors to cut out strawberry shape
  • tongs
  • markers to draw strawberry shape
    • You can use the number cards you made for Monday’s math assignment

1. Strawberry Seed Pick Up Game

For this activity you first need to make a big strawberry! You can just hand-draw your own and color it. 
Next you need to cut up some paper into little cards (If you completed the math assignment from Monday, your cards are already completed). Write a number on each card 1-10 and put them all in a big pile.

Once your strawberry and cards are made… you can start playing!
Flip over a card from your pile. Read the number aloud. Add that number of “seeds” (chocolate chips or beans) to your strawberry using your tongs. If you do not have tongs, your child can just use his/her fingers.
Once you finish one card, clear off the strawberry. Tell your child they can be the Big Hungry Bear and eat a few chocolate chips… and then flip over another card and start again!

This is an excellent activity to work on hand-eye coordination and build fine motor skills while also practicing number recognition and 1:1 correspondence. Little ones could skip the tongs and just use their little fingers to pinch the chocolate chips and move them onto the strawberry.

Worktime

Turn off those screens and play with some toys, color, paint, anything you can think of!

Planning Time (5 minutes): Build your child’s ability to organize their time by having them make a “plan” with you about what they would like to play with.  Children do this everyday with us at school. It helps children learn to organize their thoughts. Adults make plans all the time to organize their thoughts (shopping lists are made before going to the grocery store, to do lists are made to help plan your day etc..).  

Kids will tell you what they are planning to do/want to play with/how they will use toys at home. 

Work Time (45-60 minutes): During work time kids play WITHOUT ELECTRONICS.  Kids can use toys to pretend play, build, and create.

Clean Up (about 15 minutes):  Kids clean up the mess they have made while playing.

Recall Time (5 minutes): Build your child’s memory of events by having your child tell you what they did while they played (ask “tell me how you did that” or “what did you do next?”)

Movement

Updates/Reminders

My office hours will be 10:00am-3:00pm Monday-Thursday. This is the time I will be answering emails, making phone calls, etc. If you message me earlier in the day I will reply between 10:00am and 3:00pm If you message me after 3:00pm I will reply the next day between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

Virtual Class Meetings

Unfortunately last week some older students made bad choices and were doing inappropriate things during google meet sessions. Due to this behavior and the desire to keep our students safe we will not be having any google meet sessions.

Daily Check Ins

Part of the state requirement is for us to maintain communication. We can continue this through our blog, emails, and phone calls. Of course, Mrs. Hamid is part of all our communications so if you need translation that will be available! It is very important that when your child completes an activity that you send me a picture. Or if you are not comfortable sending a picture you could send me an email discussing the activity. We will be keeping track of activities and participation! So basically, let’s continue doing what we are doing!! 🙂

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Learning Activities for Monday, April 27

Literacy Acitvity

The letter of the week is Rr. Watch the following link about the letter Rr. Then practice writing the letter R.. First write the uppercase R five times and the lowercase r five times.

Math Activity

Today we are practicing some math skills. For today’s activity you will need:

1-3 pieces of blank paper

markers,crayons,or anything to write with

scissors

The first thing you need to do is take your paper and fold it to make about 16 squares.

Next you are going to write numbers and counting dots to match the numbers, like this:

Have your child cut on the creased lines so you have two groups… one with counting dots and the other group with the numbers, like this:

So now your child will match the number card with the correct amount of counting dots.

Please be sure to start with numbers 1-5 then move to 6-10 and to challenge children who are ready, you can add higher numbers like 15, 22, etc.

Also to challenge students who are showing interest in reading you can add the number word and have them match the number word to the correct number and counting dots, like this:

Please remember to only challenge your children with higher numbers or number words if they are showing that they can count and identify numbers from 1-10 easily and consistently.

REMEMBER TO KEEP THESE CARDS TO USE LATER AT ANYTIME! IT’S IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN TO KEEP PRACTICING SKILLS!

Work Time

Plan for Work Time (playtime):  Build your child’s ability to organize their time by having them make a “plan” with you about what they would like to play with.  Children do this everyday with us at school.  It helps children learn to organize their thoughts. Adults make plans all the time to organize their thoughts (shopping lists are made before going to the grocery store, to do lists are made to help plan your day etc..).  
Kids will tell you what they are planning to do/want to play with/how they will use toys at home. التخطيط لوقت العمل ( وقت اللعب): ساعد طفلك على بناء مهارة تنظيم الوقت بوضع خطة  معهم عن لعبهم. هذا ما كان يفعله كل الطلاب كل يوم في المدرسة. هذا يساعد الأولاد على تنظيم أفكارهم. الأهل أيضا يضعون خطط دائما لتنظيم أفكارهم مثل قائمة التسوق قبل الذهاب إلى المتجر, كتابة القوائم تساعد على تنظيم اليوم….. الأولاد سوف يخبروكم ما هي خطتهم/ ماذا سيلعبون/ مع من سيلعبون/ ماذا سيستخدمون من أدوات في لعبهم. 
12:10-1:10or1 hr.Work Time: Kids play WITHOUT ELECTRONICS  Kids can use toys to pretend play, build, and create.وقت العمل :  يجب أن لا يستعمل الأولاد الإلكترونيات . يستطيع الأولاد استخدام الألعاب التي تساعدهم في  التخيل و البناء و الإبداع  
1:10-1:25or15 minClean Up:  Kids clean up the mess they have made while playing.وقت التنظيف: ينظف الأولاد الفوضى التي نتجت عن لعبهم.
1:25-1:35or5 to 10 min Recall:  Build your child’s memory of events by having your child tell you what they did while they played (ask “tell me how you did that” or “what did you do next?”)وقت التذكر: بناء ذاكرة الأولاد و مراجعة الأحداث عن طريق جعل طفلك يعيد سرد ما قام به خلال وقت اللعب( اسال طفلك: اخبرني كيف قمت بذلك؟ أو ماذا فعلت بعد ذلك؟)
Lunch or DinnerPrepare lunch: have your child help you prepare lunch.  They can help with cooking/setting tables- whatever seems appropriate for the meal time.تجهيز وجبة الطعام: اعط الفرصة لطفلك بمساعدتك بتجهيز الغداء. الأولاد يستطيعون المساعدة بالطبخ/ تجهيز الطاولة- 

Book Activity

Go through the books in your house and find as many of the things on this list as you can! They can all be in the same book or more than one book. Send me pictures of your book scavenger hunt!

Read Aloud

Happy Ramadan! Before listening you can ask your children what they already know about Ramadan. Then after the story ask what they learned about Ramadan that maybe they didn’t know before. Talk about the similarities between the story and your own experiences.

Movement

It is going to be a beautiful day today! Put on your jacket and make time to play in your backyard or go for a walk with mom and dad.

Reminders

My office hours will be 10:00am-3:00pm Monday-Thursday. This is the time I will be answering emails, making phone calls, etc. If you message me earlier in the day I will reply between 10:00am and 3:00pm If you message me after 3:00pm I will reply the next day between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

It is very important when your child completes an activity that you send me a picture. Or if you are not comfortable sending a picture you could send me an email discussing the activity. We will be keeping track of activities and participation! I can’t wait to see your pictures!

Have a great day!

Mrs. Stawara

My email: stawark@dearbornschools.org

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News and Information from Mrs. Stawara and Mrs. Hamid

Office Hours

My office hours will be 10:00am-3:00pm Monday-Thursday. This is the time I will be answering emails, making phone calls, etc. If you message me earlier in the day I will reply between 10:00am and 3:00pm If you message me after 3:00pm I will reply the next day between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

Class Video Chat

Thank you for your patience as we all figure out this new technology! Our first class video chat will be next Thursday. (Thursday, April 30) at 2pm. Mrs. Hamid and I are so excited to see everyone’s faces and hear your voices! This will be our practice so we can all figure out how to use the website. We will have weekly virtual class meetings on Thursdays at 2pm for the remainder of the school year.

Due to security concerns the district does not want us using Zoom, we will be using google meets for our virtual class meetings. Google meets can be used on a phone, ipad, or computer. I tested it out on all of my devices first to make sure. On your phone or ipad you can access it from the internet browser or download the app. I downloaded the app because I felt it was easier.

To access Google Meet

  1. In a web browser, enter https://meet.google.com.
  2. Click Join or start a meeting.
  3. Enter a nickname – I will send the nickname code out on Remind before the start of the meetings.

If you need help with Google Meet message me and I can help you.

Helpful Information

  1. Fatima’s mom shared a link for free educational games that can be used with your children. Thank you Mrs. Fouani for sharing!

https://www.edmentum.com/support2020

 I just wanted to share that Study Island is free for 1 year. They don’t even ask for payment information.The link is right above this text. You can add up to 5 kids per family. I will also attach a photo. Scroll down to this area “Standards-Based Practice for Families” 

The Dearborn Public Library offers free links for educational websites. Thay are also offering temporary library cards if you do not have one. There is a link for the Dearborn Public Library on my blog page.

2. I wanted to let you know there is an option on our blog for translation.

Step 1… Go to our classroom iBlog.

Step 2… Scroll to the bottom of the page.

Step 3… Click on “Select Language” button and select preferred language

Step 4… The blog should then be translated.

Please remember this is Google translating the page so I apologize for any inaccuracy, please let me know if anything needs clarifying. It is a learning curve for teachers and we are trying to make the information easily accessible. I hope this helps.

3. Food Mobile Pantry Thursday April 23, 2020 from 2pm to 5 pm Click on the link below for more information.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xkRQEVnL4EmyhdfTKAv_N0fJKaKsdOmG/view?usp=sharing

4. There’s a new program that will pay up to $500 in utility costs for Michigan’s essential workers. THAW, or The Heat and Warm Fund, will pay up to $500 in utility assistance for any household with an income up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. Following the Department of Homeland Security’s definition of an essential worker, if you’re a health care nurse, hospital cleaning and maintenance worker, grocery and foodservice clerk, or bus driver, you qualify.

https://thawfund.org/

Information From Mrs. Lall – Cotter Social Worker

 Hi Everyone,
This is Ms. Jenn your School Social Worker. Here are some supports and services that are going to support you and be beneficial.
Food
As always remember and visit McCollough-Unis for those grab and go meals. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
There is a Gleaners food Pantry this week at Lapeer Park. 10040 Lapeer Park Pathway. Dearborn, MI

Thursday 23rd April
2pm- 5pm.
You can get fresh fruit and vegetables.
Financial
United Way has a Covid-19 Community Relief Fund.
They can help with rent and bills
1-866-211-9966.
Provide your zip code and they will provide local agencies who can support.
Goodfellows
313 274 4499.
www.dearborngoodfellows.org
Provides financial support in emergencies.
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action
734 728 3400
Provides rent and utility support.

As always if your family needs further assistance please reach out to me by email lallj@dearbornschools. org

Here are some links that could help with emotional support at this time. As parents it can be hard to know how to reassure our child and what we should say to them.
I hope you find this helpful.

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?ck_subscriber_id=673842138

You can always reach me through your classroom teacher or by email lallj@dearbornschools.org

Have a great week. Ms. Jenn

Reminder

Part of the state requirement is for us to maintain communication. We can continue this through our blog, emails, and phone calls. Of course, Mrs. Hamid is part of all our communications so if you need translation that will be available! It is very important that when your child completes an activity that you send me a picture. Or if you are not comfortable sending a picture you could send me an email discussing the activity. We will be keeping track of activities and participation! So basically, let’s continue doing what we are doing!! 🙂

Remember you will be receiving an email for tomorrow’s (Thursday, April 23) assignments this evening.

YOU ARE ALL DOING AMAZING DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES!

REMEMBER WE ARE ALL LEARNING TOGETHER!! WE ARE HERE FOR EACH OTHER!

Mrs. Stawara

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Learning Activities for Wednesday, April 22

Literacy Activity

We are going to continue working on the letter Bb. Watch the following song. After watching the song, practice writing 5 uppercase B’s and 5 lowercase b’s. Then draw 2 pictures of things that start with Bb and write your words under your pictures. I can’t wait to see see your pictures.

Math Activity

Today we are going to work on recognizing and naming the numbers 1-6 by making math monsters!

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Crayons (or something to write/draw with)
  • One dice, playing cards 1-6, or pieces of paper with 1-6 written on them.
Examples of things you could use to choose numbers.

Directions:

  • Have your child draw a large oval on a piece of paper. This will be the body for our math monster!
Make sure there is space around the oval to add body parts!

Next, have your child roll the dice or choose a number card. For each number that they pull, your child will add a body part according to this list:

  • 1 -add an eye
  • 2 – add an ear
  • 3- add an arm
  • 4- add a leg
  • 5- add a mouth
  • 6- add a nose
I rolled a 6 so I added a nose!

Roll or pull a number card at least 10 times, but you can do more if you want! When you are done color your picture and give your monster a name. Have your child try to write the name on their paper. Parents can help with spelling, but please make sure your child is the one writing the name.

When you are done send me a picture of your monster. I can’t wait to see all your math monsters.

Worktime

Plan for Work Time (playtime):  Build your child’s ability to organize their time by having them make a “plan” with you about what they would like to play with.  Children do this everyday with us at school.  It helps children learn to organize their thoughts. Adults make plans all the time to organize their thoughts (shopping lists are made before going to the grocery store, to do lists are made to help plan your day etc..).  
Kids will tell you what they are planning to do/want to play with/how they will use toys at home. التخطيط لوقت العمل ( وقت اللعب): ساعد طفلك على بناء مهارة تنظيم الوقت بوضع خطة  معهم عن لعبهم. هذا ما كان يفعله كل الطلاب كل يوم في المدرسة. هذا يساعد الأولاد على تنظيم أفكارهم. الأهل أيضا يضعون خطط دائما لتنظيم أفكارهم مثل قائمة التسوق قبل الذهاب إلى المتجر, كتابة القوائم تساعد على تنظيم اليوم….. الأولاد سوف يخبروكم ما هي خطتهم/ ماذا سيلعبون/ مع من سيلعبون/ ماذا سيستخدمون من أدوات في لعبهم. 
12:10-1:10or1 hr.Work Time: Kids play WITHOUT ELECTRONICS  Kids can use toys to pretend play, build, and create.وقت العمل :  يجب أن لا يستعمل الأولاد الإلكترونيات . يستطيع الأولاد استخدام الألعاب التي تساعدهم في  التخيل و البناء و الإبداع  
1:10-1:25or15 minClean Up:  Kids clean up the mess they have made while playing.وقت التنظيف: ينظف الأولاد الفوضى التي نتجت عن لعبهم.
1:25-1:35or5 to 10 min Recall:  Build your child’s memory of events by having your child tell you what they did while they played (ask “tell me how you did that” or “what did you do next?”)وقت التذكر: بناء ذاكرة الأولاد و مراجعة الأحداث عن طريق جعل طفلك يعيد سرد ما قام به خلال وقت اللعب( اسال طفلك: اخبرني كيف قمت بذلك؟ أو ماذا فعلت بعد ذلك؟)
Lunch or DinnerPrepare lunch: have your child help you prepare lunch.  They can help with cooking/setting tables- whatever seems appropriate for the meal time.تجهيز وجبة الطعام: اعط الفرصة لطفلك بمساعدتك بتجهيز الغداء. الأولاد يستطيعون المساعدة بالطبخ/ تجهيز الطاولة- 

Read Aloud

Movement Activity

I hope you have fun with the activities. Remember to email me pictures as your check in. stawark@dearbornschools.org.

Mrs. Stawara

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Learning Activities for Monday, April 20

  1. Letter of the week is Bb.

Some words that start with Bb are bird and bike. Can you think of 5 words that start with the letter Bb? Have mom or dad help you write your words and send me a picture of the words you wrote. I can’t wait to see your writing! Then practice writing the uppercase B 5 times and the lowercase b 5 times.

2. Math Activity

Today we’re going to work on some shapes! The three shapes we will look for are square, triangle, and rectangle.

A square has four sides that are the same size and four corners.
A rectangle can be long or tall. It has four sides like a square, but they are not all the same size.

A triangle has three sides and three corners.

First, draw or mark out an area for your child to place items/toys like this:

This example is tape on the floor, but you could draw the shapes on paper or use sidewalk chalk on the driveway as well!

The goal is for your child to go around the house and collect items that are squares, rectangles, and triangles. They can draw pictures if the items are too large or heavy (ex. A door or tv). When they find the items have them say the name and count the sides.

“These blocks are squares. They have 1,2,3,4 sides!”

As they find the shapes and count the sides, have your child place the item in the corresponding shape mat you made like this:

When you’re done send me a picture so I can see all of your shapes.

Below is a shape song.

 https://youtu.be/AnoNb2OMQ6s

3. Read Aloud- Owl Babies

After listening to the story, draw a picture of your favorite owl baby. Who is your favorite owl baby? Tell me why the owl is your favorite. Have mom or dad help you write your words. My favorite owl baby is Bill because he is tiny and loves his mommy. Please share your picture with me.

4. Movement Activity

Parent Information and Reminders

  • I am in the process of setting up a video chat for our class so we can all see and talk to each other. Stay tuned for more information!
  • Please be sure to check your email from Epic Books. I signed each child up for a free subscription until June 30. It is a wonderful website with all kinds of audio books, video stories, and more. All you have to do is join by entering a password that you will remember and you will be able to access our class and all the stories.
  • Please be sure to check in with me daily by sending a picture of your child’s work. You may include your child in the photo too! Please send pictures to my email: stawark@dearbornschools.org
  • Here is a resource link for families in need of help:https://www.greatstartwayne.org/findhelp
  • Remember to plan for Work Time (playtime) daily with your child. This should be for an hour each day. This is time set aside each day for your child to play without electronics. Have your child use toys to pretend play, build, and create.

Family Check-Ins

Over the next few days, Ms. Hamid and I are going to be calling to check in with your child and family, so if you get a call from a blocked number it might be us. We started calling families last week, so if you did not receive a call last week, we will be calling you this week. We miss everyone and want to make sure you are all doing ok.

Have a great day!

Mrs. Stawara