- Cristi Wuenschel
How We're Putting Together Take Home Bags for Preschoolers
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We certainly have had to change how we operate these days haven’t we? I would never have thought that we would need to be putting together take home kits for our children and families.
This past Saturday, our Pennsylvania Governor declared that our county be put under a stay at home order, but thankfully, people are still permitted to leave for life sustaining reasons as well as for getting items from work or school to do at home.
I quickly began putting together the packets so that parents could come to the center and pick one up.
It was raining very hard that day so I decided to put everything into zip top bags.
I am the Director of our center, so I’m not always the one who unpacks the box. I have to say that I’m very impressed with the organization of the curriculum.
I made sure that each packet had the My Little Journal for the children to work on.
Day one is Nests. I put the nest building supplies into a bag that is provided.
Day two is eggs, and I put the provided clothespin on the pom pom for the children to pretend to play with as an egg.
I suggested to parents that they do the letter matching by writing letters on both sides of plastic easter eggs. I said that for those who are ready, can match upper and lower case letters, and for young ones, just matching the letters or finding the letters in their names.
The supplies to make the adorable Baby Bird Pet went into a small bag with directions too as well as the Eye Spy activities. For Friday’s Dancing Dove project, I downloaded a pattern for a bird for children to trace onto the coffee filter and cut out.
I didn’t have time to type up everything that I wanted to for the parents, so I emailed them a few of our own suggestions and the Bee Smart at Home Learning Bag letter. We are also going to be sure to find as many of the read alouds as possible.
We are all learning how to do this together! The most important thing for the parents to do is to love their children, reassure them that they can be safe as long as they follow parents rules, and keep learning happening while doing household chores.
Hopefully we can help parents with keeping their children engaged and enjoying their time at home.