Week of September 21, 2020

The Central Berkshire Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

You can reach me at 413-655-0146 X5109 or email @ wprovencher@cbrsd.org

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Hello everyone!

Now that school has begun, the zoom groups will look a bit different. I am trying new things and hoping that something will peek your curiosity.

I am going to ask that people register for a couple of reasons….

  1. I make up bags with the activities for the week, you can pick them up at the Dalton Public Library on Monday’s after 2:00. If you choose to only attend 1 or 2 of the programs during that week, it is fine. You will receive the supplies for all groups. You can find the instructions for the activities here and in your bags. I am encouraging you to do the activities at your convenience with your child/children.
  2. If I know who is attending and the ages of your children, I can tailor the group a little bit better.
  3. If your child has had enough on Zoom, I understand and my feelings will not be hurt if you feel like you need to leave the group.
  4. Please remember to mute yourself if your child is crying or upset or is just babbling. It is really hard for everyone to hear me talking or reading with all of the background noise. If we are doing an open activity you do not have to be muted.

OKAY! Here we go!

Tuesday September 22, 2020

STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math,

These activities are geared towards children ages 3 and up – my suggestion is to try the activities with your child. They may be very parent directed; however, as you talk to them about the activity you are giving them vocabulary, language, problem solving, cause and effect, guessing and there is not a right or wrong, but let explore some more. That’t just the tip of the iceberg! These activities are fun and exciting and we do have children that are younger than 3 successfully do some of the activities. In this kind of setting you are able to do the activities at your child’s pace, rather than in an hour (or so) with me.

My Germ painting

What you need Straw (In your bag)

Watercolor paints (in your bag) – These will stain and are super messy ( you may want to put a smock or old t-shirt on your kiddo and maybe an old cookie tray or some sort of tray to contain the mess).

Hand out

Germs, Germs, Go away experiment!

What you need:

Bowl with water in it.

Hand Soap (in your bag)

Pepper (in your bag)

Step 1:

Talk to your kiddos about germs and ask them if they know why it’s important to wash their hands. 

Step 2:

Fill one of your bowls with a thin layer of soap. In your second bowl, fill it with water and sprinkle pepper across the surface of the water of one of the bowls in a thin layer. As you do this explain that in the bowl the pepper represents the germs. 

Step 3:

Ask one of the kiddos to dip their finger in the bowl. Ask all of the kids if they noticed that the germs moved. The black pepper will stick to their finger tip. Ask the kiddo to look at their finger. Ask them if there are germs on their finger. 

Step 4:

Ask the rest of the kiddos ‘what should we do when there are germs on our fingers?’, and get the kiddo with the pepper to dip their finger in the bowl with the soap. 

Step 5:

Ask the kiddo to dip their finger back into the bowl with the pepper. The pepper will magically move away from the soapy finger. Ask the kiddos if they noticed the germs move. Ask the kiddo if there is pepper (or ‘germs’) on their finger.     

🧪 Create multiple experiments to extend this activity! Use different liquids and food items around the house to see how they react together. Our favorites include skittles and milk, lemon juice and salt etc. — the possibilities are endless!

Playful Questions

What happens to the pepper when we drop soap in the bowl?

What happens to the pepper if we put more/less soap?

Why do you think the pepper moves when we put soap in the bowl?

What happens to the pepper if we use different kinds of soap (bubble bath, bar soap, hand soap etc.)?

Handwashing experiment

Germ Experiment Instructions:

I broke this experiment into three parts. You don’t necessarily need to do all three parts, but they’re fun and easy, so why not:

1.  Getting Germy

2.  Washing the Germs Away

3.  The Powers of Soap

Tip: Keep the paper towels nearby for all three parts. There’s glitter involved so it can’t hurt to be prepared.

Part 1: Getting Germy

1. Ask children to wet their hands.

2. Put a tiny bit of glitter on each child’s hand over a tray. You don’t need a lot of glitter for this demonstration. Less glitter = less potential for a mess.

(Optional) Use different colored glitter and assign children an illness to spread. For example, pink could be pink eye, green can be the flu, and blue can be a sore throat.

4. Invite children to shake hands with each other.

5. Take a moment to notice how the colors spread around and the illnesses they represent. Remind the children that these “germs” are only pretend. Make sure to keep the atmosphere light and fun (and not scary)!

Germ Experiment Discussion Questions:

  • What happened when shook your friends’ hands?
  • How does this relate to germs?
  • What can we do to clean the glitter/ germs off?

Part 2: Washing the Germs Away

6.  Hand each child a paper towel and ask them to wipe the glitter off over a tray or garbage can.

7. They’ll likely have trouble getting the glitter off, so prompt them for another solution to get it off (water).

8. Give the children a chance to rinse the glitter off in a sink without soap first.

9. Finally, invite them to wash the glitter off with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Washing Hands Discussion Questions:

  • Which was the most effective way to clean the glitter off?
  • Which was the least effective technique?
  • How does this relate to germs?
  • How can we protect ourselves from germs and sickness?

Part 3: The Powers of Soap

10. Fill a tray or dish with an inch or two of water. I recommend giving each child their own tray.

11. Sprinkle glitter onto the water (fine glitter works best). If you don’t have glitter, you can try this experiment with pepper or actual dirt instead.

12. Put a drop of dish soap onto the child’s fingertip and invite them to dip their finger into the glitter water.

13. Encourage children to discuss why we use soap to wash our hands.

Soap Experiment Discussion Questions:

  • What happened to the glitter when you dipped your soapy finger into the water?
  • How do you think this relates to germs?
  • What happens when we wash our hands with soap?

How the Germ Experiment Works:

Water has the ability to rinse dirt away, but it does not have cleaning properties and is not a disinfectant. We use soap to clean and disinfect.

When you sprinkle glitter onto water, most of it floats on the top. This is thanks to surface tension. Surface tension is a property that causes the water molecules on the top of the water to cling to each other.

When a drop of soap is added to the water, we see the glitter spread out along the surface of the water towards the sides of the container. That’s because the soap changes the surface tension when it’s added. The water molecules want to stay together so they pull away from the soap and carry the glitter specks with them. For a more in depth explanation of how the soap experiment works, visit the Science for Kids Club.

Germs spread incredibly fast – which is why we have to be constantly alert. Help kids understand the gravity of this with a glitter activity. Nothing like glitter to prove how something can get transferred from one surface to another in no time!

Wednesday Circle Time 10:00-11:00 virtual

This group is appropriate for children 1 1/2 and up. We will do activities, read a book, do fingerplays, make some fingerplays so you can do them at home, we will talk about the calendar, weather, how we should dress, our alphabet and counting. We are engaged and active during the entire group.

Days of the Week (tune of the Adam’s Family):
Days of the week(clap clap)
Days of the week
Days of the week
Days of the week (Clap Clap)
There’s Sunday and there’s Monday
there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday
There’s Thursday and there’s Friday
And then comes Saturday!

Calendar, Weather, alphabet

Clean Hands Sensory Bag

Supplies Plastic Freezer Baggie (Gallon size) (in your bag)

Pom Poms (in your bag)

Hair gel (in your bag)

Your prep: please trace your child’s handprints on the baggie with a permanent marker

Tape Baggie to board (Board is in your bag)

This is a fun project for younger kids, just to show the importance of scrubbing hands properly. Mother Could has a video on this easy sensory bag. Just use a bottle brush to ‘scrub’ away the pom pom ‘germs’ and get your hands squeaky clean!

5 Little Germs fingerplay

Five Little Germs

by Analisa Carrillo

5 Little germs were on my hand.

because someone went ah ah ah choo.

They didn’t sneeze into their arm,

so the germs stuck to me like glue. 

I had to wash my hands with soap

before I went to play.

I didn’t wash them long enough

So 4 germs were left to stay. 

Our Story today is: Cutie Sue is Fighting the Germs!

Story Time with Miss Wendy

Wednesday 3:30-4:30 &

Thursday 10:30-11:30

in person

The Kissing Hand

This program will be held in person at the Dalton Kittredge House, next to the Dalton Library

Story Time is usually at the library and work with the St. Agnes first grade students. That is obviously not happening at this moment so we will read a book. This week you were given a copy of the Kissing Hand for your and your child to keep and read. We will then do a craft around the story. I hope you all have fun!

Supplies:

2 paper plates

Tan paint for handprint or mix your own paint (We used brown, white, pink, and yellow)

Gray paint (optional)

Red paper heart

Glue

Staples/Stapler

Scissors

Glue dots or tape

HERSHEY’S KISSES

Directions:

Cover child’s hand in tan paint. We used our left hand to make the print just like in the book.

Have child make a handprint on the back of the paper plate. You can also have them paint to decorate the outer edge of their paper plate. We used gray like Chester the raccoon. Set the paper plate aside to dry.

Have child use the glue dots to connect hearts to the bottom of the HERSHEY’S Kisses.

Cut a section of the paper plate out to make an opening for kids to reach in and get a kiss.

Staple the handprint paper plate to the second paper plate making sure to leave the top open.

Put HERSHEY’S Kisses inside for kids to share with friends and family to make sure they always remember they are loved–even when at school

FUN FRIDAY! Virtual

This is something new that I thought I would try! Every Friday will be something new…..You never know what I’m going to do!

What might it be?

  • Cooking
  • field trip (you will meet me somewhere)
  • art project
  • themed party
  • special science
  • special event
  • cool visitor
  • It could be anything! You won’t know until that week what it is.

This week what will it be?

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie

Sugar cookies in a jar!

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies in a Jar

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies in a Jar

Ingredient Checklist

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a 1 quart large mouth jar, layer the sugar on the bottom and the flour mixture on top. Attach a tag with the following instructions:
  • Step 2 Empty the contents of the jar into a large bowl. Cut in 1 cup of softened butter until the mixture is crumbly. In a separate bowl, beat 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract until light and fluffy. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Cover bowl and chill for 1 hour.
  • Step 3 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.
  • Step 4 Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. You can decorate them with sugar before baking of frost after baking.

Craft

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?

I’m a Little Teapot

Sugar, Sugar Cookies

 Sung to the tune of Peanut, peanut butter-and jelly This is a fun song to act out!

Chorus: Sugar, sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM

First you take the flour and you sift it, you sift it

First you take the flour and you sift it you sift it

Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Then you take the sugar and you pour it, you pour it

Then you take the sugar and you pour it, you pour it

Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Then you take the butter and you smash it, you smash it

Then you take the butter and you smash it, you smash it

Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Then you take the egg and you crack it, you crack it

Then you take the egg and you crack it, you crack it

Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Then you take the vanilla and you pour it, you pour it

Then you take the vanilla and you pour it, you pour it

Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Then you take the dough and you mix it, you mix it

Then you take the dough and you mix it, you mix it

 Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Then you take the dough and you shape it, you shape it

Then you take the dough and you shape it, you shape it

Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Then you take the dough and you roll it, you roll it

Then you take the dough and you roll it, you roll it

Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Then you take the dough and you cut it, you cut it

Then you take the dough and you cut it, you cut it

Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Then you take the cookies and you bake them, you bake them’

Then you take the cookies and you bake them, you bake them

Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Then you take the cookies and you eat them, eat them

Then you take the cookies and you eat them, eat them

Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM! Sugar, Sugar cookies, YUM!

Decorate your cookies!

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