Learning is Everywhere
We’re in the neighborhood!
Lots of fun ideas and activities for families!
Each month offers activities families can do together in a variety of settings. The activities within the Learning is Everywhere Calendar and on the website are aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards (ELS).
These guidelines can be used to determine what infants, toddlers, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten children may know or be able to do within specific age ranges.
The Pennsylvania Early Learning Standard is referenced after each activity.
Take a walk with your baby, starting with shoes and socks. As you dress her, tell her what you’re doing. “These are your socks, these are your shoes!” Tell her that you are going for a walk and what you might see, hear and smell. Once outside, explain to her what she sees and hears. (Social and Emotional Development)
Encourage your baby to explore different textures by providing him with items to feel, such as bare feet in the grass or hands touching trees. Talk about what he is feeling, and use words to describe the item (soft, rough, hard, smooth, etc.) Tell him about what he is feeling in content to his neighborhood. “This trees is in our back yard and gives us shade from the sun.” If you cannot take your baby outside, bring the outside in. Put grass in a plastic container. Allow the child to play with their fingers or toes. Pick up a blade of grass and tickle their hands, arms, legs, feet, face. Smell the grass and talk about the color. (Scientific Thinking and Technology)
While looking at cars, birds, houses or anything else, begin to build simple two word combinations and add descriptors to help your baby begin to distinguish between big and little, or loud and quiet. For example, if your baby points to a car, you can say, “Yes, that is a blue car”, or “Look, there’s a big car and there’s a little car, which one is the big one?” (Language & Literacy Development: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening)
Take a walk with your toddler, starting with shoes and socks. Help her put on her shoes and socks and encourage her to tell you what she’s doing. “These are the socks, these are the shoes!” Ask her questions about what she might see, hear, feel or smell. Does she think she will see a fire engine, hear a car horn, or smell a flower? (Social & Emotional Development)
Encourage your toddler to walk on different terrains (such as up a set of stairs), develop his depth perception (throwing a ball to you) and feel different textures (such as rocks, flowers and grass) as he is walking. (Scientific Thinking & Technology)
While looking at cars, birds, houses or anything else, begin to build simple two word combinations and add descriptors to help children begin to distinguish between big and little, or loud and quiet. For example, if your toddler says “Car”, you can say, “Yes, that is a blue car”, or “Look, there’s a big car and there’s a little car, which one is the big one?” (Language & Literacy Development: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening)
Go for a walk with your preschooler and have her help you identify color items that you encounter. For example, can she spot something red? Take turns spotting other items of the same color. (Scientific Thinking)
Look for items in your neighborhood that are same, but different. For example, are all fire hydrants red, or are some painted yellow, or have pictures on them? Do all fenced in areas have cows, or do some have horses? (Scientific Thinking)
Compare big and little as your preschooler moves throughout his neighborhood. Help him decided if items are bigger than he is (like a mailbox), or smaller than he is (like a dandelion) by having him stand next to the item. Now it’s your turn! Have him help you decide if items are bigger, or smaller than you are! (Mathematics Thinking & Expression)
How did the items in your child’s community get there? How did the flowers get in the garden, or the fence get around a yard, or even a building on the corner? Talk with your child about who might have helped, and what they might have used. For example, a neighbor may have planted the flowers using a hoe, or a construction worker may have helped build the building with a hammer. (Social and Emotional Development)
Go for a walk with your kindergartner and have her help you identify different items that begin with each letter. For those more difficult letters (like Y or Z!), can she name items she’s like to see that begin with those letters? (Wouldn’t she like to play with a yo-yo while she’s at the park?) Take along homemade flashcards or a list of the letters of the alphabet so your kindergartner has a reference to the letter and then the object that starts with the letter. Have her place the card with the correct letter by the object. If she finds a flower, put the letter ‘f’ by it. (Language & Literacy Development: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening)
Compare big and little as your child moves throughout her neighborhood. Help her decided if items are bigger than she is (like a mailbox), or smaller than she is (like a dandelion) by having her stand next to the item. Now it’s your turn! Have her help you decide if items are bigger, or smaller than you are! Don’t forget to compare not only height, but also width. (Mathematics Thinking & Expression)
Help your kindergartner make her own neighborhood book. Take photos of your child’s favorite neighborhood items, like a swing, or a special stick, or even a mud puddle! Purchase a small photo album, or glue the photos in sheets of paper that you can staple together. Have her tell you about her favorite items and you can help her record her responses in her book. (Language & Literacy Development: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening)
National Safety Month
June is National Safety month, designed to help families learn how to keep everyone safe where they live and play and all points in between. While the places families spend time can be filled with wonderful experiences, they can also contain hidden dangers. By learning what environments are safe for your family and child, you can help prevent accidents and keep your children healthy and happy.
Celebrate National Safety month by learning how to be safe where your family lives and plays.
Crayola.com: Get printable crafts, coloring pages and lesson plans.
Teacher Vision: Find printable resources, lesson plans and much more for children K-12
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Discover how to prevent injuries.
Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program: This multi-faceted program educates families about safety and offers safety devices to increase safety practices in the community.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents: Get advice, information and resources about child safety on the road, in the home and at play.
Take a deep breath, then get ready to sing, sing, sing!
Try these songs and nursery rhymes to celebrate the month of June and In the Neighborhood!
Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood
I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing
The House That Jack Built
I Went To Visit A Farm One Day
Make New Friends
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