Learning is Everywhere
We’re learning in the bedroom!
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.
Activities for Infants
As you dress your baby, tell her about what you’re doing as you’re doing it. Tell her, “The shirt goes over the head, one arm in, another arm in, and then cover the belly!” (Social and Emotional Development)
Use songs and music in your baby’s bedroom for activities such as dressing him, playing, or while cleaning up toys. Sing along with songs or create your own, and encourage him to participate! (Social and Emotional Development)
Activities for Toddlers
Let your toddler pick out his clothes. If it’s not possible for him to pick out his entire outfit, let him choose one item, like his socks or shirt. Ask him to identify where different items of clothing belong on his body. Don’t forget things like mittens, scarves, shoes, and belts! (Social and Emotional Development)
Choose a song to play during bedroom clean up. When the music is playing, move around the room with your toddler. Can you get everything picked up before the song ends? Can you each dance while cleaning up, or can you sing along while cleaning up? (Health, Wellness and Physical Development and Approaches to Learning through Play)
Activities for Preschoolers
Use index cards or pieces of paper to create letters for items in your preschooler’s room. Have her help you choose the name of items (such as bed, door, window, etc.) and tape the correct letter for each item. As you and your child move through the room, have her name the items and you can help with naming the letter. As you read a book, have her help you match a letter in a book with one in her room. (Language and Literacy Development, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)
Do a nighttime count down! Before turning out the light for the night, help your preschooler count the number of same or similar items in the bedroom, like two doors, one window, six dresser drawers, etc. Together, find pairs of items, then sets of three, etc. Encouraging your preschooler to sign songs like ‘1, 2 buckle my shoe’, sign finger plays, and play counting games together are playful modifications. (Mathematics Thinking and Expression)
Activities for Kindergartners
Before bedtime, ask your kindergartner to draw a picture of what he thinks he will dream when he’s asleep. Take the picture and post it in his room so he can see it before he falls asleep, and ask him if he thinks he will have the same dream again that night! What does he think will be in his dreams? Ask him to tell you a bedtime story about his picture or his dream–be prepared for a creative story! (Language and Literacy)
Have your kindergartner tell you where items of clothing are worn and help her figure out what the purpose is of each item. Ask her why we wear boots while in the snow, for example. Don’t forget items like aprons, belts and mittens! If your kindergartner is having difficulty with this, playing with paper dolls, Colorforms, or cut out pictures from magazines provide an opportunity to practice dressing. (Approaches to Learning through Play)
Sleepy Time, Bed Time: Ways to help your child sleep
What do sleepy babies, tired toddlers, yawning preschoolers, and cranky kindergartners have in common? They might not want to go to sleep at bedtime!
Having a bedtime routine, or activities you do every night, can make a difference between a child who can go to sleep with little fuss, and one who fights it every time.
Click here to get tips from families and share a bed time routine that works for your child!
Bedroom Safety for Children of All Ages
A child’s bedroom can be a multi-purpose room, used for sleeping, quiet time, or play. The bedroom should also be a safe place for your child. Take time to ensure that your child’s safety won’t stop at the bedroom door.
Here are a few tips to get you started, but for a complete listing, talk to your pediatrician or visit your library for books and resources to make your home a safer place for your child.
- If the windows in your child’s room have window blinds, make sure the blinds and all their parts (like the strings that are used to raise and lower the blinds) are not accessible to your child. These can present a strangulation danger.
- Furniture, such as shelves or dressers, should be secured to the wall to prevent a child from pulling them over. Heavy items (such as a television or stereo or mirror) should never be placed on top of furniture where a child might climb or pull the furniture over. Keep closed dresser drawers to discourage a curious child from using them as steps.
- Keep furniture away from the windows. This includes a crib or bed, dresser, changing table, or shelf.
- Make sure the bedroom door will not lock from the inside. Remove the lock, or change the door knob if it has a lock.
- Your child’s bedroom, like other rooms of your home, should have childproof plugs in electric plugs.
- Make a crib a safe place for your child. Never use a pillow for a baby or small child. To prevent your child’s head from getting caught between the bars, make sure crib slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Make sure the mattress fits snugly — no more than two fingers should fit between the mattress and the side of the crib.
- If you find your child can climb out of a crib, it’s time to consider her moving to a regular bed. Don’t forget to use guard rails, or use a toddler bed (or even put the mattress on the floor) until your child becomes used to sleeping in a bed.
- Toys should be age-appropriate. Check the recommended age range for all your child’s toys. Check for choking hazards for children under the age of three.
Safe Kids Network
Did you know that nearly 2,300 children ages 14 and under die from unintentional injuries that occurred in the home? Nearly 80 percent of these deaths are among children ages 4 and under.
As a grown up, it’s your job to be a know-it-all. Luckily Safe Kids is here to help. Safe Kids can show you the best ways to keep your child safe from injury. Safe Kids is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14.
They provide an online parent center which focuses on safety at home, at play and on the way. You’ll find tips and how-to’s broken out by age or activity, so you can easily find the information that is most important to your family. Safe Kids can educate families, provide safety devices to families in need and advocate for better laws to help keep children safe, healthy and out of the emergency room. Their sponsored programs and initiatives combine education, awareness, environmental changes and safety device distribution to get communities more involved in child safety and keep families and children safer.
In Pennsylvania, there are local offices which provide safety education for families. These may include free carseat safety checks, safety events, and educational workshops. At Child Safety Seat Check-Up Events and Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations, you can learn how to transport your child safely.
For additional information, visit the Safe Kids website.
March Songs and Rhymes
Get ready to belt out some tunes! Engage your child in songs and rhymes and learning while in the kitchen.
The words to the songs can be printed, or you can visit your local library for CDs with the music.
Songs and nursery rhymes for in the bedroom!
- Bedtime Song
- Bedtime Poem
- Let’s Clean Up
- Early Morning
- You’re my favorite baby in the world
- Brahms Lullabye
- Go to sleep my little Buckaroo
What’s YOUR Story?
You know you have a story to tell about what quality education has done for your child, your family or your community–We want to hear it!
Tell about your child’s favorite PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start or Keystone STAR teacher, administrator, or classroom. Share all the great things your child has learned by participating in a quality early learning classroom. Let everyone know how important it is for your family to have access to quality early learning!