Learning is Everywhere
We’re in the grocery store!
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.
Encourage your baby to interact with those who may stop to say hello while at the grocery store. Reassure her with smiles and eye contact and an encouraging tone. After the interaction, describe the interaction. “That lady thought you were so cute and liked your smile!” (Social and Emotional Development)
As you shop, describe to your baby what he is seeing. Use different words to describe the colors, shapes, smells and noises he may experience. Tell him what you plan to do with the items you purchase and how many you will buy. Expand the sensory experiences; for example, touch items of varying textures and temperature to your child’s skin. Use facial expressions to enhance your experiences. (Scientific Thinking)
When in the grocery store, have your child help you decide which item is largest, smallest, heaviest, etc. For example, compare the size of a lemon and a grapefruit, and help her decide which item is larger or smaller. (Scientific Thinking)
Using a magazine or newspaper grocery ad, have your toddler select foods that he likes to eat, or would like to try. You can cut them out so he can glue or paste the pictures into a “favorite foods” book. (This can be similar to the Me Book in the Learning is Everywhere Calendar.) Next time you visit the grocery store see if he can select something new he would like to try so he can add it to his book. Talk about the pictures he has chosen and ask him why he likes the items. (Health, Wellness and Physical Development)
Pre-Kindergarteners and Kindergarteners
As you put away your groceries, talk about the items that were purchased. Help your preschooler or kindergartner describe each item-hard, soft, rough, smooth, red, green, etc. How many different words can he use to describe the item? Each of you can take turns coming up with a new word! Create a shopping page on a tablet with pictures and descriptive words. (Scientific Thinking)
Help your preschooler or kindergartner associate the food she eats with their origin. For example, mashed potatoes come from potatoes, and ketchup comes from tomatoes. Next time you visit the grocery store, help her identify which items can be made into something else (like oranges into orange juice) (Scientific Thinking)
During the next grocery trip, have your preschooler or kindergartner assist you in matching the coupon with the item. Point out the name of the items and the picture on the coupons. Translate the amount on the coupon into money. “50 cents is two quarters” or “$1.00 is the same as four quarters or one dollar bill”. Make your own play money and coupons and practice shopping. Allow your preschooler or kindergartner to shop in your kitchen with their coupons and money to prepare for shopping in a store. (Mathematics Thinking and Expression)
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) is a day for everyone to learn about and promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth their families. Awareness Day raises awareness of effective programs for children’s mental health needs; demonstrates how children’s mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and shows how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities.
Early childhood mental health is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development. It is developing capacity of the child from birth to age 5 to:
- form close and secure inter-personal relationships experience, regulate and express emotions; and
- explore the environment and learn in the context of family, community, and cultural expectations from young children.
(Adapted from ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers & Families)
Watch videos about how positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.
- Socialization for small children: “More Than Just Knowing Their ABCs”
- Young children are affected by traumatic events and can be helped.
- Brain Flight: How brain activity may influence the way a child thinks, feels or behaves.
- Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything
To discover what events are happening in your community, visit the PA’s Promise for Children County page, then select your county.
You can also find helpful tips from the Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Mental Health Project.
May Songs and Rhymes
Does everyone have on their dancing shoes? Ready…set…sing! Engage your child in songs, rhymes and learning while telling your story.
The words to the songs can be printed, or you can visit your local library for CDs with the music.
On Top of Spaghetti
Put the Lime in The Coconut
Five Fat Peas
Little Bunny Foo‐Foo
This Little Piggie Went To Market
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!