Resources for Parents

Ask families to give the children chances to make good choices at home. For instance, children can decide if they want peas or green beans for dinner; they can also decide if they want to play soccer or catch in the backyard with the family. Make sure families understand the importance of offering a choice between two good options.

Ask families to help the children notice sets of items in the home—for example, utensils, pots and pans, silverware, towels, dishcloths, and so on.

Ask families to take their children to visit the local police, fire, or sanitation department so they can meet the people who work there and learn more about the important jobs they do.

Send a note home asking families to talk to their children about community helpers in their own neighborhoods.

Send home a note explaining the day’s activities, and ask the families to show the children the instruments on the dashboard of the family car, explaining how the instruments work in the process.

Ask families to talk to their child about a celebration they have attended together. It may be a wedding, a faith-based event, or a party. Invite families to encourage their children to talk about that celebration and try to recall as many elements of the event as possible.

Send home a scavenger hunt card challenging the families to find certain items around their homes. Make a large card with two rows and four columns. Draw or paste pictures of the following images in the squares: can, candy wrapper, rubber band, paper bag, paper, socks, paper clip, and plastic container. Instruct the families to find the items together and put them in a paper or canvas bag. Ask the children to bring the bag back to school the next day to be used in an art activity.

Ask families to brainstorm together to think of ways they can make their neighborhood community a better place for people and animals.

Ask families to discuss how many of the products on the dinner table were provided by plants. Remind them to think about other things besides food products, such as the wood table and chairs.

Encourage families to begin a weather journal at home. Record the temperature, cloud type, and weather each day and compare them at the end of the week.