While we are away from school, we want you to know we are thinking of each family and each child.
We will be posting "Today's Story" periodically for you to watch and enjoy.
These stories were recorded with you in mind. We miss you and we care about you!
The Staff of Monument Elementary
Presented by Mrs. Rumer, Para Educator
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
Presented by Mrs. Hausken, Kindergarten Teacher
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Today's Video Learning
Animal Science with Mrs. Rumer
The Parent's Guide to Google Classroom
Click on the link below and experience learning fun! (pictured below)
Meet the Staff of Monument Elementary School
2019 - 20202
Monument Communication Preschool
The Communication Preschool focuses on providing a language rich environment to help model and expose our preschoolers to effective communication. We also focus on correct sound/phoneme production throught the entire sessions.
Monument Elementary is a PBIS school
PBIS is short for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and it is a way to create a safer school using evidence-based practices and data. The main parts of our PBIS program are:
Thanks to our PBIS program, Monument Elementary continues to become safer, more inclusive, and more supportive for all students. If you have any questions about our PBIS program, please visit with our Interim Dean of Students, David Itterley.
Have each kid pick a topic they'd like to learn about and spend 30 mins each day on that topic
Spend one day reading every single picture book we have in the house
Bake something every day
Have each kid write a letter and/or emails to a different friend or family member each day
Use all of our building toys on one giant structure
Wash our hands!!!!
Races of various kinds in the backyard (hopping on one foot, crabwalk, walking backwards, etc.)
Try stop motion animation with playdough
Facetime grandparents a lot
Inventory the plants & wildlife (from bugs on up) in your yard.
Learn the parts of plants/flowers & how they function (bonus if they learn the Latin names).
If you aren't too squeamish & have a spare clear shoebox size tote or 5-10-gallon tank, catch some pill bugs (roly-polies, sow bugs) & observe them (if you really do this, i can tell you how to set them up. i have about a thousand of them currently because it's too cold here to thin the herd & they've been reproducing all winter. They're interesting).
Write a short story & illustrate it.
Learn how to do simple book binding.
Make paper (from your old mail!)
Have the kids help with yardwork in between playing games outside. They're little, but they like getting dirty and "working" in the gardens.
Go Noodle! Great for guided movement, relaxation, etc.
Board games, card games
We have some extreme dot to dot books (1400 dots) that the kids love, especially the 5 year old!
Lots of reading, playing with the dog,
Working on learning to sew using stuff we have on hand.
Card making/scrapbooking projects (mostly for me but kids can do it too).
Getting the garden ready, we need to weed and work the ground. I might get seeds and we'll set up to have our own starts this year.
Make tents and reading caves : ) flashlights, tidy snacks, books, and pillows!
Have a shadow show in the reading tent (we used blankets over chairs or a table)
Get binoculars and learn about the birds near your house, look them up on google and search for their birdcalls on YouTube
Learn how to make a stuffed animal
Play with cornstarch and water and cheap action figures
Many educational websites are waving fees if your students’ school is closed
Collect a bunch of tape markers and cardboard boxes. That'll keep them busy for a day or two.
Watch all the hand washing videos & vote on your favorite. Discuss why each good, helpful, funny. The Holderness parody one is hilarious, the Vietnam Tiktok one is great choreography, some have good songs etc.
Also pick your favorite song with a 20 second refrain or verse perfect for hand washing length of time.
Family puzzles. Ones that are 500-1000 pieces and a challenging but not frustrating picture
Team up and really clean and organize each kid's space, making a donation box for each. Parents are included.
Have a board game day
kids can also make their own games! Board games, card games, you name it! My daughter spent a lot of time this winter creating soccer and football games played with cards for moves and pieces made out of legos
Write a story cooperatively. One person picks a character and the other picks a setting and then go gangbusters together.
The folding picture story one! We called it “eat poop you cat” one person draws a small picture across the top of a paper the next person writes a sentence that describes that picture and folds Over the paper top of the paper hot dog style to cover the picture. So the 3rd person only sees a sentence and they have to draw a picture. They fold over the sentence.
Any and all art is fun at home: beading, painting, drawing, play dough or kinetic sand, sewing, etc. when my daughter was young we could do art all day.
Massive board game tournament with all the (mostly forgotten) board games we own!
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My daughter (6) has enjoyed doing yoga at home. There are kid-friendly YouTube videos and printed cards with poses.
Zumba or Dance-along videos on YouTube
Check out Pinterest. There are tons of ideas for activities, games, etc.
Draw self portraits on blank faces
Color coded different interesting places on a map.
Draw maps of places and then make directions from one place to another to see if someone else could follow it.
Do a scavenger hunts, indoor treasure hunts where they follow clues through the house to a "treasure" at the end (could be candy, a movie, whatever), and a lot of charades.
Check online for videos. There are a few easy "kitchen chemistry" type science experiments that are easy to do, like making slime, baking soda and vinegar reaction, etc.
Create an experiment to learn what each ingredient did for a cake (so we made one following the recipe, one without eggs, one without milk, etc.). We then compared and contrasted the different cakes ... Then we ate a lot of weird cake.
Give the dogs a bath and brush
Wash and clean out the car
Mow the lawn
Play sidewalk chalk outside
glow stick party
Have a popcorn + movie marathon
Listen to kid podcasts - we love story pirates and smash boom best.
Have an Olympics with a bunch of events competitions - funny ones, helpful ones like cleaning and really fun ones like minute to win in style.
Learn new card games
We’re going to learn to make sushi!
Lots of art projects!
Dig up all the activity books, presents, etc that never got played with, and use those!
There’s always time-tested building a tent in the house with blankets and chairs. Great for just before nap time.
Bust out the hiking gear and try new hiking paths. As long as you stay away from over populated areas you will naturally stay a safe distance from others and sick people generally don't hike!
Do a study on planets, then have the kids create their own planets- how big is it, where in the universe is it located, atmosphere conditions, can it sustain life, how long is a day/year, name it, etc. You could even spread the planets out around the house to show "approx." distance from each other.
Design a new space craft, draw plans, then create out of legos or household items. Spend some time pretending you're on different planets with different gravity, you could seriously spend a whole week on just fun space activities.
But that's not limited to space- these ideas would work for animals, geography, body systems, historical events/time periods, etc. Beyond that, do some fun physics experiments like making a bridge out of straws, egg drop protectors, paper airplanes, etc.
PuppetMaster: an app where you can animate anything from a drawing to a stuffed animal.
Practice spinning poi - my daughter is just learning how to spin and it’s been fun practicing together.
Puzzle races: put several puzzles (20+ piece puzzles) in a paper bag and shake it up. Pour pieces out and give each person the puzzle box they are to put together. Go! (Cooperation tends to be a result as pieces are traded.)
Dig through cabinets and figure out recipes for that thing you got at the grocery store and thought "this is interesting surely it can be used for something!" And then make it!