As the school year comes to an end, we know that many children will not be able to participate in many of the traditional summer time activities that we all look forward to year after year. We want you to know that KLRN is here for you and your family.
Our Education Team is working hard to create engaging virtual summer sessions for students of all ages. For families, we will continue to provide a weekly parent newsletter along with these weekly blog posts with fun activities for children of all ages. Starting next week, our newsletter format will change so that we can include activities for students of all ages.
We hope that our summer resources for families will help you keep your child engaged and learning over the summer.
KLRN Education Team
This week we will focus on how “Celebrate the Cerebellum!”
Daniel Tiger First Day at School
Monday, June 29 at 9 AM
Talking about a fear and problem solving ways to help your child become less afraid can help your child express their emotions.
Curious George Where’s the Firedog?
Tuesday, June 30 at 8 AM
Make a dog sled out of paper, complete with dog team, Molly, Tooey and Trini!
Let’s Go Luna
Wednesday, July1 at 8:30 AM
Russian nesting dolls are dolls, typically made out of wood and in decreasing size so they can nest inside one another. The toys traditionally follow a theme and the design often depicts a fairy tale.
Thursday, July 2 at 7 AM and 1 PM
When we help kids tune into their senses we’re teaching them to observe and understand the world around them. This simple, fun activity will get your child thinking about their sense of smell.
Friday, July 3 at 10 AM
Feeling left out by friends is a common and painful experience for young children. Using imaginary play, you can help your child work through the disappointment of being excluded -- and learn to include others!
- Little Engineers
Children are full of curiosity—they’re naturally observing, questioning, testing, and collecting information. These are the important critical thinking and problem-solving skills of engineers. Explain that engineering is the process of planning, building, or constructing something. Design a Fort.
- Shape Play
Children will color in the shapes and cut them out, then have fun creating together! Creativity exercises their cognitive skills.
- Alphabet Art
Alphabet art is a fun, hands-on way to help kids recognize the shapes of letters. It can also provide an opportunity to layer in learning across subjects. Watch this video and think of ways you might incorporate letter crafts into your work with kids and families.
- Rainbow Milk Science
Milk and food coloring double as a beautiful activity and a lesson in surface tension. Through this experiment children can predict what will happen, graph their results and exercise their thinking skills.
- Play I Spy With a Rhyming Twist
Use this new twist to a classic game and develop your child’s rhyming skills! Talk to your child about rhymes and explain that two words rhyme when they end in the same sound such as “cat” and “bat.” Have some fun at home, in the car, waiting room, or anywhere by creating silly rhyming sentences with your child!
- Practice Patterns with Blocks
Matching blocks to their shape and color is a fantastic activity for older toddlers. Add patterns to challenge your preschooler.
Elementary Age Activities
- Doorman’s Code: Zoom
Figure out the secret code using your problem solving skills. This activity from Zoom focuses on yourcritical thinking and operational skills to solve the problem and find the pattern.
- Memory Lane Fitness
With this Kindergarten through 5th grade activity, students get a brain and body workout! Students work in pairs as the teacher calls out physical tasks such as high fives and tunnel tens. As the teacher is calling out these partner exercises, students must listen carefully to not only complete them but complete them in sequential order. This is a great activity to focus on psychomotor, cognitive, and affective skills.
- Martha’s Memory: Martha Speaks
Help children understand point of view in storytelling and build vocabulary using this Martha Speaks video! Martha and friends discuss what the words "certain" and "sure" mean, and Martha shares her version of how a game they played ended.
- A Different Point of View
In this video clip, students will look at Sleight and Presto from different points of view to see different geometric shapes. The video helps students to see which points of view Sleight and Presto look the same (front and side) and different (top) from.
Middle/High School Activities
- 3 Surprising Creativity Tests: Braincraft
The hosts from Vsauce join Vanessa for a few fascinating mental challenges.
- The Human Spark: Thinking About Thinking
In this video from The Human Spark Alan Alda and Oxford University's Robin Dunbar discuss intentionality. As Dunbar explains, intentionality is the ability to understand or believe things about the world. Almost all species of birds and mammals have first-order intentionality - that is, knowing what's in their own minds. Second-order intentionality - thinking about what others are thinking - is something apes can manage reasonably well but only humans are capable of third-order intentionality and higher.
- Making Informed Decisions & Critical Thinking
As today's students become ever more involved in using technology as a resource for daily life, it is crucial that we develop students' critical thinking skills to help them decipher the barrage of information available to them and use this information in their opinion-forming and decision-making processes.
- What is Deja Vu?: It’s Okay to Be Smart
Most of us have felt it before, that strange sensation that you’ve been somewhere or seen something before, as if you already remembered what’s happening. Are you psychic? Nope, that’s just déjà vu. Why does déjà vu happen? Well, scientists aren’t completely sure, but they’ve got a few good theories about it.
- Why Don’t We Use All of Our Brain Cells?: Ask MIT
"Why don't we use all our brain cells and what do we do with the ones we don't use?" Find out from Hannah Iaccarino, a graduate student in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and a researcher at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.
We hope you enjoyed some of these activities. If you follow KLRN on your facebook account please be sure to share your activities and use the #KLRNeducates and #KLRNLearnatHome tags.
Tune in next week for more learning fun with your favorite PBS Kids programs.