Casa Learning From Home

Casa (Ages 3 to 6) Learning from Home

Casa-aged children (ages 3 to 6) thrive in environments that promote repetition, routine and the mastery of purposeful movement.

  • Allow your child to choose activities and give the opportunity for periods of time without distractions.
  • The keys to a successful learning environment are order, access to tactile resources, space to explore, and meaningful activity. For the Casa child, work and play should be interchangeable—a natural, fun and exciting part of life.

Our Casa children are staying connected to their Sunny Hollow teachers and classmates in a variety of ways. We are supporting Casa parents through daily and weekly activities using Google Classroom. Parents sign their children up for small-group learning activities and social connections through online video meetings.

Here are some of our learning-from-home opportunities and supports for preschoolers and kindergartners.

Sunny Hollow's Casa Offerings

Casa Weekly Plan

Each week, our guides send out a list of possible activities that parents can do with their children at home. They offer options in the areas of practical life, sensorial, language, math, movement, and self-expression, along with ideas for supporting independence and routine.

These activities are posted to Google Classroom so that parents can view the current and past activities on their own timeframe.

Our goal is to support parents in ways that are developmentally appropriate for their children and also flexible to parent schedules and work commitments.

Here’s an example:

Supporting Independence and Routine

Every week, Casa guides offer practical ways for parents to support their children’s independence and establish routines.

Tips from recent weeks:

  • Identify opportunities to be independent. Together make a list of things your child could be doing by themselves: wash and brush hair, get dressed, make snack, rinse dishes and put them in the dishwasher.
  • Choose one day this week and together plan a menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Your child can dictate it to you or write it themselves. Make it fun by creating a replica of a restaurant menu.
  • End the work time (for each lesson or each day) by cleaning up and preparing your environment for what comes next. It is a great opportunity for your child to return all supplies and materials back to their places. For example, sharpen pencils, replenish paper, wipe down tables, sweep. Remember that modeling is key!

Practical Life

Each week, Casa staff practical life activities for parents to show their children in the areas of food preparation, care of environment (cleaning, plant care) and self-care. They include a list of materials that are commonly found in homes. 

Recent activities to inspire families: peeling hard-boiled eggs, making pizza (with pita bread or a tortilla as the crust), washing your bike, cleaning out your car, and polishing a mirror. Casa at-home resources include recipes for food preparation work that children can learn to make: apple sauce, popovers, naan, and no-bake granola bars.

Read-Alouds

To stay connected, Casa staff are doing daily read-alouds via video meeting to the children in their class. Often, children cuddle up with a blanket or stuffed animal in cosy place while the adult reads. Recent favorite chapter books have included House at Pooh Corner, Betsy, Tacy and Tib, and Trumpet of the Swan. Children can join at the scheduled time or watch the video later. 

Casa staff also record themselves reading picture books. Children get to see the book and hear beloved adults reading it.

 

Language Activities

Children ages three to six develop language by leaps and bounds, and Casa guides support their parents in providing a rich language environment at home. The full range of language activities includes spoken language activities such as sound games for phonemic awareness, support for children learning the sounds of the alphabet and how to form the letters, vocabulary enrichment, and ways to support children in writing and reading as they grow. Here are some of the language resources:

Math Activities

Self-Expression

 

Movement

 

Support for Parents

We hope that during this time at home, young children are enjoying family life with developmentally appropriate contributions. But that is easier said than done when families have other siblings and work obligations!

Here are some ideas that we invite parents to explore:

  • Support your child’s independence in daily life activities.
  • Establish daily routines and expectations.
  • Be mindful of and allow children to continue periods of concentration.
  • Remain mindful about your child’s stress or worries during this time of change.
  • Limit screen time. Encourage real-world exploration.
  • Provide opportunities for daily physical activity.
  • Reach out to teachers with your questions, ideas, concerns, or feedback.

We also encourage parents to stay in contact with our Casa guides—ask questions, share ideas or concerns, and give us your feedback.

Activities for Home

Practical Life

Ages 3 to 4:

  • Meal or Snack Preparation: slicing vegetables, fruit, cheese, putting spreads on tortillas, crackers; juicing oranges/lemons (manual juicer) etc.
  • Kitchen Care: loading and unloading the dishwasher, washing dishes by hand, sweeping floors.
  • Pet Care: walking, feeding/watering, playing with, and grooming.
  • Dusting: the leaves of plants with a soft cloth or furniture around the house.
  • Nature walks in the yard or about the neighborhood with a list of things to find.
  • Walking on the Line: make a masking tape line throughout the house and walk carefully on the line.
  • Art: coloring, painting, collage, sidewalk chalk.
  • Cutting and gluing – for example find and cut all of the plants in a magazine; glue into a collage.
  • Sewing shapes/pictures onto napkins, hand/kitchen towels, etc.

Ages 5 to 6—any of the above plus:

  • Cutting (advance searches: mammals, birds, amphibians, etc.)
  • Baking: reading, measuring and mixing simple recipes.
  • Handwork: crocheting, finger knitting, or sewing individual letters/words, initials, or pictures on napkins, hand towels, etc.
  • Origami

Sensorial

Ages 3 to 4:

  • Exploring the home for 2 dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, circles, etc.).
  • Exploring the home for 3 dimensional shapes (spheres, cylinders, cones, cubes, prisms).
  • Explore the home for textures that are rough or smooth.
  • Exploring sound by tapping on different objects (pot, glass, wooden cutting board, etc.) with different objects as well (tap with a metal spoon, then a wooden spoon).

Ages 5 to 6:

  • Exploring spices and attempting to recognize them by scent.
  • Comparing the various shapes of leaves found amongst the house plants.
  • Drawing a picture that includes certain shapes (e.g. 1 circle and 3 rectangles, or 1 square and 4 triangles).

Language Activities for Home

Ages 3 to 4:

  • Sound Games/I-spy: Something that begins with the sound /s/.
  • Question Game: Have a conversation using who/what/when/where/why questions.
  • Singing new songs (different languages).
  • Tracing shapes, letters in cornmeal (pour cornmeal in a cookie sheet).

Ages 5 to 6:

  • Write a letter to a friend or family member to mail.
  • Assist in writing list of things to do for a day or a week.
  • Write a story or a play and read aloud or act out when finished.

Math Activities for Home

Ages 3 to 4:

  • Scavenger hunt/counting objects collected.
  • Counting objects (beans, pennies, etc.).
  • Sorting laundry.
  • Sorting silverware.

Ages 5 to 6:

  • Hopscotch math—all operations can be done, just make your hopscotch goes higher than 10.
  • Give your child a set of 18 like objects (beads, buttons, shells, etc.) with which they may calculate basic math facts (math combinations when two of the three numbers equal 9 or less than 9)
  • Tell your child story problems (they use set of objects to figure out)

Casa At Home Schedule

Here’s a general structure of  the day that parents might find helpful. Routine and consistency are important for your chid. Preparations for the next day and chores can be performed throughout the day. Activities can be modified according to child’s readiness and developmental needs.

Early Morning

Set up and clean up breakfast, load dishwasher.

Basic chores: collect dirty clothes, sort laundry, help load washing machine. Prepare morning snack (place in accessible area to be eaten later), clean up.

Mid-Morning

Uninterrupted work cycle. Children should engage in activities to practice skills for practical life, sensorial work, language, or math.

Lunch

Prepare (set up, clean up) lunch.

Quiet Time: this may include nap, reading books, handwork, reflective time.

Afternoon

Afternoon work time. Include time for care of the environment and preparation for the next day’s work.

 

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