QEP Bi-Monthly Blog: March 11
Susan Okoga, QEP Director
 
Spring is Here!
 
We will be on Spring Break for the next two weeks from Monday, March 15 to Friday, March 26. Whether you are on vacation or working from home, here are some great ideas for activities you can do with your children both indoors and outdoors.
 
  • Start a garden - plant vegetables, fruits and/or flowers
    • Read books about planting
    • Select what to plant - fast-growing plants are better for young children
    • Gather the pots, soil, tools needed
    • Keep a journal where you can write what they observe or they can dictate their findings for you to record
    • Take pictures of your garden
    • Talk about the parts of the plants - seed, stem, leaves, flower
    • Talk about what plants need to grow - soil, water, sun
    • Plant vegetables that your child enjoys eating so they can grow their own food - lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans
  • Go on a nature walk with your own list of things to look for
  • Listen to the birds singing - What are they saying?
  • Play in the rain - wear boots and splash in the puddles
  • Make and fly a kite
  • Go on a family bike ride
  • Leaf rubbings - find leaves, sticks, flowers and place them under a sheet of paper and rub them with crayons to make a print
  • Get a large piece of paper and draw together - trees, flowers, birds, butterflies and keep adding to your family mural
  • Prepare meals together - pancakes, sandwiches, pizza
  • Look for rainbows, draw them, and read books or watch YouTube videos to learn about them
  • Find caterpillars, gather leaves for them to eat, place them in a jar or bug house, and watch them grow
    • Keep a daily journal 
    • Read about caterpillars and butterflies; watch YouTube videos and learn about them
    • Measure the caterpillar daily and record your findings
    • Count how many days it takes before transforming into a chrysalis
    • Count how many days it takes to turn into a butterfly
    • Read the book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
    • Take pictures to document and add to your journal
Your child will learn so much about the world around them but more importantly, they will have memories of the times they spent having fun and learning with you. You will learn new things together, treasure these moments, and be able to recall these memories for years to come!