News letter 04/10

Dear Parents,

We hope all of you are doing well and staying safe!

The virus outbreak is supposed to have peaked in Washington State. Here is a link to the model by University of Washington, which is a good source for the relevant data: https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/washington

Last week Governor Inslee announced that Washington schools will be closed through the end of the school year. Currently we are offering care for a very limited number of children and we are planning to continue the same policy to have under 10 children per group until the end of summer. As long as the stay at home order is in place, which is currently through May 4th, we will not be able to accept any more children for childcare. In childcare we are currently following a curriculum of weekly themes, as we have 2 more months to go before summer starts. We will add Montessori curriculum starting May 1st to keep the children in childcare engaged.

As part of the unit study on animals around the world, each child was going to work on the presentation board to display facts about an animal from a given country. Some of the children have started working on it and some of them have not started yet. Once the stay home order is lifted we will set up a time when parents can drive by and pick up the boards if they wish to help children finish them up. We can load it into your car so that you don’t have to step out. If your child is in childcare we will work with them to finish their boards.

With the current situation we will not be able to gather for the annual day. This is very painful for me, as the children mentioned a lot how much they love the graduation ceremony! It’s very unfortunate that we will not be able to do it as planned. We will make a decision on the possibility of having a ceremony in smaller groups at a later time.

Here are some activities for this week. Please feel free to share pictures of the work!

Activity 1: Baking soda paint

Materials: Baking soda, vinegar, water, food coloring, cups, pipette, brushes, heavy weight paper. 

Step 1: You will want equal parts of baking soda and water. Measure baking soda into cups.

Step 2: Next, measure out the same amount of water into a separate cup and color with food coloring. Pour colored water into the baking soda and gently stir to combine. The mixture shouldn’t be too soupy or too thick.

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STEP 4: Use a brush to paint a picture with the baking soda and water mixture.

STEP 5: Set out a small bowl of vinegar and pipette for kids to gently squirt vinegar onto the picture. Watch your picture bubble and fizz!

Explanation: baking soda and vinegar to release a gas called carbon dioxide
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Activity 2: Coffee filter flowers 

Materials: coffee filter, markers, water. 

Step 1: flatten the coffee filter, and then draw on the coffee filter using the markers

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Step 2: Mist the coffee filter with a spray bottle. 

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Step 3: Once they dry, fold them back up and around the corner. Pull the center together just a touch and tape with clear tape to make a flower. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the tape and leave the remaining pipe cleaner for a stem. 

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Dancing gummy worms

Materials: gummy words, pasta, baking soda, vinegar, 2 clear cups.

Step 1: cut the gummy worms into thinner pieces. 

Step 2: Measure 3 table spoons of baking soda, and stir them into a glass filled with 1 cup of warm water. Add in the gummy worms and mix them into the baking soda and water concoction. 

Step 3: Wait for 15 minutes for the gummy worms to soak into the baking soda mixture. 

Step 4: while we wait, fill the second glass with vinegar. After 15 mins is over, carefully fish out the gummy worms. Start placing the gummy worms in the vinegar. You will notice the mixture start to form bubbles. After a few seconds, the worms will cover in enough bubbles they will start rising from the bottom , writhing their ways to the surface. 

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Growing seeds in a jar 

Materials: Several tall, clear plastic containers, paper towels, cotton balls, glue, spray bottle with water, seeds.

Step 1: Gather the seeds and call the child over. Asked your child to pick the 3 seeds they wanted to plant in their container and then helped lay them out so they could observe them.  Talked about the different sizes, shapes, colors, and even texture of the different seeds. Talk about which seeds grow foods we eat {pumpkin, green beans, corn, and peas} and which seeds grow leaves or roots we eat {cilantro and carrot}.

Step 2: Next, folded a paper towel in half and placed 3 dots of glue {one for each type of seed} a couple inches from the bottom of the paper towel.  The kids then glued a seed {or two} on each one of the glue dots to prevent the seeds from falling to the bottom of the container.

Step 3: After allowing the glue to dry a little, place their paper towels in the plastic containers.  Let the kids thoroughly mist the paper towel and add moistened cotton balls to help hold the paper towel in place.

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Activity 5: Will Oil and Water Mix?

Materials: Jar with a tight lid, food coloring, water, oil, egg yolk.

Ask the preschoolers if they think it is possible to mix oil and water. Maybe shaking the jar will mix the oil and water?

Experiment: Add water and oil into a jar. Shake the jar to see if the water and oil will mix. It will mix temporarily, but preschoolers will be fascinated to see that water and oil immediately start to separate.

Is there a way to get oil and water to mix?

This is where the egg yolk comes into play. Drop the egg yolk into the jar and instruct the kids to shake the jar as hard as they can. The oil and water will mix!

Explanation: This is because of the density of the two liquids. The oil is less dense than the water, therefore it rises to the top

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