taking care of yourself and your family's mental health in times of uncertainty
DIY baby ballet barre
tips for introducing a new baby to a toddler
summer reading list
social distancing activity bingo
Spring is in full swing, flowers are in bloom, the grass is greener, and we couldn't be happier! We revamped our outdoor space here at the Well (see some photos here). We are excited to eat some of the veggies we planted and hope to see butterflies and bumblebees all summer long.
Better weather means more time spent outside - at least here in Wisconsin where we covet our warm months. Read on to find a fun Bingo card we created so that you can have fun with your children and/or students both indoors and out!
The Well Teachers & Staff
Family Mental Health Tips
Keeping our children and ourselves happy and healthy is always a challenge, but in the age of COVID-19 it feels as if we are trying to accomplish the impossible. Here are useful and actionable tactics from a school psychologist.
DIY Activities For All Early Learning Stages
0-12 months: Make A Ballet Barre!
Building a baby ballet bar gives your on-the-move infant a safe place to practice pulling up to standing. Plus, how cute is it? Putting a mirror behind it also allows them to practice self-recognition and imitate their own movements. Click here to see how you can do this simple project.
2-year-olds: Pizza Parlor Dramatic Play
A "pizza shop" is a great way to practice early literacy, math, fine motor and communication skills! Create a menu together with prices, sort different toppings and provide some early exposure to fractions by cutting up "slices." Check out some ideas here.
1-year-olds: Roller Painting
Using rollers is a great way for toddlers to practice painting since they are easier to grip than regular brushes and move around surfaces. These smaller rollers work well for their tiny hands. Squeeze a few different on a plate and let them experiment with mixing colors!
3 & 4-year-olds: Jar Lava Lamps
A fun visual science project you can do with items from the kitchen! Watch what happens when you add all the ingredients together. Create your lamp during the day, and then at night shine a light on it to see the effects in the dark. Get started here.
The most fun game of Bingo yet! Take your time completing Bingo once or many times all while keeping your children moving, learning and having fun.
We are excited to begin harvesting our own produce from the garden this month to make snacks. Check out our printable June menu, including links to some of the recipes to make at home!
Grab a beloved stuffed animal and take a moment to slow your breathing and calm your body & mind with Ms. Lish, our Teacher & Learning Manager. This video will walk your child through a simple breathing exercise that can be used before rest or any other point during the day when your child needs to recenter.