Our October sessions use loving words, songs, and tips related to all things that make a community! Lessons focus on parent-child relationships as the first community a child has.
WORDS EXPLORED –
Community, musician, family, love, neighborhood, cooperate, rhythm, percussion, listen, musician, world, friend, together, pattern, vibrant, volunteer, home, and share.
EARLY LEARNING ARTICLES –
Lots of Loving Words
Get to know how your child develops language in the first three years of his/her life. In this article, learn how affectionate gestures (like talking and listening to him/her and being a role model) can support their emotional development and communication abilities.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and spend a few minutes with our last early learning article of October. It teaches us about the impact that conversation and friendships have on the development of our children’s future social skills.
OCTOBER BOOKS –
Click here to download the complete list of community-themed books we used in sessions this month. Find them at your local library, a bookstore nearby, or at the Reading Nook closest to you.
OCTOBER PARENT TIPS –
OCTOBER FAMILY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES –
Loving words banner:
Invite older siblings, young cousins, grandparents, or anyone in your family to build a loving words banner! Make it a fun, community project where all members of your family can contribute.
You will need: Large paper, circular washable ink pads (Walmart sells various sizes), markers, and baby wipes (you’re going to need these!). And, lots of loving words! (See our list of words on this page.)
- Add your handprints to the community/family banner.
- Choose one (or many!) loving word and write it and your names near your handprints.
Do you want to share what your family created with us? Add your photos to the comments box below. You can also tag your photos on Instagram or Facebook with #MyLovingWords.
Build this cozy instrument at home to teach your child about the fun of rhythm! These shaker eggs are easy and quick to make. How about pairing this sound matching game to the tune “Hey, Diddle, Diddle” by Music Together?
You will need: 6 colorful plastic eggs (hollow), Krazy glue, duct tape, rice, dried beans, and 8 pennies.
- Open all 6 eggs and decide which will pair with which. To make it more challenging choose eggs of different colors to have the same sounds.
- Fill 2 eggs 1/4 full with rice, 2 eggs 1/4 full with dried beans, and 2 eggs with 4 pennies each.
- Carefully line the rims with Krazy glue and squeeze them shut. Be careful not to glue your fingers!
- Place thin pieces of duct tape over the egg seam for extra security.
- Put the eggs all together and match the sounds with your child.
World craft activity:
Want a super easy and inexpensive activity to teach your little ones about the world, community, and repetition? A blogger mom shares this great family activity! Don’t forget to let us know if you tried it, tag your project’s photo with #TrentonMakesWords
OCTOBER SONGS –
- Allee Galloo by Music Together
- Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
- Old MacDonald Had a Farm
- Biddy, Biddy by Music Together
- Singin’ Every Day by Music Together
- Wiggle by Music Together
- Skidamarink by Sharon, Lois, and Bram
- Dancing with Teddy by Music Together
- Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas
- May All Children by Music Together
- Spanish Lullaby:
Duerme ya, dulce bien
Mi capullo de nardo.
como la abeja en la flor.
Duerme ya, dulce bien
Duerme ya, dulce amor
Dulces sueños tendrás
al oir mi canción.