Build a Snowman
It may not be snowing outside, but here at Maryland EXCELS, it’s a winter wonderland as we celebrate the holidays and put everyone in the quality spirit with the Build Your Own Snowman
game! Choose from a variety of snowman parts and scenes to see if you can build a high-quality snowman (and see what happens when you don’t!). Share this link with your friends and family in search of care as we continue to spread the word about high quality child care and early education. After all, snowmen know that quality matters, shouldn’t you? Choose Maryland EXCELS participating programs! Click here
to build your snowman.
Encourage children to find out which animals have been roaming around the neighborhood by hunting for animal tracks
together. Take a walk after a rain or snowstorm and search for animal footprints in the snow or mud. When tracks are seen, let the children draw a picture of them and think about what kind of animal might have made them. Children may want to consider question such as: What are the size of the tracks? Would they belong to a big animal or a small animal? Which animals live in these surroundings? Follow the tracks, and ask what the animal might have been doing. For example, what might tracks leading to a puddle mean? Label the drawings with the names of the animals the children think made the tracks. Later, research tracks in library books or online at: http://www.naturetracking.com/
Celebrating December Holidays
Which holiday(s), if any, do your families and staff celebrate? If the staff and/or children in your program are culturally diverse, this could mean you will be learning about a number of different holidays. In a more culturally homogeneous setting, it could mean finding out about the variety of ways families celebrate the same holiday.
How do you help children appreciate the various ways families celebrate? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #MarylandEXCELScelebrate