Jumpstart Little Explorers | Exploradores Pequeños de Jumpstart
In this section you will find themed activities to do at home with your children, including science experiments and activities that introduce concepts in math. These themes are intended to help the littlest explorers discover new concepts like the ocean and space, while continuing to develop their language, literacy and social emotional skills.
En esta sección encontrará actividades temáticas para hacer en casa con sus hijos, incluyendo experimentos científicos y actividades que introducen conceptos de matemáticas. Estos temas ayudaran a los exploradores más pequeños a descubrir nuevos conceptos como el océano y el espacio, mientras continúan desarrollando su lenguaje, alfabetización y habilidades sociales y emocionales.
- Exploring Civil Engineering | Explorando Ingenieria Civil
- Exploring Butterflies | Exploring Mariposas
- Exploring Math | Explorando Matematicas
- Exploring Astronomy | Explorando Astronomia
- Exploring Paleontology | Explorando la Paleontologia
- Exploring the Desert | Explorando el Desierto
- Exploring the Arctic | Explorando el Artico
- Exploring the Ocean | Explorando el Oceano
- Exploring the Rainforest | Explorando la Selva Tropical
- Establishing Routines | Establesiendo una Rutina
Need a reset? Sing with your child. Not only can it lift everyone’s mood, but it builds language skills. Children hear rhyming or silly words, helping them identify and segment sounds. Talking together about words and ideas in songs or coming up with your own rhymes builds vocabulary. Sing, dance, and have fun together!
Join Jumpstart Literacy Champion and singer-songwriter, Brynn Elliot, in a sing along.
Jumpstart Storybook Activities
Read some of Jumpstart’s favorite storybooks featured in the Jumpstart curriculum and then have fun doing some simple activities together!
Don’t already have these books at home? Click on any story’s Video Read Aloud link to watch a Jumpstart friend read the book aloud. You can also try the activities without the books at all or with another favorite.
- A Birthday Basket for Tia | Una canasta de cumpleaños para Tía | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- A Letter to Amy | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English
- An Extraordinary Egg | Una piedra extraordinaria | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- Chameleon’s Colors | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English
- Dear Juno | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English
- Gilberto and the Wind | Gilberto y el veinto | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- Jabari Jumps | Jabari Salta | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- Matthew and Tilly | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English
- Max’s Dragon Shirt | La camiseta de Max | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- Maybe Something Beautiful | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- Not Norman | No a Norman | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- Peter’s Chair | La silla de Pedro | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- Quackers | Cuacua | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- Rabbits and Raindrops | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English
- Raccoon On His Own | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English
- Thank You, Omu! | ¡Gracias, Omu! | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- The Bear Ate Your Sandwich | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
- The Lion and The Little Red Bird | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English
- The Puddle Pail | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English
- Whistle for Willie | Sílbale a Willie | Story Guide English, Español | Video Read Aloud English, Español
Parent Resource from Noggin
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Talking to Children About COVID-19
Get tips from the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention) on how to talk to children about COVID-19.
Something Strange Happened in My City is an amazing social story written by Dr. Jenny Yen, a Jumpstart course professor at CSU Fullerton, to help children understand what’s happening in the COVID-19 crisis. It has been translated into multiple languages and can be found here.
Check out these fun resources from Noggin that teach children how to wash their hands and other ways to reduce the spread of germs.
Articles and More
A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development from the Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University. This guide pulls together information on COVID-19, including what it means for child development, and shareable resources that can help parents, caregivers, child care providers, pediatricians, and others who work with families.
A Parent’s Guide to Surviving COVID-19: 8 Strategies to Keep Children Healthy and Happy written by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, members of Jumpstart’s National Early Education Council
Caring for Preschoolers at Home provides expert guidance on maintaining structure, routine, and healthy habits for learning and growing at home.
Healthy at Home Toolkit (Ready Rosie) supports families with resources for learning at home, prevention and care, and emotional well-being.
Time to Talk, Play, and Create: Supporting Children’s Learning at Home provides tips based on research for supporting young children’s learning through interactive and fun activities while families shelter in place at home.
Abriendo Puertas (Spanish)–Recursos para familias en español
At-Home Learning Tips
Talk with your child about how it feels to miss friends, family, or teachers. Discuss some ways to make yourself feel better when you miss someone, like writing a letter or looking at pictures.
What makes a volcano erupt? How big is a whale? How long does it take to get to the moon? What is your child interested in? There are many child-focused resources for learning about the world online. Find one from a free reliable source like NASA or PBS and learn something new together.
Invite your child to come up with a question and send it out to friends or family. Questions could be silly or imaginative like, “What is the first thing you would do if you went into outer space?” or “Where would you go if you had wings?”
Create a kindness jar. Invite everyone in your household to write or draw a note when they see someone else demonstrating kindness. Throughout the day, or at mealtimes, take one of the notes out of the jar and read it aloud to celebrate the ways everyone is helping and being kind to one another.
Read Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. Then, create a mural about things that make your community special.
Read Cassie’s Word Quilt by Faith Ringgold. Then, invite each member of your household to use art materials to draw what they are grateful for. Help children label their drawings. Invite family and friends that don’t live with you to send pictures as well. Put the pictures together to make a gratitude quilt and display it somewhere special.
Start the day with conversations that help children build their planning and self-regulation skills. Ask a question like, “What is something you are looking forward to today?” Then make a plan for the day together.
Big emotions are normal, especially when routines change or people are experiencing stress. Consider strategies to help children understand their emotions and calm their bodies. Children may use a feelings chart to label their emotions like excited, anxious, surprised, or confused. Then have a conversation about what children can do when they’re having big emotions, like taking three deep breaths.
Children’s bodies need to move! Consider activities that incorporate mindfulness with movement, such as children’s yoga. Learn a few poses together like cat/cow, bird, and butterfly.
Model empathy by spending some extra time talking with and listening to your child. You might hear them asking the same questions repeatedly as they process the changes in their world. Your patience, kindness, and child-friendly answers will help them to work through their emotions.
Children process emotions in many ways, including being extra quiet or loud, pushing boundaries, not listening or following directions, and needing to move their bodies, sometimes in less safe ways. Some extra time talking or snuggling with a book can help everyone feel calmer and more connected.
Play a mirror emotions game. Invite your child to look in a mirror and make an emotion with their face while you try to guess it. Then switch and invite them try to guess yours! Try some silly or tricky ones like disgusted, worried, or proud.