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Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday break!

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Featured Worksheet

Students will practice both rhyming and logical reasoning in the first in a series of worksheets to practice finding patterns in sounds and words.

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Featured Activity: Board Games

Board games are a great way to teach your young child strategy and critical thinking skills….plus, they are fun! By ages 4-5 your child has the reasoning abilities to begin learning to think strategically.

Our top choice for a beginning strategy game is 
Connect 4. The game consists of two players, a vertical board, and two different colors of chips. The players take turns dropping their chips into the board and try to make a line of four chips of their color. You can make lines horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

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Art Project: Paper Snowflakes

Materials Needed:

What to do:
  1. Cut the paper into a square if it's not square shaped already.
  2. Fold the paper in half diagonally several times.
  3. Cut small shapes out of the corners and sides.
  4. Unfold the paper and see what your snowflake looks like!
A resolution is a decision to work towards meeting a goal.

It is a tradition to create New Year’s resolutions at this time each year. 

Here are some examples of resolutions.
  1. At least taste everything on my plate at dinner.
  2. Share my toys with my sister.
  3. Do one Expanding Minds Learning worksheet each day.
Make your own list of resolutions.

Talk about how you and your child can work together to achieve his or her goals.

Did you make any resolutions last year? If so, how did you do at keeping them?
Your Photos and Feedback
First photo: Consider a performing arts class or program for your child. They'll get to be creative and learn to express themselves. It may also help kids who are shy.
Second photo: Don't discount the importance of pretend play. Dress up and and other pretend play toys let kids learn to interact with things in the world.

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