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Activities with the letter M

06/05/2020

Activities with the Letter M

Hi, everyone! Here are some fun low-tech activities for your family to try together at home. Perhaps you can include this list of activities in your morning routine, or in your afternoon routine following nap time. Please note that we are compiling family literacy ideas for each letter of the alphabet -meaning that you'll have 26 days worth of songs, yoga postures, tongue twisters and more to have fun with! Enjoy :)

Mindfulness

Mindful Listening. Sit comfortably. Close your eyes and just pay attention to the sounds that surround you.

Notice what you hear? Voices? Birds? Phone ringing? Machines?

Simply pay attention to the sound of your breath. Just listen.

 

Moo / Meow Yoga

Start in table shape on your hands and knees, with a flat back. Be sure that your knees are below your hips and that your hands are below your shoulders.

Push into the floor with your hands and the tops of your feet, let your belly button hang and raise your chin and tail (imagine that you have a cow's tail). Look up towards the sky to cow pose. “Moo!” like a cow and move around.

Come back to table shape and reset. Push your arms into the floor and bring your chin to your chest. Make your back round like a cat stretching. “Meow, meow, meow!”

Move between cat and cow postures for a funny animal shape. This should feel really good.

 

Miss Mary Mack

This is a clapping song (it is played with two people, but can be practiced by yourself). Here is a video for learning the lyrics and the fun rhythm.

 

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack all dressed in black, black, black

With silver buttons, buttons, buttons, all down her back, back, back (or : "Up and down her back, back, back")

She asked her mother, mother, mother, for fifty (or fifteen) cents, cents, cents

To see the elephants, elephants, elephants (or hippos or cows!) jump the fence, fence, fence.

They jumped so high, high, high, they reached the sky, sky, sky

And didn't come back, back, back till the 4th of July ly ly.

 

She asked her mother, mother, mother, For five cents more, more, more

To see the elephants, elephants, elephants jump the door, door, door.

They jumped to the flow, flow, flow ; they stubbed their toe, toe, toe,

And that was the end, end, end, of the elephant show, show, show!

 

Memory Game

Ask someone to gather some small items and to hide them under a towel. Uncover for 60 seconds and try to remember what you see. Cover them back up – how many can you remember and describe? If it is too easy, add more items or limit to just 10 seconds.

 

Mathematics

Let's have fun with math! Click here to view grade 2 Multiplication Table charts. Here is also a non-for-profit website that offers math resources from preschool to university, and beyond.

 

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Tongue Twister

Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager, imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.

 

Blog post contributed by Kristina from the Alta Vista Branch and Sherri from the Rosemount Branch.

 

Interested in the other blog posts in this series? Click here to see activities for the rest of the alphabet!