Archived Notes From Kate and Meredith (most recent on top)


Tuesday March 31, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,


Children can help with chores much more than you might realize! Having your child help might make a chore take longer.  But, it also gives your child the good feeling of spending time with you, the confidence boost of being helpful and a repertoire of valuable life skills. 


  1. Laundry.  Children can sort clean laundry into piles (socks, shirts, etc.).  Even the youngest children can learn to fold pillow cases, washcloths and dish towels; and older children can master pants and even shirts! Folding bed sheets together is also fun. 

  2. Mopping.  If you have a Swiffer-type mop, fill the squirt bottle with plain water or water and a few drops of vinegar and let your child do the floors.

  3. Windows. Fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of vinegar.  Give your child a rag and let them wash the windows (and mirrors).

  4. Dishes.  After meals, let your child wash any plastic bowls, cups, etc. at the kitchen sink. When you unload the dishwasher, let your child put away the silverware (a great sorting task!).

  5. Food prep.  Set your child up with independent tasks to do while you’re making a meal. Some examples: ripping lettuce, peeling clementines, slicing bananas, separating broccoli florets, peeling carrots (or potatoes, or cucumbers), scooping out melon seeds, grating cheese.

  6. Table-setting.  Set one place the way you want it to look and have your child copy that model for the other places. 


Your children see that you are juggling a lot, and it will give them a good feeling to be contributing members of the family!


Meredith & Kate

Monday March 30, 2020

Dear Parents & Caregivers,


Water play is a favorite in all the classrooms at DLS both in our water tables and at the sink.  You can set your child up with a bin of water on the kitchen floor or at a table or in an empty bathtub, or with a chair pulled up to the sink. Measuring cups, basters, spoons, dolls, empty squeeze bottles and ice cubes all make good accessories for water play.  Many of the children love washing real dishes and some do a pretty good job! A sink of soapy water can entertain for a good long time whether it has dishes to clean, boats to sail or animals in need of swimming lessons.  And, if you happen to have food coloring at home, a change of color often extends the play! (Shaving cream is fun, too.)


You can also do a sink/float experiment with tin foil and pennies.  Your child makes a "boat" out of foil and loads it with pennies, one by one, seeing how many the boat can hold before it sinks.  Older children might be motivated to try and make even sturdier boats.


Kate and Meredith

Friday March 27, 2020


Dear Parents and Caregivers,


Perhaps you remember folding paper hats when you were a child?  Or making paper boats?


Here are the instructions, and you can find step-by-step photos on Instagram @downtownlittleschool. 


1.Take a single sheet of newspaper folded in half.  Any kind of paper will work!

2. Take the top corners one at a time and fold into the middle.

3. Fold up the extra paper at the bottom of your triangle.

4. Use a stapler to secure the hat along the bottom. This is your hat.  Now you can paint it or glue on decorations!!



5. Take corners of your triangle and bring together to form a diamond.

6. Take bottom point of diamond, one side at a time, and fold to make a smaller triangle.

7. From inside the triangle, open and then fold into a smaller diamond.

8. Carefully pull open into a boat by pulling the top points of the diamond and here's your boat.


Newspaper works well, but any kind of paper can be folded into a hat (or a boat).  Use collage materials, markers or paint to decorate what you make!!

Thursday March 26, 2020


Dear Parents & Caregivers,


With apologies to the gluten-free and the egg allergies among you, here is a recipe for roll out cookies that works like a charm.  The recipe calls for cardamom but you can substitute cinnamon or nutmeg if you like.


½ teaspoon cardamom

2 ¼ cup flour

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 stick of butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

Dash of salt

1 cup brown sugar


Sift flour and cream of tartar.  Beat butter. Add spice, salt and baking soda.  Beat in sugar and egg. Add dry ingredients. Roll dough out and cut with cookie cutters.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.


If you don’t have cookie cutters, use a blunt knife to cut out shapes or substitute a jar lid for a cutter.



Kate & Meredith

Wednesday March 25, 2020

Dear Parents & Caregivers,


Here is something a little different.  Try reading this simple story or rebus with your child.


For those few of you who have older children, they might like to try making a rebus.  No need to have a vast selection of stamps; they can draw the pictures!

If you don't already, follow us in Instagram @downtownlittleschool and check out #downtownlittlehomeschool! 


Kate and Meredith

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Dear Parents & Caregivers,


How many uses are there for masking tape?  Ask your child or, better yet, give your child a roll of tape and some paper or cardboard and see what happens.


We have found that children of all ages love taping things.  Flat pieces of cardboard, toilet paper or paper towel rolls, small boxes or big are all fun to tape together.  Children may try to make binoculars, for instance, or they may just enjoy sticking things together randomly. It’s even fun to tape a plain piece of paper until its color disappears under the tape.

Children can rip tape off the roll or use a scissor (the littlest ones may need you to pre-rip some strips for them).


For a slightly more sophisticated project, try making tape lines, shapes, patterns or pictures on paper.  Then paint over the tape. When the painting is dry, remove the tape!


Photograph your tape projects and send them to your classroom teachers or to us! We're working on a gallery of the work children do at home.

Kate & Meredith


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