Daily Home Learning Activities – Something New Every Day!

  • Video: Teach Kids to Wash Hands!

    Posted by Susan Dale on 4/2/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Every Kid Should Wash Their Hands Several Times a Day!

    Here's a silly song video that shows them how

    & it makes it so much FUN to wash hands!

    Young children’s brains record information in pictures, so visual instructions are far more helpful than verbal or written instructions.

    Hand Washer

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  • Video: Happy Dancing For Thursday!

    Posted by Susan Dale on 4/2/2020 10:30:00 AM

    This is a really fun dance video for little kids to burn off their excess energy fast!

    Have fun dancing!

    Can't Stop the Feeling!

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  • Thursday, April 2: Daily Activities

    Posted by Susan Dale on 4/2/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Play with a purpose can make every day a happy, smiling, learn a lot school day!



    Read a book about families with your child. Have your child identify the members of your family. Ask your child how they show a family member they care about them.

    Letters & Sounds

    Have your child make a list of all of the people in your family. Encourage them to write the letters they know from their names or provide them with a family list to from which to copy.


    Have your child pick two snacks with small bites (pretzels, goldfish, fruit snacks, cereal, etc.) and help them create a pattern before eating their snack.

    Art & Sensory

    Have your child make paper dolls of each family member. Cut them out to use in later activities.

    Fine Motor Skills

    Have your child cut strips of paper to make a paper chair. Decorate each bedroom in the house with the paper chain in the favorite colors of the person that sleeps in that room.

    Construction Skills

    Have your child use recycled materials to build their own house. Use the paper dolls of the family members and place them inside the house.


    Little Kittens

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  • The Teacher is In!

    Posted by Susan Dale on 4/1/2020 2:10:00 PM

    I have office hours when I will be at my desk Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM to Noon, and 1:00 to 2:00 PM.

    Feel free to call me then if you want to talk about your child's education while the school is closed.  Or you can leave a voicemail or send an email to me at any time!


    Happy Day!

    Phone: (352) 462-2667
    email: susan.dale@marion.k12.fl.us


    Teacher is in

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  • Wednesday, April 1: Daily Activities

    Posted by Susan Dale on 4/1/2020 7:00:00 AM

    I hope that today's lessons are fun for both you and your little student! Happy day!



    Read a book about animals or nature. Have your child tell you two new things they learned from reading the book.

    Letters & Sounds

    Practice sky writing with your child. Have your child draw from a stack of letter cards and practice writing the capitol and lower case letter in the air.


    Play shape detective with your child. Have your child find 4 things that are square, 1 thing that is a triangle, 6 things that are circles, and 9 things that are rectangles.

    Art & Sensory

    Create a torn paper collage. Put a quarter size spot of white glue on a paper plate and have your child dip a q-tip into the glue to stick down the torn paper.

    Fine Motor Skills

    Tear different colors of paper into one inch or smaller pieces and save the pieces for a paper collage.


    Go on a nature walk with your child. Have them draw or write about 10 things that they see or hear during your walk.


    Teacher is in!

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  • Tuesday, March 31: Daily Activities

    Posted by Susan Dale on 3/31/2020 7:00:00 AM

    This is another day to make a precious memory for both you and your child!



    Read your child’s favorite book. Have your child point out the words they know. Look at the illustrations and have your child identify places where they see their favorite color.

    Letters & Sounds

    Have your child use playdough or popsicle sticks to create the letters in their first and last name.


    Write the numbers 1-10 on individual note cards. Have your child find objects around the house to make a set to match each number card. (For example for the 3 number card you find 3 spoons.)

    Art & Sensory

    Have your child draw or paint a picture that uses all the colors of the rainbow. (Use food coloring and water to make your own paint.)

    Fine Motor Skills

    Go outside and have your child use scissors to cut blades of grass or use green paper to cut strips that look like grass.

    Construction Skills

    Have your child use household items to build a pretend garden. Add the grass clippings or paper grass to accent the garden.


    Reading is Good!

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  • Monday, March 30: Daily Activities

    Posted by Susan Dale on 3/30/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Fun play to do today with your pre-K child to prepare them for kindergarten. This day will be a precious memory for both of you!



    Read a book about colors. Have your child tell you their favorite color. Have your child ask someone in your family what their favorite color is.

    Letters & Sounds

    Write each letter of your child’s first and last name on individual note cards or scraps of paper. Tape them up around the house and go on a letter hunt with your child.


    Have your child count the number of shoes in your house. Have your child line them up in pairs before they begin counting.

    Art & Sensory

     Make a batch of play dough. Mix together over medium heat: 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup water, 2 TBSP oil, 1 TBSP cream of tarter, and 1 cup flour. Stir until a ball forms. Knead the ball as it cools and add food coloring, if desired.

    Fine Motor Skills

    Have your child make a bracelet for someone in your family. Your child can string pasta, beads, or cereal on yarn or a pipe cleaner.

    Gross Motor Skills

    Make an obstacle course with your child. Have something that your child can jump over, crawl under, and stand on the top.



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  • Monday, March 30: Welcome to the Teaching Team!

    Posted by Susan Dale on 3/28/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Welcome to the Teaching Team, New Parent-Teachers!  

    Teacher photo

    Mrs. Susan Dale, Pre-K Teacher 


        Well, this will be a new experience for us all, including your child, and it will be both fun and rewarding! So, welcome, new parent-teachers!

         Our teaching team is working overtime to prepare the resources and support you will need to step up as “parent-teacher” for awhile. I hope that, as you and your child look back on them these upcoming days, they will be filled with treasured and funny memories!

        The at-home learning activities our team is suggesting in my upcoming, daily website postings all follow the basic curriculum we have been using in our classroom. After breakfast in the classroom, we talk about their choices for Centers time. This changes periodically, however, it often includes bead stringing; building with blocks or magnetic squares; easel painting; scissor use; dollhouse; baby bathing; and dinosaurs –– to name a few.

        Some of our classroom activities help develop fine motor skills, while others expand their imagination and peer interaction skills. In the classroom, this is followed by storytime, which is presented as an interactive time where we act out parts of the story, ask questions, or examine things mentioned in the story. Outdoor activities enhance gross motor skills and social skills. When they come back inside, they are ready for a light snack and more Centers time. After lunch, they are ready for a nap.

         You know your little one better than anyone, so adapt the activities as you think best. If there are older siblings at home, they often will enjoy helping out with these teaching activities.

         On this website, we also have included album portfolios of photographs taken in the classroom throughout the year. You child might enjoy looking at them with you to see pictures of their friends and themselves.

         Please know that I am here to answer your questions and help you, however long the medical quarantine lasts for you, Marion Oaks Elementary School, and our community.

         You can call me at:  (352) 462-2667 from 11:00 AM to Noon or 1:00 to 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday (or leave me a voicemail) or by email anytime at susan.dale@marion.k12.fl.us 


    Your child may better understand why they are not going to school now, if you click on one of these links to read them this book (English & Spanish versions –– click on either title to open it in a new window):

    Why Can't I Go to School?   or    ¿Por qué no puedo ir a la escuela?



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  • Friday, March 27: Schools are closed for awhile

    Posted by Susan Dale on 3/27/2020 7:00:00 AM

    All Marion County Schools Are Temporarily Closed

         Marion Oaks Elementary School and all other Marion County schools are temporarily closed for awhile to help keep our students, teachers, and our communities healthy and safe.

         All of our students are learning at home with their parents' help, until it is safe to re-open Marion Oaks Elementary School and the other schools in Marion County.  Our teachers are all helping parents teach their children at home.

        You can share these pictures with your child to help them understand:


    Can't go to school now


     Stay home until healthy

    Back to School Soon?  

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