Welcome to week ten of home learning.
Thank you as always for the photographs and emails. I also had a surprise visit from Sophia, when I was in nursery on Friday. I am glad so many of you enjoyed the Super Worm book and Sebastian’s ice lollies looked delicious. After a very cold and wet few days, hopefully summer will get back on track.
The Very Hungry Caterpillars have arrived
Only 7 weeks after they were ordered. Who would believe that Coronavirus would have such an impact on my caterpillars. Over the next three weeks I will put updates on their progress. I hope the kids enjoy seeing them.
Books, Books and More Books
It’s important to spend time reading together every day.
Some tips for reading with your child at home
• “Story Time”should be a favourite part of your daily routine and not just at bedtime.
• Let your child pick out his or her own books. Letting your child read what interests them helps reading become a fun experience.
• Encourage "Good looking” “Good listening” and “Good sitting.”
• Show them the cover. Talk about what they think the story might be about. This is a great way to engage their interests and develop imagination. Mention the author and illustrator and talk about what he/she does.
• Follow the words from left to right with your finger. This helps children understand that printed word has meaning.
• Ask your child questions as you read – children at this age can be easily distracted so asking questions helps to keep them interested. Discuss what’s happening in the story and point out things on the page. Ask your child questions such as: ”What do you think will happen next?” or “What is this?” “How do you think the girl is feeling?” can they predict the ending?
• Make it engaging and try to bring the story to life. Use different voices and even actions.
• At the end of the story ask them what they liked or disliked about it and explain why.
• Let your child read the story to you. Encourage your child to use the pictures to tell you the story in their own words, holding the book and turning the pages themselves.
• Read it again and again and again – children will want to hear their favourite story over and over! This is beneficial to them.
• Also remember reading material and printed words and letters are everywhere in your house and outdoor environment. Read and point out what it says on food packaging, cereal boxes, bubble bath bottles, magazines, road signs etc.
• Listen to stories online if you can. YouTube is a great resource for this.
Spray Bottle Shapes and Numbers
Using spray bottles are great for strengthening those important hand muscles. Why not draw numbers or shapes, with chalk, on the ground, wall or fence. Call the name of the shape or number out, can your child spray it with water until it disappears? Remember to mention the number of corners and sides when talking about shapes.
Rainbow Bubble Pictures
All you need is some washing up liquid, paint or food colouring, a straw, paper and some water. Blow your bubbles and use your page to catch the bubbles then let them dry.
All you need to do is mix some Cornflour into water then add some paint, food colouring or grated chalk.
The paint will easily wash away. It would be great messy fun to get the spray bottles out with the cornflour paint.
More Mark Making
It’s been lovely to see and hear the progress so many of the children have been making with their mark making. In preparation for primary one please continue to give your child lots of opportunities to write and draw. The children will be at all different stages of development. Some may be still at a very early mark making stage while others may be attempting to copy words. It’s important you child work at their developmental level and to keep activities fun and stress free. Building your child’s confidence is very important.
Spending 5/10minutes a day mark making and drawing will be very beneficial in preparing your child for Primary One.
Pre-writing Strokes and Lines
Children need lots of repeated opportunities to form and master the following strokes and lines before they can effectively write and form letters. The following photographs show the developing sequence of these lines and strokes.