More activities - the 4 specific areas of learning
Literacy - reading and writing
- Allow your child to select books for themselves; ones that interest him/her. Picture books with repetitive and basic language such as those by Julia Donaldson.
- Encourage your child to ‘read’ what is happening in the pictures. Prompt them to tell you a sentence about what is happening.
- Sing alphabet songs and talk about the names of the letter and the sounds that they make.
- Make shapes of letters out of play dough; write them in sand, write their own name in the air etc.
- Encourage your child to sing/say songs and rhymes and tell you their own stories.
- Ask your child about words that rhyme, e.g. house and mouse.
Mathematics - numbers, shape, space and measures
- Practice counting groups of objects in pictures and stories; pose questions such as how many altogether? Which number is one more?
- Count out loud with your child saying the names of numbers clearly.
- Show numbers to your child (perhaps on number cards)
- Sing songs or rhymes with numbers in them; 10 In The Bed, 5 Little Ducks, 10 Fat Sausages etc.
- Read stories with numbers in them, e.g. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
- Use mathematical language; add, take away, number names.
- Count using fingers.
- Point to and say numbers around the house.
- Encourage children to identify shapes around them; do a circle spotting hunt, square spotting etc.
- Apply mathematics to real life; shape, money, amounts of objects etc.
Understanding the World - people and communities, the world, technology
- Talk to your child about special times; birthdays, baptism and other key events in their lives and the lives of others they know.
- Encourage them to explore their surroundings; particularl when playing outdoors.
- Allow your child to observe animals and describe them.
- Allow them to use simple tools; such as a small hand trowel.
- Encourage them to feel different textured objects and describe; rough, smooth, soft etc.
Expressive Arts and Design - exploring and using media and materials, being creative
- Listen to and sing songs and rhymes with your child.
- Engage in role play with your child.
- Explore different media; paint, pencils, crayons.
- Using scissors and glue; encourage cutting and sticking activities.
- Dance to songs and make up actions to complement; e.g. Wheels on the Bus.