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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.