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Nursery Learning at Home Tuesday 24th March
Here are some ideas to help your child with their learning at home. Remember to make the activities you do together fun and give lots of praise.
The story of Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Read your child the story of Dear Zoo by Rob Campbell, if you do not have the book at home Youtube has!
Read the story with your child a few times, encourage your child to join in with repeated refrains e.g. “I sent him back”.
Suggested Activities for Dear Zoo
Personal, social and emotional development
Speak to your child about the pets that they have and would like to have. Children can also explore their feelings towards animals, including animals they find frightening, such as spiders, snakes or even some dogs.
This is a wonderful book for vocabulary development. Children can learn the names of animals and also some simple descriptive words such as ‘big’ or ‘grumpy’. You can use this book to connect some words to their own experiences by asking questions such as, ‘What things do you find scary?’ ‘How many big animals can you name?’
Children can also be encouraged to develop language to speculate and to reason – for example, ‘Why was the monkey naughty?’ While this use of language supports children’s reasoning skills, it is worth remembering that children will need plenty of time to respond to more abstract questions.
Encourage your child to speak in full sentences e.g. “The monkey was naughty because........”
This is a great book to develop a love of reading in children. The text is simple and there is a repeated line ‘So they sent me a…’, which allows quite young children to access this book independently.
Help your child to make a lift-the-flap book or lift the flap pictures. They could choose their favourite animals to be underneath a flap, then an adult can scribe the child’s text underneath.
You could also encourage mark-making by putting out pictures of animals and writing paper so that your child can write their own letter to the zoo. Remember all of your child’s marks on paper are meaningful to them. It may just look like a squiggle to us but it means something to your child and this ‘mark making’ is an essential part of the beginnings of writing and needs to be encouraged at all times.
Explore containers of different shapes and sizes. If your child has toy animals, find some small boxes. Children can see which boxes fit which animals and also how many animals fit in each box. Encourage your child to use the language of measures e.g. ‘big’, ‘bigger’, biggest’, ‘small’, ‘smaller’, ‘smallest’.
Encourage your child to sort animals – pictures of animals or toys into different categories. They could sort by size, or sort by farm, wild and pets. They could sort from favourite animal to least favourite animal. Talk to your child about their reasoning behind their sorting.
Encourage your child to draw pictures of the animals from the book.
If you have a printer they could colour in some animals – there are some great resources for this book on the Twinkl website which is currently free
Make an animal mask
Make your own animal cage
Daily Activity ideas
Nursery Rhymes are a powerful learning source in early literacy and enable children to become interested in the rhythm and patterns of language. If you are unsure of the words there are plenty on the internet:-
- Count everything and anything from fruit to number of toys. Encourage your child to point (or put finger on) each item as they count.
Show them a number line or numbers from 1 – 10 and ask them to find the numeral to match their counting.
- Ask your child for a specific number of items e.g. can you give me 3 apples? Can you find me 5 carrots etc. Show your child a numeral and ask them to find that amount of teddies/cars/fruit.
There are some great sites which include fun counting and numeral recognition games as well as developing your child’s ICT skills.
Interactive counting games:-
The children are at all different stages with their name writing. Some children are mark making without making recognisable letters and others are able to write their name.
For those children who can write their name they can practise letter formation.
For children who are still on the name writing journey here are some ideas for them to develop their skills.
- Make a name card for your child so they can see their name daily. (first letter a capital and the others lower case e.g. Anne)
- Use shaving foam or sand in a tray to practise writing (with finger) the first letter of their name.
- Write and paint the first and other letters from their name.
- Colour in their name or letters from their name.
- Decorate their name.
Learning at Home
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