This week we are looking at the skills of rhyme and alliteration. We often explore these throughout the day when speaking to the children, sharing songs, rhymes and stories. Why not:
There are lots of practical ideas below to recap and explore 2D shapes. If your child is confident naming the shapes encourage them to develop their mathematical language to describe similarities and differences using the sentence stems:
I know this is a _________ because and I know this is not a _________ because.
Encourage the children to think about size, edges, corners and faces. Here are a few examples:
Activities to support this weeks theme
Identifying and labeling feelings (your own and others’) is a valuable life skill that takes lots of practice. This week we are exploring emotions, below are some activities to consider when thinking about emotions and feelings. Through open conversation we can begin to support children to recognise and manage their own feelings and behaviour.
Paint a Feeling
Materials Needed: Paint, brushes and paper!
This is a completely free art choice. Just let them paint! No expectations, no "adult decided" outcome! When they are done, ask them to name their picture with a feeling.
"Let's name our pictures with a feeling. When you were painting today, how were you feeling, happy, sad, angry, scared, etc. and why"
Hang paintings with their descriptions.
Painting to the Emotional Beat
In advance, choose a selection of music that has different tempos: classical, reggae, hard rock, jazz, big band
The children paint or draw to the beat. During this time, ask them how this music makes them feel--happy, sad, excited, angry, etc.
The world is currently reflecting on diversity and equality. Children may see or pick up on many things within the media that cause them to question or reflect and it is important that we are ready to answer some of the questions they may have. It is as important as ever for children to recognise similarities and differences in themselves and others and for them to learn to value the rich and diverse world we live in, where every individual is valued, respected and treated fairly. Within preschool we do this through:
We have also been exploring the concept of fair within our math activities.
You can explore diversity at home by:
Children are interested in learning more about kids their own age, including what school looks like in other countries. Set up a “school” interest center. Explore photos, books, videos and other activities that feature children at school in another culture.
Encourage discussions about school in other countries by asking questions such as, “How do the children get to school?” and “What do they eat for lunch?”
Try to include healthy dishes from a variety of countries that may be different from what children have experienced at fast-food restaurants: fresh guacamole, homemade hummus with pita chips or naan with mild curry.
Try a new language
Explore different ways to say hello and practice greeting each other in different ways
Encourage positive role models, displayed through toys, imaginary play, books and posters that promote non- stereotyped images i.e. dressing up, role play, dolls, etc.