This week we are looking at initial sounds. Please note it is important that children master the fundamentals of sound discrimination before attempting to formally teach the letter sounds therefore we advise that you use the above power point as a tool to practice listening by naming and creating sounds opposed to introducing the visual letter form.The best way to do this is to embed it through daily routines for example using alliteration or highlighting initial sounds 'lets play with the b bouncing ball'.
If children are struggling to hear the initial sound try using hidden instruments or familiar objects, encourage children to listen to and identify the hidden sound. Why not try recording different voices and see if children can identify family members and friends.
This week we are planning to explore money. This may be a new concept to the children, however, introducing this early will provide the children with a basic knowledge to build on during their reception year. Please have fun together safely exploring coins and value. Below are a few ideas to try at home, these include coin characters, role play shops, counting coins into the money bank and sorting coins. Trips to the shops can also be a great time to look for price labels, explore change and introduce money based language such as coin, note, change, enough and cost.
This week we are going to focus on counting. Counting is an incredibly important and fundamental skill that will build a basis for further learning across many strands of the math curriculum. Rote counting (or saying numbers in a sequence from memory) is what most children will be able to do most confidently, but this does not mean that they can always accurately determine the amount within a group. To help your child develop a better understanding of numbers and how counting relates to real life, have a go at one of the fun, active gmes below. This will help your child develop their one-to-one correspondence and make connections between the spoken numeral and quantity.
This week we will be talking about how to look after our environment. Key questions include:
- Where is food grown?
- How do we look after our pets?
- How can we care for living things in the wild?
- What do we mean by reduce, reuse, recycle?
- Where does our rubbish go?
- What is compost?
- How can we help look after the environment?
Provide frequent positive experiences outdoors. Because children learn best through direct, concrete experiences, they need to be immersed in the outdoor environment to learn about it.
Model caring and respect for the natural environment. Children need adults who model care and respect for the world of nature.