CARRICK NURSERY UNIT NEWSLETTER- HOME LEARNING-WEEK BEGINNING 20.4.20.
We are all missing each and every boy and girl in our classes.
-We really want to keep in regular contact through class dojo.
-We will be available on class dojo every weekday morning 9am to 11am.
-We love sharing photographs of our wee class as it really helps reassure the boys and girls and keeps them familiar with faces and names. Please let us know asap if you do not want your child’s photograph shared on Class and/or School stories.
-Offers of places for Primary 1 will go out on 28th April.
-This week we are going to suggest some more activities for your child to do at home – you work through as many of them as suits. Some of the activities will be linked to our topic for April –Farm Animals and our Monthly colour-Green.
-We are also going to highlight the learning that will come from these activities so you can see how important it is to encourage your child to try at least some of them as the skills we are highlighting are important in getting children ready for Primary 1.
-We are going to include some additional information from Rise Ni which is an Educational Support Service and from Getting Ready to Learn Parenting Programme which we are part of.
ACTIVITIES to promote Early Mathematical Concepts-
ACTIVITY – SINGING NUMBER RHYMES TOGETHER
Say or sing these Nursery rhymes with your child. (You can also do actions)
1. Five Little Ducks went swimming one day
Over the pond and far away.
Mummy duck said “quack quack quack”
But only four little ducks came back.
Repeat for 4, 3, 2, 1 etc
2.Ten green bottles sitting on the wall
Ten green bottles sitting on the wall
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall
There’d be nine green bottles sitting on the wall.
Repeat for 9 bottles ,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 bottles.
3. Baa Baa Black sheep have you any wool
Yes sir Yes sir three bags full
One for the master and one for the dame
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
ACTIVITY-GOING ON A HUNT for GREEN THINGS
Key Questions for your child –
- What colour are all of the things we have collected?
- Can you tell me what each object is?
ACTIVITIES to promote Personal Social and Emotional Development
ACTIVITY - MAKING A VISUAL TIMETABLE
What is the learning? Young children need routines to feel safe and secure. They are learning about the sequence of a day – eg Get up, dressed, clean teeth, breakfast etc Morning routines, Afternoon routines and Bedtime routines.
Make a visual timetable of routines you follow every day – see sheets- “My day” + pictures.
Try to continue similar routines each day - Getting up routine, Morning and Afternoon routines then Bedtime Routine.
Talk to your child about the choices they can make of activities each day.
If you are finding it difficult to get your child to go to bed –see “Practical Strategies To Help with Bedtime”
If your child is still dependent on a dummy we will be posting some strategies next week to help try to wean them off them.
ACTIVITY – ANIMAL CHARADES
What is the learning? Building self esteem and confidence, taking turns, patience, listening to instructions, fun!!
Family sit down all together. Discuss game with child – explain about taking turns, about thinking about a farm animal and the sound that it makes.
Explain to the child that when it is his or her turn they have to stand up and make the sound of a farm animal and the others have to guess which farm animal the sound is from.
ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Activity- GO ON A LISTENING WALK outdoors.
What is the learning? Movement also listening skills, awareness of Spring weather and extending vocabulary eg dog, cat, wind etc
Go outside for a walk. Give your child a list of things to listen for eg cars passing, birds cheeping, wind blowing, dog barking etc
When you come back from the walk can your child draw the things that they heard on their Listening Walk.
ACTIVITY- BEAN BAG CHALLENGE.
What is the learning? – Developing hand eye coordination, ball skills, spatial awareness, also counting, problem solving skills, taking turns.
How many bean bags or rolled up socks can your child throw into a hoop or into a bucket or container (Preferably outside)
Count how many each of you get into the bucket.
Who got more socks into the bucket?
Who got less socks into the bucket?
Extend this by moving bucket or container further away from your child to encourage them to try to throw the beanbag or rolled up socks further.
Praise your child all of the time during these activities. This will build up their confidence and self esteem when tackling new tasks and challenges.
ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE LANGUAGE
Please try and read stories to your child especially at bedtime.
Children absolutely love stories especially when you are reading them to them and add in funny voices and sound effects! They often love to hear the same stories over and over again. Children will often listen better if they choose story themselves. Spending 10 minutes a day reading together helps your child’s social and emotional skills and strengthens their bond with you.
ACTIVITY- SIMON SAYS
What is the learning? Listening, following instructions, observing, perseverance.
First of all you take the lead-
Simon says touch your eyes,
Simon says touch your toes,
Simon says touch your back etc etc
Then make it more difficult by making the instructions longer
Eg Touch your toes and clap your hands,
Touch your head and turn around,
Clap three times then touch the leg of the chair etc
Then let your child take the lead – Simon says to --------
ACTIVITY- STONE STORIES
What is the learning? Developing imagination, extending their language, extending their understanding of stories, developing thinking skills.
Collect stones around the house or garden. Encourage your child to add stickers or drawings to the stones. Painting stones is also great fun. If do not have stones just use a lid or block.
Help your child to make up their own stories using the stones or blocks. Make a little bag to keep the stones safe and decorate.
ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE CREATIVE SKILLS AND IMAGINATION?
ACTIVITY- MAKING A FARM ANIMAL.
What is the learning? Developing creativity, independence, problem solving skills, physical skills, language
Go round your house and collect any junk materials your child could use to make a farm animal eg kitchen roll tube, empty cardboard box, paper plates, wool, straws, crayons.
Talk to your child about which farm animal they would like to make and what would they need to make it. If possible look at pictures of the animal and discuss eg how many legs does it have, has it got a tail – a long tail or a short tail, how many ears does it have, what shape are the ears etc
Help your child collect the junk materials that they can use then encourage them to create their own farm animal- how can they join the pieces together? Blu tac? Glue? Cellotape etc
Take a photograph of your child’s farm animal for us to see. Display it in your house so that your child can talk about it again.
ACTIVITY – MARK MAKING
What is the learning? Your child is learning to hold a pencil or crayon, developing perseverance, concentration, creative skills.
Provide your child with paper and a crayon, pencil etc.
Ask them to draw you ,themselves, Granny etc
Talk to your child about the person they are going to draw- are they tall or small, what colour are their eyes, have they long or short hair? what colour is their hair?
Can they draw a circle for a head, add eyes nose mouth hair, body, arms legs etc
Ask them about their drawing – Who is it? What are they doing?
Encourage your child to add as much detail as possible to their drawing then they can also extend by adding a sun, rainbow, house etc
Display their drawing so they can see how proud you are of it.