Each term a page of home learning activities will be sent home in your child's book bag. These help to involve you in your child's learning through simple and fun activities. You can choose an activity to complete each week or save them up to complete all at once. You and your child can choose how you record these activities in your 'Home Learning' book, e.g. photos, parent comments, drawings, writing. Remember to record WOW moments in your book as well - these are special moments that you share with your child at home, such as: achievements at clubs, interesting facts your child tells you, first attempts at ... writing, singing, phonics, maths, role play, reading etc.
Make your 'Home Learning' book special by decorating it, you could use stickers, colour it, or cover it with special paper and write your name on it.
Here are some other ideas to do at home if you have some spare time (optional). Remember it is important to have fun with you child rather than book work. Praise your children for the effort rather than answers. Lots of talk is important and encouraging children to talk in full sentences will help their understanding and speech. Emphasise sounds in words that your child is having difficulty with (e.g. child is saying ease instead of please: say p, p, p, p ask child to copy pl, pl, pl, ask child to copy plea, plea, plea, ask child to copy please, please, please). Ensure you are blending the sounds together and watch your child's mouth to see whether they are forming the sound correctly. Little and often is always best to help speech development (many times a day for 10-30 seconds). Praise for trying.
Listen to and join in with rhyming stories.
Make silly rhyming jokes, what do you call a smelly elephant? Smellyphant! What do you call a giraffe watching TV? Tellyaffe
Play snap or bingo with letters and sounds. Write letters on paper/card to make your own flashcards. Make two for each letter for snap. You can create bingo card with eight boxes – each one containing a letter. Place the flashcards into a pile and take turns to be the bingo caller.
Play phonics fishing! Use the letter flashcards and add a paperclip to each, tie a magnet on a string and a stick to make a fishing rod. Ask your child to ‘fish’ for a sound and tell you what it is.
Play ‘I spy’ games using the letter sound when you are out and about.
Use sound flashcards for your child to say, quietly, loudly, deeply, squeaky etc. Watch you child's mouth to ensure they are saying the sound correctly.
Play ‘Kim’s game’ put some items on a tray (pencil, orange, lego piece, toy solider). Then look, cover, remember and check! Make it harder by adding more items. Ask your child to find 4-5 items and name them when putting on the tray or inside a box. Close the box, can they remember all the items.
Talk about events you have done together – can your child remember the correct order, first I went in the car. Next I was at the beach. After that I made a sandcastle. Finally I went home.
Go shopping – think of a shopping list together and can you and your child remember it!
Play ‘Simon says’ or party games to practice speaking, listening and memory skills.
Listen to music and talk about the instruments being played – find some pictures on the internet together.
Make a puppet theatre with a cardboard box or towel over a chair. Encourage your child to make up or retell a story to you or your family.
Dressing up with clothes and use props at home so you child can become a character and act out favourite stories.
Play games ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ but instead of saying the time write the time down for them to read.
Use magnetic letters to spell names and simple words on the fridge or radiator.
Use modelling clay to make your child’s name or simple words like mum.
Enjoy jigsaws together and chat about finding the right pieces.
Watch TV programmes linked to books and then read the book afterwards (Youtube is excellent for stories, so is Cbeebies Bedtime stories). Talk about what they like and don’t like about the characters.
Download and play phonic games together.
Out and about activities
Ask your child to find things you need to buy when shopping by looking at the labels and can they say the first sound or read the word.
Carry on reading all kinds of books to your child. Picture books, pop up, information, poetry, eBooks, print books etc)
In phase 2, each letter has a song and an action to help children to recognise the letter and learn the sound it makes. These ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs are available on YouTube if you would like to sing them at home. Here is the link YouTube or watch below:
How to form letters correctly when you are writing with your child. This Year we are using the RWI rhymes to help children remember and form letters.