We sing a nursery rhyme every day in nursery, repeating the same rhyme every day.
This week our rhyme is: It's raining, it's pouring.
Drop Everything and Read
Learning about the world through stories and developing a love of books is promoted through our daily shared reading sessions.
We hope children enjoy watching and listening to our daily stories. Children can of course watch the videos again and again and use the stories to inspire play and creative tasks.
Half fill a sealable food bag with paint, or gel, or flour. Lay it on a table and let your child make marks by pushing the paint, or gel, or flour around the bag with one finger. Which shapes can your child make?
Parent/Carer: Encourage conversation during the process of making meaningful marks and when your child has finished mark making. Model making meaningful marks too to support understanding of drawings and early writing.
Making sense of number.
Play games which encourage counting and count objects during play, eg. when setting the table for meal times, helping to get food ready, tidying toys etc.
Number names and numerals are just words and marks. Helping children by exploring quantities through play, supports secure understanding of number values.
See the recommended learning challenges below:
Being creative with shapes
Exploring everyday shapes around the home, matching shapes which are the same, a different size but the same shape and different shapes, supports children's mathematical knowledge and understanding.
Play "I'm thinking of a shape..." game where each person gives clues to others about the shape they are thinking of. Having a collection of shapes (EG. rectangular book, square box, round plates of differing sizes...) helps to make this game easier. Encourage descriptive vocabulary such as: number of sides, curved side, straight side, big, small, tall, thin, thick, the same shapes as...
2 dimensional shapes children in nursery are taught to develop their awareness of: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, star, oval, heart, diamond.
If your child recognises these shapes why not try: moon/crescent, semi-circle and begin to explore 3 dimensional shapes such as a cylinder, cube, sphere and cuboid.
Shape Printing using cardboard shapes made from food packaging. Talk about the shapes your child has made and encourage them to look at the simple features of shapes such as the number of sides and corners. Talk about the size of shapes and whether they can fit together with no gaps.
Physically Active Learning
Go on a stick hunt. How many can you collect? Can you make a stickman character with the sticks?
Can you move about like a stickman? What else could your stick become?
Challenges which involve 'fiddly fingers' (moving small objects carefully) help to support children's fine motor control. This helps the development of early writing skills.
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