It is very important that all children's belongings have their name inside, this is so they can be easily identified if they are left in the setting. This also builds their independence so they know to look after their items. We are having a big push on children being able to correctly identify their own name, form and recognise letters from their name and write their name too. We would love it if you could help you child practice this at home and bring it in to show us!
Early language skills gives children the means to develop good social and academic skills, this includes the skills needed for reading. Early language skills are developed by: -interaction with parents and carers. -the home learning environment.
If children see print around them and realise the purpose of it, it will help them see why reading and writing is important and encourage them to want to learn it.
• Point out to them labels, signs, headlines, adverts, newspapers, comics etc.
• Help your child read numbers and letters in the environment.
• Sing songs nursery rhymes and poems with your child.
Read to your child whenever you can.
• Try to make it a special time in a quiet setting.
• Read and re-read a range of texts.
• Choose texts that will interest your children.
• Read with puppets.
• Use technology eg read a story from the ipad.
• Take your child to the local library.
Children who are read to regularly up to the age of 8 achieve better in all curriculum areas.
Before a child can write, and control the muscles in their hands, they need to develop their gross motor skills (those that need large or whole body movements).
Gross motor skills activity ideas:
- use ribbon sticks to make large circular and zig zag movements in the air
- swing and hang from climbing frames
- lift and move heavy objects
- paint with large rollers and brushes on a vertical surface (like a wall or easel)
- marching to music
- anything that encourages children to stretch their arms above their heads.
Fine motor skills and hand strength activity ideas:
- use small droppers to drop water on to a target
- use a spray bottle to fire water on to a target
- screw up small pieces of paper
- open and close zip loc bags using index finger and thumb
- squeeze sponges to move water from one container to another
- pop bubble wrap
- push pipe cleaners through the holes of a colander
- prod, poke, squeeze and roll play dough or push it through a garlic press
- pick up small objects and put them in compartments or a cupcake tray
- twist and open containers with lids.
Mark making, leading in to writring is such an important asepct of Recption for the children. From learning to hold a pencil to getting their thoughts down on paper, learning to write is a tricky milestone for children, but writing is just one of the skills that children are expected to develop. There are many things you can do at home to help your child learn to write. Probably the most important is to read to them as much as you can. ‘We know that about 70 per cent of children’s vocabulary comes out of reading,’ says Pie. ‘Every time you read with your child, you’re building a story toolkit for writing. You're feeding the mind with characters, settings and possibilities, as well as the language they need to write.’It’s also important to let your child see you writing, and involve them in it. For example, you could sit down together and write a birthday card for Grandma, or a message for Daddy saying you’ve gone to the shops. ‘Children won’t want to pretend to write unless they see adults writing,’ Pie says. As your child becomes more interested in writing, you can engage them in more structured activities. ‘If you go on holiday, for example, your child could make a scrapbook, and you could write down what they say about the things they stick in,’ Pie suggests. ‘Let them illustrate the events, and write down their thoughts and captions for them.’