Encourage your child to explore writing and mark making in play so they develop an understanding that marks have meaning and can represent words, be confident to have a go and become interested in writing.
Provide pads, chalk boards, pens, pencils, crayons so your child can write and explore whilst playing. In role play games they might be a teacher, write a shopping list or create a menu for their restaurant.
Provide chalks, different size paint brushes dipped in water so children can explore making marks outdoors.
Whilst your child participates ask them to tell you what they have written.
Ask your child what they would like to write, and then write those words for them. Perhaps make a book or write a letter together.
Singing songs and rhymes can be a great way to help our children realise that maths is a part of their everyday lives, and provide them with the opportunity to develop in their understanding of numbers, counting, mathematical concepts and language.
Songs/rhymes which promote positional understanding and language - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The Grand Old Duke Of York, 5 Little Men In A Flying Saucer, 5 Current Buns, Jack and Jill.
Songs/rhymes which promote reciting numbers, subtraction and division – 5 Little Monkeys, 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught A Fish Alive, 10 Fat Sausages.
Become a Reader
Giving the opportunity to access different reading material, being able to handle books and share stories, will all have a positive impact on our children becoming readers.
Share and read a range of reading material such as books, magazines, leaflets, letters, cards, and interesting articles.
Give your child lovely experiences and interactions about books. Help them to retell their favourite stories. They could use props and puppets or act it out whilst on a walk to the park.
Remember you’re a role model, read in front of your child, and if there’s something you need to find out show your little one how you can find the answer in a book, letter, or leaflet.
Use things that you find around the house as props for a story, write down your child’s ideas and show them their ideas can be recorded.
Staying active is important for growing bodies and developing brains.
Make up routines; you could include hopping, jumping, star jumps, running on the spot, bear crawls, and use a timer to see how long it takes you all to do 10 of each.
Make up a family dance routine to your child’s favourite piece of music, perhaps you could put on a show!