Good morning Nursery!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a better New Year than 2020. I really hope you had a nice Christmas break and enjoyed spending time with your family.
Every day I will post different activities for you to do at home. The activities should take no longer than 1 hour per day. Please avoid overloading your child with school work: in school they are given a significant amount of child initiated learning which consolidates their learning from adult directed activities. They will need time to do this at home too, and this could include:
- Small world play e.g. toy animals, cars, soft toys
- Arts and Crafts e.g. colouring, play dough, and construction e.g. Lego, blocks
They will also need some time for wellbeing focused activities, such as:
- Daily exercise e.g. Joe Wicks, Cosmic Yoga, playing in the garden
- Down time e.g. watching a TV or playing a game
- Lots of cuddles and a good night sleep!
There will be an expectation that parents upload their own observations showing any activities they have completed (including own photos and videos). If you haven’t uploaded an observation on the app yet, have a go as soon as you can – it is a very simple process using your smartphone or tablet. If you need support or further instructions
please contact the office.
Keeping to a routine
Here at St’Adrians we know how important routine is to young children especially in a time of uncertainty. Here are some benefits that your child can gain from a consistent routine in daily life:
- Increased confidence and independence. Being able to rely on past experiences in safe environment allows your child to feel comfortable performing the same activities, such as putting on pyjamas, on their own.
- Greater self control. If a child has no limits on when they can watch TV, for example, they may not learn that sometimes they have to turn it off and balance between enjoyable tasks and functional tasks like brushing teeth or helping mummy with the tea.
- Stress reduction. When a child has a predictable daily routine, it reminds them that they are in a secure, loving environment. If your child knows what they can reasonably expect to happen each day, they don’t worry about “what if” scenarios.
So today you can make a fun timetable chart with your child. As the children at this young age can’t read, you can include pictures as well as writing. Please check Tapestry for fun templates and examples which I will post later on today.
This is how our Timetable looks like:
The first thing we do in the morning is Funky Fingers activities . Funky fingers is series of fun activities for children to build up their upper body strength (gross motor skills) and finger/hand strength and control (fine motor skills). Improving these skills build a secure foundation for fast, fluent handwriting. At the beginning of each week I will post new activity for you to try at home. You can spend as much time as you want, but 10-15 min. every day is a good place to start.
Prepare some paper clips. Ask your child to link them together and make a long line. You can do some counting as well. Make a little competition, who will make the longest line?
Helping your child
Whilst you are at home, you do not always have to work on something that is Maths,
Literacy or Phonics based. You could work on something that will help your child
later in life and give them the best start when they go to ‘Big School’.
Look at the list below and see what your child needs to work on:
- Can they put on a coat by themselves?
- Can they do up the zip on their coat?
- Can they go to the toilet by themselves?
- Can they hold a pencil with 3 fingers?
- Can they use scissors correctly?
- Can they get dressed by themselves?
- Can they talk in full sentences?
- Can they have a back and forth conversation with someone in your family?
- Can they use a knife, fork and spoon correctly?
Most importantly, have fun together!!!
Stay safe, Mrs Solakova