Activities at Home
All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and are seen to have a long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress.
Here are a few things to try at home:
- Sing and tell nursery rhymes.
- On a trip to the supermarket, talk about all the different packaging shapes.
- Talk about the numbers, colours, words and letters you see when you are out and about.
- Allow your child to cut out and stick pictures from magazines.
- Cook / bake together.
- Plant seeds or bulbs in a pot or garden patch.
- Use the weather – shadows, rain puddles, snow, wind, mist and sun – to extend your child’s vocabulary.
- Explore the park at a different time of the year – go off the beaten track.
- Share a book and re-tell familiar stories together.
- Encourage them to become independent in their self-help skills whenever possible.
- Talk to your child at every opportunity – e.g. what you are doing that day.
- Engage in activities using their thumb and first finger to develop their pencil grip-help pegging out the washing or threading beads.
- Count out everyday objects-“pass me two apples”.
- Count out four raisins for you and four raisins for me; are there any more? How many?
The more you know about how your child learns at Nursery, the more you can do to support their learning at home. Your child’s key worker will be able to tell you about the Early Years Curriculum and the areas of learning, and update you on your child’s progress. Ask them to share how the Nursery gives your child opportunities to express their ideas, to talk about what they’re thinking, to imagine and create stories.
If you require any resources to support your child at home, please ask. We have a range of ‘busy bags’ available for you to borrow to support your child at home.