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Daily Challenge 3/6/20
For today’s mark making challenge you will need:
Any mark making tool e.g. pen, pencil, crayon, colours
Paper of any size but the bigger the better (in nursery we have wallpaper on the floor)
Toys with wheels e.g. car, train, plane. Or you can use a cup
Daily Challenge 2/6/20
When children attend nursery they start to learn about taking turns and feelings.
Board games are an excellent way to encourage this development at home ( providing they are age appropriate)
Below is a short game I have devised to encourage turn taking and describing feelings, you may be able to print it. Or make a similar one yourself.
You will need:
The game board
Emotion puppets or pictures of emotions
A counter for each player
A dice OR bottle and numbers.
How to play:
All players begin by choosing a counter
Decide with children, who will go first, second, third etc ( age order, height order, biggest number on the dice, use maths language as you go)
As children roll the dice can they guess how many dots are shown, support children to count the dots on the dice and then count the spaces on the game path. If they land on a pink or green square they must move their counter as stated. If they land on a yellow square they must tell you how they would feel. Encourage all responses, you could ask your child ‘why?’ to extend their vocabulary. Be sure to join in too. It is important for children to learn that we all have different emotions/feelings and we don’t always have the same emotions as each other and that’s ok.
If your child is trailing behind in the game they may get a bit disheartened or upset, keep encouraging in a positive manner and celebrate every one who passes over the finish line.
Daily Challenge 1/6/20
Todays challenge is a listening game. Before children start formal phonics they need to be able to identify different sounds.
Use the links below to play the listening games with your child when you are able to sit and be still to listen. Maybe encourage them to close their eyes to listen as this may help them focus more on the sounds than what they can see on the screen.
Week beginning 25 May 2020
This week is half term so staff will be having a break. We are still contactable through Tapestry or on our email which is email@example.com or through the Tapestry App. Hope those of you who celebrate Eid have a lovely time.
Daily Challenge 22/5/20
Below is a delicious fun maths activity that you could play together with your child/children.
You will need two or free different types of fruit, three small bowls/containers, a chopping board; knife and some skewers (if you have them).
First wash your hands. Cut the fruit into smaller pieces or in half, encourage your child to do this independently while you supervise closely. Then together sort the fruit into separate bowls. Talk about the different fruits, their colour, shape, texture. Slide the fruit pieces onto the bamboo skewer (adult to supervise closely) to create different patterns. Don’t worry if you don’t have skewers, you could lay your fruit on a chopping board. You could start with two different fruits to begin with eg; banana, strawberry, banana, strawberry. Talk to your child about the pattern you have made. Ask your child questions such as “what comes next?”. If your child can independently make a pattern with two fruits then suggest they could then try three different fruits.
Once finished and the fruit kebabs have been eaten you could ask your child to draw their kebab, ask them to remember what pattern they made with their fruit (see picture).
Daily Challenge 21/5/20
Today you will need :
Some paper/ card ,
Circular objects ,
First you need to stick some bits of paper together or if you have a large piece of paper or card that will do .
Then draw some circles with a circular object and cut around them carefully with an adult .
Then you need to write some numbers next to the circles, or you could get your child to do this, then stick the paper above the door.
Finally you can help your child to make a paper aeroplane the link is below⬇️ or use a small soft ball to shoot through the target🎯using this movement with help develop their arm muscles .
How to make a paper aeroplane copy and paste the link : https://youtu.be/kv1nECoQLw4
You could encourage the children to say the numbers (“ yeah you got number 5 / 3 “)
Have fun shooting through the targets.
Daily Challenge 20/5/20
Today’s challenge is to have fun drawing and writing in a different way
You will need: colouring pens, pencil, foil, plate or tray, Damp cloth or tissue to wipe
Cover your plate or tray in foil (I used a chopping board), trying to make sure you don’t scrunch the foil too much.
Now let your child draw and write on it using the colours or just a pencil. You or a sibling can draw and write alongside your child and support them. Your child should be beginning to use a tripod grip to make marks (see photo of the hand holding a pencil using 3 fingers)
Encourage your child to draw faces, people, animals, vehicles, shapes, patterns
Encourage your child to write the letters in their name and numbers.
Daily Challenge 19/5/20
For our Muslim families it will be a special weekend this weekend celebrating Eid, how about asking your child to make a special pop-up card to post to their family or friends in time for the weekend.
If you are not Muslim, how about posting a card to tell your family or friends how much you miss them.
Parents, while you support your child with the card ask them; Who is the card for? Why do you want to make it for that person? What do you like about that person? What will you do next time you see that person?
Share with us your cards on Tapestry if you can, I wonder what you will draw paint or glue, tell us what you said about your family or what you are looking forward to when you celebrate Eid.
Daily Challenge 18/5/20
For today’s challenge all you will need is some pieces of paper and some pens.
Write or draw 2 of the same objects on pieces of paper and lay them out for your child to see. Turn them over and then encourage your child to find 2 of the same by turning over 2 at a time. Encourage them to think about where the matching one is as the idea of the game is to encourage them to remember where they saw it and develop their concentration. Maybe encourage them to play with a brother or sister and take turns to turn 2 over at a time.
You could make different sets with numbers, letters or shapes too 6-8 cards is perfect to start with but if your child finds it too easy just add more.
Daily Challenge 15/5/20
Today is a fun maths activity that you could play together with your child/children. This activity will help your child to develop and improve skills in counting, recognising numbers and matching quantity to numeral.
You will need an empty bottle (magic bottle), a pen and some paper. On a large piece of paper draw the outline of a gingerbread man, then write the numbers 1 to 6 inside the man (see picture). Cut up six pieces of paper then draw spots on each piece (as you would see on a dice), see the second picture below. Place the pieces of paper around in a circle and place your bottle in the middle.
Explain to your child that we you are going to play a game using a magic bottle. Explain that first they will need to spin the bottle and then the bottle will point/choose a pattern of spots. Explain that they will have to count the spots and then find that number on the Gingerbread man. Some children will need to count and some children may recognise the number from the pattern of dots. Once counted they will need to find that number on the gingerbread man and circle it. The game is complete once all the numbers have been circled. If children are finding it difficult you could support them in counting by saying “how can we check, let’s count the spots together”, or support them in finding the number to match if they still find it tricky.
Daily Challenge 14/5/20
Today you will need :
Today challenges will help with muscle movements in the fingers, hands and wrists and help develop their concentration and perseverance.
These movements are important for children so they can develop strength in the muscles for basic life skills like putting on your shoes and writing.
You need to carefully thread the spaghetti through the colander holes to the other end without breaking ! Good luck .
Second challenge for fine motor skills
You will need :foil/ paper
All you need to do is to get your child to tear the paper or foil and scrunch it using your hands or fingers .
You could even play a game and try to aim and throw it in a bowl or bucket.
Daily Challenge 13/5/20
Today’s challenge is to just have more fun and make marks in playdough
You will need: playdough (recipe is in a previous Tapestry upload, you can add spices into the playdough, I added cinnamon powder to mine) and a mark making tool such as pencil, pen, stick, hair grip, end of a spoon.
Encourage your child to use the mark making tool in your playdough to draw or write anything. Some ideas are faces, patterns, shapes, numbers, the letters in your child’s name. A few ideas of what you can do in the photos. Don’t forget to get yourself and the family involved and have fun together.
Take photos and show us the marks you’ve made on Tapestry if you can.
Daily Challenge 12/5/20
So the challenge today is to make some ‘emotion puppet faces’.
Sleepy- Sad-Angry-Happy-Surprised-Worried, are the feelings that we are going to focus on.
You will need:
paper or card
Sellotape or glue
Phone or Camera
Parents begin by making some faces, like the ones in the photo.
I would suggest that ‘you’ make some first as it’s important that the emotions are visibly different.
Ask your child how each of the puppets are feeling, if they give you the wrong emotion word, you can say something like “ I think he looks...(surprised)” giving them the correct word.
Then ask your child to close their eyes or leave the room whilst you take photos of yourself pulling the same expressions as each of the puppets. Now tell your child that their challenge is to pick the puppet who is feeling the same as you
For each photo ask:
What makes mummy/ daddy happy/surprised (etc)?
What makes ‘you’ feel happy/surprised (etc)?
How would you feel if...?
You may want to use the puppets whilst reading stories, can your child tell you how the characters are feeling?
You may get your child to act out the emotions such as: angry - stomping around the room and growling. Happy- dancing etc.
Make their own emotion puppets and make up a little story or sing a song in an angry/happy/sleepy voice etc
Daily Challenge 11/5/20
Today’s challenge is a listening game. We play games like this at Nursery to help your child listen out for different sounds an important skill to develop before they start learning letter sounds.
You will need a pillow case and some objects that make a noise, I put some pasta in a bottle, a squeaky dog toy, keys, a packet of crisps and a food bag with some money in.
Let your child explore the sounds of each one and then hide them in the pillow case and ask them to guess which one it is by the sound it makes. Share with us on Tapestry how you got on.
Daily Challenge 8/5/20
Below is another fun physical activity that you could play together with your child/children. This dressing activity will help your child in their physical developmental (self care) and support school readiness.
You will need an empty bottle (magic bottle- cover in tin foil if you wish), your child’s coat, a pair of your child’s shoes and a pair of your child’s socks.
Tell your child that we are going to play a game using the magic bottle. Explain that first they will need to spin the bottle, then the bottle will point/choose what they have to put on. They need to put on whatever the bottle points at. Encourage and praise their efforts. If they’re finding it tricky you could support them a little eg; if they are struggling with the sleeve of the coat you could give them a little help (but be careful not to take over) and encourage them to keep going. Praise they’re efforts and talk about how they found it tricky but kept on going. If your child finds this easy you could encourage them to put the clothing on super fast/as fast as they can
Daily Challenge 7/5/20
Today you will need :
Bubble wrap or a plastic food bag
This is a fun way to engage with mark making through drawing.
Put your paper down first ,then put your food bag/ bubble wrap on top and start to be creative and draw anything you like .
You will be able to see the ink of the pen it will sit on top of the bag .
When you have finished drawing turn over the bag and rub it on to the paper.
Extra challenge: You can try writing letters from your name and see what happens to them when you turn it over and printed .
Can you find any letters of the alphabet that are the same when printed?
Using new language like “ absorb,” “ symmetry “ will help their language development.
You can also talk about the patterns and which colour showed up the best
Daily Challenge 6/5/20
Hello everyone, today is another Maths challenge activity called, How many socks long are you?
You will need: socks of any size and the families help.
First measure to see how many socks long your child is by laying them down and placing socks alongside them (like in the photos), count the socks and write it down on a paper (you can write the person or objects name or you child can draw a picture, see 3rd photo) . Next it’s your child’s turn to measure to see how many socks long you are, encourage and support your child to count the socks one at a time. You can together write down the number of socks long each person is. You can measure the whole family, teddies, toys, almost anything.
Extra challenge: If you have written down the measurements then you can ask your questions. E.g.
If you are 2 socks long and I am 8 socks long, who is longer? Who is shorter?
Teddy was 2 socks long but rabbit was 3 socks long, who is shorter? Who is longer?
Don’t forget you can use fingers to help with counting.
Hope to see how many socks long your child is, just post a picture on Tapestry when your done
Daily Challenge 5/5/20
Grab your cardboard boxes and empty packets!
Can your child match capital / lowercase letters?
Write out the alphabet as shown in the photo, then cut out lots of letters from your recycling waste boxes ( children may be able to help with larger letters) then ask your child to help you find out where to put each letter- some fonts may be difficult for them to match so don’t worry if they are struggling) Talk about the different shapes in the letter, eg: ‘ I can see a long line from the top to the bottom and I can see a round shape that comes out from the middle and round to the bottom too’ ( b)
If you have glue they can stick the letters down, if not they can just be placed next to the letter.
Encourage and reassure them as you do the activity together.
When they have finished you can also bring in some Maths, which letter had more? Which had less? The same? Your child could also count how many of each letter they found and write the numeral.
You could also try to think of objects beginning with that letter, ensure you think about the letter sound and not the letter name when doing this.
We thought we would share a song that you may want to play to your child to encourage them to do their teeth especially as they were so good at Nursery at doing them every day especially as they may be eating a few more sweet treats at home. It may also help you to keep to a routine as well brushing them morning and night.
Daily Challenge 1/5/20
Below is a fun physical activity that you could play together with your child/children. You will need to use your imagination for this activity.
Tell your children to imagine that your living room floor is the shark filled ocean, then place several pieces of paper on the floor (using masking tape to fix). You could have fun drawing on your paper first, creating islands and numbering islands to jump on if you wish. Encourage your child to jump from one to the next without getting caught by the shark in the water. To make it more challenging, move the pieces of paper further apart from one another and encourage children to land with two feet together. Ask questions such as ‘can you get all the way round without falling in the ocean? Talk about the words you have written on the islands. Don't forget to share with us Tapestry.
Daily Challenge 30/4/20
Today you will need :
lentils or beans.
Mark making is a important stage for a child’s development.
Encourage your child to enjoy making marks. All you need to do is fill a tray with lentils or beans and use your finger to explore and have fun .
You can show them to make lines ,zig zags, a funny face or write letters from your name.
Extra challenge: you can ask your child to tell you about their picture.This gives children the opportunity to talk about their feelings and thoughts through their drawings.
Remember to give positive praise! 👍( well done, super drawing/writing).
We would love to see your home learning, please share your videos and photos on Tapestry!
Daily Challenge 29/4/20
Hello everyone, today you have a Maths activity.
You will need: clothes pegs, clothes hanger, paper, pen and tape.
You will need to write numbers 1 to 10 on small pieces of paper, tape each number to a different hanger (if you have enough hangers and pegs you can do multiple hangers or just change the number on one hanger each time).
Encourage your child to name the number that is on the peg, once number is identified do that many claps, jumps or swirls (you can do anything with your bodies).
Then challenge your child “I wonder if you can put 3 pegs on the hanger” “can you now put 7 pegs on the hanger”. Your child may find it tricky to use the pegs but with support and practice they will develop this skill.
Encourage you child to count the pegs one at a time as they put them onto the hanger and stop when reached the right number. Your child can touch count the pegs again to check.
Extra challenge: If they enjoyed it, your child can find some small items around the house to peg onto the hanger (this may be tricky however it’s more practice for their fine motor skills), make sure to count as you go along.
It would be great to see some of your hanger and peg activity uploaded onto Tapestry as a photo or video.
Daily Challenge 28/4/20
So today you will need a piece of paper, a pen and scissors to play the‘ hide and seek name game’
Write your child’s name twice on a piece of paper- ensure you use a capital letter first followed by lowercase letters as shown in the photo, then cut out the letters of one of the names (you could get your child to do this if confident) .
Now tell your child to close their eyes or go out of the room while you hide the letters, then get your child to race to find them as quickly as possible ( you may need to give them clues such as: it’s near something blue, it’s hiding ‘under’ something, or you are getting closer )
When they have found the letters ask them to match them to the remaining name.
Extra challenge: Play again, hiding them in different places, this time ask your child if they can order the letters to make their name without looking at the other name, then check to see if they got it right. Celebrate their efforts, regardless of whether they were able to achieve this independently or needed support.
We’d love to see some of your hide and seek games uploaded.
Daily Challenge 27/4/20
As this is such a worrying time for all of us its only natural that the children will be worried too about everything that is going on. Please watch the video below and if your child is worried maybe make a worry doll like in the video. I made mine with a stick and some ribbon.
Home Challenges Week beginning 20th April
Matching Number to Numeral
Write the numbers 1-5 on a piece of paper and encourage your child to match the correct number of items to the number. You could collect items from the garden, or when on your daily walk or just from around the house. Encourage your child to count them touching one at a time.
Please share your collections with us on Tapestry so we can see them too!
Aim and throw!
For children to become skilled at writing they must also develop their strength and control in their arms and shoulders so this is a good way to do it and you can even do it indoors.
Screw up some foil or paper and encourage your child to stand a little back and throw it into a bin or box, maybe encourage a competition and allow brothers and sisters to do it with them too. Please record their efforts and share them with us on Tapestry, we would love to see it.
Encourage your child to make marks by making their own paintbrushes with pegs and different materials. As they do so comment on the different marks that they make. Don't worry if you don't have paint as you can use water on walls or the ground instead as they enjoy this just as much.
I made mine using leaves, foil, cotton pads and a piece of sponge. Please share their marks with us on Tapestry, we would love to see them.
Home Challenges Week Beginning 13th April
Listening for sounds
Learning to listen for sounds is a very important part of early phonics and to be able to listen for sounds when learning to read and write children first need to be able to listen to the different sounds around them. Listening skills are also a very important part of learning anything new and not always some children find easy.
Encourage your child to listen for sounds when out in the garden or on your daily walk. Show them how to write a list of all the things they have heard or maybe even encourage them to write the list themselves. Share with us on Tapestry some of the different sounds you have heard.
Can you child complete a simple game on a phone or tablet? Please share your child using their gadgets with us on Tapestry. Remember though too much screen time is not good for your child and that all games should be suitable for their age.
Guessing how many are in the jar
Fill a jar, or a bowl if you don’t have one, with different objects every day and ask your child if they can guess how many are in there. Maybe if they want to they could write down how many they think. Then encourage them to count them and see if they were right. Don’t worry if they didn’t guess correctly the idea is to begin to understand about big and small numbers and developing counting skills. You could also talk about what had more or less, were there more sweets or balls?
Here are a few objects I found quickly at my house. We look forward to seeing your child’s Home Learning on Tapestry.
Words starting with the same sounds
Encourage your child to join in and sing with the songs below, can they hear that some of the words all start with the same sound, we call this alliteration. Can they think of any other words that begin with the same sound?
Home Challenges Week beginning 6 April
Watch and listen to your child carefully when you share a familiar book or story. What are they doing to show you that they are getting to know the story well? Perhaps they are turning pages at the right time, or pointing to the pictures, or joining in with some of the words, or talking about what’s happening. Let them know you have recognised their efforts by smiling and commenting in a positive way (without ‘correcting’ them). Share your child reading a story with us on Tapestry we are really enjoying seeing what you are doing at home.
Encouraging your child to explore sorting and matching as part of playful and practical activities will help them to learn:
There are lots of different ways you can sort objects try some of these at home and show us what your child can do on Tapestry! Here are just a few ideas to try
Go on a hunt for environmental print around the house together, the kitchen is usually great for this, and see if you can find anything with the beginning letter of your child’s name in it or their age. Can your child recognise any familiar shop signs such as Asda or Aldi on packets of food.
Maybe set them a challenge to find 3 things that have a certain letter in for example can you find the letter M in the picture?
Talk about there being capital letters ABC and lower case letters abc.
We found something fun and easy that you may want to try as so many of the children love making bubbles. Please send us pictures of your bubble snakes on Tapestry so we can see who has the longest!
We hope that you are reading to your child every day and thought you may want the links to a few stories that we share at Nursery.
As we are all stuck in much more I thought it may be helpful to add a link to Dance n Beats which is something the children do at Nursery. Children still need to be active, so have ago maybe all do it together. Remember the more children develop their motor skills the more you are helping them to be ready to hold a pencil and be great writers later on. Its also a great way to help them burn off some energy and its good for their wellbeing too!
Don't forget to show us your moves on Tapestry!
In Nursery we have 4 Key Groups;
Bees - Mrs Potiwal
Ladybirds - Mrs Williams
Snails- Mrs Awan
Spiders- Miss Muse
Our HLTA is Miss Rossiter, our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Hussain.
We teach using the Early Years Foundation Stage ensuring your child has a wide range of experiences across all 7 areas of Learning and Development which are,
Throughout the year we will teach a variety of skills and topics which often are based around the Seasons and what the children can see happening in the world around them such as,
From the moment the children come in they are engaged in planned activities that help support either their physical development or aid learning early literacy or Mathematics.
Thank you for your help in getting the children to Nursery on time so we are ready to start learning straight away.
Here at Maytree Nursery we firmly believe that children learn through play. The Early Years are when your child will learn the most and are very important for building the foundations for future learning. Children learn best when they are interested, excited and have hands on experiences of the world around them and there is lots you can do to help your child be school ready by the time they leave us. We aim to work together to give your child the very best start .
Play is the true work of a child.
Your child is learning the following things through play:
Role Play is really important for your child. When children play act they practice real life situations. Research shows that children who role play
Encourage your child to play and follow their interests. Joining them in what they are doing is not only fun but helps them to learn more as you can introduce new words and ideas as you play together.
How you can help your child to learn
As parents you are the most important educator as you are the expert on your child. What you do at home is so vital to your child's learning and you are doing it all the time without even knowing it when you talk and play together.
Below are some suggestions of some of the things that you can do with your child to help them learn and grow.