Today's sound is 'j'.
Watch the 'Letterland j' introduction video on the video resource centre. After the letter story, discuss the objects on the screen that use the sound'j'. Can your child spot them? Can your child hear the initial sound (beginning sound of the word)?
Encourage your child to write the letter j in a variety of ways. This could be with their finger on a tray/plate of flour, glitter, powder or shaving foam. You could then practise writing the letter using pens and crayons on paper.
Remember- you must start writing from the top.
After this, help your child to read the words on the 'j' powerpoint. Can you find some things around your house that begin with j?
Today's literacy job is reading.
Please practise the words and letters that are in your child's word tin box. You should be practising these for a short time (10 mins max) every single day.
You could practise them by playing snap, hiding them around the house or garden for your child to find, quick flash cards, running to the correct word that you say or attaching them to toys.
After you have practised the words and letters, you can then 'test' your child. Hold up each card and ask your child to read what is on the card.
Remember- for your child to get the word 'correct' they must read the word without breaking it into sounds. For example, they should read 'cat' instead of 'c-a-t-cat'. Encourage them to do the sounding out part in their heads.
This week we are focusing on circles, squares, rectangles and triangles.
On the video resource centre, please see the shape songs recorded by your teachers. Remind the children of the shapes and their names. Can your child name something around the house that is one of these shapes?
Remember- it is very important not to confuse your child with 2d and 3d shapes. If they suggest that a small box is a square, you should reply by saying yes, this face is square but the shape is a cube. If a child suggests that the top of a jelly pot is a circle you should reply that yes, it has a circle face but the shape is actually a cylinder. This will help to combat any misconceptions later down the line.
Explain to your child that shapes are all around us- everything is a shape! Ask your child to think about flowers (you can look at some in your garden or put some on a screen for them to see). Ask your child to tell you what different shapes they can see in the flowers.
Task- children to use cut out shapes to make their own flowers. Children should be able to name the shape that they are using for each part, and explain why they have chosen that shape. Encourage your child to talk about the properties of that shape e.g. straight sides, 4 corners.
If your child is struggling then play "I make, you make". For example, say to your child "I am going to use a circle for the centre of my flower because it is round. Can you help me find a circle? Now I want a triangle petal. Hmmm where is the triangle? How many corners does it have? Let's count together." Continue this and encourage your child to become more involved as the job carries on.
Now it's time to get creative! We want to see your imagination run wild as you make some flowers 'big art attack' style! Show us how creative you are by using things around the house to help you make them. You could do this using food, materials around the house, pens, lego, recycling, halloween decorations, paints, chalks, whatever you can think of!
Remember- whilst your child is creating, feel free to join in! Ask your child what they think they will use for each part of the flower, and why. Use specific words such as stem and petal.