Here are some more fun ideas to try at home if you like! Please remember that your children work very hard at school and do get very tired during their first year of school (as I’m sure you would agree!). These ideas are for you to use only for a fun way to build learning games/activities into your week. If your child doesn’t seem to be enjoying the game/activity, please feel free to discontinue it. Students will always learn best when they are having fun and interested in what they are doing!
‘Guess My Number’
You can play this game in the car or walking to the park!
Say ‘I’m thinking of the number that is one after/one bigger/one more than ……’ (choose a number between 1 and 9). You can interchange the options in your game so that students build awareness that they all mean the same thing. For example, for one of your turns say ‘one after’ and for the next turn say ‘one bigger’ etc.
For numbers that come ‘before’ we use the words: ‘one before/one smaller/one less’.
If you think your child finds this version of the game too easy, extend the game to include numbers between 1 and 20. You can use a simple number line written on paper for visual support if you think your child needs this.
Look for shapes (circles, triangles, rectangles and squares) at home and when you are out and about. Ask your child to tell you why it is that shape. For example ‘it is a triangle because it has three sides and three corners’.
Make some cardboard shape templates together at home (triangles, squares, rectangles and circles) or find objects to use (a tin can for a circle, a box for a square). Your child can use them to trace around to make shape pictures. Ask your child to tell you which shapes s/he has used. Encourage your child to add colour to the picture after tracing because this will help strengthen the fine motor muscles.
Letters and Sounds (reading/writing)
Enjoy rhyming books together. Some authors who write fun books incorporating rhyme are:
- Pamela Allen
- Julia Donaldson
- Lynley Dodd
- Dr Seuss
As you get into the swing of the story, leave off the occasional word at the end of a rhyming sentence and give your child some time to supply the word, using starting sounds and pictures to help. For example, read:
‘In a house or with a mouse?
In a boat or with a g…. (goat)?’
(From ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ by Dr Seuss)