Learning Tips – Term 1, Week 8, 2016

Magic Words – ‘Say and Find’

Mr Ramage created this video in a previous year. You may find this activity helpful for your child.


Point out items of interest to your child in different types of texts as you go about your daily activities. For example:

  • there might be an article about a circus or holiday activity in the newspaper, with pictures to go with it. Look at the article together and read out interesting parts of it to your child
  • point out any of your child’s Magic Words that you see on signs, magazines, catalogues
  • Read information together that is relevant to your activity (eg. at the movies point to and read the words on the ticket, like ‘cinema 5’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda’; if you are at a cafe or restaurant, look at the menu with your child – point to and read words of interest with your child, like ‘menu’, ‘chips’ and ‘sushi’)

These activities help students tune in to the relevance of reading to their every day activities, adding another layer of motivation and interest to their efforts towards becoming readers!


Talk about and use ordinal numbers/words with your child (1st/first, 2nd/second, 3rd/third, 4th/fourth, 5th/fifth, etc). For example:

  • after going to the park you could talk about it later by order of what you played on – ‘First we went on the swings, second we went on the slide’ etc
  • have ‘races’ with toys (cars/teddies) or people! – talk about who came first etc
  • look at the calendar together; talk about how the dates on the page are arranged in order; cross off the dates, check the dates for important events, like the Easter Bunny. Help your child pronounce the small sounds (st, nd, rd, th) at the end of the ordinal numbers by gently repeating the pronunciation correctly if they mispronounce or leave end sounds off the words
  • tell funny bedtime stories to each other using ordinal numbers (eg. ‘One day, five animals knocked on the door all in a row. First, it was elephant …’ etc). Take it in turns to introduce the next animal with its ordinal number


Continue to encourage any activity that helps strengthen the muscles needed for writing. For example:

  • Lego/block construction
  • Play Dough
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Cooking (mixing, rolling dough balls)
  • Monkey Bars
  • Catching balls/bean bags
  • Colouring
  • Cutting/pasting
  • Threading (beads, pasta necklaces)

We have been creating simple sentences about what we like (‘I like my trampoline’).

  • talk about what you both like
  • help your child write down what s/he likes if keen to do so and/or encourage a picture to match
  • most students will need you to write the words down for them to copy.

Have fun!

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