Learning Tips – Term 2, Week 3, 2016

Here are some more ideas to help your child learn while having fun together at home!


‘Friends of Ten’

The ‘Friends of Ten’ app explained by Mr Ramage below has a range of activities to help your child develop the skills of:

  • accurate counting
  • connecting quantities to numerals
  • subitising (recognising the amount of objects in small collections without having to count each object every time)
  • an awareness of ‘part/part/whole’ – that is, which numbers are present within numbers? For example, 6 is: 4 and 2; 2 and 4; 3 and 3; 5 and 1; 1 and 5; 6 and 0; 0 and 6

These skills help children develop mental objects essential for the flexible manipulation of numbers.

Teen numbers

Miss Benci found this YouTube clip to help students read the ‘tricky teen’ numbers and develop confidence in the counting sequence:


Developing awareness of descriptive language

Use descriptive language when you are going about daily activities with your child. Talk about the colours you see, how things feel to the touch, what they smell and sound like, or how they taste. Many children take great interest in nature, which lends itself well to descriptive language.

Encourage you child to draw a picture of something that has caused an impression and help them create a ‘word shower’ at home by writing down some of the words that describe the object, like they did with Albus and the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

Magic Words

Students are doing a really wonderful job learning their Magic Words! Teachers can see the benefits of this when we read with them and when they use Magic Words in their writing. We have been presented with some wonderful work children have been doing at home, practising their writing by copying out their Magic Words! Emelia even copied her list into two different categories – those she knows and those she is still learning! Great idea, Emelia!!!

Have you thought of….

  • playing ‘Magic Word Bingo’? – just make up two simple game boards consisting of the Magic Word list of your choice; leave a couple of different words off each board; load that list of words onto the ‘Sight Words Pro’ app (or simply write the list out, cut it up and place them face down); go through the list on the app or turn over the words one by one and place an object, like a block or a toothpick, onto each word that is present on your board; encourage your child to read as many words as possible; help when s/he is stuck

Letters and Sounds

Oral blending

All students are developing the skill of blending sounds together to make words. For most students at this point, this involves oral sounds only; some are blending the sounds present in written consonant/vowel/consonant words (CVC for short), like ‘p – i – g’ during reading. You can help your children at home by saying the sounds in CVC words when reading them a story or when out on a walk. For example, ‘The cat wore a h – a – t; hat’ – say the word straight after you say the sounds, to reinforce the idea of blending the sounds together.

Social skills – awareness of the diversity present in the structure of families:

  • talk together about the different family configurations you see when you are out and about or reading stories together
  • speculate on the role you think someone may have in that family and use family based vocabulary – ‘Do you think that is the little girl’s brother?’; ‘We are going to see Uncle Barney’
  • Explain the meaning behind family role based labels. For example, ‘Uncle Barney is my brother, that’s why we call him ‘uncle’. Granny Jones is my mother, that’s why we call her ‘granny. Do you know any other names people might have for their grannies or grandpa’s? Let’s think of some together’.
  • Talk together about the things you and other people do when they relate as families. For example, ‘Look, that boy’s Dad is giving him a big hug after he fell off his scooter. He’s helping his son feel better’.

We hope you have fun learning together at home!

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