Fun Learning Tips for the Holidays

Hi everyone!

If your kids are stuck inside on a rainy day looking for something to do, why not try some of these ideas?

Maths

Below is a selection of games/ideas using everyday objects/situations. All you need is one of the game boards (you could draw up your own together), 2 six sided dice and some colour pencils.

(These ideas are credited to the website: http://mrswheelerfirst.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/math-games-on-fly.html).

You may need to help your child match numerals with number words. Have some objects available so your child can ‘make’ the numbers if s/he would like to do so (eg. marbles, buttons, pasta, match sticks).

As mentioned in previous holiday learning tips, link maths to everyday activities. This term we have focused on addition and subtraction.

Tell each other number stories using concrete objects. For example:

Addition stories

  • If you’re shopping for groceries together ask your child to help select items like fruit or vegetables and turn it into a number story – ‘We’ve got 4 bananas in the trolley and we need two more. How many do we have altogether now?’. Addition strategies can be used according to your child’s needs – counting all, counting on, number facts, doubles, doubles and one or two more. Students have mostly worked with numbers between 1 and 10 when engaging in addition, except when counting on because knowledge of the verbal counting sequence supports them to work out these problems (eg. ‘There were 42 monkeys in the tree and one more came along, so there were 42….. 43 all together’.

Subtraction stories

  • Or, ‘We baked 12 muffins and ate 4. How many do we have left?’. Encourage your child to count the items that are left. If you are drawing subtraction stories like ‘There were 8 frogs on the log and 4 hopped away. How many frogs were left? ‘ have your child cross out the frogs that hopped away and count how many are left.

Make your own ten pin bowling game at home (using empty water/soft drink bottles and a tennis ball). Encourage your child to say how many pins s/he started with, how many got knocked down and how many are left (eg. ‘I had 10 pins, I knocked down 5 so I have 5 left’).

Reading

As always, enjoy reading lots of stories together! A love of reading helps children develop into lifelong learners! Following on from our excursion to see the live show of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’, you might like to visit the library and begin to explore other classic works of Australian literature together. Some ideas are:

  • ‘Seven Little Australians’ by Ethel Turner
  • ‘The Magic Pudding’ by Norman Lindsay
  • ‘Blinky Bill’ by Dorothy Wall
  • ‘Dot and the Kangaroo’ by Ethel Pedley

Dust off some of those Magic Words games/activities you already know, like:

  • Magic Word Snap
  • Magic Word Memory
  • Magic Word Treasure Hunt
  • Take turns to pull a Magic Word from the hat/bowl and put it into a (verbal) sentence
  • Motorised Magic Words – place some Magic Words next to your child’s train set tracks/toy car circuit and have him/her say the Magic Word as the vehicle passes the word
  • Use chalk to write Magic Words together on the path in your yard
  • Look/Say/Cover/Write/Check

Writing

Keep a holiday journal

Whether you are heading off on far flung adventures or staying home for the holidays, your home group would love to share some of your journal entries when you come back to school for Term 4!

Tell each other stories!

  • Make storytelling dice like we did in Week 8 (print off paper 3 paper dice templates (see link below) or try small empty boxes; use magazine cut-outs or your own drawings to create one ‘character’ die, one ‘settings’ die and one ‘special object’ die; take turns to roll all three dice and weave a story for each other! Encourage your child to use storytelling language to open the story (eg. ‘Once upon a time….’; ‘One sunny/wet/windy/snowy day…’; ‘Once there lived a …..’; ‘A long time ago….’)
  • Draw your story – stories have a setting, a character(s), a problem or challenge and a solution. Encourage your children to draw a story in three sections or boxes: introduction of character/setting; problem;solution. If they wish, encourage and help them as needed to add writing to their story

Link to paper dice template (when you follow this link, click on ‘printables’ and then search up ‘dice’).

Performing Arts

Why not have a look in your garden and make up your own nature based characters, like May Gibbs? You could draw your characters and make up a story about them. The setting could be your very own backyard! Once you have created your characters and story, you could act out the story with some help from brothers and sisters, friends and mums and dads! Remember that you can play more than one character by changing your voice and your costume items. In ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’, the person who played Mrs Snake also played Mrs Fantail and Ragged Blossom! The person who played Mr Lizard was also Mr Possum, Mr Kookaburra, Mr Frog and a Big Bad Banksia Man!

We hope you have a fantastic holiday! See you all in Term 4!

The Prep Team

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