We ask you to remember not to send children to nursery in their best clothes as they do get messy exploring paint and being in the outside environment doing various activities (– such as the mud kitchen and gardening) – these are messy activities and although children wear aprons they spill things and wipe their hands on their clothes. If your child comes home looking dirtier than you sent them to nursery it is usually a good sign that they have been learning loads, exploring and being curious and creative!
Look at this for engagement and curiosity.
One of the most important skills for your child to learn is to develop their independence. We can support this in many ways e.g: encouraging them to put their own coat on, getting dressed, putting on shoes etc. These things do require patience because of course it is always quicker if we do these things for them. Putting them in easy clothes to take off and put on again – such as tracksuit bottoms and nothing with fiddly fastenings. This builds up children’s confidence even when it is encouraging them to just have a go themselves. Shoes and socks are really difficult but it is good for them to practice.
Reading: children bring home a book every week to share with you. This is your opportunity to spend some quality time with your child sharing our lovely books. The children keep this book for a week and then on their allocated book changing day we will ask them questions about the books they have shared to see what they can remember and then they will get the opportunity to choose a new one. Please check their allocated book changing day. Please share this with them. Children love books. They are great for developing language, asking and answering questions and developing imagination. You can always make up stories from the pictures or read the books in your own language. Looking at books is also another way to introduce children to different letter sounds and help them to become familiar with the written word. You could look out for letter sounds that are in your child’s name.
Counting is also a good skill to practice at home or when you are out and about – it might make a quick walk take a bit longer but it’s amazing how many numbers we can find all around us: on road signs, front doors, number plates on cars – even if you are just pointing them out or looking for the number that is your child’s age – 2, 3 or 4 – this will all build up their number skills. Quite often we can forget how much children are taking in in a conversation or when they are looking around and about, or how curious they might be. And this is all vital to building up their knowledge and skills and finding out more about the world around them.
Writing – children in nursery are always exploring different ways of mark making. Helping children to learn to write their names is a good place to start. Always start with a capital letter and then the rest of the name is lower case letters. Please don’t teach your child to write their whole name in capitals – although it might seem easier it is wrong and very demoralising for your child as then then have to learn to write their name again. Let them have opportunities to write too – it might be in their own made up writing, but if you ask them afterwards what they have written they will usually tell you and this means their writing has meaning. Doing activities at home like writing, cooking etc all help to build up muscle strength in your child's hands. Also things like threading beads, manipulating jigsaw puzzles, pegboards, practising writing, finger painting etc.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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