Our main story this week is Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Listen to the story below and encourage your child to join in with the repeated phrases in the book eg.
- when Goldilocks says "this is too small, ...too big, ...just right"
- when the Bears say, "someone's been eating my porridge, ... sitting in my chair, ... sleeping in my bed".
Helping children to develop their memory skills, will help them to recall letter shapes and letter sounds later.
Kim's Game is a great way for children to develop memory/ recall skills:
- Choose a selection of 6 objects from different rooms in your home.
- Talk to your child about each object, one at a time, as you place each object on a tray or towel.
- Talk about the rooms where you collected each object eg. pan from the kitchen, toothbrush from the bathroom etc.
- Then give your child time to look at the tray/ towel.
- Once he/she has had time to look, cover the tray with a tea towel and take an object away.
- Ask your child which object is missing.
If your child struggles to recall the missing object, give a little description as you show it.
Try again with only 4 objects.
'I Spy' Game is a great way for children to develop listening skills:
- Choose a selection of 6 objects from around home that your child can easily name.
- Talk to your child about each object, saying it's name, as you place each object on a tray or towel one at a time.
- Then give your child one clue to find the object you are looking for, saying,
- "I spy with my little eye something......... that is red"(apple), or "something spiky" (hairbrush), or "something that you put on your feet" (shoe)
If your child try this again with only 4 objects to choose from.
TOP TIP- choose objects that are very different from each other eg. apple, hairbrush, shoe, cup.
Challenge- You could play 'I Spy' listening for the first sound in words, saying
- "I spy with my little eye something that begins with the sound .. a a a a a" ............ "apple".
- "I spy with my little eye something that begins with the sound .. c c c c c" ............."cup"
- "I spy with my little eye something that begins with the sound .. ssssshhhhhh"....... "shoe".
This is difficult so don't worry if you have to say it for your child. Playing the game and saying it with you is good practise which will help children play it independently later.