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Watch the short video clips below and talk to your child about the signs of spring, including warmer weather, flowers growing and baby animals.

  • Ask simple questions to check/ develop their understanding.
  • Tell your child to ask you a question about the videos you have watched.

Spring is Here Song

Animals in Spring

Spring Baby Animals on the Farm

Listening for words that rhyme help children to distinguish between sounds in words.

It also helps children with spelling patterns as their writing develops eg.

  • if you know how to spell cat, you can easily spell hat, mat or bat,
  • if you know how to spell night, then you can spell light, fight or right.

Easter Bunny Song | Nursery Rhyme

Encourage your child to join in with you as you say the string of rhyming words:

  • cat.....mat......rat.....bat......h______at  (pause a little to see if your child can fill in the rhyming sound)
  • hop....mop....pop.....drop......t_____op  (pause a little to see if your child can fill in the rhyming sound)
  • tin....     .pin...  .win.......b_______in (pause a little to see if your child can fill in the rhyming sound)
Join in with the next Spring rhyming song, paying attention to the  "_all" rhyme: tall, small, ball:

I'm a spring chicken

Early Writing/ Mark Making

It is important for children to make large movements on paper and have the opportunity to 'scribble' as they develop strength and dexterity in their fingers.

The picture below shows typical progression as children develop skills to hold a pencil correctly in preparation for writing.

With practice and lots of small finger activities (eg, threading, lego, putty, picking up small toys) children will naturally progress through these stages.

To help support early writing you could:

  • give your child a pen/ pencil/ crayon and some paper and encourage them to draw. Some children can be reluctant so you may need to give ideas and begin drawing, asking reluctant child to help you. Remember to give lots of praise to boost confidence.
  • give your child a pen/ pencil/ crayon and some paper and draw a picture/ story together.
  • draw a simple picture (a car, flower, heart) for your child to colour.
  • draw a straight line in pen for your child to draw on top with their different coloured pen/pencil (Challenge- can they stay on top, or as close to, your writing as possible).
  • draw a wobbly line in pen for your child to draw on top with their different coloured pen/pencil (Challenge- can they stay on top, or as close to, your writing as possible).
  • draw a zig-zag line in pen for your child to draw on top with their different coloured pen/pencil (Challenge- can they stay on top, or as close to, your writing as possible).
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