How to help your child at home
There are ways in which you can help support you child with their learning at home.
- Your child will be sent home either an early reader or an Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) book in their green book bag.
Early reader – This will help your child to:
- talk about the cover.
- talk about the pictures on each page.
- turn the pages singly.
- pick up the pattern of the story.
- run their finger under print.
- use the picture clues
ORT books – These will help your child to:
- continue to use the skills mentioned above.
- point to each word.
- to learn the words that are sent home.
ORT sight words
- Children need to be able to read these words by sight, not blend them (sound them out).
- They do not need to learn to write them.
- ORT 1 and ORT 2 words are on the website.
- Please read this to your child.
- Talk about what is happening in the story, the characters, what they think might happen next in the story.
Fine motor skills
Developing children’s finger strength and their hand-eye co-ordination will prepare them for writing letter shapes. Here are some ideas to develop fine motor skills:
- Lego - fixing bricks together.
- Playdough – rolling, pinching, moulding (recipe on the website).
- Money box - slotting coins into a box.
- Beads - threading onto pipe cleaners/string.
- Wool - punch holes into card and thread wool/string through the holes.
Writing letter shapes
If you are practising letter shapes at home with your child, please practise lower case letters not capitals.
- Counting up to 10– count anything around the home eg spoons, books, toys, steps.
- Comparing groups up to 5 - collecting 2 groups of objects e.g bricks, coins.
Counting how many in each group and say who has more, who has fewer.
- 1 more/1 less - count a group of objects and then say 1 more/ 1 less.
- Counting forwards and back to 5 .
Sing number songs e.g 5 little speckled frogs, 5 little ducks, 5 little men in a flying saucer.
Shape, Space and measure
Compare measurements of objects using the language:
- Height -short/shorter/shortest/tall/taller/tallest.
- Length - short/shorter/shortest/long/longer/longest.
- Weight – light/lighter/lightest/heavy/heavier/heaviest