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For the next 2 weeks the children who come to me will be talking about Newbridge and the area in which the children live. We have been looking at photographs of buildings, shops and places in Newbridge: Whitewater, the playground, the cinema, Tesco, the pharmacy, the petrol station, the hairdressers and so on…. Please talk to your child about the places and buildings you see when on the way to school or at the weekend. We would love some more photos of Newbridge so please take photographs with your child and email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographs from all children and parents are welcome! We will post our photos of Newbridge on the website soon!
We have been learning about time, sequencing and seasons. Here are some tips to help your child with this theme at home:
- practise saying ‘Good morning’ and ‘Good Night’ each morning and night.
- talk about the differences between day and night.
- discuss the time of day – morning, afternoon, evening, night.
- use the words ‘first, then, next, after that, finally’ in conversation and when talking about past events – eg. when talking about your child’s day at school, birthday party etc.
- Practise the phrases ‘What time is is?’ and ‘It is … o’clock’
This week we are learning all about the season of Spring. Here are some ideas to help further your child’s learning at home:
- Chat to your child about Spring.
- Look at Spring flowers when walking together. Ask your child to name the flowers. (daffodils, snowdrops, tulips)
- Point out lambs if you see them on The Curragh.
- Look out for birds’ nests in the trees and listen to the birds singing.
- Talk about the weather.
- Look out for leaves, flowers and animals that are growing.
This week the children are learning all about families. They are learning the words to describe their family members.
To help at home you could:
Talk about your family together. Help your child to answer the following questions:
- How many people are in our family?
- How many brothers do you have?I have … brothers. / I don’t have any brothers.
- How many sisters do you have? I have … sisters. / I don’t have any sisters.
Talk about your child’s extended family – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins.
Look at family photographs and name the different family members. eg. ‘He is my cousin.’ ‘She is my aunt.’
This week we will be learning about homes and everyday items around the home. To help your child with this theme, have a go at the following:
- Name the different rooms in the home.
- Talk about what is in each room and name the various items.
- Find a certain object in a room. eg. In the bathroom, ask your child to find the thing used to brush his/her teeth.
- Help your child to say his/her address. “I live in/at…..”