Idea’s for home learning

Idea’s for learning at home

Going on visits; – Go to:

Lots of free places – parks, museums, city farms
• The local shops
• The laundrette
• The post office
• Places where you can take a picnic
• A canal or river
• A parent’s place of work for an outing
• An airport, bus station or a train depot
• Visit family and friends by bus

Reading with, and to, children, telling stories, going to the library

• At the shop, read labels, tins, boxes – and on the way to somewhere, read road signs, advertising boards, shop windows
• Join local libraries (some have storytelling and rhyme sessions)
• Borrow books from Kindergarten and children’s centre libraries – find out about Bookstart
• Look at books at bedtime, keep books in your child’s bedroom
• Read books in your home language(s) as well as English
• Put books in the car, in buggies and pushchairs
• Have books for babies and toddlers – plastic, material or hard cover
• Read factual books with, and to your child – books about real things
• Tell stories about your own childhood – things you remember –‘When I was a little girl/boy…’
• Tell stories about your day as you walk along or work at home
• Listen to recorded stories in the car, or on the radio
• Listen to stories for young children on the television – and talk about them as you watch or afterwards
• Read maps together

Painting, drawing and making
Encourage these by:

• Putting crayons on baby’s highchair tray or foods for their fingers to play with
• Having crayons/pencils and paper available in the house
• Having a clipboard and pencil on a string to take out with you, in the back of the car
• Carrying little notebooks made from scraps of paper
• Using chalk on the ground, on a board or on an outside wall
• Collecting small boxes, scraps of material, paper, other objects – to glue or stick with tape
• Writing on shopping lists and greeting cards together
• Writing on scraps of paper at the bank, in the post office
• Having play dough to make things with
• Encouraging drawing in a sand or salt tray
• Providing paint with water and brushes to use on the ground

Singing songs and rhymes

• Sing along with your child to songs on a CD
• Borrow CDs from library
• Ask your child’s key person for words to songs and rhymes they sing
• Sing action rhymes with your child
• Sing while you get dressed, clean your teeth, drive in the car, rock a baby to sleep or comfort them
• Dance along to music on the radio or CD’s together
• Sing traditional or favourite songs from your family

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