Story of the week activities
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development is split into three categories; Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness, Managing Feelings and Behaviour and Making Relationships.
- Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness; Children start to learn that their own voice and actions have effects on others, to help develop this, respond to them when they offer you this line of communication.
- Managing Feelings and Behaviour; Even at a young age, children need to start understanding both 'yes' and 'no' boundaries. By teaching children boundaries from a young age will allow them to develop what is right and wrong and what is expected behaviour.
- Making Relationships; This is all about the engagements and interactions with all the people around them, parents, siblings, families and friends. Children may be wary of unfamiliar people which is to be expected as they will have grown attachments to those closest to them. When building relationships children need to have continuity of response and trust from the other person. Strong relationships can grow when engaging in games, activities, caregiving experiences such as changing nappies or giving bottles, cuddles, and quality times together.
Communication and Language
- Sing and listen to our song of the week - 'Baby Bunting'.
- To extend communication and language, repeat back any noises your child may make. If they are not at that stage yet offer your child a range of different noises which can be words or just any silly sounds.
- Try some baby yoga, lying your child on the floor gently and slowly move their legs back and forth, side to side and in circular motions. Repeat the motions with their arms. During this practice ensure your child is enjoying the experience, make eye contact with your child and share facial expressions with them. To maximize this experience lay your child on a soft throw or carpet, eliminate any distracting noises in the environment and play some smoothing music. You make make this activity last as long as the child is enjoying it, some children will love to have the 1:1 focused time with you in a calm atmosphere.
Understanding the World
- Bring in resources with a purpose, such as a ball to roll, a car to push, a hairbrush, spoon and bowl, a toy with a push button. Children may know what to do with these resources from past experiences or from observing others using them otherwise you can model how to use them.
- Collect items of the same colour together, we suggest two or three different colours. Use the colour name as a reference to the items so we can provide opportunities for your child to make links between the colour of the item and the colour name.
- Play 'hide and seek' with the coloured objects, hiding them under a piece of material such as a scarf and encourage your child to find the item, "where has the blue gone?".
- If you have the same or similar items then you can add in language of size, "big" and "small", or count the number of objects up to 3. If you don't have the same coloured items you could use items such as pans or bowls of different sizes.
- Take time to share reading experiences with your child no mater what age, whether they are just listening to you read a story, or tell a story. Children take comfort of a familiar voice and will start to pick up on different tones and volumes of words and sentences.
- Look through the pages of the book, pointing out different colours using the colour as the key words this week.
Using and Exploring Media and Materials
- Get creative with the resources in your house, when supervised babies can make use of paint, felt tips, and chalk.
- Using chalk in the outdoor space you may have is a great opportunity to extend creative and exploration skills. Try chalking on different terrains such as on brick work, pavement, wood or even grass!