Buttercups Home Learning Opportunities
Hello to our lovely Buttercups and their families. During these unprecedented times, we would like to share some activities that you can do at home with your child so they are receiving the best education possible. We hope you and your child enjoy the activities and have lots of fun doing them! They are linked to the seven areas of the Early Years Curriculum which we follow at nursery. All the best, take care and we hope to see you all soon 😊
Miss Butler and Miss Cole
Personal, Social and Emotional
This includes a lot of pretend play, so if possible, you could set up a shop or kitchen and allow children to role play. Follow their lead and play along with them. This is also a great chance to allow bonding time with your child and gives opportunities to develop their language skills.
Our Buttercups are fantastic at learning their numbers and doing some counting so try to encourage counting toys up to 5 at a time. If you have a garden or yard, you could even count the flowers! Allow your children to build towers, create structures with items such as Lego and play with their puzzles. This helps them to understand shape and helps them with their matching skills.
The children in Buttercups love story time and are brilliant at listening to them and joining in with some of the words. Reading books with your child allows for some relaxing, down time and helps to encourage speech. Ask your child what they can see on the front cover, identifying any animals or colours. You can also ask them to repeat any simple words they may come across. Repetition is great for helping children to learn certain words so if they have a favourite story, you could read it a few times to help them take it in.
Understanding the World
This part of the curriculum is all about discovering the world around us, how things work, understanding families and children learning about themselves. Activities for this include allowing children to explore objects such as musical instruments (shakers etc) and playing with technology toys (toys with lights, sounds and buttons.)
Communication and Language
We encourage lots of song time at Nursery. The children love to join in with the words and actions. Try and allow your child to choose their own song and sing along with them. ‘Roly Poly’ is one of Buttercups’ favourites. If you are tidying away toys etc ask them to see if they know where a certain toy goes and if they can return it to its place. Encourage talking with your child, whether it be during play or out on a walk. This will really help your child to develop their understanding and speech.
This section is all about getting your child moving! Allow them to play in the garden, run off some of that energy and play with balls etc. See if they can pass the ball to you or kick it around the garden/yard. They can also have a go at riding their early learning bikes (if they have one.) Encourage them to draw and make marks using pencils as this will help them with their pencil grip and encourage creativity.
Expressive Arts and Design
This is where you and your child can really get creative! Painting, drawing and making collages are great fun for the both of you. Dancing and singing to your favourite songs would be excellent to help your child develop movement and will help them to express themselves. Encourage them to clap their hands or copy some of your movements.
Routine for the Day
9.00-9.30 Joe Wick’s PE video/Jumpstart Jonny on You Tube
9.30-9.45 Story Time
9.45-10.30 Maths activity and play
11.00-12.00 Creative activity
12.00-1.00 Lunch time
1.00-2.00 Literacy activity and play
2.00-3.00 Outdoors time