Top tips for talking:
Use simple repetitive language - Keep sentences short:
Describe your everyday activities. As you talk about what you are doing ("I'm washing the cup"), repeat your words for slowly and clearly. Saying things more than once helps children to join in and pick up new words.
Makaton - Hello, Thank you, Children's Names and Fruits.
The story of Little Rabbit Foo Foo - lots of good storytellers and great actions too. It's a good story that's easy to pick up due to the repetitiveness of the story - Have you heard it yet?
Moonsand - a mixture of sand and shaving foam. This makes the sand easier to mould. You can squeeze it, gather it up to make a mole hill or a volcano, swirl it around and oh it smells so lovely.
Hide and seek with the ducks - Ducks (of the plastic variety) were scattered around and each one had a number on the bottom, when a duck was found the child had to recognise the number and then find the hoop with the correct number in it. Good for number recognition. Then it was time to find out which hoop had the most ducks in and which had the least. Good counting skills and lots of fun.
Forest club - Collecting flowers for Mothers Day, it was explained that flowers are not to be picked unless given permission and this time the adult says it's okay. Talking about flowers - what they need to help them grow, some flowers were open and some were closed, we talked about how the sun makes the flowers open.
A visit to the church to watch Stanton Drew Primary School children and their Easter celebrations. Lovely to see some of our old friends and good for our little ones to say hello to who will be some of their new teachers all too soon. Thank you for the invitation and once again our little ones were on their very best behaviour and did you all proud.
Lots of bubbly water play inside, pouring, scooping, sinking and floating and trying to keep the water with in the tub - nearly successful, although some of us ended up looking like we had got in! still it was lots and lots of fun:-)
Many forms of weather lately - Rain, sun, wind, snow and ice!
Just remember to wrap up warm, its always easier to take off layers than not have enough and we are more than happy to help putting on boots and having spare shoes. As for the older children who will soon be attending school, Velcro shoes are best in enabling them to have a go themselves in readiness for school.