This week in Nursery we will be reading the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr/Eric Carle. We have lots of great ideas for learning.
Before reading or watching the story show your child a picture of a bear or use a stuffed teddy bear. Talk about the letter B and it's sound 'b'. You might say:
Bear begins with the sound 'b' Watch my mouth as I say the 'b' sound. My lips are close then they burst open. The letter name is 'B' the sound is 'b'.
When introducing the title trace your finger underneath the words. Tell your child the title is made up of words that tell us the name of the story. Show your child the letter 'B' and tell them the sound it makes 'b'.
Whilst listening to the story or afterwards, can you ask your child some questions about the story. This allows you to check their understanding of the story.
Here are a few questions you could ask your child:
What animal do we see first in the story?
What colour is the horse?
What sound does the duck make?
What colour is the frog?
What sound does a frog make?
Which animal was next in the story after the blue horse?
Which animal is your favourite in the story? Why?
Can you name all the animals in the story?
Why not draw a picture of your favourite animal from the story and label it with support from your grown up. Talk about the initial sounds in each of the animal names, for example 'd' for duck. Can you think of any other animals that begin with the same sound?
Talk about the colours you will need when drawing or painting your picture. You could even send in your picture. We would love to see them and put them on to our nursery page.
Activities that you could try at home:
Together with your child pretend and move around the room like the animals in the story: Fly like a bird, Crawl like a dog, Pound feet and stomp around like a bear, Swim like a fish, Gallop like a horse, Quack like a duck. Why not get all the family involved and have fun!
Make a story telling bracelet to help your child remember the story (using colour beads).
- Brown - Bear
- Red - Bird
- Yellow - Duck
- Blue - Horse
- Green - Frog
- Purple - Cat
- White - Dog
- Black - Sheep
- Goldfish - Orange
- Can you go on a colour hunt around your house and talk about the colours you've found. Make a tally chart together of the colours you've found and count them up at the end.
- Can you make some binoculars and go on a walk in your local environment. What animals did you see on your walk?
- Maybe you could make a mask of one of the animals in the story. You could get into character and think about how the animal would speak.
- Learning nursery rhymes is an important stage of early reading. Throughout the year we learn lots of nursery rhymes. Here are a few of the nursery rhymes we learn in nursery. Have a go at practicing them at home together.
- 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive
- Twinkle, twinkle little star
- Humpty Dumpty
- Mary had a little amd
- Incy Wincy Spider
- Wheels on the bus
- Wind the bobbin up
- Baa Baa black sheep
- Hickory Dickory Dock
- OId King Cole
- I'm a Little Teapot
We will be also learning a rhyme about a teddy bear this week. Lots to talk about; Can you point to your nose ? Where are your toes ? Have fun !! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your nose. Teddy bear, Teddy bear, Teddy bear, touch your toes, Teddy bear, Teddy bear, touch the ground, Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn around. Teddy bear, Teddy bear, climb the stairs, Teddy bear, Teddy bear, brush your hair, Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn off the light, Teddy bear, Teddy bear, say goodnight.
Our Topic this half term is 'All About Me'
Here are some activities we will be doing in nursery:
- Creating self-portraits of ourselves. We will be looking at ourselves in mirror and focusing on what we can see.
- Drawing and discussing our families and what we want to be when we are older.
- Making a all about me booklet.
Phonics - Phase 1
At the beginning of the year we focus on phase 1 which covers the seven aspects of learning. Many of our phonics learning we will do outside. We sing everyday which develops their language and emotion wellbeing. We have singing aprons where we store items from a nursery rhyme and children can come and choose a song to sing.
- Environmental Sounds
- Instrumental sounds
- Body Percussion
- Rhythm and Rhyme
- Voice Sounds
- Oral Blending and Segmenting.