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When you read with your child or your child is reading by themsleves they can make connections to a text. This helps them to build a better understanding of the text.
Text to self- connecting the story to yourself and life experiences- this reminds me of a time when I...
Text to text- connecting this story to another story- this reminds me of another book I read/heard...
Text to world- connecting the story to the real world- this reminds me of something I have heard about...
** Students could share these connections verbally, write them down or draw a picture.
You will need:
* Story book/Chapter book
1. Read a story or part of a story to your child without showing them any pictures (could be one page or 2 at a time). Encourage them to listen to key information and draw as you read. You may like to read it a couple of times.
2. As you continue reading they can add to their picture or draw a new picture.
3. Talk about their picture and how it matches the information you read. You can also compare to the picture/s in the book.
** You may like to ask your child to draw 3 pictures by folding or dividing your paper into 3 columns- beginning, middle and end
** If your child is reading a chapter book with no pictures you could get them to stop and draw what they are visualising after every page or 2.
Read the story 'The Dot' or watch on YouTube. Discuss the message of the story and how the girl felt at the beginning, middle and end of the story. Ask your child to make a connection to the text- Have you ever felt like this character?
Provide your child with a piece of paper and a pencil/crayon etc and ask them to make a mark and see where it takes them just like the character in the story. Remind them that it is ok to 'have a go' and be creative like the story explained. There is no right or wrong!
When they are finished, talk about their picture together. Place their completed picture on the fridge or somewhere special at home.
Early Readers- Cup Tower
What you will need:
1. Paper cups
Using paper cups from the supermarket, write some commonly used words that your child has been practising at school. Your child must then read the word before they can add the cup to their tower. The aim of the game is to build the tallest tower!
Early Writers Activity
Allowing children, especially younger children, to experiment and use a range of different ways to write is a wonderful way to get them interested in practising writing.
You could mix some shaving cream and a bit of food colouring in a sandwich bag and then tape it to a table. Then your child would use a cotton tip to practise writing letters or words as below. (Be careful not to put too much shaving cream in the bag and ensure it is securely closed).
You could also use things like sand, flour, powder or salt on a tray or plate to allow your child to experiment with the formation of letters and writing words they know. They use their finger to write letters or words and then gently shake the tray or use their hand to smooth over the mixture to reset and have another turn.
Storyline Online has a range of different stories for you to watch and enjoy together as a family at home.
Some questions you could ask your child after reading a fiction text
You can ask these questions after your child has read some or all of their book
1. Who are the characters in the story?
2. What is the setting of the story?
3. What happened in the beginning, middle and end of your book?
4. What is something that surprised you?
5. What do you think will happen next?
6. How are the characters feeling in the story?
** Before reading you can ask your child to predict (guess) what is going to happen using the pictures and title as a clue.
Maths Card Game- I spy with my little eye
This card game is for two players. You will need one deck of cards with the picture cards removed.
- The cards are dealt face up in an array, either a 10 x 4 or 8 x 5 array.
- The first player challenges the second player to find two cards next to each other that add to make a particular number. The first player says, “I spy with my little eye two cards that add to make ______.”
- The second player then looks for 2 cards that add to make the number. The two cards to be added need to be next to each other either horizontally or vertically. The player then picks the cards up to add them to their pile. They do this with any other pairs that add to make the number as well.
- If the second player misses any pairs that add to the number, then player one may claim them.
- The players take turns until all the cards are gone.
- The player with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
- As big gaps appear in the array, move the cards closer together to fill the gaps.
- You may like to ask your child to find all of the same number eg find all the 8s, all 4s (not necessarily next to each other)
- You could change the operation that students use, for example, subtraction or multiplication.
- Allow your students to add three numbers together.
- You could also allow students to add pairs of cards diagonally.
Some questions to ask your child other than "How was your day?”
- What was your favourite part of today?
- What is one new thing you learned today?
- What are you most proud of today?
- What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
- What do you want to practise at home?
- What made you smile?
- What did you find challenging?
- How would you rate your day from 1-10? Why?
Some games to play in the car:
The Name Game
Ages 6 and up: One person names an animal. Then each person in order has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. For an example, if the category is animals, the first player might say pig. The next person must name another animal starting with the last letter of the previous animal. In this case “G” is the last letter in pig, so the second person might say gorilla. There cannot be any repeats, so it will get harder and harder as your list gets longer. With older children, try the game with TV shows, different foods, jobs or countries etc.
I Spy with My Little Eye
One person finds an object they can see and then starts the game by saying, “I spy with my little eye something beginning with…” and then states a letter of the alphabet.The others players then try and guess the object. Once the object has been guessed the next player has a turn.
You will need:
- a piece of paper
- a pencil
- a timer, watch etc
- Choose a topic to write about or decide on one together eg trains, cats, summer, the jungle, shoes etc. (You could also show your child a picture and ask them to write about the picture).
- Talk with your child about their chosen topic or picture to help think of ideas of what they could write about.
- Set a timer for 3 minutes. You can allow more time (5 or 10 minutes) if you feel your child needs more time to write however it is meant to be fast like a rocket!
- Once the timer is set your child can write about their topic or picture in whatever style of writing they choose eg story writing, persuasive, letter etc
- Once the time is up, ask your child to read their writing to you.
- Draw a picture to match their writing.
When you try this activity again try a different topic or picture to write about!
Religion- Being Grateful
Share something that you are grateful for each day/week as a family. You might like to do this while eating dinner or before bedtime. One person shares while the family listens and then the next person has a turn. Your child may like to keep record of these in a journal and draw a picture to go with it.
You will need:
* A clear plastic jar or bottle (small or medium size is best)
1. Make sure the jar or bottle is clean
2. Place some glitter and sequins into the jar or bottle (or just one if you prefer)
3. Fill the jar or bottle with water to about 3/4 full
4. Place the lid on tightly- you may want to use tape to wrap around the top to ensure there are no leaks
5. Your child can now use their minfulness bottle/jar by slowly tipping it up and down and watching the glitter and sequins move in the water
6. As they are doing this they can take deep breaths in and out
7. Keep in a safe place to use again when needed
You may like to add some other items of your choice into your mindfulness jar or bottle