The home is the single most significant environmental factor in enabling children to develop the trust, attitude and skills that will help them to learn and engage positively with the world. A good home learning environment provides the love, security, stimulation, encouragement and opportunities that help children to flourish- a process that begins at birth, if not before.
What do you mean by Home Learning?
Each child has a unique home learning environment that incorporates everything children experience at home in the context of their family and community. Think about trying to engage in meaningful activities that encourage thinking and talking to stretch your child’s mind as part of everyday life. Including your children in everyday challenges such as making a shopping list, washing the car, spotting letters and numbers whilst going for a walk can contribute to enhancing children’s development.
It is important to maintain children’s progress and to provide them with broad and balanced learning both at Nursery and at home. Our home learning pages have been created by the Nursery Crew and will be updated with new activities regularly. These activities are flexible and families can use them as guidance and support for home learning to include both older and younger siblings. Where possible, along with with activity suggestions, there will be links to useful resources, websites and learning platforms to support families and children with further home learning.
Autumn term home learning resources
Summer term home learning resources
- Home Learning June 2020 – 1
- Pack a suitcase – cut and stick activity
- Passport template
- Home Learning June 2020 – 2
- Home learning July 2020 – 1
- Beach Scavenger Hunt
- Home Learning July 2020 – 2
- Shape Recognition
- Independence cards
- Home Learning July 2020 – 3
- Washing your hands – sequencing activity sheet
- Healthy eating – sorting activity
- Dinosaur themed number formation activity
A story to help children understand Coronavrius
Wake up, shake up
At Little Learners we often encourage the children to take part in a ‘wake up, shake up’ session first thing in the morning. This helps them to wake up their muscles and be ready for the day. We have compiled a collection of the Nursery Crews favourite songs to learn and play at home
Cool Down – this is a good way to finish your ‘Wake up, shake up’ session
- Meet the Alphablocks – available on Android and Apple
- Meet the Numberblocks – available on Android and Apple
- Doodlebuddy – available on Apple
- Maths 3-5 – available on Apple
Phonics Play is offering free access to some of their resources and interactive games – when teaching phonics for our pre-school age children we focus on lots of attention and listening games. Phonics Play has a brilliant section that explains this in more detail – https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PreSchool.htm
Your Little Learner should already be familiar with some of the Cosmic Yoga routines, there is a real variety of stories to follow that will encourage mindfulness and relaxation.
No cook play dough recipe – taken from https://theimaginationtree.com/
Play dough is the most wonderful resource for children to make and play with – the opportunities and challenges you can set are endless.
- 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
- gel food colouring (optional)
- few drops glycerine (optional)
- Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
- Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
- Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
- Add the glycerine (optional)
- Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
- If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just righ
This site provides plenty of indoor activities that are perfect for keeping your little ones entertained, there are others that can be easily adapted so you can do them from the comfort of your home or garden.
ABC Does Home Learning – (At Least) 50 Fantastic Ideas to Try at Home
A fabulous selection of ideas from Alistair Bryce-Clegg. Our Nursery Practitioners often create similar activities and provocations at Nursery and so your Little Learner should already be familiar with a number of these.