At Mucky Pups we are always preparing our children for life and being ready for school is a huge part of that. We prepare our children to be ready for school by showing them how to be curious, imaginative and independent beings who can cope who can self regulate their emotions and are ready to separate from us and you and go to school with a spring in their step and without a backward glance.
The things we teach your child from day one are to be able to;:
How can I help my child be ready for school?
You can help your child be ready for school by helping them to be independent like we do. Give your children lots and lots of love, support and encouragement but also let them opportunities to try things out for themselves.
Here's a list of ideas below.
How we help the school be ready for my child?
How cab you help the school be ready for my child?
We LOVE our "Physical Thursdays!" and one of the best ways to help our children develop all their finger muscles ready for developing their pencil grip is dough disco.
We have been loving following Shonette Bason on Spread the Happiness who is CRAZY about fine motor development in a fun and exciting way.
There's the recipe below which we follow so why not have a go at home. You could even make up your own ideas to songs you love too once you get going.
You will need:
· 2 cups of flour, plus extra for dusting your board
· 1 cup of salt
· 2 cups of warm water
· Food colouring
· 2 tbsp vegetable oil
· 2 mixing bowls
· Wooden chopping board
· Wooden spoon
How to make playdough
1. Mix together the flour and salt in one bowl,
2. and the water, oil and a few drops of food colouring in the other bowl
3. Pour in the oil, water and food colouring mix into the bowl with the flour.
4. Dust your wooden chopping board with flour. Place the dough mix on top and knead for a few minutes until smooth and pliable.
5. Leave to cool completely and then your homemade playdough is ready for little hands!
6. Store in the fridge in an airtight container to keep fresh
Here are 10 ways to say “I love you”? It's especially important at the moment to let each other kknow how important they are to you so here's our top ten ways to say it. I bet you can think of even more...
1) Tickle it.
Give “I love you tickles” starting at the feet up to their face saying “I love you, I love you, I love you.”
2) Whisper it.
Quiet words create a special moment.
3) Sign it.
Pointing to your eye for “I,” to your heart for “love” and to them for “you.”
4) Re-use it.
Choose an “I love you” phrase from a favorite book such as, “I love you right up to the moon and back” from Guess How Much I Love You just like in the book we're reading now.
5) Write it.
Write notes and leave them in places for them to find, if they can't read yet perhaps a heart picture would do the job too! Or send a card or letter letting them know.
6) Ask it.Say,
“Do you know how much I love you?” Whether they say yes or no you can then say, “I love you sooooooo so so so so sooooooooooo so so so so much” accompanied by an eenormous hug.
7) Sing (and dance) it
.Make up any tune using “I love you.” The kids may even enjoy dancing along with you as well.
8) Make a mental picture for it.
Just like Nut Brown Hare explian your love in words that create a picture; using examples of travel, such as “I love you all the way across town, across the country, across the world, up into space, up past the moon, past all the planets, right around the sun, and into space for as long as long can be. My love for you will never end.”
9) Secret-ize it.
Create a special movement, hand shake, or sound that means “I love you” in a way only your family understands. How about three squeezes as you say "I love you"
10) Savor it.
Say “I love you” and savor it, breathe in the moment, and be filled with love.Those quiet moments between mama and child are so sweet.
Everyday we do a "Fantastic Phonics" Together time with all our children in their family groups.
Each session lasts from around 5 -10 mins focusing on listening and identifying sounds.
We use the Phase 1 Aspect of the Letters and Sounds government document that can be found here.
Phase 1 is all about the children tuning into the sounds around them, concentrating on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for their reading and writing skills to develop at school.
We play games, sing songs and investigate the world around us during our time together.
Each aspect contains three strands:
Tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination). This is the strand we focus on with our Sausage dogs
Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing). This is the strand we focus on for the Spaniels
Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension). This is the strand we focus on for the Spaniels
Aspect 1 - Environmental Sounds
The aim of this aspect is to raise children's awareness of the sounds around them and to develop their listening skills. Activities suggested in the guidance include going on a listening walk, drumming on different items outside and comparing the sounds, playing a sounds lotto game and making shakers.
Aspect 2 - Instrumental sounds
This aspect aims to develop children's awareness of sounds made by various instruments and noise makers. Activities include comparing and matching sound makers, playing instruments alongside a story and making loud and quiet sounds.
Aspect 3 - Body percussion
The aim of this aspect is to develop children's awareness of sounds and rhythms. Activities include singing songs and action rhymes, listening to music and developing a sounds vocabulary.
Aspect 4 - Rhythm and rhyme
This aspect aims to develop children's appreciation and experiences of rhythm and rhyme in speech. Activities include rhyming stories, rhyming bingo, clapping out the syllables in words and odd one out.
Aspect 5 - Alliteration
The focus is on initial sounds of words, with activities including I-Spy type games and matching objects which begin with the same sound.
Aspect 6 - Voice sounds
The aim is to distinguish between different vocal sounds and to begin oral blending and segmenting. Activities include Metal Mike, where children feed pictures of objects into a toy robot's mouth and the teacher sounds out the name of the object in a robot voice - /c/-/u/-/p/ cup, with the children joining in.
Aspect 7 - Oral blending and segmenting
In this aspect, the main aim is to develop oral blending and segmenting skills. To practise oral blending, the teacher could say some sounds, such as /c/-/u/-/p/ and see whether the children can pick out a cup from a group of objects. For segmenting practise, the teacher could hold up an object such as a sock and ask the children which sounds they can hear in the word sock.
Look out for your weekly Newsfeeds and observations on Famly to find out more about what your child is doing with us.
There are also some other ideas of how to help here at Oxford Owl, here at Phonics Play and here at Early Impact learning.
Potty trianing is a HUGE milestone in any child's life and here at Mucky Pups we always have someone reaching that milestone.
Here are some top tips to help you at home with it all from ERIC....
Top 10 potty training tips for successful toileting:
One of our GOLDEN rules is having "Kind Hands" and in Mucky Pups we teach the children that being kind to others is very important.
This year Eddie the Elf has been sent to keep us compnay while it is Advent. He is VERY kind and he is watching for us to be kind at nusery.
Here are some ideas you can try at home;
It's nursery rhyme week here at Mucky Pups.
We LOVE to sing songs and rhymes at Mucky Pups and during the day you will alsways find someone singing a rhyme or song somwehere in the setting. It can be inside outside, on your own or with a group. We don't mind where we just know we LOVE them and they teach us so much..
Every year we sign up to become involved with National Nursery Rhyme week to help raise awareness of why we teach rhymes to our children and to learn some the traditional rhymes we know and love so much from our own childhood If you're interested in finding out more then have a look at the website here.
Why teach Nursery Rhymes?
You may have seen our facebook post here that reminded us all that children who know EIGHT or MORE rhymes by the time they are four are usually the children who are the ones who do best at reading and spelling in their class by the age of 8! .Not only will you give them a head start with their literacy, language and communication development but you’ll be giving their fine and gross motor skills a workout too – all through activities that are fun for everyone, filling a very special place in your little one’s heart.
So if that isn't reason enough to sing at every opportunity you can I don't know what is but here are 10 more reasons why...
1. Nursery rhymes are easy to repeat so become part of your child’s first sentences.
When we sing or say nursery rhymes we tend to speak more slowly and clearly so children learn how the words are formed. This is great, because it makes it easier little ones to join in.
2. Nursery rhymes help children practice pitch, volume and the rhythm of language.
Music and rhymes help little ones learn a steady beat which helps with language and reading development. Joining in with clapping and actions, like baby signing, can help this development.
3. Nursery rhymes are a great way to develop early phonic skills.
Through hearing and repeating nursery rhymes children have the opportunity to hear, identify and manipulate letter sounds.
4. Nursery rhymes expand children’s imagination.
Nursery Rhymes often tell a story and create imagery. Children can imagine a world where vinegar and brown paper are a remedy for a head injury!
5. Nursery rhymes follow a clear sequence of events.
They often tell a story and contain a beginning, middle, and end.
“Exposure to music accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception”
Brain and Creativity Institute
6. Nursery rhymes teach early maths skills.
Many contain numbers, counting, colours, and other maths vocabulary such as weight and size.
7. Nursery rhymes improve vocabulary.
Children hear and use new words that they wouldn’t come across in everyday language, for example, in Jack and Jill they ‘fetch’ a ‘pail’ of water.
8. Nursery rhymes provide examples of literacy devices.
They use alliteration such as ‘Goosey, Goosey Gander’, onomatopoeia in ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’, and rhyme.
9. Nursery rhymes teach emotions.
The characters in the rhymes experience a range of emotions, which can help little ones to understand and identify their own emotions and those of others.
10. Nursery rhymes are fun! And transportable!
Nursery rhymes are great way to spend time with your little one and they don’t require any equipment.
Little ones love the sound of your voice over any other (they’re not bothered if you’re not a great singer).
Often nursery rhymes are funny – some make little sense, others have unexpected endings. And if you forget the words or are feeling creative you can make up some of your own versions!
We also use signs and gestures to help children preduict what is coming next, to join in even if they can't speak yet or if English is their second language. Some of your children may be able to teach you the signs we use but if not have a look at "The Singing Hnads" youtube channel below to learn alongside your child.
Have a look at our news and evnets page and facebook for more about our learning in Mucky Pups during this week.
It's been Road Safety Week here at Mucky Pups and we have been learning all about keeping safe on the roads. Here's a video from the bbc to watch to remind everyone what to do.
To Stop, Look, Listen.
To hold hands while we are near the road.
To ALWAYS use our car seats
To find a zebra crossing
To know what the colours of the traffic lights mean.
Have a look at our News and Events page for more details of what we did. here
Early Communication and Language is a PRIME area and one that is the foundation for all learning.
Getting it right at an early age is VITAL for our children to be able to function in society and learn as they move on to school. It is the foundation for reading, writing and understanding ALL the other subjects that are taught and our children have to learn and so it is central to EVERYTHING we do here at Mucky Pups.
Here are 10 key facts about Speech and Language development put together by the NDNA to get us all thinking about our children's speech development
Our day is full of social times where we can talk to each other at snack, lunch, hello time, floorbook time and while we play with our friends. Someone is always ready to listen too!
During this time of learning from home very often the government along with the Literacy trust have introduced a whole set of activities for you at home to give you ideas on how to develop your child's speech whilst doing everyday activities. It's called Chat, Play, Read! There are some great ideas to help you here