Option 1 - Today we are going to listen to sounds at the beginning of words and hear the differences between them. We are going to play 'Tony the Train’s busy day' Use a toy train/or car and selection of objects starting with the same sound. e.g. ball, bear, block, basket. You can make up your own story or you can use the script below!
It was going to be a busy day for Tony. He had lots to do before bedtime. So many packages to deliver and so many passengers to carry. He set out very early, leaving all the other engines at the station, and hurried off down the track, clackedy clack down the track, clackedy clack down the track...
But he hadn’t gone very far when...!!! He saw something up ahead lying on the tracks. ‘Oh no!’ yelled Tony. ‘I must s – t – o – p.’ And he did stop, just in time. To Tony’s surprise there on the track lay a big brown bear, fast asleep.
‘I had better warn the others,’ thought Tony and so he hurried back to the station, clackedy clack going back, clackedy clack going back. Tony arrived at the station quite out of puff. ‘Whatever is the matter?’ said the other engines. ‘Toot, toot, mind the...big, brown bear’ panted Thomas. ‘He’s fast asleep on the track.’ ‘Thank you,’ said the others, ‘We certainly will.’
Continue by adding one more object e.g. oh no a big brown bear, a ball, a basket and block encourage the children to join in with saying the growing list of objects. Remember to give emphasis to the initial sound.
The aim is to have your child chant along with you as you recite the growing list of objects that Tony finds lying on the track. Make up your own story using the props and ask: What do you think happens next?
Option 2 - Play a listening game with your child...What can you hear in your house? What can you hear outside? Before your child can hear different letter sounds he/she will need to be able to discriminate between sounds around them. They won't be able to hear the difference between a 'b' and 'f' for example, unless they can hear the difference between a loud motorbike, a quiet knock, a fast car or slow drip. Practise this listening game often.Its a step that cant be rushed and one that must be done throughly so that children learn to discriminate between sounds.
Continue to explore money today and exchanging money for items. Play a game of 'shops' and ask your child to buy items from your store using their pennies.
Try some coin rubbings today also. Put the coin under the paper and rub a crayon across the top. Look at the pattern.
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