Today let’s go on a sound walk. I've already been on mine, it was cold! There are lots of sounds around the home and outside that we as parents and carers are used to and can name instantly. Let's help our children to focus on these sounds, helping them to name them too.
You will need: Paper, pens, a range of house hold items.
- Game 1: Take a walk around your local area remembering to keep your social distance. Listen to the different sounds E.g. car, bird, river, footsteps etc. For the younger children you will need to make a point of saying what you can hear. Where possible use this sentence structure; use your child’s name first to get their attention and say ‘I can hear a …..’ Use this game as a social experience with your child. If they can ask your child to name the sound. For those children who sign, parents please reinforce and model. Alternately for the younger children in my class ask the children what they can see. As above use their name first and point to the object. Parents please model ‘I can see a…..’.
- Game 2: This is the step up. Tell your child that you are going to be going for a walk. Ask them what they think they might hear. You can use this as a shared writing activity. Ask your child either to draw what they might see or you can scribe for them. Take your list with you on your walk. Tick off as many times as you hear a particular sound. When you get back from your walk you could ask your child what they could remember about their walk. You can extend this activity further by making a map of your route and where you heard the sounds or draw a tally/bar chart of your findings.
- Game 3: If you are unable to venture out today the home has so many noises. You may have to purposely put household objects on E.g microwave, hoover, tv, running water etc. Play in the same way as game 1 and 2.
- Game 4: Another stay at home listening activity is to gather a range of small items from around the house. Ask your child to close their eyes while you make the sound. Can they guess what it is E.g. Scrunch up paper, jingling keys, jingling money, bounce a ball etc. Let your child be the teacher and see if you can guess. Make it harder by asking the child to remember the sequence.
Here are some online listening games. Remember to pause the clip so the children can name the noise: https://youtu.be/h0Kp_J9kvNM https://youtu.be/N5n1yaZp0ok
The phonics scheme we use in school is called Letters and Sounds. Please search this on your tool bar. Their site doesn't seem to be secure but you will get an idea of the stages and types of interactive games to play. Also, there are plenty of resources relating to these stages on Twinkl and Topmarks (online sites). Alternately in the observation class we still use elements of Jolly Phonics. Please look at their site as there is free resources to use at home.
Please scroll back through our class page to repeat the activities. I have also been looking at the wonderful ideas of the other classes. Please do the same, there are some great ideas. It would be lovely if you could leave a comment so I know how you are all getting on and If you would like to see something else on this page. I'm trying to think outside of the box so don't throw away too much recycling, think about how it can be re-purposed for learning! I hope you all have a lovely day. Stay safe.