Helping your child at home
Here are some suggestions about how you can support your child's learning and development at home.
- Taking their coats on and off (trying to do zips)
- Taking their shoes on and off
- Using the toilet by themselves
It is important to develop children's self-esteem and co-ordination skills. These skills can be practised at home.
Communication and Language Skills
Developing speaking and listening skills is really important.
- At family meal times, encourage all family members to speak, listen and talk to each other, taking it in turns.
- Read books and stories to your child, especially at bed time.
- Take advantage of car / bus journeys to play games like: 'I Spy'.
Number and Maths Opportunities
Encourage number language in play and everyday situations:
- When you are out shopping, you could ask your child to help by asking them to get you 3 apples or 2 bananas.
- At bath time, see if your child can count items in the bathroom such as ducks, toys or tiles.
- You could ask your child to help you set the table - can they get out 3 forks, 4 spoons, etc?
- On car / bus journeys - play simple games for example 'how many red cars can you see . . . ?'
Physical (Gross and Fine Motor) Development
Encourage your child to be physically active everyday.
- Walk to Nursery
- Visit the local park, have a go on the climbing equipment
- Ride bikes / scooters
- Kick a football