This week’s story is Come On Daisy! by Jane Simmons. It is a lovely little story about a duckling who doesn’t do good listening and gets lost. Luckily, her mummy finds her and from then on, Daisy always does good listening. It’s a wonderful opportunity to discuss why we need to do ‘good listening’ and what the consequences can be when we don’t.
Literacy – Ask your child to retell the story. We have been using Talk for Writing hand actions and we focus on these four – Once upon a time (palms together then open them like a book), First (pointing one finger up to the sky), Next (first two fingers extended on each hand and then move them both to your left hip), After That (roll your hands over each other quickly). and Finally (put your hand out in a stop! action). It’s one way to help your child order stories. The hand actions really support their learning because you are using a kinaesthetic approach (being active and using your body/senses, etc). Use the actions when you’re reading any story with your child to help them organise their story telling. You can also use the focus vocabulary throughout your normal day. First, we’re going to the shops, next we’ll go to the park, after that we’ll have lunch, and finally we’ll go home.
Come Along, Daisy! – Children’s Book by Jane Simmons – YouTube
There are lots of activities to do to support their story telling abilities. During bath time, you could reenact the story (or use a washing up bowl, etc). Make up a similar story using a different main character. What happens when their new characters are playing, and their mummy calls them (you could link this to Hug by Jez Alborough). What words can you use to describe how Daisy is feeling during the different parts of the story? Is she distracted, when her mummy is calling her and curious when she’s playing with the other creatures in the riverbank? Investigate the other animals in the story, what can you find out about a frog or dragon flies?
Maths – Count the animals in the story, how many are there on one page, how many different kinds of animals, how many legs/wings/feet do they have? Discuss the size of the different animals in the story, are they all the same? Use a variety of different words such as tiny, miniscule, huge, gigantic, etc to build up their mathematical vocabulary.
Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.
Take care and stay safe,
Mrs Howe, Mrs Gavriel, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Currie