On Friday’s we will recap and consolidate all the learning and fun we’ve been having. This is a good opportunity to see if your child really understands the sounds they’ve learned by mixing it all up and seeing if they can apply their knowledge in different contexts.
For instance, your child may have really grasped the Cross the River sounds when playing that game but when you used the same sounds to play Wild Wednesday they weren’t as confident. This is natural, there’s a lot to learn and figure out. And, don’t we all feel a bit more confident with the familiar? Remember the last time you learned a new skill, did you sail through it or did it take a bit of practice? Think of learning how to ride a bike, it’s a bit wibbly and wobbly at first but then it all comes together and you start zooming off!
Revisit the games and change them around a bit. Playing I Spy is a great way of seeing whether they hear those initial sounds. The filled sensory bottle would be a perfect game to play and you can change the letters as often as you need to. Can they hear the sounds at the end of words? You could give them trickier words to sound out like banana or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (remember it’s about the sounding out rather than the spelling!) I’ve been trying and it’s definitely tricky! Encourage them to do the ‘writing’ now that they’ve got the know the sounds.
Please look at the videos again for either inspiration or clarity. Any questions, please email. There is no right way or wrong way to recap our sounds. Don’t worry about the ss, ff and ll sounds, these are predominately (at this stage) at the end of words and more recap for Reception. The most important thing is that you and your child feel confident. Building confidence is one of the many reasons we repeat things again and again and again and again…
Have fun and enjoy!
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,
The Nursery & Reception Team