This week’s story is by Dr Seuss, Show Me the Honey. It is a fantastic and fun way to learn about bees and all the marvellous things they do for us. Did you know that they ‘talk’ to each other? Bees perform the ‘waggle dance’ to let each other know where they’ve found some tasty nectar! It involves a lot of moving around and we’ve been practicing our own ‘waggle’ dancing in class to The Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky Korsakoff. Click on the links below to hear the story and for some fun activities.
Literacy and Communication and Language – We can count on a Dr Seuss book for rhyme and this story is full of great rhyming words. How many can you hear? Can you think of a different rhyming words? We also focused on a non-fiction book called Eva the Bee Keeper and learned about what a Bee Keeper does to keep their bees happy and healthy. Can you find any bee facts? In class we practised being statues when a bee (or anything buzzy) comes too close to us. It worked when an actual bee buzzed around our garden, it was amazing to see so many children standing completely still!
Ask your child what they remember from our very own Mrs. Bence the Bee Keeper’s visit? Being able to retrieve information is a very important skill when learning. Being frequently reminded of previous learning really solidifies our knowledge. Teachers are extremely forgetful, we forget our sounds, spellings, full stops, etc. and children are forever correcting us. Of course, that’s the method to our madness!
Maths – We have been looking at our numbers and counting out the same amount, being sure to use our counting fingers. Children are very good at counting but can still count too fast even when using their counting fingers! Please make sure that your child counts one number for each object there. We have also been writing numbers. Another opportunity for children to use their retrieval skills is to ask them simple (but tricky) questions such as write the number that comes before 4? Which number is 1 more than 0? Show me number 3 on your fingers, can you make 3 a different way (make sure they hold up 3 fingers and then hold up 3 different fingers). These are all extremely important skills that they will use in Reception so keep practicing!
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 Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence