Good Morning NAPIER!

We ended our “School Holidays” with a family trip down to Napier- Daddy needed to attend Uni for a couple of days- and we did some exploring!

  • wake up
  • watched sesame street
  • Breakfast, dressed
  • Dropped Dad into school- listened to Bad Jelly the Witch on audio CD

There are many benefits to listening to audio books- a list can be found on the link below- you can also find some great stories on this website to listen to!

  • Watched Fireman Sam

The episodes not only teach valuable lessons on fire safety to young viewers, but reinforce the importance of staying calm during an emergency.

  • Coloured in some temporary tattoos
  • Kids did dishes & cleaned up

It’s also a powerful way to promote positive development in all sorts of areas. Research shows that children who participated in household tasks starting at age three or four were more likely to succeed in adulthood

Childhood is a period of major neuroplasticity, when learning actually changes the brain’s functional anatomy. Hands-on experiences are particularly vital at this time. In fact, the child who regularly engages with manipulatives (arranging veggies on a platter, setting the table, sorting socks) and applies real-world math (measuring and pouring coffee beans in the grinder, taking things apart and putting them together, following recipes) has a strong foundation of representational experience, which enables better understanding of abstract mathematical concepts when they are introduced later. These movement-based tasks are also closely linked to the brain development necessary for reading and writing. (Find out more about this in Sally Goddard Blythe’s wonderful book, The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning.)

  • Nap (in car while mummy took Daddy for lunch)
  • Explored a Park- played on the playground, walked around the pond & watched the ducks & swans.

…early and frequent positive experiences in the natural environment have a major impact on the healthy growth of a child’s mind, body and spirit.

…Connecting our children with nature through hands-on, informal exploration and play is a great way to do this.

  • Mummy reads us ‘Mudslide’
  • Lunch
  • Played on the playground
  • Picked up Daddy
  • Dinner
  • Did some of our sticker activity books

One great benefit of sticker books is the way that they help to aid dexterity, encouraging children to use their hands to complete tasks.

… children match stickers to their outlines and link words to sticker-pictures, resulting in a real meaningful interaction with every page. The stickers have a very practical function as they are also used to enhance activities – adding exciting decoration and providing the essential finishes to the fun activities.

10 Reasons Why EVERY Kid Should Play With Stickers:

1. Neat Pincer Grasp.

2. Bilateral Hand Coordination.

3. Visual Scanning.

4. Spatial Awareness.

5. Sensory Exploration.

6. Handedness.

7. Separation of the two sides of the hand.

8. Hand Strength.

9. Body Awareness.

10. Gross Motor Development.

MORE reasons to play with stickers:

Literacy, organization, sequencing, problem solving, self-confidence, language development, mathematics, creativity, sense of accomplishment, stress reduction, goal setting, and socializing.
  • Showers & PJs
  • Mischief went shopping with Daddy
  • Mayhem played on his leap pad with mummy- ‘Stretchy Monkey swinging through time’ game- Ancient Egypt.

History, Culture & People, hand-eye coordination, vocabulary

“Learning about history helps children develop a sense of time and understand that technology and culture evolve. In this game, children journey through time engaging with activities that spark curiosity about the history of everyday objects.” – Clement C., LeapFrog Learning Expert

  • Mischief explores putting the crayons into an empty bottle

Fine motor skills

  • Mummy reads ‘I am Jumping’, ‘Shells’ &  ‘Mudslide’

3 books which I chose from the library- early readers section- the first is very basic: it repeats the phrase “I am…” and changes the action on each page e.g. “I am Jumping”, “I am walking, “I am falling”. The second is a non-fiction book about shells with photographs and the third is a small fictional story about a boy and a mudslide.

I have been choosing these types of books from the library to encourage the children to notice the words and pick up on my reading- I do not point to the words as I read (unless they’re showing interest or sometimes Mischief likes to repeat what I am saying), however books like “I am Jumping” make it easier for them to notice the pattern & repetition in each sentence. (Well this is the intention anyway).

We also discuss the books as we read them- what do we think will happen next? looking at the picture, how do we think he is feeling? where do you find seashells? perhaps we could go looking for some? -anticipating the next part of the story, using the pictures as clues, relating it to our own knowledge and experiences as well as planning to include it in future adventures.

Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child’s life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.

  • Bedtime