Singing songs is a great way to help build your child's vocabulary. Our school's singing teacher Mrs Mapp has made a video especially for the Nursery children. The video is about a familiar story... The Three Little Pigs! See how much your child can recall about the story and support your child to join in with singing the words. Make sure you explain any tricky words e.g. concrete... it's a building material. It starts off soft so you can spread it and then it changes to become hard and strong. When you go outside or for walks, point out different types of concrete. A good explanation and showing lots of real examples will really help to secure your child's understanding of words.
Basic concepts are words that explain things like position, number, size, time and feelings e.g. up/down, more/less, big/little, old/young, happy/sad. Children's understanding of basic concepts is important for early school success. Concepts are learned by listening to adults, following instructions and reading activities. Understanding and using basic concepts help children become effective communicators and develop pre reading and early maths skills.
There are two stages to learning any new concept - firstly, helping your child to understand the word and, secondly, encouraging them to use it.
Each week we will upload a new concepts activity for you to try at home.
You will need the picture cards shown below. (They are in your child's Home Learning Pack). First ensure your child can name all the objects. Then support your child to explain the function of each object e.g. You use a pan to cook food. You will need to model some sentences so your child understands the task. Only spend about 5 minutes on the activity but repeat it lots of times on different days. When you child has got really good at their explanations upload a video onto Tapestry of your child's talking or write quotes of what they say in the comments section.