Literacy

Grandparents and YouTube; a great combination to help preschoolers learn new words

Research shows that pre-school children have a vocabulary of around 1,000 words by the time they are three and they will continue to learn another 500 - 600 words by the time they are four years old. Recently I had been sitting on the floor with Daisy while she played with her mixed collection of… Continue reading Grandparents and YouTube; a great combination to help preschoolers learn new words

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Using Story Sacks to bring Story Books to Life

Back in May, I wrote a blog about 50 years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar  and described a visit to the local library with Daisy where we selected some books and a Story Sack to borrow from the library.  While Daisy is now familiar with borrowing library books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was her first… Continue reading Using Story Sacks to bring Story Books to Life

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Introducing letters and letter sounds to your toddler grandchild.

Lately we've been using Daisy’s easel and a set of magnetic letters to play short activities/games to give her practice in learning about letters. To start, I filled the whiteboard side with a random selection of the magnetic letters. We sat together and talked about the colours of the letters and together we sorted the letters… Continue reading Introducing letters and letter sounds to your toddler grandchild.

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50 years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We visited our local library again last weekend. Daisy always enjoys exploring the children's area; with its book stands, displays, posters, small tables, chairs and beanbag cushions it’s a very stimulating environment.  We introduced a variety of books to Daisy and she took the opportunity to select some books herself. After a while, we sat together… Continue reading 50 years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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‘Share A Story’ World Book Day 2019 Theme

It's World Book Day 2019 on March 7th.  Don't forget to look on the official World Book Day website where there's plenty of resources and inspiration for children of all ages. Take a look and search in the resources to find something that suits your grandchild.  There are activities, things to make, reading ideas, extracts,… Continue reading ‘Share A Story’ World Book Day 2019 Theme

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Using Usborne Snap Cards for matching, sorting and language skills

A New Year and now that we've packed up from the festive session I have time to return to sharing more of my experiences as a grandparent.  Spending most of the festive holiday with our granddaughter we had plenty of play time together and those times have inspired ideas for this blog. I purchased a… Continue reading Using Usborne Snap Cards for matching, sorting and language skills

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Making meaningful marks: getting ready to write

Messy play for Daisy regularly involves paint and different papers. She has paint brushes and sponges and sometimes she just enjoys the paint itself, tracing her fingers through the paint. Sometimes I see her 'play' with her food in the same way, running her fingers through the sauce. Daisy's hard at work 'mark making', using… Continue reading Making meaningful marks: getting ready to write