Hello, we hope you are keeping well. We hope that at the time you are reading this you are enjoying sunny skies. We will be back in September! Have a super summer!
Early Years Keeping In Touch Newsletter
Keeping in Touch with Family Learning- Early Years Edition - Issue 15 - 29 July 2021
Share a Book
Are you a member of your local library? You can join online membership (it’s free!) as well as in person membership – Library membership
Sharing a book, singing of song, telling a rhyme will support your child’s vocabulary, speech and imagination. Over the summer the library is running a “Wild World Challenge”, how many books can you enjoy together over the summer? Have a look at the website – there is great book finder there too! Here is link to a librarian reading a lovely summer story “What the Ladybird heard at the Seaside”
If you are at the seaside or have access to a sandpit, when making your sand castles make sure your child uses their fine motor skills to keep busy. They will be using their whole hand to scoop sand into the buckets or containers. When the castle is ready to decorate carefully pick up shells to decorate the castle. If you don’t want to build a sandcastle encourage your child to mark make in the sand using a stick – this will support strengthening of their grip. You will need to get involved too! Show them what to do and extend the activity by drawing shapes, letters, numbers in the sand too.
Getting out and about in the summer is great fun – here is a link to the Visit Buckinghamshire website suggesting where to explore. If you don’t want to venture too far why not create a map of your local area to walk, and draw 5 – 10 objects your child has to spot for example a post box, something spikey, the number 3, a butterfly. This will make your walk a lot more fun as well as engaging in the environment – you could create a sense walk for different days of the week. On Monday – a list of things to hear, Tuesday – a list of things to smell, Wednesday – a list of things to see etc !
Have you heard about Active Park Walks?
On the maps there are local parks within Aylesbury and Wycombe all mapped out to explore. When you are out and about try and find the markers and share the information. If you don’t want to walk, try scooting, hopping, jumping set a challenge to see how many hops you can do – what is the record? Can you improve it daily? What will be the summer record?
Useful Websites of the Week
Change for life gives some great ideas for activities that you can do as a family. There are some yummy healthy eating tips as well as activities.
Courses Coming Up
Early Years Courses from Family Learning
We are now taking bookings for courses in September – Story Explorers, Busy Fingers and workshops (in person and online), take a look and book.