Read your own books or get someone to read to you.
Learn the sound for each letter of the alphabet.
Sing lots of nursery rhymes. Learn some new ones.
Think of words that might rhyme for each nursery rhyme.
Can you write your own rhyme?
Stage 1 - sounds and characters
Substituting Initial Phonemes
Blending phonemes into words
Segmenting words into phonemes
Books to read
You will recognise 'Greedy Cat', 'The Safe Place' and 'Monster's Lunch'.
You can download the text to read on screen, or listen to the audio of someone reading the book.
Practise writing your Heart Words and practise writing little sentences, using the sounds from your letter card set as well as your heart words.
You could challenge yourself to keep a little 'bubble' diary, writing a sentence (or more) each day.
Bounce and Skip
Practise the Jumper Family letters we have learnt so far in class: h, n, m, r, b and p. Remember all Jumper letters start with down bump, back up, push over. Children who started school closer to the beginning of the year will be able to practise the Abracadabra Family letters too: c, o, a, d, g, q and s. Focus on starting the letter in the correct place and finishing in the correct place. Don't worry about the flick stage in the image below - that part comes later.
Keep working on your core strength by planking, and on building your finger strength by doing the 'Icky, Sticky, Glue' rhyme.
Remember, that we need to use all five of our fingers and thumb when we are using the correct pencil grip.
We have the 3 friends (the thumb and the next 2 fingers) which manipulate the pencil, and we have the Resting fingers, which create a stable base of support on which the more dextrous fingers can manipulate the pencil.
Pick your pencil up like this:
have your pencil on the table pointing towards your tummy
pick it up first with your 'holding' or 'pinching fingers'
tip it back to lay across your hand and pop your 'pillow finger' underneath
The Jumper Family Letters
Remember the words we use for the correct formation of the Jumper Family letters:
back up (half way)
...and you can see here in the photo, the extra words which we say for the correct formation when completing each of the Jumper Family letters
The Island Adventure
featuring Bounce and Skip and the Jumper Family letters
The Abracadabra Family Letters
Remember the words we use for the correct formation of the Abracadabra Family letters:
push (for 'c')
...and you can see here in the photo, that, except for 's', all of the Abracadabra Family letters begin like 'c' and the extra words help you to complete the other letters in this family correctly.