So, I thought I would do a midweek post about what we have been up to so far this week.
Letter of the week
Our letter of the week this week is the letter ‘a’ so we been practising correctly forming this letter in upper and lower case with Samuel either joining dots, tracing it or writing it himself. Each day we focus on one word beginning with the ‘a’ sound too and do a related craft or activity. So a colouring sheet or something similar. Today we did ‘a’ is for ants, we practised writing the letter and then made ant pictures. We did this by cutting out black circles and gluing them down to make the body, we then add two feelers and six legs with a black pen (I originally wanted to make finger print ants, check out pinterest, but we didn’t have any black paint).
Yesterday we did ‘a’ is for apple and did apple stamping. Tomorrow we are going to do ‘a’ is for asteroids, aliens and astronauts (lots of writing ‘a’ practice there!). We are going to draw and cut out an asteroid and then add the aliens and astronauts (as stickers) which I think Sam will enjoy.
We have done a mixture of number activities so far. Today we did a number sorting activity where Sam had to correctly sort and stick numbers in to the right section of paper (I divided A4 paper in to four). I chose some numbers he can do easily and some he struggles with (he puts/writes ‘5’ and ‘3’ upside down). It seemed to really help him as he had to concentrate on putting the numbers the correct way round. He did get a little bored and discouraged at one point (despite my enthusiasm and praise) but I made it in to a game by getting him to stick the numbers above each other so they looked like a tall tower on the paper and he started to enjoy it again then.
I have a few more maths activities planned for the rest of the week. I’m particularly looking forward to Friday we have a book called ‘Market Day’ to read and then we are going to either go to the market and/or set up a market stall. We are going to price up the toy fruit and veg with ‘price stickers’ (between 1-10p) and then we can take it in turns to be shop keeper and customer. The customer will use real pennies to pay for the toy fruit and veg and the shop keeper will have to check they give the correct amount. Although, we often play shop it will be the first time with real money, price stickers (handmade just to clarify) and a toy till (I recently found one in a charity shop). Sam loves imaginary games and playing shop so I know he is going to love this activity!
Anyway, my main reason for blogging today is to tell you about the giant telephone we made yesterday and that Sam has played with about a million times already (slight exaggeration). Here is a picture of the front and back (‘glittery phone cover’) …
So, as you can see it is a giant 2d drawing of telephone/mobile phone but Sam absolutely loves it. I drew the phone and cut it out and then backed it on to the glittery red paper to make it look like a phone case. I penciled in the numbers and symbols on the keypad and them Sam stuck the foam number stickers on. I let him draw his own display picture, just like a real phone, and gave him the option to colour on it (he declined).
I then gave him telephone numbers to ring so I either said numbers allowed and he then ‘dialled’ them, or wrote them down for him to dial. I did about six-eleven numbers each time (but obviously he dialled them one by one) to make it more like a real phone. He then made the ringing sound and I pretended to answer my mobile phone and we had little conversations (it was very sweet).
We then went through how and when to dial ‘999’ for the emergency services. This is when things got interesting! I asked him questions like ‘what is your emergency?’, ‘what service do you require?’, ‘what is your address?’, ‘what is your name?’ etc and he answered them (very well I might add). I then used this as a spring board to discuss what to do in an emergency. First, we discussed a fire and we talked about what to do if you see a fire/hear the alarm. And then Sam being ‘health and safety executive’ made us test the fire alarm and do mock evacuations through both the front and back door. While repeating Fireman Sam’s ‘get out, get the fire brigade out and stay out‘ motto. We also talked about where the back door key was and how Samuel could reach the latch on the front door if there was fire, I also briefly covered evacuation from upstairs (if the stairs were blocked off by a fire) and about crawling on the floor if there was a lot of smoke.
Next, we talked about what to do if something happened to me-say I fell or was unconscious. It probably sounds like a strange thing to discuss with a four year old but I would rather he know what to do, just incase, and because we are a single parent family with just Sam and myself at home so we have to look out for each other. We went through how to dial ‘999’ and what to ask for/say and what he might be asked/told. Then we covered what to do if he couldn’t dial ‘999’ e.g my phone was locked (to stop the 167 photos of the floor, his left nostril, my big toe etc he takes almost daily if it’s not locked), out of reach, no battery and so on. I told him to pull the curtain and net curtain out of the way and to bang on the window and shout ‘help my mummy is hurt’ until someone helps. I considered telling him to open the door and go next door for help but I didn’t because it’s probably safer for him to be in the house (it’s a bit different to a fire where he would be safer out of the house, if that makes sense). Plus, my house goes straight on to the street/road with no front garden so it’s likely someone would see/hear him relatively quickly.
Finally, we discussed why we only would do these things in an emergency etc. I was so impressed with Sam’s take on the whole thing, suggestions and how seriously he took it, that I made him a little certificate for ‘knowing what to do in an emergency’ which he was chuffed with and has proudly put on display.
Hopefully, we never need to use any of these emergency plans but it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it?