|Responding to a story
- Who is their favourite character and why?Get them to draw their favourite character and write around it these characters key personality traits.
- Is there anyone like that in your family?
- What do they think is going to happen? Draw and write possible outcomes for the story.
- What have they learnt from their reading?
- Does it remind them of any of their own experiences?
- Identify / write about / draw the setting, main characters, problem and solution.
- Help your child with any words they don’t understand – look them up together in the dictionary if you need to.
- Read recipes, instructions, manuals, maps, diagrams, signs and emails. It will help your child to understand that words can be organised in different ways on a page, depending on what it’s for.
- Read junk mail – your child could compare costs, make their own ‘advertisements’ by cutting up junk mail or come up with clever sentences for a product they like.
- If your child has chosen something to read that is too hard at the moment, take turns and read it together.
- Reading to younger brothers or sisters, whänau, or grandparents will give your child an opportunity to practise reading out loud.
- Encourage other family members to read to and with your child – Aunty, Grandma, Koro.
- Cook a meal, following a recipe, for your family
- invent clapping games with different rhythms
- find a bottle (plastic, glass) and try and create different tones blowing into them
- sing a song together
- collect sticks and create drum beats on hard surfaces (upside down bins, outdoor seats, old boxes)
- turn on the radio and invent movements to go with different songs
- kitchen band – make instruments and music with pots and pans.