Hello to our Nurture Box Family and friends.
It's September... YES we cheer! A step closer to Summer and currently enjoying Spring!
For us that means getting back out into the garden, down to the beach for some sunny and windy beach walks and into our beautiful countryside!
Claire, our Community Brand Manager, has been getting her 2 children really involved with the vegetable garden and getting out there on a sunny day after school to get the kids weeding, watering and sowing.
"My daughter who is 2 1/2 is really enjoying doing a 'job' with mummy but wanted to see more flowers! So we have turned one of the raised beds into a dedicated flower garden. Seeds have been sowed and we are now waiting our 8 week(ish) window to start seeing colour," Says Claire.
"Hopefully the bee's will like it too" said Harry who is in his first year of school and loving all animal and insect related facts and findings!
Claire has found it a really good activity to fill that void between school finishing and dinner time and really stops the TV going on or the tablet coming out.
"It's a nice activity that we can do all together that isn't too intense after a full day. It lets easy chit chat come about with the kids on all things nature, food, environment and caring for things".
With Harry starting school this year he is just so tired and the days we aren't going off doing swimming or an activity I find he can be pretty grumpy if he isn't distracted.
In Focus: Tips for Reading Success
Read at least two books on most days of the week. This is one of the most important activity you can do with your child.
Help your child to know which way around a book should be read, where is the front cover where is the back cover? What direction do the words go?
As your child gets a bit older (4 years plus) you can start any story with a 'walk through'. This is where you let the child have a go at pretending to read the story based on looking at pictures.
There is no right or wrong. Do not correct them, only support them with words if they ask you to. Even then you can say "we are not thinking about the words right now, we are just imagining what the story could be".
Get your child to point to different pictures on the page, describe their favourite character, or point to different parts of a sentence, such as a full stop or quotation mark.
For older children you could say “which part of the paragraph show the words the boy is saying?” then ask them how they knew that.
Ask open ended questions: This really helps your child’s comprehension of what they read.
As we all know reading the words is just the beginning – from there a child needs to actually understand the meaning behind the sentences being read!
The questions you ask will depend on your child’s vocabulary and learning style.
You could use the open ended questions as opportunities for learning about sharing and kindness. "How do you think Sam is feeling?"
Young children find it hard to put themselves in someone else's shoes and problem solve a conflict. So guide them through it.
"How do you think Sam could play with his favourite toy and make Jessie feel better?"
You can ask questions about what is happening in the story. You could say “where is the monkey?” and coach your child to describe where the monkey is rather than simply saying “there”.
Books are much more than an adult reading to a child - although some days we need to recognise this is all your child will want.
Books are a game, an activity, a chance for close interaction between parent and child.