November Talkbox / 09 Nov 2015




 

In November, the days get shorter and the children may notice the moon for the first time.  The weather starts to turn colder and you might see the first frost of the year.  Our theme for this month is Bear and Teddy Bears so this is a wonderful opportunity to visit the zoo to see some real life ones and to enjoy the wealth of fairy tales and stories about bears.  Remember that Pudsey Bear is a feature of November with BBC Children in Need so a good way to talk about helping others.

Try these activities, songs, books and crafts to help your children learn.  Speak, sing and talk about books with your child in your own language.

 

ACTIVITIES

Make up a guessing game to play with your child encouraging them to guess which animal you are thinking about. Simple clues are useful eg. “The animal I’m thinking of has a very long neck”.  “What might it be?”

Talk about the bears you might see in the zoo or a forest.  We will be concentrating on polar bears, the black bear, the grizzly bear and the panda.  What do the bears look like, where do they live and what might they eat?

Talk about animal patterns and help children to understand that some animals have spots and some have stripes.  Perhaps this might lead to some discussion about camouflage.

Encourage your child to retell the story of Goldilocks and 3 Bears, in sequence and also talk about how Goldilocks and the Bears might feel at different parts of the nursery story eg. how did baby bear feel when he saw that someone had eaten all his porridge or how did Goldilocks feel when she woke to find 3 bears looking at her?

 

DAILY ROUTINES

The activities you do everyday are great times to learn language.  Try these ideas to make language learning part of the everyday things you do.

Getting dressed

Say the name of clothes – pyjamas, socks, underwear, pants, shirt, sweater, P

sweatshirt, tights, hats and so on.

Talk about the weather and what he/she should wear.

Talk about patterns (stripes, polka dots or pictures), parts (sleeves, pockets,  

zippers or buttons), how they fit (small, big, short, long or just right)

Mealtime

Talk about what you are doing as you get ready to eat.

Talk about what you are eating.

Talk about what you will do to clean up.

Introduce lots of new vocabulary through talking about (and of course tasting) lots of new fruits and vegetables.  Talk about what they look like , feel like, and where they come from.

 

SONGS & RHYMES

 

The Bear went over the Mountain

The bear went over the mountain,

The bear went over the mountain,

The bear went over the mountain,

To see what he could see.

 

And all that he could see,

And all that he could see,

Was the other side of the mountain,

The other side of the mountain,

The other side of the mountain,

Was all that he could see.

 

The bear went over the river,

The bear went over the river,

The bear went over the river,

To see what he could see.

 

Teddy Bear Rhyme

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high,

 

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, wink one eye,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, slap your knees

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down please.

 

 

Five Little Bears

One, two, three, four, five

Five, four, three, two, one

 

Five little bears bouncing on a bed

One fell down and bumped his head

Sent for the doctor and the doctor said

No more little bears bouncing on the bed.

 

Four little bears bouncing on a bed

One fell down and bumped his head

Sent for the doctor and the doctor said

No more little bears bouncing on the bed.

 

Three little bears bouncing on a bed

One fell down and bumped his head

Sent for the doctor and the doctor said

No more little bears bouncing on the bed.

 

Two little bears bouncing on a bed

One fell down and bumped his head

Sent for the doctor and the doctor said

No more little bears bouncing on the bed.

 

One little bear bouncing on a bed

He fell down and bumped his head

Sent for the doctor and the doctor said

No more little bears bouncing on the bed.

 

BOOKS

 

There are lots of stories on a Bear theme.

  Our favourites are:

-      Can’t you sleep little bear (Martin Waddell)

-      Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Traditional)

-      It’s the Bear (Jez Alborough)

-      PB Bear (Lee Davis)

-      Alone in the woods (Ian Beck)

-      What are friends for (Sally Grindley & Penny Dann)

-      Beware of the Bears (Alan MacDonald & Gwyneth Williamson)

-      Little Bear’s Big Jumper (David Bedford)

-      Hello Says Olly Bear (Tony Kenyan)

-      Peace at Last (Jill Murphy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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