I’ve written a few times now about how I am keen to extend Daniels’ knowledge and one of the ways I like doing this is by working on things he is interested in. We read a lot and recently we have been reading some classic stories with him. One he really enjoys and join in with is the story of the three little pigs.
I saw recently that Twinkl Primary Resources were looking to work with bloggers so I was thrilled when they accepted me onto their blogger programme. I haven’t as yet had a proper look around the site but the three little pig resources they have on there caught my eye one evening over the Christmas period so I knew that would be the first thing we would be looking at!
The site provides lots of different ideas for how the story can be used to support early learning but I went for something quite easy as Daniel is still only just two. I printed off the word mat as Daniel has shown interest in this sort of thing when they’ve been included in books and the images from the story as well as a story board set and some colouring sheets.
Yesterday, whilst Emma napped we talked about the pictures on the story board images. I was keen to see if he could remember the story we had read a week or so ago and apply it to these quite different images (we have been reading an early readers version from Marks & Spencer and the illustrations are very different in style). He knew straight away it was the three little pigs we were going to be talking about and he happily counted out the pigs and told me about the clothes they were wearing (items and colour). I then talked through the pictures with him, a quick reciting of the story from me and he soon remembered it and joined in in the parts he likes to when we read his M&S version.
He then sat with the word mat for a good 15 minutes telling me about what he could see. I was really impressed with this. This is an A4 sized sheet and I had decided I would laminate this as I think it is something we will use a lot in the future (particularly when he learns to read and write himself).
The resources are great, very bold and engaging and there are lots that can be done with them. I did have the colouring sheets to hand too but Daniel decided he had had enough of the three little pigs and went off to play with his cars. I am sure however these will be used again in the future.
He went back to the story board pictures a couple of times in the afternoon yesterday; I had put these into plastic wallets and secured with some string (as you can possibly see in the picture above). This lets him ‘read’ them as he would do a book. In the future I plan to have the words such as straw, sticks, bricks etc for him to stick onto the right page, but we are some way off that level of learning as yet.
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