Flat Bush

(09) 274 8279 20 Flat Bush Rd Otara, Auckland

Week 1 - Term 4, 2021


Each week I will add activities that you can do with your child. Please do only as much or as little as you would like to and have fun together! Some activities will be repeated - practise makes perfect! Scroll down for some learning ideas for each day!


Listen to the letter sounds in this video and practise them together. 



Emergent List Words

These are the pink words. These words are the first ones we learn and are important because we find them in the simple books we read and use them when we write stories. Please help your children to learn these words! This is on-going over the next few weeks.

a

here

me

am

I

on

at

in

said

and

is

the

can

like

to

come

look

up

Dad

Mum

went

going

my

we

Here are some ways to help you teach your children these simple words.

  1. Choose THREE words to learn at a time.

  2. Read the words together.

  3. Write the words with your child, saying each letter as you write it.

  4. Write the words on scrap paper. Cut out the letters and assist your child to put the word back together.

  5. Use magnetic letters to make the words IF you have some.

  6. Write the words outside on the concrete using chalk. Use different colours each time you write the word.

  7. Find the word in stories you read together. 

  8. Play the Memory game using the words. Write the words on scrap paper - make sure you have two copies of each word. Turn them face down and take turns to find pairs of the same word. Say the word aloud when a pair is found.

  9. Use the same words on scrap paper as flashcards.

10. Put the words into simple sentences and read them together. For example I went to the ?? or I went to look at the ??

Counting Practise - use the 100's board to practise counting as high as you can. Point to each number as you say it. Count up and count back!



Patch Play Fun!

This is a copy of one of our Patch Play Mats. We use this everyday in our classrooms to help support Oral Language with our children. Here’s how you can use this at home.

  1. Day 1: Point to any picture, say the name of the item and your child will say it back to you. For example: pirate, cupcake, dog. Do at least 20 items.

  2. Day 2: Next, add a colour or shape. Say the item and your child repeats. For example green tractor, round red ball. Do at least 20 items.

  3. Day 3: Say a sentence about an item using “I like the …. “What do you like”? Then your child will choose their own item. For example you say I like the brown horse. Your child may say I like the blue and orange cupcake. Do maybe 5 sentences each.

  4. Day 4: Say a different sentence about an item. This time use “I can see the …” “What can you see?” or “I am looking at the …, What are you looking at?” Do at least 5 sentences each.



Monday 18th October


Listen to the story Late for the Race. Draw a picture of yourself ready for the race and decorate your helmet! Write a sentence about your helmet. 

Use the alphabet word card to help you today. Remember to listen to the words you want to spell and say them slowly before writing down the sounds you can hear. How many simple words can you use today in your story?


Look, I used my, is, and, on today from the word card. Did you notice the sounds I heard in the words has and it - I said them slowly so I could hear each sound!

Tuesday 19th October

Read the poem "Five Little Monkeys" together with someone in your whanau. Can you count down from 5-0 using your fingers as you sing or read the poem together?


Monkey Maths!

Count the monkeys in each box and chose the correct number from the choices below.

Monkey Maths Problems

1. There are 6 monkeys hanging in the tree. Each monkey has 2 arms and 2 legs. How many arms and legs are there altogether?

2. Each of the 6 monkeys have 3 banana's each. How many banana's are there altogether?

3. 10 monkeys are jumping on the bed. 4 monkeys fall off. How many monkeys are left jumping on the bed?

Wednesday 20th October

Story writing - can you write a sentence about the story Hide and Seek?


Use the alphabet word card to help you today. Remember to listen to the words you want to spell and say them slowly before writing down the sounds you can hear. How many times did I use the word “and” today? Can you see “and” in the red box? Can you use “and” in your story today too?


Look, I heard the sounds in the word Dad when I said them slowly! AND I used the word “and” 4 times today!


Play Hide and Seek today with your whanau. Take turns to be the seeker and search for your family members. Count to 10 or 20 and then shout "ready or not, here I come"! AND

Play Alphabet Hide and Seek today. Write the letters a-z down the side of a piece of paper. Seek things out around your house that start with each letter of the alphabet. It might look like this:

a - apple

b - ball

c - couch

See if you can find something for every letter - good luck!

Play Shape Hide and Seek today. Find something in your house for the following shapes - ask someone to help you write the answers down if you need to:

Circle - plate

Square -

Oval -

Rectangle - 

Triangle - 

Thursday 21st October

Today practise the words  is and and. As well as the ideas above (Emergent Word list), here are two other ways to learn new words.


Write the words your child is learning, alongside some they already know. I’ve used a whiteboard but paper works fine too. Using different colours helps to identify them when you are just starting out, whereas using one colour makes it a bit more tricky!

Ask your child to circle all the words that say “and” and all the words that say “is”. This is like hide and seek for words!!

Write the words you are learning to recognise using different colours for each letter. 


Word maths - how many letters are in each of the following words?

  1. and 

  2. is 

  3. A

  4. went 

  5. come 

  6. me 

  7. like 

  8. going 

  9. in 

  10. up 

How many letters are there in the following sentence?

I like to play with Mum and Dad.


How many words are there in the following sentence?

I really miss all of the beautiful children from Flat Bush School. 


Friday 22nd October

Today enjoy listening to the story Fox Makes Friends!


What do you think makes a good friend? What do good friends do? When you are with your friends how do you feel? Here’s an activity you could do? Copy this into your writing book. Write down your friends names and what you like to do together?

Have an awesome weekend Puzzle Pieces! Remember that it's Labour Day on Monday, so we get an extra day off! Have fun together and look after each other!! See you next week!