Helping your child at home
In the street... these activities are fun in both English and Arabic!
Number plate hunt—who can find a 7? Add the numbers up
Comparing door numbers
Counting how many birds/trucks/buses on the way to school
What day was/is it yesterday, today, tomorrow?
Use timers, phones, clocks, ovens etc. to measure short periods of time
Count down 10/20 seconds to get to the table/bed etc.
Recognise numbers on the clock. If you cover a number, what number is missing?
Doing the washing...
Counting in 2s—matching shoes
Sorting by colour and size
Find four shoes that are different sizes. Can you put them in order?
Reading price tags
Counting items into the basket
Finding and counting coins
Comparing weights—Which is heavier?
Can you cut your toast into 4 pieces? Can you cut it into triangles? How many triangles?
Setting the table. Counting the right number of plates, etc. How many more do we need?
Can you make shapes/patterns out of the knives and forks? Can you put them in the right place in the drawer?
Helping with cooking by measuring and counting ingredients
Setting the timer
Positional language at dinner time: What is on the rice? Where are the carrots?
Are you taller than a...?
Marking height on a wall
Cut hand shapes out of paper. How many hands long is the sofa? How long is the table? Which is longer?
Who has the biggest hands in our family?
How many footsteps from the door to the car?
Cut a potato into shapes (circles, triangles etc.) Use paint to make pictures and patterns
Cut out shapes from coloured paper/newspaper and arrange into pictures
Shape hunt: Can you find a square in the house (windows etc.), a circle...
Putting cards into piles
Jigsaws (you can make your own by cutting up a magazine picture)
Snap (matching pairs) or Happy Families (collect 4 of a kind)
Snakes and ladders or other simple dice games
Adding numbers on two dice
Bingo, with numbers or shapes
Number songs such as 'Five little monkeys jumping on the bed'
1 cup of plain flour 1 cup of water 1 tablespoon cooking oil 2 teaspoons cream of tartar Half a cup of salt food colouring and essences (optional)
Put all ingredients in a large saucepan, and heat slowly, stirring all the time until it forms a ball. Keep it wrapped in cling film or in a covered tub to stop it drying out.
Make numerals and shapes Sort shapes into groups, or order by size. Make long and short wiggly snakes.
Reading Tips for Parents
Play with letters, words, and sounds! Having fun with language helps your child to crack the code of reading. The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader.
Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child.
Talk to your child.
Ask your child to talk to you about his day at school. Encourage him to explain something they did, or a game he played at play time.
Say silly tongue twisters.
Sing songs, read rhyming books, and say silly tongue twisters. These help children become sensitive to the sounds in words.
Read it and experience it.
Connect what your child reads with what happens in life. If reading a book about animals, relate it to when you may have visited a zoo.
Use your child's name.
Point out the link between letters and sounds. Say, 'Ali, the word apple begins with the same sound as your name. Ali, apple, and they both begin with the same letter, A'
Play language games with puppets . Have the puppet say, 'My name is Mark. I like words that rhyme with my name. Does park rhyme with Mark? Does ball rhyme with Mark?'
Trace and say letters.
Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the letter's sound. Do this on paper, in sand, or on a plate of sugar.
Play sound games.
Practice blending sounds into words. Ask 'Can you guess what word this is? m-o-p' Hold each sound slightly longer than normal.
Read it again and again.
Go ahead and read your child's favourite book for the 100th time! As you read, pause and ask your child about what is happening in the story.
This edition of the school newsletter celebrates Mariam El Nahreer and Sara Shams El Din, both from Y2MN, for their achievement of first place in Cairo! They received their gold medals from 'The Egyptian Gymnastic Federation', and are now busily preparing themselves for the national championship to be held on March 18th.
We have another talented gymnast in Karma Aly from Y2PS, who recently participated in the Cairo Championship for Rhythmic Gymnastics. She was the recipient of two medals at this event; a gold medal for Rhythmic Gymnastics - Dance and a bronze for Rhythmic Gymnastics – Ball event.
Finally, we would like to congratulate and celebrate another budding gymnast, Hana Saada Y1OC, for achieving silver medal whilst representing her club in the National Artistic Gymnastics competition. Well done Hana!