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A Parents’ Guide to the language of phonics

A parents' guide to the language of phonics - what does phonics, phonemes, diagraphs and trigraphs means in plain English.

In the days when I started school 30+ years ago we were taught our letters and we learnt to spell words, phonics was a word used only by the teachers. When J started school last year we had a talk about literacy in the reception year and suddenly there seemed to be a whole new world of learning that I was being introduced to by a little 4 year old.

Phonics, Phonemes, Digraphs and Trigraphs – I’m guessing that many of you have a similar look on your face as I did *confused*. So I thought I’d give a

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Maths

Farm Themed Count and Add Activity for Preschool – #playfulpreschool

Farm themed math activity for preschooler - farmyard animal count and add

Farms are a popular choice for preschoolers and this week as part of the #playfulpreschool we are focusing on Farms as the theme and this time I decided to do some Maths work with T whilst playing with her. On our none preschool days (she attends the same preschool that J did 2 and a half days a week) I try and mix up our activities and play focusing on different aspects. So with our collection of farm animals we sat down to do some Mathematics through play.

Materials Needed

Selection of Farm Animals – if possible 6 of

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Maths

Fine motor and maths tools for playful learning

Fine motor and math tools for at home

Over the summer vacation I had two goals to work on with J and T. With J we had been asked by his reception year (kindergarten) teacher to focus on fine motor skills and with T I wanted to work on colours and numbers some early math skills. So finding tools that I could work on these areas with the kids was important goal for the summer.

Learning resources is a favourite educational toy and equipment company of ours from my home town in the UK and among their collection they have some fabulous tools and equipment for helping

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Science

Fizzing Fossil Dinosaur Eggs – Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki

Fizzing Fossil Dinosaur Eggs - extension activity for Digging Up DInosaurs by Aliki

Dinosaurs are our hot topic of the moment – I probably know more that I ever want to know about an Aptosaurus, Iguanadon and a Paracelapharus (I have no idea whether that is the spelling or not!) and with this months Virtual Book Club for Kids author being Aliki and with one of them Digging Up Dinosaurs an explanation of fossils we thought it was perfect for us.

The book Digging Up Dinosaurs (this is an affiliate link and will not cost you any extra but earns us a tiny percentage helping support the site) is a Level 2

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Books

Story Book Summer – There’s No Place Like Space

Planet density experiment for preschoolers - together with the book There's No Place Like Space

Today we start the final week of Story Book Summer with one of my favourite themes – SPACE. Welcoming to Rainy Day Mum we have Carla from Preschool Powol Packets sharing a Science Experiment based on the book There’s No Place Like Space.

Hi Rainy Day Mum and friends! I’m Carla from Preschool Powol Packets, and I am super excited to be sharing one of our favorite space-themed books and a preschool science experiment to go with it!

We absolutely love There’s No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe. The language is lively and fun, the pictures are fabulous,

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Letters

Preparing for school – letters in the air

Preparing for school- letters in the air helping children review letter knowledge through a fun active game as part of the Getting Ready for K through play series

We’re talking about literacy this week as part of getting ready for K through play series to help with preparing for school – whether this is the ABC’s, Phonics, Books or reading. In the UK there is no requirement that children will know their ABC’s before they enter school and much of the first year will be spent reviewing the basic phonemes and introducing blended sounds as well as teaching children to read through this knowledge.

However a knowledge of letters is always good and teaching them how they look and are formed is part of that, getting moving

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Books

Story Book Summer – Bugs are Insects

Bugs are insects - ladybug addition with play dough part of the Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

Story Book Summer continues this week on the Bug theme – check out our book activity on Monday which spammed both our story book summer and our post for this months Virtual Book Club for Kids with Mad about Minibeasts play dough. Today I am really happy to welcome Kim from Life Over C’s to share some bug activities on the Bugs are Insects.

I’m excited to be with you today on Rainy Day Mum! Much thanks for the invitation!

We have a slight obsession with bugs at our house. I don’t have an obsession with them being in

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Maths

Preparing for School – Number Run

Preparing for school - number run a gross motor math game for kids to review math skills before starting school as part of getting ready for K through play

Over the last few weeks we have been helping you prepare your child for school come the autumn through play as part of the Get ready for K through play series that we are co-hosting for the second year. This weeks theme is Maths and we’ve got a quick and easy fun game to work on number recognition as well as any other concepts that you may wish to work on with your preschooler before they start school.

Although a lot of time in the first year of school will be spent on number work as well as other

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Books

Story Book Summer – I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

I'm the biggest thing in the ocean - story book summer on Rainy Day Mum bringing books alive through crafts and activities for kids

It’s the end of the first week of Story Book Summer here on Rainy Day Mum and the last of our book based activities on the theme of Under The Sea. Today I’m welcoming Viviana from Totschooling who is going to share an activity based on the book “I’m the biggest thing in the ocean” a fantastic book for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Hi! I’m Viviana, a mom to two little girls – a toddler and a preschooler. I have a background in graphic design, so I create a lot of educational printable activities for my kids, and also share them

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