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Learning at Home Through Everyday Activities



Some Number Rhymes

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market.
(Gently squeeze a thumb or big toe and say “That’s one!”)

This little piggy stayed home.
(Squeeze a second finger or toe and sa y, “That’s two!”)

This little piggy had roast beef.
(Squeeze a third finger or toe and say “That’s three!”)

This little piggy had none.
(Squeeze a fourth finger or toe and say “That’s four!”)

This little piggy cried “Wee-wee-wee!” all the way home.
(Squeeze a pinkie finger or toe and say, “That’s five!”)

Ask your child to recite the nursery rhyme along with you as you act it out. Be silly and have fun! Recite the poem, but stop as though you’ve forgotten which number comes next. You can also mix up your “piggies” so that your child can correct you.

10 Little Monkeys

10 little monkeys jumping on the bed.
(Splay ten fingers, with your palm facing your child. Bounce your
hand to the rhythm of the verse.)

One fell off and bumped his head.
(Hold up one finger and rub your head with your other hand.)

Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said, “NO MORE
MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED!”
(Hold index finger out, shaking in a chastising manner.)

Nine little monkeys jumping on the bed.
(Splay nine fingers, with your palm facing your child. Bounce your
hand to the rhythm of the verse.)

One fell off and bumped his head.
(Hold up one finger and rub your head with your other hand.)

Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said, “NO MORE
MONKEYSJUMPING ON THE BED!”
(Hold index finger out, shaking in a chastising manner.)

Continue till “One little monkey jumping on the bed”. End the poem by asking your child if there are any more monkeys on the bed. This rhyme also teaches simple subtraction concepts like taking away one.


Teaching colours

  • Play-Doh is a great tool for teaching your tot colours. Creating different shapes with the coloured clay is not only2super fun but also a great way to imprint those colours in your child’s mind.
  • One way to make colour recognition easy is to pick a colour for each day. Ask your child why she picked that colour and ask her to identify things of that colour for the whole day.
  • You can also ask her to identify the colours on the clothes she wears.
  • Painting teaches colour. Even a child as young as one and a half can be given a paint brush and asked to experiment with different colours. They will love messing around with colours. Use a variety of media such as paint brushes, tooth brushes, vegetable printing, stamp pads, finger painting, etc.

Literacy skills

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