Butterflies

Welcome to Butterflies class
 
We are an early years class with 9 pupils. We have 7 boys and 2 girls.
 
In our class we have five members of staff. 
Jo is our teacher and Catasha, Emma, Ailish and Kelsey are the Teaching Assistants. We are very lucky to have Toni in our team while Catasha is on maternity leave.
 
 
Home learning
 
Here are some different resources to try if we do find ourselves having to stay at home. 
Hello lovely butterflies and your families!! 
 
We know it can be really tricky having to stay at home but you are doing so well to keep you and your families safe. Below I will attach some activities that can help assist your learning and also help you regulate to stay happy at home. Independence skills are a big part of our curriculum, getting involved in different tasks at home can help your learning.
 
https://www.educationcity.com also has some amazing resources that can help support your learning. (School provided a log in at the beginning of the year- please email if you have forgot your login).
 
Please ensure you fully scroll through the class page- different sections may benefit each of the butterflies children differently.
When looking through the 'sensory' section of website, it is important to always ensure that your child wants to do these activities to avoid sensory overload.
 
Remember to stay happy, healthy and safe, we hope to be reunited with you as soon as we can.
Please send pictures of the work you are doing at home, you are all doing great! 
We want to let you know that we miss you all lots and cannot wait to be back having fun together again! 
love, the butterflies team x
Literacy
 
  • Filling tray up with foam/oats/sand etc, can your child write different letters of the alphabet in the sensory tray?

  • Writing different letters onto blocks- can your child spell their name? Can they spell CVC words?

  • Interactive stories i.e. the 3 little pigs using pig teddies or printed out pigs and wolf, sticks, straw and blocks to make a house

  • Phonics baskets- a basket filled with a letter of the alphabet and different toys/objects that relate i.e. for P- pinecone, pen, panda, polar bear, peacock, Peter pan etc

  • Mark making to trace letters

  • Share your child’s favourite stories with them. Ask them to point to pictures in the story or to recall events that have happened. Encourage your child to turn the pages independently.
Communication
 
  • Routine. Some children in our class benefit from following a stable routine. Could you create a daily routine that helps your child through the day? (this can just be written and drew on a piece of paper- including visual images will help support your child's understanding). I.e. brush teeth (draw a picture of toothbrush), breakfast (draw a picture of cereal) etc. 
  • Turn taking/sharing. Learning to play and share with other children is a big aspect of our children's lives, as it is a tricky skill to learn. It is important to model good turn taking/sharing with your child. For example, 'first its ____ turn, then its my turn' (some children may not be ready for this, use your own judgement of their play skills).
  • Modelling language. Show your child pictures of animals. As you say the animals name encourage your child to say the sound of the animal. Another example is exploring a sensory tray and discussing the feeling i.e. hard, soft, squishy etc.
 
Maths
 
  • Different number songs on YouTube (10 in the bed, 10 green bottles etc)

  • Numbering blocks 1-10 for your child to place in order

  • Sorting objects by- size, colour, what they are etc

  • Number hunt- sensory bin activity I.e. blended cheerios, the child has to dig for different

    numbers in the sensory bin and name or explore the number as they are found

  • Shapes hunt- finding different shapes around the house. ‘can you find me something that is a

    circle?’

  • Measuring activities with different size straws- small, medium, big.

  • Stacking activities

  • Plastic plates with numbers 1-5 on, can the child place 1 pom pom on plate one, 2 pom poms

    on plate 2 etc. If the plates are different colours, will the child match the colour of the plate to the colour of the pom pom?

Sensory
 

Vestibular (balance)

  • Using a rocking chair to rock back and fourth.

  • Stretches- model this if your child will copy back. Make it fun!! For example- can you stretch to

    reach the dinosaur?

  • Bouncing on a therapy ball.

  • Row row row your boat.

  • Playing on a swing.

  • Swinging in a blanket (have your child lay in a blanket and have two adults hold each end and

    swing back and fourth- always ensure the child wants to do this, can’t fall out and face isn’t

    covered)

  • Balance board.

 
Auditory
 
  • Youtube videos- ‘autism sensory meltdown’ provides different calming videos.
  • Pans and spoons- bang the pans with your child.
  • Plastic container (could a kinder egg container or plastic bottle etc)- fill with different things that make sound I.e. rice, coins, popcorn kernels.
  • ‘Quiet area’- this could be a tent or somewhere at home that is quieter
 
Visual
  • Popping bubbles

  • Make home made lava lamps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxAvnKutz2Y

  • Sensory bottles- can be filled with paint, glitter, water + food colouring, pompoms etc (there are lots of ideas on Pinterest for this)

  • Getting a big cardboard box and poking holes through the top for fairy lights to slot in

  • Sand timers

  • Sunglasses

  • Kaleidoscopes

 

Olfactory (smell)

  • Filling up jars with different scents
  • Using lavender (calming) body wash in a water tray to create bubbles. 
  • Adding different scents such as lavender oils to home made playdoh.

 

Tactile (touch)

  • Different food coloured cooked rice/spaghetti/ in a tray
  • Blending cheerios to make a sand texture (can be used with different animals in to act like the

    dessert)

  • Under the sea animals frozen into ice

  • Painting bubble wrap, waiting for it to dry and popping it

  • Putting different things into ziplog bags i.e. paint, hair gel, foam and food colouring, pompoms

    etc- these can be attached to a piece of cardboard to create a sensory walk (lots of ideas on Pinterest under ‘sensory bag activities’)

 
Gustatory (taste)
  • Chew tube

  • Crunchy foods

  • Drinking from a straw • Chewy sweets

  • Vibrating toothbrush • Blowing bubbles

 

Proprioception (body awareness)

  • Body socks
  • Stretches
  • Rolling a therapy ball over your childs body
  • Trampet
  • Push pull activities
  • Bear hugs
  • Chew tubes
  • Play doh activities- doh disco on YouTube
  • Weighted vests (always ensure that it is to the correct weight for your childs size)
Some fun activities to do with your child.
  • Make some chocolate angel delight and add farm animals to make a fun muddy sensory tray!
  • easy chalk paint- water, food colouring and corn starch mixed together.
  • play foam- soap, water, food colouring, blended together.
  • slime- glue, baking soda, lens solution and food colouring.
  • freeze some toy animals in water
Topic

                                               Happy Easter!! 

Here is a list of fun activities you can do over the Easter half term.

  •          Easter egg hunt
  •          Walk to the shops to buy Easter eggs for your family/friends
  •          Have a party!
  •          Who could come to the garden party? Who are our friends? Who are our family?
  •          Make cakes
  •          Play games- pass the parcel etc
  •         Decorate pictures of eggs and rabbits.
  •         Make an Easter bonnet 
  •        Make food exciting- add some lettuce to a plate and cut a pear in half (round side up). Add some almonds for ears, raisins for eyes and a cherry for a nose. Now you have made your own yummy bunny! 
  •        Easter baskets
  •        Make your own flowers by using a pipe cleaner and buttons. Thread the pipe cleaner through the button to make your flower!

We hope you have lots of fun during your Easter break! Make sure you take lots of pictures and send them into school.

Wellbeing
emotional well-being for children
 
  • Making a worry monster.
  • Make a happiness box- decorate it in all your favourite colours and crafts and place your favourite items inside.
  • Experiments- put a mento in a coke bottle and watch it fizz. This is what can happen to us when our emotions get too much sometimes.
  • Make a den.
  • Adults, voice your emotions too. Children need to understand that sometimes adults can get upset and frustrated sometimes, but we need to do something positive to help us regulate our emotions again i.e. 'loosing this game has made me really sad, I'm going to play with ___ to make me happy again'.
  • Space. Sometimes children need some space to regulate their emotions independently (Always ensure your child is safe doing this, your own judgement is key).
  • Get 2 circle pieces of paper, decorate them with happy and sad faces. Attach to lollipop sticks and allow your child to voice their emotions using them. Sometimes it can be tricky to tell someone how you feel.
 
Adults emotional well-being
 
Just a reminder that you are all doing a fantastic job with your children at home, their pictures have made us smile at how happy they are :) However, it is extremely important to take time to care for yourself too.
  • Do something that makes you happy.
  • Self care routine- getting yourself ready of a morning, calling a friend, going for a nice long walk, bubble baths are some ideas.
  • Make sure you stay in contact with people that are close to you. It is important to remember that even though we cant see each other, a phone call, face-time or a text message can make the world of a difference.
  • Learn a new skill, something you are proud to accomplish. 
  • Small acts of kindness can make us positive- thanking people for helping you, asking people how they're feeling etc.
  • Pay attention to the present. In times like this it can be difficult to not think about how the next few months can look. Be mindful to your present thoughts and feelings and the people around you. Remember that this is not forever.
Pictures in class