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Family Activity Cards

CA$16.95
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The Learning Bar’s Family Activity Cards are designed by dedicated early years professionals to be used by families who are looking for fun and engaging activities to do with their child. These play-based activities focus on the five domains of early learning that are closely associated with readiness for school: awareness of self and environment, social skills and approaches to learning, cognitive skills, language and communication, and physical development. The Family Activity Card sets include 24 durable laminated cards.

Awareness of Self and Environment

What is it?

This domain refers to:

  • things the child has noticed and thought about;
  • the child’s working knowledge of the world and how it works;
  • the set of concepts formed as a result of prior learning opportunities in the home and community.

Why is it important?

This domain is important because ‘awareness of self and the environment’ is the lens through which all future information is filtered. It influences what children will notice and think about, and how they will organize new information gleaned from future learning experiences.

Social Skills and Approaches to Learning

What is it?

Items in this domain assess:

  • Social Skills
  • Attention
  • Approaches to Learning

Why is it important?

This domain is crucial to a successful transition to school, and to later social and academic success. Relationships formed in kindergarten are relatively stable across the elementary school years. Research demonstrates that children who interact well with teachers and peers form good social relationships, are perceived more positively, and do better academically.

Cognitive Skills

What is it?

This domain refers to:

  • pre-academic skills that are commonly included in definitions of ‘readiness to learn at school’;
  • foundational literacy skills such as naming letters and knowing letter sound relationships;
  • foundational numeracy skills such as counting and matching numerals with sets of objects.

Why is it important?

These pre-academic skills are important because children who enter school with well-developed readiness skills make a more successful transition to school and achieve better academically. Early literacy research shows that kindergarten children’s ‘inside-out’ skills are strong predictors of their ability to read in Grades 1 and 2. Inside-out skills refer to children’s knowledge of features inside the printed word such as the ability to name alphabet letters or identify beginning consonant sounds.

Language and Communication

What is it?

This domain refers to:

  • oral receptive language – listening to and understanding instructions, discussions, and stories;
  • oral expressive language – speaking and communicating - being understood by others;
  • story sense – ability to understand and tell stories, or describe events.

Why is it important?

Children with good receptive language are better able to understand the language of school, to follow classroom instructions and discussions, and to learn to read. Children with a good sense of story have basic narrative concepts and an understanding of story structure. Research shows that this higher order contextual knowledge helps them to derive meaning from print and to understand what they read. Children who communicate well find it easier to participate in classroom discussions and activities, and to form relationships with teachers and classmates. Research suggests that relationships formed in kindergarten are remarkably stable throughout elementary school, and that positive social relationships are associated with better academic outcomes.

Physical Development

What is it?

Items in this domain assess:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills

Why is it important?

Children’s motor skills, coordination, energy level, and physical health affect their ability to successfully participate in a wide range of school experiences that foster early learning. These experiences transcend domains. They may be social (playing games at recess), or academic (having adequate fine motor skills to print, draw, and cut with scissors).

A set of 24 durable, laminated cards. The front of the card has a picture that visually represents the intent of the activity while the back of the card provides the written objectives and directions. The cards have a hole drilled in the top-left corner and are attached with a metal ring for easy removal. Place cards around the home as reminders of fun activities to do day-to-day!

Measures: 

11 cm by 14 cm
4.3’’ by 5.5’’