What Is ‘What’s In The Box?’
‘What’s In The Box?’ aims to help children learn new vocabulary and to ‘store’ it, so that they can use it. The children are encouraged to learn new words by naming, describing, actioning and sequencing the objects that they choose from the box.
Naming – what are the parts of the object called?
Describing – how does it look, feel? What colour is it? Is it wet/dry?
Actioning – what does it do? Cook, roll, climb, fold, etc
Sequencing – can you tell a story with it? “
At home, parents/carers can encourage children by naming and describing objects, toys, places and pets. You can also encourage children to describe what they see, hear, taste and feel.
When playing, you can use action words to talk about what the toy or child is doing – climbing, running, drawing, swimming, etc.
Use ‘first … and then … “ to encourage your child to talk about what you are doing.
Eg “oh look! First mummy bathed the baby and then she ?…. “ letting the child finish the sentence is a good way of getting your child to join in and become more confident when using new words.
THIS WEEK’S BOX
THEME time and the sequence of the day
CONTENTS a clock, Weetabix, Nursery Jumper, pyjamas
AIM to introduce the children to the language of time and link daily routines to time sequences
EXAMPLES OF NAMING WORDS
clock face minute hand second hand
numbers buttons collar
sleeve cuffs packet
cereal wheat hour mark
EXAMPLES OF DESCRIBING WORDS
hard soft cosy
crunchy fleecy warm
dry yellow red
checked round circular
EXAMPLES OF ACTIONING WORDS
ticking moving pull (over your head)
button tocking eating
pouring (milk) scooping(onto spoon) dressing
EXAMPLES OF SEQUENCING
First we eat breakfast, then we get dressed and go to nursery.
Finally, we come home, put on our pyjamas and go to sleep.
WHAT THE CHILDREN SAID
‘Is the red the hour hand?’
‘You have to put milk in, then you crunch it, then you eat it.’
‘These are the hands of the clock.’
‘I eat them when it’s morning time.’
‘It’s 10 past 2.’
‘It wakes you up in the morning.’
‘Got loads of buttons.’
‘The sun goes down at night.’
‘That tells us the minutes.’