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The weekly shop in a supermarket can be an ordeal especially if you have a young child with you. But if you involve your child in the planning and in finding and choosing items it can become an adventure for them. Your child won't understand it all, but talk about everything as you go. There is so much to learn in a supermarket including:
1) the names of fruit and vegetables - point to labels and read them out loud
2) How the prices are displayed - they might recognise some numbers
3) How you write and tick off things on a shopping list
4) Where to find things - point to the big signs overhead
5) How to interact with supermarket staff
6) How the cost of everything in your trolley is added up and paid for
Let your child "help" you find items and explain how you choose - for instance between expensive and cheaper versions of the same product. Perhaps you can offer a small treat at the end if they have done a good job with you. This is great experience of real life and you are their best teacher.
Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict. Reading gives your child a chance to develop their own opinions, build visual skills and learn how to handle books.
Your child might like to read a section of the newspaper or a magazine – the sports, fashion or cooking sections - depending on their interests. They might like to read a short piece from a newspaper and underline facts with a pen and opinion with a pencil. You can then talk about the difference between fact and opinion (there are good examples in sports writing). Encourage your child to read instructions for mending bikes, building models and playing new games.
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