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When summer is here, keep an eye out for butterflies. They get more interesting when you start to look at them closely. What colour is it? Is it big or small? For lovely photos and great information see the Irish Butterflies website. Talk to your child about how a butterfly starts life as a caterpillar.
Each side of the butterfly is a mirror image of the other side. That's called "symmetry". For identifying butterflies the markings on the under-side of the wing called "under wing" are as important as when the wings are open. See how in the photo above of a Common blue butterfly, the under wing has quite a different colour. Take in as much information as you can before the butterfly flutters by!
Draw inspiration for painting from butterflies. Alternatively, you can use the butterfly templates here. If you don't have a printer, copy the pictures as best as you can.
Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.
When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.
But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”
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