We have provided four books from the Ministry of Education that can be talked about with children when they are reading.
We have also included two literacy resources from Te Kura. These resources include a reading book and associated workbook. In the workbook are literacy tasks. The workbook identifies two or three learning intentions such as:
- Read the book and learn some facts about the subject
- Write about the subject
- Talk about the subject
- Complete an associated activity about the subject
Learners can write in the workbook.
Activities are a mixture of reading comprehension and writing. For example, learners might be asked to write the answer to a short question based on a picture or other stimulus (“Why do they wear a black uniform?”).
The types of stationery that would be useful for this book includes pencils and an eraser.
Note that there is an assessment page at the end of the workbook where the supervisor records how the learner is progressing against each learning intention, and both the supervisor and teacher can write comments. It is not necessary to complete this, but it may be useful as a way to keep communicating about their learning.
This maths booklet has different problems to solve, based on real world items or scenarios. For example, Keep the Difference uses small household objects (like clothes pegs, bottle tops, little toys etc) to work out the difference between two numbers by adding and subtracting. Coat Hanger Balance uses pictures to aid judging the weights of objects and ordering them from lightest to heaviest, and then includes a suggested activity to make a balance out of household items (like buckets or bags) and a coat hanger to weight objects.
The learner needs to be supported to do the activities. There are guiding questions for parents and whānau included for each activity, eg “How do you know that the right object is heaviest?”
Each activity starts with some notes for the parents and whānau that outlines:
- The purpose of the task
- Instructions on how to do the activity OR
- Some suggested ways to do the activity.
The types of stationery that would be useful for this book includes pencils, coloured pencils, an eraser, ruler and writing pad paper.
Note that some of the activities might suggest printing or making copies of the pages. This isn’t necessary to successfully do the activities, and remember they can be skipped. A possible workaround could be tracing copies of pages into the exercise book or a spare piece of paper.
Note that some of the activities ask the learners to gather objects from specific locations in their home. It isn’t necessary for the task to be followed to this level of detail, and remember activities can be skipped.
Start Right Workbook
This is an illustrated workbook that is targeted at 5- and 6-year olds.
It provides comprehensive coverage of the English and mathematics and statistics learning areas. It also has activities related to science, social sciences, technology, and health.
The book has activities (organised into units) to help learners with their maths and general skills. It includes activities for spelling practice and handwriting skills. The book is for writing in and learners can pick the activities they want to do.
For example, Unit 1: All about me starts with a collection of randomly placed numbers and learners draw a line to connect each number as they count from 1 to 20. The line connecting 1 to 2 has already been drawn to get them started.
Other activities include completing a simple bar graph, classifying objects, creating a cut and paste poem, and reading comprehension.
There are selected answers for units in the back of the book.
The types of stationery that would be useful for this book includes pencils, coloured pencils, an eraser, scissors and glue (if available).
The activities are generally self-directed but learners will probably need some help to understand some of the words and ideas.
Note that some exercise require additional stationery supplies – remember activities can be skipped.
Three pens: Blue, Black, Red
One pencil and one eraser
1F4 exercise book
14B8 A4 writing pad