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Hiya

 

I have a small group of children in my reception class who generally find it very very very hard to concentrate/listen/pay attention. It is driving me and my TA round the bend! Most, but not all are either EAL/SEN therefore understanding is often a problem.

 

Does anyone have any good ideas for games/activities we can play to help them develop these skills - at the moment they are either completely unresponsive, sitting blankly or completely disrupting everyone else in the class during carpet times. Its not even any better when they are in a small group!

I have been using the Foundations of literacy book, little book of listening, but I find sometimes the activities don't work as they don't understand!

 

I really hope someone can help - at the moment we are getting nowhere fast1

 

Amanda

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What about simple games like Kim's game? I have made loads of games such as matching pairs and one the children played today which is matching dogs and bones. Each dog has a patterned collar and they each have a bone with the same pattern. The children have to match them up-simple but ours really enjoyed it. It's good for turn taking and having to wait for your turn as well as concentration.

Linda

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I can heartily recommend the SALLEY Programme (Structured Activities in Language & Literacy in the Early Years). It is heavily subsidised by our LEA who also deliver the training and give you the pack (£150 value). I use it with my 3 & 4 year olds but it would be very suitable for Reception and it also is fab for supporting SEN.

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We have Lola too! She is just the right size for little hands. We also have a puppy, called Paws, who is about the same size and is Lola's best friend!

Linda

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