Mount Carmel at Home - 18/05/2020

Posted 2020-05-17 23:34:37

Welcome to Mount Carmel at Home. These sessions will enable parents to carry out fun and educational home learning activities with their children. We recommend establishing a routine and setting aside a time in day for home learning. It is preferable to do these activities in the morning when children are more alert than towards the end of the day when they can be tired and less cooperative. 

Share your child's learning with us by uploading photos and videos to their Learning Journey on Famly, by uploading on Instagram and adding the hashtag #MountCarmelatHome or posting on our Facebook page. Your child's teachers will love to see what you have been up to! 

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The sound of the week is "L" -

Theme: The Countryside

Today’s activities for preschool children

Activity 1 - Learning to write 'F'

What you’ll need

The ‘Learning to write f’ print out, a pen or pencil and colouring pens or pencils.


Begin by asking your child to name each picture at the top of the page. Then ask them what sound each picture begins with. Can they guess what sound they will be writing today?

Next, point to the grey ‘f’ letters and ask them where they think we start when we write the sound ‘f’. If they need reminding then explain that we always start at the top, where the red dot is.

Let them work through each one before having a go at writing their own.

Can they think of some words beginning with ‘f’? If they struggle to think of something give them a choice of two words and see if they can hear the ‘f’ sound. Once they have chosen help them to write or trace their words in spaces provided.

Finally, ask your child to draw something beginning with ‘f’. 

What did we learn?

Literacy: Writing – Linking sounds to letters, naming and sounding letters of the alphabet. Reading – Hears and says the initial sounds in words.

Activity 2 - Bug Hotel

What you’ll need

You can use either a large plastic bottle (cut in half) a milk carton (I used a 4 pint bottle and cut the top off)  or a shoe box.

To put into your hotel - sticks, stones, leaves, feathers, bark, pine cones, shells,  pieces of wood...anything that you can find in your garden that can create ‘nooks and crannies’ for the bugs to live in. 


Place all your twigs, sticks, pine cones, stones and pieces of wood etc.. into your shoe box or plastic bottle. Make sure it’s really compact as the bugs like to feel nice and cosy. Place in the garden amongst the plants or hang from a small tree or bush.  

What did we learn?

Understanding the world: 

Show care and concern for living things and the environment.

Communication and Language:

Talk about what they have observed in the natural world.

Activity 3 - Flower Fairies and Dande-Lions

What you’ll need

  • Paper or card – a recycled cardboard box works well for this 
  • A green space to collect leaves, daisies, twigs, dandelions etc…
  • A marker pen  
  • Glue (optional) 


Collect some countryside treasures such as leaves, feathers, twigs, dandelions, daisies, and petals that have fallen to the ground. You can then use these collections to make a flower fairy or a dande-lion – or both! Your child can draw a face in the middle of a piece of paper or card, we had help from a sibling or your child may wish you to complete this step for them. For our dande-lion we drew around a plate so there was an outline to follow with the flowers. Invite your child to place the natural objects around the face to create a fairy or use the dandelions to create a mane around your lion face. Your child may wish to place these objects without glue for you to photograph their finished masterpiece or they may prefer to glue them onto their paper. 


We would love to see photographs or videos of your beautiful nature crafts on the Famly app, or through Facebook or via Instagram using the hashtag #MountCarmelatHome.

What did we learn?

Expressive Arts and Design:

We are learning to manipulate materials to achieve a planned effect. 

We are learning to talk about some of the things we have observed such as plants, natural and found objects.