What's at the End of this Piece of Rope? Learning Time

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What’s at the End of this Piece of Rope?

By Tania Cox and Jedda Robaard

A small child finds a piece of rope lying on the ground and asks what is at the end of this piece of rope? Curious to find out she accepts the help of some friends. One by one jungle animals join her in pulling the rope to find out what is at the end. The beautiful watercolour illustrations give a soft and warm feel while the repeated refrain of “What’s at the End of this Piece of Rope?” will have the reader chanting along.

A fun and engaging story which shows children the importance of working together, cooperation and teamwork.

Key Message for Parents | Children learn language by listening to it and using it.

The brain is naturally wired to learn language. Regular and repeated exposure to language reinforces the pathways of the brain that lead to language development. Talking with your child about the world and what they are seeing gives lots of opportunities for them to hear language.
Reading stories also expresses children to language not normally heard in everyday conservations and this helps to increase their vocabulary. Stories with repeated phrases help to reinforce language development.

  • Involve children in the story by inviting them to join in saying repeated phrases.
  • Run your fingers under the words as you read. This will teach them that you read top to bottom, left to right

Early Years Learning Framework | Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

When children are fully engaged in any activity there is great potential for learning. We can help young children become confident learners by  Providing play activities which foster curiosity and engagement.

  • Using predictive questions like “what might be at the end of the piece of rope?” This is an effective way to develop children’s thinking, predicting and problem-solving skills.
  • Encouraging children to share their ideas - allow children to be the problem solvers. Children will thrive when given the opportunity to investigate and come up with an answer.
  • Respond to children’s learning by offering encouragement and additional ideas
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