Levels

The four activity levels explained

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These levels are related to Aslan work and not linked to the National Curriculum or any other established system

Pre-Level 1:

Children at this level will be those for whom sensory play would be most appropriate. Bubbles, light-up tubes, rainmakers, ocean drums etc would be suitable. However, I would suggest joining in the group time – to experience the social interaction, to listen to the song(s), to watch the video story, to become familiar with the other children and to develop a sense of belonging. If a separate room is available, then more music would also  be a very good thing during the time the other children work on their activities. (For more info, read my post Sensory toys for pre-level 1 children’).

Level 1:

These children might be able to recognise letters and a few words. They will have the simplest tasks and the leader working with them will need to be very creative in the way they involve and engage them:

Examples of activities:

  • Crafts – cutting, sticking
  • Storyboards – selecting printed pictures to complete
  • Matching pictures
  • Reading stories with picture symbols
  • Adding simple details to pictures
  • Tracing over words

Level 2:

These children will be able to read but may not be fluent. They will need simple activities which are not too challenging. They will probably need step by step assistance to complete craft activities and may need help with cutting.

Examples of activities:

  • Crafts – cutting, sticking
  • Storyboards – drawing their own illustrations
  • Completing stories by filling in missing words – provided separately
  • Simple word search puzzles

Level 3:

These children will be fluent readers and able to write. They may need help with spelling and forming sentences. They may need plenty of time to complete tasks but will be able to do most of the work independently.

Examples of activities:

  • Crafts – cutting, sticking
  • Storyboards – drawing their own illustrations
  • Creating scenes from lego
  • Completing stories by filling in missing (jumbled) words – provided separately
  • Word search puzzles
  • Crosswords

Level 4:

These children will be higher-functioning, capable of reading and writing fluently and working on age-appropriate material. Assistance for them would be mostly in discussion of the material, taking time to focus on the content, rather than being in too much of a hurry to complete the tasks!

Examples of activities:

  • Crafts (occasional)
  • Answering questions using Bible references, maps and/or other information sources
  • Storyboards – writing sentences to describe pictures, or illustrating
  • Creating posters of Bible verses from jumbled words or letters
  • Creating scenes using Minecraft app
  • Word search puzzles
  • Crosswords
  • Number puzzles, code deciphering