This week we did some experimenting with water - seeing what warm and hot water feel like, and using guttering to pour. This all helps the children develop their scientific understanding. We also did some marbled paintings with ink on water - part of a special project, dads will find out more very shortly!
The children have been fascinated by using squirters - those bottles you use to spray your plants. They've been washing the ride on cars and seeing what patterns they can make with water. At home, summer is a great time to get your children involved in water 'play', including washing your car and watering your garden.
On the theme of water, we've had the pond open, and used our pond viewer. We've also studied bugs in our bug viewer, including a slug (yuk!) and a pregnant spider. In the garden we've been picking strawberries and radishes, and wondering what has been nibbling our peas.
You might like to know about all the learning that happens at snack times. A small group of volunteers joins an adult in the kitchen. The children have individual chopping boards and use a (non sharp) knife to cut up foods such as cheese. Most of our snacks come from the weekly delivery from Chew Valley Fruit Farm, a local organic grower. While preparing the snacks, the children count out the portions, talk about what the different foods are and how they grow, and measure the drinks. Snack time is also great for social skills such as chatting, turn taking and sharing. The children practise pouring their own drinks of milk or water, supported by the staff.
Finally, we've had yoga this Thursday morning, which the children love. We're going to book up yoga for the next academic year, as we feel that this really enriches the children's experience at preschool.