Weekly Makaton Signs - Hello, Good and Thank you.
Monday Yoga, curling, being tall and being small. How can we make ourselves tall, how can we make ourselves small? We played our favorite game of fish chips and peas to practice our listening skills and we had to listen very carefully to the adult who kept trying to trick us.
We have had the sand tray out this week and after being inside the sand has become very dry, we discovered that we can pour the sand and sprinkle it through our fingers but we couldn’t make sandcastles. We then worked out that if we added water to the sand then we could make our sandcastles again, hooray.
Mr freeze visited this week and turned all the water in the garden into ice, we had lots of different size ice cubes which we had great fun smashing onto the floor to break, we all made sure we had hats and gloves on to keep warm as Mr freeze stayed for a long time trying to make our fingers and toes cold, luckily we had just enough spare gloves to keep us all warm.
Lots of show & tell this week, which helps us to remember to take turns during conversation as its tricky to talk and listen at the same time, we are encouraging children to choose just one item to show & tell so that we all get a turn, parents can support us with this by encouraging your child to only bring one item. We have also been discussing about our younger children not understanding about toys brought in from home & that if children leave their show & tell on the floor then a younger child may pick it up, we have been learning to be patient and not snatch it back & that if we don’t want younger children to play with it then it is better kept in the show and tell box.
We were all wrapped up warm this week & even had to take our coats off after lunch. We had lots of fun rolling tyres and seeing who could get theirs the furthest, we remembered to work as a team and found the tyres weren’t that heavy to carry if we shared the weight with our friends. We had brilliant fun making swings with the tyres, swinging and spinning around and around. We had some toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate….yummy!
We will be celebrating Chinese New Year shortly, and plan to have a banquet to which you will all be invited to come and share. This will take place on Wednesday 10th February times to follow. A donation list for food will be going up this week so please keep a look out for it.
Weekly Makaton Signs: Thank you, Hello and Good.
Using the natural resources - some children were using feathers, fir cones, pebbles, sea shells, cow horns etc. to create fires to keep us warm, then it was time to make some biscuits to heat up on the fire.
Good imagination and lots of chatter about how to keep warm and stay safe. What things could be used to keep the fire going such as dry things, but wet things are not good!
Obstacle course outside - the beam was up quite high, some children were very cautious about having a go at walking across, but they gave it a go and succeeded, then tried again and again! feeling more confident and getting quicker each time. Well done:)
Thursday Forest Club - Making swings with tyres and sticks for seats and pulley systems with rope, working out how to get things to move from the top to the bottom. When doing it with a hat it was easy and went up quickly, but when trying to get a tyre up it worked better with more people helping to pull up. Lots of great team work and conversation discussing how to make it work! Others were trying to make a damn using leaves and sticks, trying to stop the water coming further down the path which may have stopped us getting to our swings.
Sand pit - this has been indoors this week as it has been a little too cold for outside. To begin with the sand was a bit damp so made some good sand castles, but as the week went on it was dry and so lots of pouring - but now my castle keeps collapsing. If anyone has any small plastic, clear if possible pots/jars with lids (actimel/yoghurt drink size) these would be great, they are fantastic in encouraging fine motor skills, such as pouring sand and water, and putting on and taking off the lids.
Welcome back everyone!
So many new “show and tells” this week! And where had they all come from? It seems Santa had been extremely busy over the holidays and with so many good children! Some new lunch boxes too and lots of stories to tell.
Welcome back to playdough; creating snowmen, cakes, pizzas and biscuits, sharing them out to all of our friends, counting how many, squeezing, rolling, making flat, rolling into balls, cutting, smelling it. What does it smell like? What does it remind you of? Biscuits, bread, warm things, cake. It’s amazing what a little bit of Vanilla essence can make you think of.
Crates and planks and other such things – what can you create? Things to balance on, walk across, jump off, make a course to go around, you do need to all go around the same way or oh no traffic Jam! Can’t go through. It was decided that some rules needed to be made, which way to go, in which order, not too slow, but not too fast. Lots of thinking, working together as a team for a common goal and getting on well together.
Forest Club – The art of keeping warm; Let’s keep moving, running around, building dens, climbing trees, walking along trees, trying to knock down trees, swords with sticks, knights of the wood, collecting sticks and leaves for the den. Games of “what’s the time Mr Wolf”, Tree, apple, bush, tree, hot chocolate and a story. Frankie even provided warm milk for us for our hot chocolate. Thank you Frankie, lovely idea. We couldn’t get under our bridge though as it was flooded. Oh dear.