Our weekly Makaton signs are: Thank you, Good, Hello Song, Good Morning Everyone and Hello – ask your child to show and share.
Lots of Easter crafts have been going on this week - Easter Baskets, Easter Biscuits and Easter Nests. Keep looking in those drawers to see what hidden gems are lurking inside.
We have had a very good response to pictures of our families. Please come and have a look. We still have a few more that we are looking forward to seeing.
Yoga – Little Rabbit Foo Foo – fantastic Gooney faces and lots of good actions. We have some very good story tellers, remembering the sequence of events, which come first and next and also remembering all the actions. We also have some very good “yogis”. We always warm up with a game of Fish, Chips and Peas, and wind down with a good game of Traffic Lights (watch out the police are about).
Golden Rules – we have been going through our Golden Rules. These are to keep us safe and happy – so everyone can have a good time whilst playing at Preschool. Check with your child and see if they can tell you what our Golden Rules are, and why we have them.
We had a baking day on Thursday morning with all the children getting involved. We made Easter Nests with lots of discussion around hot/cold and melting chocolate and counting eggs into the nests. We also made Easter biscuits – yummy!!
On Thursday afternoon we walked to our Outdoor Area and in the field they were putting up a new fence. We all had a go at sitting in the tractor and watching how the fence stakes were put into the ground. We went onto our Outdoor Area and explored for a while before doing an egg hunt – what fun!
On Friday we had an Easter Egg Hunt – see how many eggs you can find.
We are still continuing to learn Thank you, Good, Hello, Morning Song. Some children have been leading our songs in the morning with lots of Makaton signing – well done.
Yoga – Little Rabbit Foo Foo. Everyone is so good at this now. The children are remembering the moves and the story. There were lots of actions and the children were so proud when they were asked at the end to demonstrate to everyone else a certain move. We also start off with a game of Fish, Chips and Peas. One end of the room is Fish, the other Chips and the middle is Peas. We need to keep looking, because Kelly does not speak. Kelly holds up a card and we have to get to the corresponding card, which ever end that may be, but careful – that Kelly is tricky and sometimes she holds up the same card and we don’t need to move. Yoga is followed by Traffic Lights game. What type of vehicle are you, or you could be an animal. We need to buckle up or put on our safety hats. Watch and listen, we only go when it’s green, and watch out for those policemen. You will get a ticket if you speed or jump the lights.
We have many musicians amongst us and we have had some wonderful creative tunes. The children have had lots of fun playing together to create music. There are also some very good singers – watch out X Factor in a few years!!!
We are still enjoying playing amongst the crispy leaves with the farm animals, the diggers. Pouring, tipping and gathering – so many things to do and see with leaves - hours and hours of fun.
Thursday afternoon we enjoyed the sunshine at our outdoor area. We couldn’t make a stream as the sun had dried up the water. Ted had climbed up and got stuck up a tree, so we had to think about how to get him down. Lots of good ideas – can we climb ourselves? Use a stick – is it long enough? With great teamwork Ted was rescued.
We had a visit from Lola (our puppet) who had a bandage on her head. Unfortunately she did not use her listening ears when her mummy told her to stop and she ran into a car!!!! We had lots of talk about always using our listening ears to keep safe. When discussing our listening ears, we have been using the phrase “use of listening ears” and not saying turn them on as children may say they have turned them off!!!!
Weekly Makaton Signs – Thank you, Good, Hello, Hello song – keep practising.
Yoga – Little Rabbit Foo Foo – lots of good fairies around to remind Rabbit Foo Foo to be good – or you will end up a Goony. Let's see those Goony faces. Good story telling from the children, remembering the sequence of the story – what comes first, and next.
Leaves – lots of crunchy leaves. What do they sound like? Crisps, walking over pebbles. What do they smell like? Outside, mud, reminds me of our outside area. What else can you see in amongst? We found a snail, an earwig, a woodlice – Oh hang on, what is that hiding numbers – can you find them all.
Craft – some surprises to be shared. Lots of sticking, cutting, glueing – wow, look what you have created. Lovely surprises for you mummies.
On Thursday afternoon we walked to our outdoor area following our Stay Safe Rules. The children noticed changes at our outdoor session – lots of purple crocus and yellow daffodils appearing. Some children wanted to continue building their den and acting out the 3 Little Pigs story changing it to their own version of the 3 Little Rabbits – what fun they had. Others decided to try and unblock the blocked water tunnel with sticks and ended up getting very muddy – brilliant fun.
Makaton Signs – We are still continuing to learn Good, Thank you, Hello and the Good Morning Song. Ask the children to show and share with you.
Yoga – Little Rabbit Foo Foo. More rabbits scooping up what they shouldn't, but not to worry the good fairy is on her way, but if that rabbit does not do as he is told, he will be turned into a Goony!!! Let us see your best Goony faces – ugh!!!
Lots of running around outside and chasing one another, but wait, there is a bus, all aboard. Where are we going? The jungle to see the dinosaurs, but we need to go to the beach first, and have a cone. The dragons will get you, they breathe fire, it's OK, Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee will save us!! Oh no, there is Jazz the Helicopter, he is bad, Optimum – save us!!! Wow, what an adventure was shared outside – all these wonderful ideas of where the story went. I think I need a sit down – I am exhausted!!!
Our Celebration of 'Holi' went well (Hindu festival to welcome Spring) – a celebration with lots of colour. Traditionally people throw colour paint at each other but we decided to draw around ourselves and then throw/flick paint at the cut outs of each other. The children have really enjoyed this festival and hope you enjoy their colourful cut outs.
On Thursday afternoon we walked to our Outdoor Area and recapped our rules to keep us safe. We went exploring and found our tunnel was waterlogged. There was lots of team work helping each other under/over through whilst exploring. One child spent a long time making a stream using a stick to make a trench and get the water to run. Lots of children enjoyed role play in the den, acting out the 3 Little Pigs. Lots of huffing and puffing but the wolf couldn't get in.
We have been taking to the children reminding them of our Golden Rules. Our Golden Rules are there to help keep everyone safe and happy. Our Golden Rules are:-
1 – Moving around carefully
2 – Our inside voices
3 – Being kind to one another
4 – Listening to each other
5 – Sharing and taking care of our toys
We have also been discussing the purpose of our whistle. What it sounds like, why we use it, what happens when they hear it and what do they need to do. There may be a fire and we all need to get outside, quickly and safely. We need to take the phone and dial 999 for the firemen to come, but not to worry because the adults are there to help each other and everyone one of us.
Welcome back everyone and a big welcome to our new starter. Thank you to everyone for helping us show her around and making her feel so welcome.
We are still continuing to learn Hello, Thank you, Good Morning Song and Good in Makaton signs. Has your child been practising at home?
For Yoga this week we did Little Rabbit Foo Foo. This new story introduces different moves. Riding your bike – slow up the hill, then weeeeeee down the hill. We also have the props out to encourage the children to retell the story themselves.
There has been lots of tales about where the children have been and what they got up to over the break and the pancakes they had with all the different fillings and toppings – chocolate, peanut butter and syrup – yum yum!
We are introducing the festival of Holi. This will be talked about more next week, but we have been drawing around the children in readiness for next week. Holi is a celebration when lots of colours of print are thrown over one another, so we thought we would join in and throw it over drawings of ourselves.
Outside we have been travelling to different places, we tried to go to Mars but the spaceship wouldn't work so we got on an aeroplane to Africa instead. We saw lots of different animals, like Elephants, giraffes and lions. The monkeys took our bananas and then we were chased by crocodiles so we flew home. Some children then flew to princess land and some got on a train to Santa's Den. Lots of great imagination.
We've had lots of Show N Tell this week. Show N Tell is very good for children learning to wait their turn. It is also good for listening and for thinking about goal questions to ask their friends about their special item. What it is that they want to know? Also, it is a good opportunity for thinking about how to answer the questions that have been asked. A good group activity where lots of information is learned.
On Thursday afternoon we walked to the Outdoor Area – the 4 Shetland ponies were missing, where can they be? There they are – hiding in the stables. We walked through our forest area, very squelchy underfoot, helping each other over and under through the mud. We went on a worm hunt, digging for worms in the mole hills – only found baby ones. We then finished with a game of Mr Wolf. What fun.