Weekly Makaton Signs: Learning our own names, Action Rhymes and Stories.
Little Rabbit Foo Foo - The children know this really well now, actions and the sequence of events. Lots of really good story tellers. Why not ask your child to share the story with you.
Pets, Vets and Babies - Lots of caring and sharing. Making sure they are fed and have something to drink. That the pets are taken for a walk, as are the babies taken out in the buggies for fresh air, don't forget they need plenty of sleep too. Lots of us have some babies at home, which opened up lots of chat about how they are, how they help with the baby. Talking about their family, brothers and sisters, nanny and pops, Mum and Dad. Some babies cry a lot and keep everyone up, but its only because they can't talk, its the only way they can let us know that something is wrong.
Obstacle course - under or over the table, crawling, jumping and balancing. Good for large motor skills. Having a go, trying out new things and skills.
Forest Club - Learning how to swing ourselves or with the help of our friends and not the adult. Good team work, helping to push one another and trying to tell our friends how to swing themselves, describing about using your legs, to make it swing. Then off to the allotments to dig over an area ready for planting. We did find some potatoes left over and lots and lots of worms, big ones, small ones.
Top tips for talking:
Repeat back your child's language in the correct.
Praise the child's efforts, even if the results aren't perfect. If a child makes an error in a word or sentence, simply say the correct version rather than pointing out the mistake. For example, if the child says, "I goed to the park", you might say "Wow, so you went to the park".
Makaton signs: Learning our own names, Thank you and Hello.
Welcome back everyone. Playdough. Have a smell. What does it smell of? What does it remind you of? Vanilla - Icecream, cakes! Playdough such a familiar thing. There is no right way or wrong way to play with it. It can be whatever you want it to be. It also helps to build up the muscles in your hands, which is needed for when children start to learn to write and cut things with sissors. Good manipulation, sharing of the playdough and sharing of ideas of what to create. The possibilities are endless.
'Little Rabbit Foo Foo' is our story this term. By following a story over a period of time the children become very familiar with it and gain confidence in order that they can tell the story themselves. We continually have props out, so the children can approach these on their own terms without fear of getting the story wrong or in the wrong order. Children learn about how a story is constructed. Such as a beginning, a middle and en end. That there is a sequence or order of how the story goes. That a book is not needed necessarily if you have props or even just pictures that you can follow.
Lots of collaboration on building pathways or tracks using planks, crates and discs. Looking around to see what else can be used, what way to make the path go, how far apart can we put the discs, how far will our legs stretch to reach. What do we need to do if our legs won't reach?
Laptops and keyboards - lots of chatter. Listening as they order their food from Tesco's or looking up on Google to search for something. Doing their work, like Mummy's and Daddy's do.
Pancake day - we had lots of fun racing with our pancakes and flipping them and we were all rather good at it!
Forest School - Growing in confidence, the children are blossoming just as the trees soon will be. Going further, getting braver and really getting stuck into exploring. Seeing the first signs of spring appearing, it really is a magical place in spring stretching their imaginations far and wide.