We are still learning Thank You, Good and Hello in Makaton signs.
For yoga this week we had The Hungry Caterpillar. What fruits can we eat? Let's count. What shapes can we create? Butterflies delivered apples, elephants gave bananas, monkeys brought oranges, ions came with biscuits and there were many more dogs, cats and horses.
We are still enjoying the sunshine and the sand, lots of pouring and scooping, sharing and filling up pots.
We are still talking about shapes, seeing shapes in other objects, matching and drawing of shapes.
A very successful cake sale and table top sale. Thank you to everyone who baked a cake and to those who turned up to help us eat them.
More thanks goes out to all those who had a clear out of clothes no longer wanted, needed or liked anymore.
On Thursday afternoon we walked to our outdoor area and remember out outdoor golden rules. We explored the area and bashed down some stinging nettles to make a path though to the big tree. on our way back we found a baby frog. We watched him hop around and then tried hopping ourselves! We played 1, 2, 3 Where Are You listening to the voices. We planted daffodil bulbs to take home and to see how they grow.
We are still continuing to practice Thank You, Good and Hello in Makaton signs.
We've done lots of talking about shapes. Shapes in our environment such as a window looks like a square, our tepee looks like a triangle. What other shapes can you see when out and about.
There has been lots of interest in shopping. Things to buy for tea and lets have a picnic. What have you got in your basket? Let's compare. How many things have you got in your basket - let's count them. Have you got some things the same - let's match them.
We went on a treasure hunt for BABIES. We could not find those babies anywhere. We looked in the kitchen, in the shed, under the playdoh table - no where. We need a treasure map! A group of children then created their own treasure maps, using shapes to represent areas - triangle = tepee and rectangle = playdoh table, a flower for the garden. As a team we worked together to follow the treasure maps and we ended up in the garden where at last we found those babies. Lots of team work, mark making, talking of shapes, using their own ideas and lots of imagination. Well done everyone.
Bertha the Bus came out to play. This is a circle game with objects inside a tin bus all beginning with a letter. This time it was the letter 'B'. The children have to pick out an object as it is their turn and say what letter it begins with. This is an introduction to phonics and the sounds of certain letters.
On Thursday afternoon we walked to the outdoor area and talked about our Golden Rules and staying safe in our listening area. We explored the area, collecting flowers and cutting the grass. We played our Hide and Seek game "1,2,3 Where are you?" and our outdoor version of Duck, Duck, Goose which is "Rabbit, Rabbit, Fox."
Welcome back. Lots of good things have happened over the holidays. Trips on planes, trains, building sandcastles, swimming, winning rosettes and riding ponies.
We had some new faces to welcome and to show around and help. Thank you to the others who are helping us in helping them.
Our top tip - Sharing or asking simple questions about pictures in a favourite book will add to the pleasure a favourite book gives and becomes a shared experience. "Lovely rabbit isn't he? So bouncy, bouncy!" or "The clown has on those funny big baggy trousers."
We are continuing to practice the Makaton signs for Hello, Thank You and Good. The children have done well to remember these.
For Yoga this week we had Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. They went through the woods with tall houses, lots of porridge and angry faces! Poor old baby had no porridge, no chair and could not get into bed - how many sad faces??
We are still enjoying the sunshine and doing lots of snipping, sticking and painting. So many wonderful creations to take home and share. This has helped us to build up our hand muscles for good fine and large motor skills.
There has been some good new friendships forming as we all learn to care, share and play together.
On Thursday afternoon we talked about our outdoor area, the Golden Rules and introduced our new children to "staying safe" at Forest School. We explored the outdoor area and met the new horse Joey. Some blackberries were picked on the way home but had all disappeared by the time we got there????