Weekly Makaton Signs – Hello, Thank You, Good.
Painting – Mixing, mark making and giving stories to the marks they make “look at the colours” “I'm making a farm with lots of grass” “my painting is sunny” “this is a pig rolling in the mud” “I'm making a butterfly”. Telling us who the painting is for. “This is for me, mine is for daddy”. Lots of conversation whilst painting – talking about colours, what other colours they make, discussing how they can make a different colour, which colours to mix. Also encourages good large and fine motor skills. Wow so much gained from painting and art – so much more than just the end result!
Scooters and ramps – helping to create a course for the scooters to follow, deciding which way round to go and telling others who join in the right way to go. Scooting fast and scooting slow. Slowing down when going over the ramp. “We need to go slow over this, or we might fall”. The children using their own judgement as to whether to go fast or slow taking risks, helping them in gaining confidence to try new things.
Wednesday – Sing up CD. Listening to and following the actions. Promoting good hand and eye co-ordination, thinking about spacial awareness, being in a big enough space to carry out your moves without bumping into someone or something else. Lots of large motor skills involved and thinking about what moves you can make your body do. Above all, enjoying music and movement and how much fun you can have with it and others.
Thursday – We had a nice long walk in our wooded area, discovering muddy slopes and finding paths through to our den. We made another den using lots of teamwork carrying sticks and branches. We played our outdoor Fish, Chips and Peas game which is Log, Apple, Bushtree. This helps practice our listening skills and being careful not to bump into our friends.
At preschool we help the children to learn basic makaton signs which is a form of sign language. We learn rhymes, action songs and other signs for food items and help to explain why we use them. If you would like to know more, then please do not hesitate to ask and perhaps you and your child can learn together.
We have been playing lots of name games, helping everyone to learn new names and remember some of our older names.
We are currently looking for one of our Gold Rules which is “Putting Toys back” – helping children to understand the importance of putting things away – so that they don’t get broken, so we can find them again, so we don’t lose them or break them or even trip over them. We also explain “What is” tidying away.
Thursday Forest – we had a great time at Forest Club in the sunshine. There was lots of team work to improve our den to make it big enough for all of us. We found some blackberries in the hedges which we enjoyed as part of our snacks. We explored our wooded area and found a path through and under the bridge. No sign of the Gruffalo!!!! We played our hide & seek game “1, 2, 3 Where are you?” which encourages the children to use “listening ears” and find the voices, lots of talk around in front, behind, closer and further away. We enjoyed lunch and then explored some more before heading to the orchard to pick some apples – yummy.
We are still learning Thank you, Hello and Good bye in Makaton signs.
We’ve had lots of stories to tell about our holidays – some have been on aeroplanes, some on ferries, and lots of hunting down Shaun the Sheep. Some familiar faces are back and lots of new ones too. Welcome back everyone.
Show ‘n’ Tell –This is a chance to bring in something from home, maybe a favourite toy or a photograph or any object that they wish to show the others in a small group and tell us something about it. The item can be placed in the blue Show ‘n’ Tell box in the morning and once we have done Show ‘n’ Tell the item is then placed either in their own draw or back in the blue Show ‘n’ Tell box. The item is not played with during the session. We may not always get a chance to do Show ‘n’ Tell every day, but we try to.
Playdough – a familiar item but oh you can do so much with it, roll it, squeeze it, hit it, make it into cakes, pancakes, worms, create patterns, smell it, share it out, take turns in using the cutters and so much to talk about with it and just the familiarity of it helps you to settle into Preschool. Who knew so much could be gained from playdough.
WOWs – what are WOWs? WOWs can be written for anything that you think “WOW – well done” – this could be for sleeping in their own bed all night, for putting on their own coat, helping to tidy up – literally anything at all. The WOW labels are then pinned to our WOW board and at snack time we read them out to the other children and altogether clap and say well done. These are then stuck in their own special book all about them. If you need any WOW labels please ask and if you could just put a date on them too, that would be fantastic. We love hearing about all the clever things you do and achieve away from preschool.
Thursday – we had our outdoor session. We introduced all the new children to our listening circle and our Gold Rules for staying safe and checked to see if some of our familiar faces would remember. We then explored our area. We had snacks, stories, created pictures using mud and sticks. We created a space ship from our den and you would not believe what fund you can have from grass.