Can we just start by saying a big thank you for your patience at opening time. There have been a number of parties at the hall lately which meant that staff had to do a full packaway on several occasions. Staff only have 30 minues to unpack everything and get the hall ready for your arrival.
We have been following the Halloween theme with yoga and a few children helped others to try out new poses - great team work.
We had a lovely game of "Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin" - we blindfolded the children and they had to use a pencil to draw a nose on the pumpkin - the children loved seeing the funny faces they made.
Handprinted ghosts were added to our display at the back of the hall.
We also had "Find the Pumpkin" game. We hid 12 pumpkins around preschool and the children enjoyed find them - it was a great team game where the children encouraged each other.
A witches cavern was set up in the bottom corner of preschool - it was excellent fun for role play and children loved re-telling the story "Room on the Broom".
Outside there was lots of witches potions being made in a cauldron. Children had lots of very messy play. This was incredibly beneficial for all children and it was a huge delight to watch such happy giggling faces.
Some children spent time snipping vegetables with scissors to make a vegetable soup. This was excellent for strengthening their hand muscles. They all tasted the soup at lunchtime and said "It was Delicious".
The children also enjoyed dressing up as witches and wizards and were wanting to write down their own spells which they had made up to turn people into frogs and dinasuars - watch out!!!
Outside we made our sledge into a rocket. We used chalk to draw and decorate the sledge. We then flew to the moon, counting down to blast off!
Thursday afternoon the children made a deep muddy hole and filled it with water. They then used resources such as wood, sticks, to make a bridge across the hole.
Can we say a big thank you to Amanda who came in on Tuesday evening to help Lynne packaway the toys and equipment for a WI meeting.
Unfortunately, our lady who did computer work with the children can no longer come in. If anyone is free to come in and do some computer work with the children please see Lynne.
We now have indoor natural resources stored ontop of the craft trolley. We would love for everyone when on a walk to add to our resources - conkers, pine cones, pebbles, shells, feathers etc. The childfren love collecting things and bringing them in.
For yoga we are doing the Hungry Caterpillar story, starting small as a tiny egg and growing bigger. We discussed the weather, swaying with the wind.
We have had some lovely picnics with the dolls in our teepee and taking the dolls to the park and farm (the small world toy set). The children enjoyed acting like mummies and daddies.
We had a noisy, but fun morning when the children made their own trumpets. They used sugar paper and then decorated them. It was excellent creative play.
Outside the children have been busy playing "fires". They would collect leaves and wood for the pile, then they would try and put it out and would call the fire brigade. This was great for team work and sharing ideas.
The children also had lots of fun outside playing Hide and Seek in boxes. This helped them with their counting and lots of laughter and giggling could be heard.
On Wednesday afternoon, we danced to a CD brought in by one of the children. It had their favourite song on it. We also went into the field and all had a go at flying a kite which had been brought in by another child for Show and Tell.
For Thursday afternoon, we made a witches den at the allotment, a witches potion and clay models using natural materials around us. Lots of fun was also had by the children when they were flicking mud to make some mud pictures.
We are getting ready for Halloween, so we have started a groupd picture - watch this space!
Can we just say a big thank you to Cathy. Cathy is a parent who came in and helped us for part of a session. She was of great help which enabled us to do more one to one work with the children. If you are a parent/carer of a child here and fancy coming in and helping, even just for an hour, please let us know. The children really enjoy seeing new faces in a session.
We update our learning diaries every Tuesday, so please make sure your child's learning diary is in preschool on a Tuesday.
We will be removing the pictures on some of the name cards to encourage some children to recognise their own name.
The children had lots of fun doing their Yoga along tothe Three Billy Goats Gruff story. Lots of laughter could be heard from the children. The children also played their favourite game of Fish, Chips and Peas and Row Row your Boat.
More apple crumbles were made by the children who had missed making them previously - yummy!
We went for a lovely Autumn walk to the allotments. We saw a pigs home and a bees home. There were lots of lovely colour leaves to see and many were collected by the children.
The children enjoyed some leaf painting with the leaves they had collected on their walk. We hope to make a display of this work shortly.
The children are enjoying our new free stories which we received from the Bookstart people. A big thankyou to those who bought and raised enough for us to get the free books.
On Wednesday afternoon, we had the Sing up CD on and the children were singing along to Ryhming Grandmothers Footsteps and a favourtie story was "Hairy McClairy from Donaldsons Dairy"
On Thursday afternoon, we went to the allotments and made a fantastic den using branches, wire and anything else we could find - this was very popular with the children.
The children have had a busy week making their own apple crumbles. They loved the texture of the crumble mix between their fingers.
Our Yoga session was based on The Princess and The Frog story. We did lots of fun poses and did lots of counting along.
Our Noisy Neighbour game was very popular with the children, and they enjoyed learning the names of instruments.
The building constuctions toys were inside and outside and the children made lots of creative designs.
We have a Corner Den, which is very successful and the children enjoyed acting out stories and doing puzzles in that area.
Outside became very wet one day, and not just the rain, the children had the hoses out and enjoyed hosing down the vehicles and making them sparkle.
On Thursday afternoon, we went for a walk accross the field and past the cows. We played, 1, 2, 3 - where are you?. It is like hide and seek. In the field we found a large branch which had fallen from a tree, we made it into a den.