Weekly Makaton Signs: Hello, Good, Thank you
We try to encourage the children to use Makaton and we explain that some people communicate in different ways due to the fact that they can not talk as well or perhaps not hear as well
Yoga - Three little pigs - The children now tell the story themselves and have some super little pig voices. Also using the story during their general play. Good going guys!
Creativity and expressive works of art whist painting. Some very good narrative, explaining what they are painting, which colours are needed, who the painting is for and where it will be displayed at home. Also good sharing and waiting for the colour they wish to swap with their friends.
Lots of building bridges, planks and stepping stones. What can we use, where shall we put them, how shall we use them. We need to stay out of the water as the sharks may get us. How many do we need, how many have we already got, how many more or less do we need. Good teamwork, sharing, waiting our turn and helping on another.
Weekly Makaton Signs: Hello, Thank you, Good
Yoga 3 Little pigs - Please do ask your children to share the story with you. As we have now been practising this since the beginning of term the children are now very familiar with the actions and the sequence of the story. Get them to huff and puff and blow the house down.
Vets and Pets - Pets out this week, lots of caring for the sick animals, bad legs, injections needed, tablets, are they hot, lets wrap them up in something. This then led into some of the children becoming pets themselves and being cared for by the others.
Flour with the construction vehicles. Scooping, pouring, gathering, soft like snow. Just some of the words used whilst playing with the flour.
Forest Club - lots of outdoor fun exploring. Watching the milk bubbling on the fire waiting for our hot chocolate. Lots of talk about our fire circle, how we need to stay outside of the circle, created using rope and placed in a circle around the fire. We call this our fire circle and the only person allowed within the fire circle is Lynne. Lynne has special fire gloves so as not to burn her hands and there is a bucket of water readily available to put the fire out out if necessary. Lynne has been specially trained how to make and care for the fire circle.
We had some clay this week. We needed to work it in our hands to warm it up and then made it easier to create things, such as hot dogs and stick men. We needed to wrap up warmer with our hats, scarves and gloves and layers of clothing as jack frost is starting to pay us a visit in the mornings.
Cafe and Cake Sale - A good chance for a good ole natter. A chance to welcome in new Mums and remember some of our older Mums who have since left. Thank you to all who attended and helped out.
Weekly Makaton Signs: Hello, Thank you, Good
Top Tips for Talking: Try to have a conversation with your child every day. Make sure this time is quiet to help them focus on your words, undisturbed and is not being masked by the television or phone. You may want to make time to share a book or sing nursery rhymes together.
Yoga - 3 Little Pigs, Props are out of which the children are using to tell the story amongst themselves and to their friends. Some very confident story tellers.
Boxes lots of big empty boxes, oh the fun and the imagination. Train to the Golden Castle, cat boxes for all our little kittens, bus journey to the seaside, oh no watch out, mind the sharks! get back in your boats. There has been lots of decorating of the boxes to, with some amazing designs.
Forest Club - lots of exploring, snacks, more exploring but after lunch no allotment this time because we found some fence poles. What can we do. The children all worked together as a team with a collective idea of turning these poles into a castle. Which tree could be used to support the poles, are they safe? Another child collected grass to pack around the bottom of each pole "This will help to stick them so they won't move"
Another child used a plank as a draw bridge, but wait what's happening now its the merry go round. Slow, slow - oh no hold on and now its super fast, lots of imagination and critical thinking and working together to achieve a group outcome. There was also some sliding down and working their way back up again on the muddy banks. Again lots of ideas and trial and error as to whether their idea or plan would work.
Name games - There are games where we can learn one another's names. Some games are where we call out our own name, others where we call out the name of some else. This is usually by using a toy and if you have the toy you are the only one who can speak, you then say the name of the person who you are going to pass the toy to. Name cards, to see if you recognise your name, and then hide these around the room, so you can find your own name.
Top Tips for Talking
Get down to your child’s level and engage their attention before speaking or asking a question. Young children find it difficult to listen and carry on with an activity at the same time. Saying their name first encourages them to stop and listen.
Weekly Makaton Signs: Thank you, Hello, Good
Yoga - 3 Little Pigs - Good actions and getting the sequence right of the story, that it is straw, followed by sticks and finally the brick house. Understanding how a story is constructed with a beginning a middle and an end. That a story can be told without the use of a book. The props are out so that the children can feel free to use these to help in their story telling.
The farm and flour. Swooping it up then clap your hands, wow! look at it fly! and some bull rushes. They are so soft, but what happens when you run your fingers over them. They go all fluffy and blow away in the wind. It looks like snow. Some conkers too. Some in their shell. Ooh they are all spiky. Where do they come from? They come the trees, but you will mostly find them on the ground, watch out for the spikes though!
Forest Club - Off on our explorations today, what will we find? Lots of talk about aeroplanes and holidays, flying around. Looking at the changes of the season, leaves falling and changing colour. Off to the allotments to check on last weeks ground work, making sure it will be ready for the onions. We played our popular game of 1,2,3 where are you. The children hide, the adult calls out 1,2,3 where are you, and the children call out 1,2,3 we're over here, then when found the children help the adult find the remaining children. This helps to promote good listening skills and to try and assess which direction the sound is coming from. Also it helps children to understand that at times it helps to call out where you are hiding so as you can be found. Forest Club is all about exploring and coming into contact with sometimes new experiences, so please let us know your child has any allergies.