Top tips for talking
Get down to your child's level when talking to them. It is easier to talk to each other if you are face to face. Whether it be playing on the floor or the grass, kneeling at bath time or sitting together at meal times. Being down at your child's level makes it easier to keep eye contact when talking together.
Story for term 2
The story for this term is The Christmas story. This story explains the reason in which we celebrate Christmas day in a way that the children will understand. We have been learning lots of new names such as, Mary, Joseph and the Shepard’s.
Café morning- A big thank you to all of those who helped to create such a fantastic Christmas coffee morning.
We had a great turn out and all had lots of fun. The children enjoyed taking part in Christmas activities; pining the carrot on the snow man, making Christmas crafts and building an igloo which when having a torch placed inside shone stars upon the ceiling which the children were very impressed about. It was also lovely to see parents/carers enjoying themselves, exploring the cake sale and joining their children at preschool to explore activities and have fun.
We raised a fantastic £260 from this café morning and are ever so grateful for all of the kind donations that were made.
Splashing in muddy puddles
As we enter the winter months, the weather starts to become colder and we very often see rain. However, this does not stop us from having fun!
Many of the children have enjoyed getting ready to explore the rain this week, preparing to stay dry by putting on their waterproofs and wellies.
Once they were ready to take on the rain, they had so much fun splashing in muddy puddles “This is so much fun I love the rain” listening to the wonder sounds each splash made “wow that was a good noise, ready, steady, splash”. The Children have also enjoyed filling up different sized bowls and containers, using their knowledge of mathematical terms such as heavy and light to collect the rain and fill up a tuff spot.
Over the past two weeks, the children have been interested in taking part in obstacle courses, climbing over and under different objects and balancing on planks of wood. Taking part in obstacle courses can have a positive impact on your child’s development. They help to,
• Further development of balance, distributing weight and moving in a variety of ways
• Improve their social, problem-solving skills and confidence.
• Develop stronger bones and muscles.
• Improve their bodily and spatial awareness.
For those who wanted to extend on our obstacle course we added bikes, scooters, and some foam numbers to each area of the course, supporting children to recognize numbers and understand the correct order of numbers, supporting mathematical development. The children very quickly understood the start of the obstacle course was number one and when you reach number 5, it means that it is the end of the course. “Number 1 is the first number when we count so I think that is the number where we need to start”
Elfie- Our Christmas Elf
A very special friend has joined us at preschool this week, a magic Elf that the children chose to call Elfie. Elfie has been sent from Santa to make sure the children are having lots of fun at preschool. After being at preschool for the day it is then Elfie’s job to fly back to Santa each night to tell him what activities the children have been doing and just how much fun they are having.
Elfie can only fly back to Santa using his magic powers and if anyone touches him these powers will disappear so it is important that we just look at Elfie using our looking eyes.
Keep a look out for Elfie each morning, as he is sure to be somewhere different each day!
All of the children are very busy at the moment making some lovely Christmas crafts for you to receive at the end of term. As you can imagine they are all very excited and proud of the different things they have created.
However, do not worry that they have not come home yet; we still have many crafts to make and like to keep the crafts a surprise for Christmas. All crafts will be sent home on the last week of term!
We also look forwards to sharing our Christmas story with you all and enjoying a Christmas party on the last day of term, Thursday 20th December 2018
A great big thank you to all of you Super Hero’s out there who supported the JDRF charity day last Wednesday at Preschool. With your support we raised an amazing £100.05 .
The children had great fun day taking on the role as superheros, flying around, painting shields, making superhero characters, decorating cakes and biscuits, saving their friends, creating capes and den building.
The children also enjoyed meeting and looking after our guests, Olivia and Kangaroo who were diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic when they were 12 years old. The children listened intently about Olivia and Kangaroos daily routine and how they wear a special pump box to supply Insulin medicine through their wire and how they need to weigh all of their food, as without these things they can become very ill. The children also asked their own questions to Olivia and Kanga, listening attentively to their responses.
We were amazed how the Preschoolers as young as 2 years old, remembered throughout the day to check to make sure Olivia & Kangaroo were ok, making sure they were well and taking their medicine by reminding Laura to check on them regularly throughout the day.
All of the preschool children were very kind and caring and demonstrated this through their actions and thoughts during our day.
What a great day we had Superheros!!!
Thank-you again for your very kind donations and efforts throughout the day .
For more information or leaflets see Laura Williams
The children at preschool have been exploring shapes this term, completing activities that promote shape recognition, building with shapes and going on shape hunts. Lots of the children have enjoyed creating dinosaurs out of different shapes, exploring the qualities of each shape while sticking them down to create a fun outcome!!.
From an early age, children notice different shapes even if they do not yet know that the shapes have names. It takes longer for young children to learn the specific properties of each shape, such as the number of sides it has or what colour it is. Giving children lots of practice with shapes helps them solidify their understanding of the two-dimensional structures.
Learning the differences in shapes requires children to focus on the specific characteristics. Children learn to use observational skills to identify the different shapes. They also learn how to compare different shapes and group similar shapes together.
Shape activities can also help children develop problem-solving skills. Shape sorting toys are one example. When a child recognizes the characteristics of a square, he can match it with the square hole on the toy. Shape recognition can also help when putting together puzzles. If he pays attention to the shapes of the pieces and the shapes of the openings in the puzzle, he can determine the correct spot for each piece.
Children have also really enjoyed playing with and exploring dinosaurs. They have been creating and exploring dinosaur swamps, adding water and leaves to a tuff spot to create the habitat that dinosaurs lived in. This has supported children to explore textures and ask further questions relating to dinosaurs such as the things that they eat and their names.
We would like to welcome everyone back to Term 1. We hope you all had a lovely summer holiday. This term at preschool lots of the children are settling in and creating new friendships, sharing experiences and engaging in lots of lovely play routines.
During the preschool day, we like to follow the children’s interests in regards to activities/games to complete and recently the children have gone dinosaur crazy! The dinosaurs were set up inside of the playroom where children re-created a dinosaur land demonstrating some lovely imaginative skills, they also enjoyed creating lots of loud ROARS to allow practitioners to become aware of what noise each dinosaur makes and we have learnt a new dinosaur song. It is important to value the children’s interests and experiences as it shows the children we are listening to them; it helps them to become their own individual person and allows their self-esteem to grow.
We have also created a new weatherboard at preschool which lots of the children enjoyed making, using various materials to do so “We have sun, rain and snow”. They really enjoyed exploring different materials to make the clouds “This soft, clouds look soft” and painting the sunshine in the colour yellow. Creating the weatherboard allows children to observe what is going on around them and engage with each other about their observations. This allows children to build relationships and develop their understanding the world skills.
Over the past 2 weeks we have had lots of fun at forest school; building shelter from the wind using a variety of materials, building a den, riding on an imaginary train stopping at different locations around the world and following on from the children’s interests we have built woolly mammoths using sticks and leaves “Woolly mammoths are really woolly so we need to put leaves on him to make him have woolly fur”. Forest School helps children to grow in confidence as a result of the freedom, time and space they are given in their learning. Activities such as sharing tools and participating in play helps to teach the children to work together as a group, which strengthens their bonds and social ties.
“ This is the baby woolly mammoth, he is a small one”
Top tips for talking:- Give your child time to talk to you.
Children often need time to put their thoughts together before answering, so give them longer to respond than you would with an adult. Make sure to maintain eye contact as you wait for them to complete their remark.
Makaton - Names, Fruits, thank you
3 Little pigs is our story for the term. Some very good actions and great little story tellers, incorporating some yoga moves. So not just a sit down and listen story but get up and get active.
Plenty of water play, sinking and floating, the ducks out to play and our sea life animals, even the safari animals have taken a dip. Trying to remember not to splash ourselves and our friends.
#projectgarden - looking to spruce up our garden area, making it more inviting to explore. This is an on-going project that we want parents and children to have their say, what would you like in your garden? Some of the ideas so far are sensory such as bubble wrap and mirrored bubbles, wildlife, waterslides for objects - not children hahaha. Things that you can turn and pull, post things through. Please ask your child what things they may like to find in our outside space. What kind of things do they want to see.....and let us know!
Forest club - what bugs can you see, which ones can you find, woodlice, earwigs, centipede, spiders, ants. The trees are changing with lots of buds and leaves appearing and the weather is getting warmer, well sometimes....we do still need our wellies and waterproofs as it is quite wet to begin with because of all the dew. But as it gets warmer throughout the day we can take off our waterproofs if we have full length trousers on and change out of our wellies and put our daps on so long as they are in our bag. Up to the allotments to plant some potatoes and some edible flowers. Sorting out the soil, getting rid of weeds, raking over the soil, planting them apart and in a line, cover over with soil and importantly water. Looking forward to the fruits of our labour.
Pets and vets - lots of caring for the animals, giving them cuddles, walks, feeding, water and some are poorly so a visit to the vets. We had a visit from a real puppy called Maggie and a kitten called Cooper, oh so cute! The owner wanted them to be socialised and the children were more than happy to give them some social time.
Weekly Makaton signs: Hello, Thank you, fruits and names.
The story for this term is the 3 little pigs. Lots of actions, "I'll huff and I'll puff" and my "Chinny Chin Chin"
Some good voices for those pigs and that wolf. The props are out to promote some good story tellers.
We went on a walk in the afternoon, pointing out lots of signs of Spring/Summer, changes in the leaves on the trees, flowers emerging, Spring lambs. We were looking at house names, the children were recognising letters of significance to them because they were the letters in their name.
Experimenting with different forms of mark making. The children were using paint brushes, dipping them in muddy puddles and swirling it over the walls. It was explained that this was only ok if the adult said so. The walls were washed afterwards and why explained to the children.
Obstacle course involving balancing, climbing over, crawling under, stretching our legs reach the next stepping stone. Once the children had tried this a few times, alterations were then made by the children themselves, extending what was already there, changing it around. Some things did need to be altered slightly for our little ones.
Top tips for talking:
Use simple repetitive language - Keep sentences short:
Describe your everyday activities. As you talk about what you are doing ("I'm washing the cup"), repeat your words for slowly and clearly. Saying things more than once helps children to join in and pick up new words.
Makaton - Hello, Thank you, Children's Names and Fruits.
The story of Little Rabbit Foo Foo - lots of good storytellers and great actions too. It's a good story that's easy to pick up due to the repetitiveness of the story - Have you heard it yet?
Moonsand - a mixture of sand and shaving foam. This makes the sand easier to mould. You can squeeze it, gather it up to make a mole hill or a volcano, swirl it around and oh it smells so lovely.
Hide and seek with the ducks - Ducks (of the plastic variety) were scattered around and each one had a number on the bottom, when a duck was found the child had to recognise the number and then find the hoop with the correct number in it. Good for number recognition. Then it was time to find out which hoop had the most ducks in and which had the least. Good counting skills and lots of fun.
Forest club - Collecting flowers for Mothers Day, it was explained that flowers are not to be picked unless given permission and this time the adult says it's okay. Talking about flowers - what they need to help them grow, some flowers were open and some were closed, we talked about how the sun makes the flowers open.
A visit to the church to watch Stanton Drew Primary School children and their Easter celebrations. Lovely to see some of our old friends and good for our little ones to say hello to who will be some of their new teachers all too soon. Thank you for the invitation and once again our little ones were on their very best behaviour and did you all proud.
Lots of bubbly water play inside, pouring, scooping, sinking and floating and trying to keep the water with in the tub - nearly successful, although some of us ended up looking like we had got in! still it was lots and lots of fun:-)
Many forms of weather lately - Rain, sun, wind, snow and ice!
Just remember to wrap up warm, its always easier to take off layers than not have enough and we are more than happy to help putting on boots and having spare shoes. As for the older children who will soon be attending school, Velcro shoes are best in enabling them to have a go themselves in readiness for school.
Weekly Makaton Signs: Thank you, Good, Names and Fruits
Top tips for talking:
Join in with your child's play. A Language and thinking will develop through interactions with others. The arises naturally from a shared activity which provides something of interest to talk about and gives a clear context for words and meanings.
Top tips for 2 year olds:
I can do it myself! Even though it may take me ages to do something and I may not get it right; its really important I have a go. I may become frustrated if everything is done for me. You'd be surprised how much I can do given the chance.
Chinese new year: Thank you to all those that came to join us in our celebrations with noodles, rice, spring rolls, trying out chopsticks. We hope you all enjoyed our story of the Chinese Emperor and how the animals had a race to become which year. It is the year of the dog.
This term we are looking at the story of "Little Rabbit Foo Foo" The story will be told firstly with the book, but this will progress onto telling the story without the book and using actions. The story and the props for this will be out so the children can access the story as and when they want to, being able to share it amongst themselves. The children have also been adding to the props by making additional items, such as a hammer, a bike and a wiggly worm. However this has also led onto making other things such as tools for the toolbox. Stories are such a great way of inspiring the imagination, leading into other areas for their creative thinking.
Forest Club: Lots of tree rubbings and footprints using crayons in many colours, learning how to hold the crayon on its side works best
and with our muddy boots stepping onto paper to see the many different patterns our boots make.
We then played hide and seek. We teach the children about "1, 2, 3 Where are you?" When the finders call this out, the hiders shout back "we're over here" This helps the children to understand that although it is ok to hide, sometimes when parents can't find them and call out, they need to help in being found. It also encourages good listening skills, as those finding have to listen and follow the direction of voices.
Lego - good for fine motor skills, managing to construct by pushing the small bricks. Lots of chatter, discussing what they are building, what pieces are needed, asking one another for help and to pass things. Good imagination creating airports and hangers to put planes in, because the airport is for people and not for planes. Creating houses, for this we had to have doors and windows, oh and don't forget the roof otherwise the rain will get in - Good idea!
Top tips for talking:
Get your child's attention first - 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.
Makaton Signs: Hello, Thank you, Good, Signs for fruit and names
The story of the Chinese New Year and the year of the dog. The children learning how the animals became which number of the zodiac. The animals all had a race. Lots of remembering who came first and then in which order. Numbers up to 12. Lots of actions and practicing how to become a good story teller.
To go alongside this we have been making Chinese Lanterns, good cutting skills and lots of expression in the form of art, wiggles, squiggles, dots and even glitter. Lots of good drizzling of the glue making like spider webs across the page. Good work!
We have been playing group games using the name cards of the children. This is to help the children to recognise their own names, when the children can recognise their names we remove the picture from their card. This helps them on their journey through to school. So please help us in helping your child to recognise their own name as written in print.
Dried rice another alternative to use to practice writing and drawing. Children can use their fingers to draw and make patterns in the rice.
Forest club - Rebuilding our dens which have blown down again due to all these strong winds. Team work needed to work together to carry those heavy logs. For some if was a den for others it was where the piggies were staying out of the cold. Later off to the allotments to see what's been going on. There was a large piece of carpet over the ground. The children understood this was to keep the ground protected from the frost. There were some new shoots and lots of daffodils and snow drops showing their heads. The children were reminding one another to not walk on them as soon they will be flowers.
Top tips for talking:
Observe and comment on your child's current interests;
Describe what is happening. Think of 'commenting' like 'commentating' - as in what sport presenters do! Watch and describe what you see your child is doing.
Commenting does not mean that there should be no silences when a child is playing. Pauses will help your child think about what they are going to say.
Weekly Makaton Signs: Thank you, Hello
Open end resources - promotes team work, building upon ideas, listening to others ideas, role playing, building friendships. Lots of ideas of what to use, how to use, extending the play and ideas. Creating with the planks, crates and other items available.
Come on Daisy - is the current story with props that are out in order that the children may use them to retell the story either to themselves or to their friends. This helps children to realise how stories are constructed. That there is a beginning, middle and end to a story and about sequencing. That there is an order of events to the story and that if the sequence of events is not followed it sometimes does not make sense. However it can be fun to change things around and make a story silly and see where it can go with their imagination.
Playdough - as always a fun and familiar activity for children to turn to. There is no right or wrong way to play with it. It can be whatever they want it to be. Playdough helps in building up a child's muscles in their hands which is an important aspect when learning to mark make. Playdough also promotes creative thinking and lots of language, as there is always of conversation around playdough, explaining to each other what they are making and helps to promote sharing and bouncing ideas off one another.
Forest club - With strong winds and storms we now have a few trees that have fallen down and with all the rain a small river where we sometimes walk. Having lots of fun collecting sticks to build into our pretend fires to make hot chocolate, and finding big sticks so we can rebuild our new improved den. Making splashes by throwing sticks and pebbles into the small river created by all the rain, lots of tree climbing too!
Always lots of dressing up taking place, and we are looking for 'putting on your own coats' Thus promoting independence and the children realising the best way to put on certain items. Sometimes its best to start from the bottom and pull up and sometimes start from the top and pull down:-)