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