What we have been up to…

February 26, 2015

Here’s a little snippet of what’s been going on at nursery this week:

In language group Hayley has introduced the letter F, the children enjoyed a game of musical letters- when the music stopped the children had to pick an object out of the bag and match it to the correct letter. Some children said it was like pass the parcel but there was no prize! There have also been lots of different ball games played in language group- throwing the ball to the person who’s name starts with a certain letter, throwing balls in to lettered box and thinking of words starting with “F” as we throw the ball. Today the children enjoyed racing their cars along a track to see who could reach “F” first! In your language group folders you’ll find the letter F song, why not ask your child to teach you it?

In number group we’ve been investigating sinking and floating- we’ve enjoyed seeing what things float and finding out why they float- we discovered that the heavier the object the more likely it is to sink. The children also enjoyed looking at what different materials work best in water.How about putting some plastic containers in the bath and seeing how much water you need to put in them before they sink?

We’ve been using our musical instruments a lot this week- listening to the different sounds they make, seeing how different instruments make noise and tapping out beats. We played a game where we had two sets of identical  instruments one set  were hidden under a blanket and the other left on top. I played an instrument and the children had to select the correct one, I then played more than one and encouraged the children to listen for the different sounds. This really helps the children’s listening and attention as they are having to focus on a select sound and identify it. This could be played at home with household objects such as wooden spoons, saucepans, building blocks….

We’ve also been talking a lot about animals and the different countries that they live in. The children have been interested in finding out which animals live where and whether they come out at night or day- Ask your child what night time animals are called and see if they can tell you. If you have an Atlas at home this is a great thing to share with you child and hopefully they will be able to point out a couple of countries and tell you the animals that live there.

In the Under 2’s area we have changed the sensory area to make it more interactive and inviting- the children seem to be enjoying it. The younger children have enjoyed investigating our treasure baskets- which are baskets filled with textured and natural objects such as pine cones/combs/wooden pegs/ metal objects and lots more. This is something that is simple to put together at home and is great for children’s sensory development and encourages them to explore different ways to handle and manage objects.

Dennis had a lovely half term break and got up to lots of fun adventures, he has chosen which friend he is going home with this weekend and is looking forward to lots of fun.

 

What we have been up to…

February 13, 2015

Here’s some of the exciting things we’ve been up to at nursery:

As it is Valentine’s tomorrow we’ve been talking about who we love and what makes those people special. This is quite a difficult concept for the children to grasp, they find it easy to tell us who they love and who is special but asking “why” gives them something else to think about. We’ve all been sharing who is special to us and have told them why and through doing this the children have started to tell us what makes people special to them. Some of you have had a little note in with a valentines biscuit which will make a lovely read for the recipient. We’ve also only allowed the children to make and decorate one biscuit, this helps with their decision making and encourages them to take more time on the process, it has been lovely to see many children have chosen to make their biscuits for their siblings. Some children have also made Valentines Day cards, they had some great ideas, one child asked me to help him work out a way to make his heart “pop out” in the middle, others have chosen specific colours as they are a favorite of the recipient. It’s lovely to see the children taking so much care and effort over something and seeing how they think of what the other person will like, that’s quite a skill for a 2,3,4 year old. Have a chat with your child about why they are special and see if they can give you some reasons why others are special too.

We’ve had a messy time at nursery this week- we’ve been exploring gloop (cornflour and water), we had different objects in the gloop to scoop it and manipulate it. Some of the younger children decided to climb right in and explore it with their whole body. Not only is this  a really fun activity it encourages curiosity and is great for both large and fine motor skills. If you’re feeling brave and have some cornflour in the cupboard, then give it a go (Warning- can get very MESSY!). After gloop we got out the water, the younger children enjoyed climbing in and splashing about and blowing bubbles with our bubble wand. The older children poured and filled with different containers- Seeing which they could fit the most in, which was the heaviest, seeing how the containers floated when empty but sunk when filled. Any sort of old containers are an ideal toy at bath time- you could even try some of different material- why not put in a small cardboard box and let the children see what happens?

We’ve had fun in language group with Hayley- we’ve been recapping all of our letter sounds in various different games, our favourite was when we got out the letter beanbags and got to throw them in to a box that Hayley was holding (it was also quite funny when the beanbags got Hayley!) We had to find the letters in our name and throw those ones in and then tell Hayley the letter before throwing it. We’ve also been recapping all of our Jolly Phonics songs- these can be found on youtube, if you search “Jolly phonics”. Why not sit with your child and find some songs on youtube, encourage them to use the mouse to select a song ( please ensure Youtube is only used under full supervision of an adult).

Number group- I’ll keep this to a minimum this week and had best watch what I say!! We’ve enjoyed using the scales to measure heavier and lighter objects and we also used the scales to weigh our ingredients to make our biscuits. If you’re off to a park this weekend, have a go on the seesaw and see who is heavier/lighter and see what difference it makes. Hopefully the children who join in number group will be able to predict what will happen, let me know if you manage to try this. It would be interesting to know if the children are  extending their knowledge to different scenarios.

We’ve been doing lots of dancing at nursery to a variety of different music (Frozen seems to be out of favour recently, which is a shock to us all). We’ve been exploring different ways to move to the different music and seeing how we can move our different body parts to the beat.

We’ve had quite a few new faces joining us over the past weeks, all the children have been very welcoming and have been excited to meet new friends.

We’re also a bit sad this week as it’s time for us to say goodbye to our student Sarah, Sarah has been with us for a few months and the children think she is brilliant (as do we). Sarah is very sad to go and has promised to come back and visit. She has made a yummy cake as a treat for the children on her last day today. We have had another student start with us this week, Allie, the children are all getting to know her and are enjoying playing with her and sharing their knowledge and ideas with her.

Please remember to check your child’s drawer every day as they often put things they have made in there and sometimes invites and things are put in there too.

We’ve had a couple of cases of chickenpox at nursery, most of the children here have already had it but if you notice any spots then please let us know. If your child does have chickenpox we ask that they are kept off until the spots have scabbed over and they are well in themselves. You can find more information out about chickenpox on the NHS website-  http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chickenpox/Pages/Introduction.aspx