This week we have…

October 7, 2016

We hope you’ve had a lovely week, we can’t believe we are in October already!

Thank you to all those parents who have taken the time to look at Tapestry, add your own comments and your observations. We love seeing these and it really helps us with knowing what the children have been up to and with building up communication between us and yourselves. We have had some really positive feedback about Tapestry and are really pleased with how it is going.

So what have we been up to this week?

We had a lovely Autumn walk through the woods to feed the ducks. The children noticed that it was quite cold and that there weren’t many swans. We counted that there were two so spoke about how perhaps the others had flown to somewhere a bit warmer. Several of the children thought the ducks didn’t need the bread and decided to eat it themselves!

A few of the children have had jabs this week so we have had the doctors kit out. They have enjoyed giving us jabs, bandaging various limbs and making us feel much better. We have been very “poorly sick”, so it’s lucky we have so many good doctors and nurses at nursery!

We have been looking at letter recognition by playing various games. The children enjoyed throwing bean bags on to certain letters and finding letters that they recognised. We have also had the letter cubes out and have been matching them to letters on a big mat. The children also enjoyed sponge painting with letter sponges and seeing if they could form any words or make patterns. Some of the children decided to fold their paper to see what happens and were pleased when it printed on each side. In small group time we have been listening to the Jolly Phonics songs and copying the actions, as well as forming the letters in the air with our fingers. You can find the Jolly phonics on YouTube, it’s something the children really enjoy doing.

The children have also been exploring different resources to do with more and less. using the compare bears to see which colour they have most of, building towers and noticing which has the most bricks etc. A great activity is to build a towers with your child and then ask them to tell you which has the most just by looking, once they have selected which one, then count them together to check. They find it even more fun if you pick the wrong one and they’ve selected the correct one!

We have been adding different characters to our dolls house, the other day it had knights and dinosaurs. It has also had different family members and various animals. We have been setting these up and then leaving the children to play with as they wish, adding in different characters if they want to. We have had some great storylines and some brilliant imagination has been used.

With the younger children we have continued to play lots of cooperative games such as rolling balls back and forth and other turn taking games. We have also been doing various mark making from crayons, to paint to aquadraw. Most of the children decide they need to taste everything before using it of course!

On Tuesday the children enjoyed looking at my scan picture and there now seems to be a bit of relation with most children that there really is a baby in my tummy! We have had lots of questions and the children are enjoying guessing whether it will be a boy or a girl.I have also had some great suggestions for names!!

I have just realised that I have not mentioned a new lady who has started with us. her name is Michelle and she covers lunches for us on a Thursday and Friday, term time. She used to be a care assistant in the army and has two daughters, aged 5 and 8. the children are enjoying getting to know Michelle and visa versa.

Thank you to all who have replied about the upcoming events at nursery, it’s going to a full, busy and exciting time here.

I’m hoping to send Dennis the dinosaur home with a child this weekend as he is getting very fed up at nursery.

Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to add photos to Tapestry or email them across to e for our board.