What we have been up to..

February 26, 2016

We’ve enjoyed hearing all about half term adventures this week and the children enjoyed reading about Dennis’ adventures in Cornwall. Thank you to those who have sent in photos for your children to share and for us to display.

As i’m sure you’re all aware there is a special day coming up very soon for Mummies. The children have been getting creative making something special. I hope they haven’t told you what it is!

We have had string, pasta and beads out and the children have made some lovely necklaces and bracelets. This activity is great for fine motor skills, gaining an awareness of patterns, shape and colour and maintaining focus as it can take sometime to thread beads.

We had a fun Boogie Beat session with Hannah and Giggles. The children danced, wiggled and joined in with actions for different nursery rhyme stories and songs. In May we will be holding a sponsored dance and wiggle for the charity “Happy Days”, Hannah is going to lead this for us with a Princess and Pirate theme, more info will be out soon.

In the hall we have been playing some stop and go games as well as balancing on different surfaces and climbing up different apparatus using a range of skills and body parts.

The younger children have had fun doing “Tumble Tots”with scarves and beanbags, copying simple actions and moving in their own way. They have also been investigating insert puzzles and shape sorters, as well as building lots of towers which have of course been knocked down!

In the sand the children have been playing with the little people and vehicles. The sand tray has become a building site, the moon and the seaside among other things.

In language group the children have been looking at letters in their own name and working on forming letters. We had fun in the woods the other day making letters out of sticks. While in the woods we also went on an adventure, over a stream, through bushes and over big tree roots.

In number group some of the children have been sequencing numbers, so far they have got up to 30, others have been working on general number recognition. Numbers and maths can be indirectly taught in everyday life for instance when setting the table, counting how many of each thing you need, when putting shoes and coats on working out what goes where and doing up buttons. When reading stories we often go through them after and count various objects or look for things of certain shapes. Children learn best through play and exploring and this is how we love to further their knowledge at nursery. If a child isn’t captivated and interested in what they are doing then they’re not going to learn. Obviously every child learns differently and we take this in to account with the different activities we set out and encourage. It’s great to see a child enjoying something and then seeing the knowledge that they have gained from it, it’s probably the best part of our job.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about your child’s week, if you’re at a loose end this weekend I have heard some great things about the stickman trail at Alice Holt.