Another week almost over at nursery, the start of this year seems to be flying by already.
The children have all gone in to the hall with big smiles on their faces ready for some jumping, climbing, balancing and racing. Several of the children have got to know that “hall days” are a Monday and Friday and this supported by the calendar is really helping them with the days of the week. We do our calendar every day which not only helps with day, month, year and season recognition it also supports number recognition and counting. The children sing the song with great enthusiasm.
So what have we been up to this week?
We have continued to explore textures, asking the children to describe how things feel, what different words they can use and what they think they are feeling. The children really enjoy this game, especially as it involves wearing a “blindfold”.
We thought our ceiling was looking a bit bare so we have decorated lots of cds to hang down. The children used a range of resources such as pipe cleaners, googly eyes and stickers to make their own design and they’ll be up soon.
We always read lots of stories at nursery and have a large selection. I have been encouraging the children to recall the story to me after we have read it. This is great for concentration and memory, sometimes I show them the pictures to jog their memory but with some stories they can retell me the whole story line without any prompts.
We had the water tray out this week with some straws, bubbles, boats and balls. We encouraged the children blow the balls and boats across the water and to see how many bubbles they can blow. This is a lot of fun and also helps with speech and sound forming as well as developing muscles in the mouth (some of the children are great chatterboxes and really don’t need their muscles developed but it’s still a fun game!) After this the babies then enjoyed having a splash about and all the children enjoyed some pouring and filling. As I’ve said before jugs in the bath offer endless amounts of fun and learning, why not put some straws in too?
We’ve been playing lots of small group games such as tummy ache and pairs. It’s been interesting to watch the older children take on “teacher” role when an adult steps back. I definitely think we have some budding teachers and bosses in nursery!
At the easel we’ve had different brushes and rollers out so the children can explore the marks they can make.
The babies have been exploring the light up toys in the dark, slotting shapes in to shape sorters, making lots of noise with the musical instruments and building with blocks, as well as playing with the dolls and kitchen.
Next week we have a very exciting week at nursery as it is Chinese New Year and Pancake Day. On Monday we will be having noodles for tea and eating them with chop sticks! We will also be making Chinese lanterns and reading some stories from China. On Tuesday the children will be mixing and flipping their own pancakes. I have ordered yummy toppings such as banana, strawberries and blueberries.
Don’t forget if you would like to borrow any games or books then please let us know. We have our Book lending library where you and your child can sign a book out yourselves and if you would like to borrow a game just let one of us know. Next to the computer we also have various activity sheets in a blue folder.
Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to send me photos of anythign exciting you get up to.