It’s Friday already!
We’ve had a lovely week at nursery….
We have been out in the garden lots and lots – digging for worms, making mud pies, hunting for objects in the sand, building sandcastles, painting with water, running a cafe……. the list goes on and on!
With the children who are leaving us for school we have started to fill out the school booklets I emailed about earlier in the week. These will be sent home soon for parents to fill in and pass on to teachers.
Demi found a new playdough recipe, which was a success. The children have been using various machines and tools to craft different things out of playdough.
Of course there has been lots of junk modelling going on, the creations seem to be getting bigger and bigger and more and more imaginative.
In language group the children created stories based on characters and events that started with the first letter of their name. We had a Radish the Rabbit who liked to eat Rice Pudding and Dylan the Dog who ate dogfood and went to Disneyland!
Some of the children also decorated the letter of their first name.
We have also been looking at splitting a group of objects in different ways but knowing that the amount stays the same. We have been doing this with various activities and also looking at equal amounts and making sure everyone has the same. The children leaving us for school have grasped this really well and enjoyed working out different challenges.
In the hall we have been looking at different ways of jumping and how to land safely.
The younger children have playing with big boxes, investigating shape sorters and practising climbing skills on the garden equipment.
Going back to our school leavers- There are several things that we continuously work on with the children to help their transition to school. Things such as writing their own name, sitting quietly during a small group activity, wiping their own bottom, using cutlery, understanding basic safety and nursery rules, dressing themselves, counting to 20, recognising numbers and letters….. If children are confident in doing these things it will aid their school transition and hopefully give the more confidence at school. It would be great if you could continue to work on these things with your children at home and let us know if you think there is anything we can help with. Many of the children will be going to school with far more skills than these and we of course adapt activities for individual children ensuring each is supported and challenged to help them develop their skills and knowledge.
Don’t forget it’s a bank holiday on Monday, there are a few local events on such as The Donkey Derby http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=271324&ClubID=1544 This is always a good event and theres plenty there for children to do.