What we have been up to…

September 11, 2015

Here’s a little insight in to our week at nursery…

We’ve been talking about healthy eating and which different foods give us energy. The children enjoyed peeling and chopping their own fruit to make fruit kebabs. They found the banana quite tricky to peel but easy to chop and the satsuma was a bit easier to peel. The trickiest to cut was the kiwi, the children persevered and were all very proud of their lovely kebabs. They decided fruit tastes much better if you can eat it off of a stick. We then started to talk about smoothies and the children have decided they would like to make them next week. I think they are very eager to have a go at using the “special machine”that makes the smoothies! Why not make some fruit kebabs at home, perhaps with some yoghurt to dip them in? I’m sure the children will love to show you how to make them. If you have any healthy snack ideas that you do at home and you think the children would enjoy please let us know.

We’ve also been busy making a mobile with lots of letters and numbers. The children helped to draw the numbers and letters and then cut them out. We haven’t put the mobile together yet but it will soon be hanging up in nursery. The children love using scissors and it is a great skill for them to have. It is quite a tricky concept to operate them and it is something that is very difficult to teach a child. They learn best through trial and error themselves. We often see the children merrily chopping up a piece of paper in to many tiny pieces, they don’t have an outcome in mind they just enjoy the process.

We have a few of the younger children who are starting to pull themselves up on things and gaining confidence on their feet, we have been providing lots of push along toys and activities at standing level for them to extend these skills. the older children enjoy playing with them and offering encouragement. 

Some of the older children have started to take part in Forest School with Lindsay (who used to work here), Lindsay is currently training to be a Forest school leader and every Wednesday for a few weeks will take a few of the children over to the woods to explore and discover. This is a great opportunity for them to observe nature, climb trees, go on bug hunts and use their imagination in a different environment. The children are really enjoying it, it will also give us more ideas for when we take the children over to the woods. I think next week they may be doing some den building.

Today the children had lots of fun in the hall, we kept the lights off so it was quite dark and gave all the children light up toys. They loved navigating their way around obstacles using their lights and watching the different colours and shapes the light up toys made.

We’ve been playing lots of dice games, a favourite is snakes and ladders, we find just using one counter works well as it makes the game shorter for the children encourages them all to count together and help each other if needed. If you would like to borrow any of our games please let me know, all we ask is that they come back with all the pieces still in them. All the children are familiar with our games and they’ll be able to tell you how to play them (i’m sure they will make sure they win too!).

Many thanks to the parents that have sent in photos and added comments to our observations envelope, this insight really is invaluable to your child and us in supporting your child.