Here’s some of the exciting things we’ve been up to at nursery:
As it is Valentine’s tomorrow we’ve been talking about who we love and what makes those people special. This is quite a difficult concept for the children to grasp, they find it easy to tell us who they love and who is special but asking “why” gives them something else to think about. We’ve all been sharing who is special to us and have told them why and through doing this the children have started to tell us what makes people special to them. Some of you have had a little note in with a valentines biscuit which will make a lovely read for the recipient. We’ve also only allowed the children to make and decorate one biscuit, this helps with their decision making and encourages them to take more time on the process, it has been lovely to see many children have chosen to make their biscuits for their siblings. Some children have also made Valentines Day cards, they had some great ideas, one child asked me to help him work out a way to make his heart “pop out” in the middle, others have chosen specific colours as they are a favorite of the recipient. It’s lovely to see the children taking so much care and effort over something and seeing how they think of what the other person will like, that’s quite a skill for a 2,3,4 year old. Have a chat with your child about why they are special and see if they can give you some reasons why others are special too.
We’ve had a messy time at nursery this week- we’ve been exploring gloop (cornflour and water), we had different objects in the gloop to scoop it and manipulate it. Some of the younger children decided to climb right in and explore it with their whole body. Not only is this a really fun activity it encourages curiosity and is great for both large and fine motor skills. If you’re feeling brave and have some cornflour in the cupboard, then give it a go (Warning- can get very MESSY!). After gloop we got out the water, the younger children enjoyed climbing in and splashing about and blowing bubbles with our bubble wand. The older children poured and filled with different containers- Seeing which they could fit the most in, which was the heaviest, seeing how the containers floated when empty but sunk when filled. Any sort of old containers are an ideal toy at bath time- you could even try some of different material- why not put in a small cardboard box and let the children see what happens?
We’ve had fun in language group with Hayley- we’ve been recapping all of our letter sounds in various different games, our favourite was when we got out the letter beanbags and got to throw them in to a box that Hayley was holding (it was also quite funny when the beanbags got Hayley!) We had to find the letters in our name and throw those ones in and then tell Hayley the letter before throwing it. We’ve also been recapping all of our Jolly Phonics songs- these can be found on youtube, if you search “Jolly phonics”. Why not sit with your child and find some songs on youtube, encourage them to use the mouse to select a song ( please ensure Youtube is only used under full supervision of an adult).
Number group- I’ll keep this to a minimum this week and had best watch what I say!! We’ve enjoyed using the scales to measure heavier and lighter objects and we also used the scales to weigh our ingredients to make our biscuits. If you’re off to a park this weekend, have a go on the seesaw and see who is heavier/lighter and see what difference it makes. Hopefully the children who join in number group will be able to predict what will happen, let me know if you manage to try this. It would be interesting to know if the children are extending their knowledge to different scenarios.
We’ve been doing lots of dancing at nursery to a variety of different music (Frozen seems to be out of favour recently, which is a shock to us all). We’ve been exploring different ways to move to the different music and seeing how we can move our different body parts to the beat.
We’ve had quite a few new faces joining us over the past weeks, all the children have been very welcoming and have been excited to meet new friends.
We’re also a bit sad this week as it’s time for us to say goodbye to our student Sarah, Sarah has been with us for a few months and the children think she is brilliant (as do we). Sarah is very sad to go and has promised to come back and visit. She has made a yummy cake as a treat for the children on her last day today. We have had another student start with us this week, Allie, the children are all getting to know her and are enjoying playing with her and sharing their knowledge and ideas with her.
Please remember to check your child’s drawer every day as they often put things they have made in there and sometimes invites and things are put in there too.
We’ve had a couple of cases of chickenpox at nursery, most of the children here have already had it but if you notice any spots then please let us know. If your child does have chickenpox we ask that they are kept off until the spots have scabbed over and they are well in themselves. You can find more information out about chickenpox on the NHS website- http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chickenpox/Pages/Introduction.aspx