Well today was a little quieter than normal with a few absences.... but we had some great fun!
Lots was taking place around the room - I think the children are enjoying the changes we've made - always good to shake things up a bit!
At one point this morning, I looked around the room and every single child was totally and completely engaged in their play, whether it was block building, pattern making with the ribbons, running cars down their home made slopes, reading, looking through photo books, in the sand, playing with babies..... the list goes on!!
There was a feeling of total calmness in the room mixed with the excited chatter that only the under 5's can produce!! It was definitely a feeling I would like to be able to capture and keep - and bring out on a stressful Monday morning when I'm trying to get my own children out the door, and get ready for work!!
So the plan is..... get the children to bed, make a cup of tea (or a glass of wine/beer), put your feet up and view the photographs.... maybe some of that feeling can wash over you and you can get a sense of what today was like for us.... Have fun!!
This morning Bea led a PE group with the children in the school hall. Those that chose to got changed ready for an active session. We started by moving around the room like a variety of animals - snake, elephant, kangaroo, cat, turtle, lion, tiger, crab!
Then we split into two groups and used the beams to balance, slither and move backwards! Great fun!!
Lastly, we arranged an obstacle course - the children balanced on a narrow beam and rolled down the mats.... then over to the sloping beam balancing upwards, over the horse and sliding down the beams!!
Everyone had a great time and we were all really tired at the end! It was fantastic to use Bea's skills as a PE teacher to engage the children and try something new!
This afternoon, it was time for a move around.... will the help of the children we have rearranged some of our learning areas - a shake up is often another good chance to try
Well it was great to get back after our sudden and expected closure on Thursday and Friday! We are pleased to report that the leak has been fixed and all water supplies are in good working order - and the toilets even flush better!!
The children all arrived in good spirits and we had a great registration, each child said good morning and talked about why they were feeling happy today! There were some lovely replies and helped us start the week on a high note!
Throughout the morning we carried out a variety of activities from water play to sand cakes, to animals (and blocks of course!), to singing, dancing, 'copy me' movements, painting, trains and cars...... (and I've probably forgotten a few things too!
We have also had a moon tray with stones, moon dust and astronauts, which has captured the children's imagination. Today we talked about all the things we would need to take for a trip to the moon (ice cream and chips were top of the list!) and then drew our own rocket pictures, which will soon be displayed. We finished the day by sharing our ideas about aliens, how many arms, eys and legs they might have and what colour they might be - I wonder where else our space theme might take us???? I feel the urge for some more papier mache!!
Congratulations and be prosperous!!!
We have be exploring the celebrations surround the Chinese New Year and the Chinese zodiac. This morning 'Zoolab' visited with some animals, (unfortunately the 'dragon' was a bit bad tempered today and so was unable to visit) and talked about the traditional story surrounding the animals on the Chinese Zodiac - which animals made it onto the calendar - and some that did not. If you are not familiar with this story, please take a look at our display.
The children enjoyed the experience of meeting a snake, rat, rabbit, toad, snail, and cockroach and were very brave in choosing which ones they wanted to stroke! Do have a look at the pictures.....
After zoolab, we coloured in our own river and displayed the animals in the order that they won the swimming race! Some of the children attempted writing numbers so we could remember their order, and others remembered their favourite part of the story.
We will be following this theme throughout the week, watching lion dancing, making our own dragons, lanterns and much more!
What an exciting start to the term!!!
Here is a really good example of how diverse our time at pre-school can be!
On Thursday one of the children found a lovely non-fiction book about children in Africa and before long all the girls (and Katharine!) had braids in their hair, and a lovely conversation ensued about how long it would take to put the braids in, whether the children would keep them in overnight while they slept - and of course, how pretty they were!!
On Friday the children decided to use the drainpipes to create tunnels and roads for the cars, this became a fantastic problem solving activity and they worked out which incline would make the cars go the fastest! and how to catch them at the end.
These two scenarios couldn't have been more different and yet both gave rise to some wonderful experiences, conversation and discoveries. Take a look at the pictues!!
Have a great half-term. See you all on 18th ready for Zoolab!
Today was a Truly Terrific Tuesday!!
Unfortunately, we have several children off ill with temperatures and colds..... so it was a very small group today! This morning 5 children went for a Weekly Walkabout while the others stayed behind and enjoyed a story with Jill Rowe (Children's and Youth Minister).
The Walkabouters enjoyed a stroll to the village shop, exploring plants and flowers on the way. Once at the shop we purchased some bread for snack and then stopped off briefly at the park before returning to pre-school for fruit and toast!!
After snack several children went outside while others continued with the very popular new blocks and animals.
These really are such fantastic resources that enable the children to learn, improve, challenge, share, think, investigate and enjoy all areas of the curriculum.
We made a fairy castle, London, a bridge, a rocket, a spaceship, matched up blocks into pairs and zig-zagged them across the carpet!!
After lunch, only 7 children remained but everyone spent a busy afternoon exploring 6 different areas! One was doing puzzles, two were having a quiet moment in the cupboard (designed for this purpose I might add!!- without a door and a nice fit for a small child!), one was exploring the stickle bricks, one was in the sandpit, and one was having a cuddle with Marion. The overall atmosphere was one of total calm, enjoyment and fun! Now the enjoyment and fun is an everyday occurence - I'm not so sure about the 'calm' though!!
On Friday, we receive our new consignment of 'Schleich' animals!! These are a fantastic range of anatomically correct animals which are also comparable in size. These means that they have all the apporpriate body parts, moulding, pads, hooves, fur, leather-look, manes, etc. and also the fox is smaller than the baby donkey, the tiger is smaller than the horse, and the bull is bigger than the cow. The horses even have horseshoes complete with nails!! There might be some interesting conversations as the children explore and investigate the features of each male and female animal - but so far we have have looked at their teeth, their feet and their size, lining them up, piling them up, making enclosures, talking about where they live and what they would eat.
In fact, this has been the focus of most of our day today!! Well worth the investment!! Thank you to all the children for their curiousity, excitement and interest!! I wonder what we will investigate tomorrow.