Today, we thought we saw a mouse!! Was is brown? or was is white? Which way did it go? Is it under the cupboard??????
Having captured the mouse and after everyone had a gentle stroke, we managed to keep him/her safe in Marion's paperwork box! The children used quiet and friendly voices so that the mouse didn't get scared. The torches helped us look under the cupboards in case there were any more mice hiding anywhere!
The mouse looked a little bit sad in Marion's box so we decided to see if we could make it a house. The children designed wooden houses, small ones, tall ones, ones with windows, would it like a house like mine?
This afternoon we made our own mice out of plasticine, the whiskers were the best part! Have a look on our display (or under the website photographs) to see what we made!!
Don't forget there is no pre-school tomorrow (26th October) and we return after half-term on 5rth
Another week - another Wednesday! And where do the children find so much energy from?????
Another group got the opportunity for a Wednesday Walkabout today - we walked right around the village, looking at all the colours on the trees, we talked about 'evergreen' and 'deciduous' and decided which trees would come under which category... It's was lovely to hear the little ones trying to pronounce 'DECIDUOUS'!!!
We walked all along the back of the park and found some lovely sticks (everybody needs to have a stick when you are on a walk!), some where long, some were short, some were small, and some were just too big to fit in our pockets! They made some lovely sounds as they were dragged along the railings around the park - so lovely we had to walk around twice! (and the child without a stick used their hand - and that was good too!)
Back in pre-school, the children explored all the sounds that they could make with the musical instruments, such a great range, banging, shaking, blowing, rattling, loud and soft.......
The children also decided that while some were off on their Wednesday Walkabout the other children could be baking something delicisous to share at snack time! What a great idea - I wonder what we'll make first??
Our lovely new room divider arrived this afternoon, which we will use to create a Quiet Corner where a small group can 'retire' with an adult for some more focussed activities where the other children will know not to disturb them. This has already been working well but with a more visual reminder we know that we can continue working with small groups, particularly with listening games, sounds discr
Another Terrific Tuesday!! We had a mum stay for a play this morning (why not try it yourself??) and it was lovely....
Our focus this term has been on communication and language, so there have been lots of opportunities for small group discussions, listening, responding and making links between what others say and your own life.... leading to some interesting conversations.
Throughout the day these are some of the things we have been doing.....
mark making, name writing and chalk drawings
spot the difference - animal tails!
name the shape - what shapes can you see around you?
SNAP! things that go
marble run towers
balancing beam construction
computer games - cause and effect
sand pit, cakes, pies and castles!
Ice-cream shop - mine's a chocolate one please!
round and round the garden...... TICKLY UNDER THERE!!
and I'm sure there are some things that I've forgotten!!
Look out for Bag2school and Welly Waddle sponsor forms in your child's book bag this week.....
What sort of things do you enjoy doing with your child at home??? Do let us know!!
It was such a busy day today!! and what fun we all had too. First thing the children had fun with the marble run (which you have to stack and build first!). I think the children enjoyed building their towers more than rolling the marbles!! Threading, cutting, animals and the garage all had busy little groups sharing, taking turns, thinking about spaces and developing those all important communication skills.
In our quiet corner (where we do not like to be disturbed......) small groups and individuals came along throughout the day to spend time with an adult on....
Followed by ALL the children joining in with a Ten Pin Bowling Competition!! Everyone had a change to bowl - and everyone achieved either a SPARE or a STRIKE!! Amazing!!
We finished the afternoon with a brisk march outside, following the leader..... and then a run around, RED, AMBER, GREEN.... back inside for a circle time "My daddy's name is....., what is your daddy's name?, my hair is brown....., what colour is your hair?, my trousers are blue....., what colour are your trousers. Amazing listening skills!! Well done all!!
It’s our Wednesday Walkabout, walkabout, walkabout, It’s our
Wednesday Walkabout, I wonder what we’ll see……
This morning Nicky and Katharine took half the children out on a ‘Wednesday Walkabout’ around the village. Photographs are on display in pre-school.
First job was to remember all our rules - holding hand, not walking on kerb, no running, listening – switch on your ears before we leave!
We stopped to explore all the things the children found interesting…..
the post box, the keyhole on the postbox (the postman must have a key you know!),
we avoided the stinging nettles,
we found lots of leaves and puddles to jump in (it’s a good job we all had our wellies on!)
We found lots of numbers especially on the dustbins.
The children chose to go ‘under’ or ‘around’ the bars in The Gap – they all had a go at swinging!
We talked about what the water hydrant signs are for and what the numbers tell us
We wondered where the steps in North Street went to so we decided to explore them after we had visited the shop
We went into the shop – everyone said good morning!
We saw the postman’s van
Up the steps – everyone counted the 8 steps.
As we walked down the path we were very excited to come across a group of chickens and ducks in a garden!
The children were very surprised when we ended up by the park and we agreed to come back to play another day…..
MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH…….
Marion and Natasha held a games event and the children enjoyed a variety of board games in a quiet environment with no other distractions!!
Snack was well deserved and enjoyed by all, followed by Jill’s Bible story.
This afternoon the weather had brightened up and our select afternoon children enjoyed some outdoor play before story and hometime!
We had a very busy day as usual today…. some groups enjoyed playing the ‘Animal Sounds’ CD game – can you find the animal which is making this noise? Great for listening and concentration skills!! Meanwhile, small group storytime meant Marion could discuss the story, pictures and encourage the children to really get inside the stories – as well as those all-important language and communication skills, the children enjoy a cuddle and some special time….. building and towers were a favourite as well today, with giant blocks and small blocks to build, balance and the suspense until they fall over!
This afternoon we all enjoyed some outside play until the rain came just as it was time to tidy up… how convenient…. Back inside for some singing and dancing before a story and home time.
Tomorrow, the train journeys begin….. I wonder where we will
Today has been about trains.... train..... and even more trains...... the children have explored the train tracks and carriages. We had a great discussion about all the areas of a train station, and made our own trains deciding where they would go, how fast and what we would see on the way!!
In addition, we have been creating patterns with the beads and peg boards, threading necklaces, puzzles, sandcastles, developing cutting and sticking skills (stick your object not the paper!), exploring sounds and listening skills as well as lots of role- and imaginary play!!
Have a look at the latest photographs to see what we have been upto!!
We have had another lovely week, lots of learning opportunities as the children have explored role-play, painting, water play, sand play, singing, instruments, exploring books, sorting, naming, taking turns, ..... and lots more!!!
After 'wake up, shake up' today the children returned to pre-school and re-enacted their own circle time!! Each taking a turn to be the 'teacher' sitting on the chair, singing 'what a star', asking what fantastic thing each of their friends has been doing, and 'pretending' to give out stickers (although I'm sure a few disappeared........).
Are you interested in what 'learning' takes place during this type of play? well, if so, read on....
These are some of the areas of learning which we link in as we observe the children in similar situations....
Seeks out others to share experiences
Keeps play going by responding to what others are saying or doing
Welcomes & values praise for what they have done.
Shows interest in play with sounds, songs& rhymes.
Has some favourite stories, rhymes, songs, poems or jingles.
Joins in with repeated refrains & anticipates key events & phrases in rhymes & stories.
Joins in singing favourite songs.
Notices what adults do, imitating what is observed & then doing it spontaneously when adult is not there
Plays co-operatively as part of a group to develop & act out a narrative
It's lovely to watch - not only for the learning aspect - but because the children so clearly enjoy being part of this routine and experience!! Have you given us a 'Celebration Star' yet? If you're not sure what to write then please just ask....
Watch this space for videos next week! see us in action 'What a star!'
New photographs have been posted.... do have a look, as you can see the day today has involved...
fine motor skills - using tweezers to move the 'beans'. Who can move the most in the quickest time?
card making - from our celebration box, birthdays, get well, I Love You - which will you choose?
dolls house - is it really big enough for me? the children enjoy playing chase through the giant doll's house!!
This afternoon we had a 'Tuesday Trekabout' - out on the field, rolling down the hill - what better way to spend a glorious afternoon?? Even Katharine had a go!!
Back to pre-school - follow the lines...... up, down, left, right, marching, balancing - don't fall off........