What a great week back... we returned full of enthusiasm, energy and a renewed passion to explore, engage and experiment!
One big change we have made or this term is in relation to our bikes, scooters and tricycles. We have a wonderful selection of all sizes, styles (and speeds) which all the children enjoy.... there are push alongs, 3 seaters, scooters, pedal trikes, a Ben Hur chariot, a trailer bike, a medium and a large tricycle, a taxi bike, a rowing bike, a foot twister and a hand pedalling bike!
When thinking about the development benefits of wheeled toys, there are too many to list (and you might find it a bit boring - so I won't 😉😉) however, the benefits which can ONLY to attributed to these resources are perhaps scooting and pedalling!!! And we don't need our children to be practicing these skills for hours and hours do we?..... And so we decided to limit their use and engage the children elsewhere... for some, this was bound to be a challenge... but one we felt was worth attempting and trying to do in a very positive and clear way.... and so the Traffic Light system was born...... here's how it works....
Each Monday, each child's photograph is displayed on the AMBER square.... amber for get ready!
When choosing to ride, the child is supported in moving their photograph to the GREEN square... green for go! You can ride until it's tidy up time.
At tidy up time (11.30 and 2.30) the children's photograph is moved to the RED square.... red for stop! No more riding!
Until the next week, of course!
With only a few reminders to check where their picture is, each child has embraced this scheme completely, no complaining, no repeatedly asking for the bikes AND so much more has been observed!
This week the children, when playing outside, have made a house, created a building site, made up their own games, played chase, built a castle, an Octopod, watched the aeroplanes and helicopters overhead, played football, constructed guns and shooters, counted stones, hula hooped, balanced bricks, drawn with chalk, used the diggers in the sand, made sand cakes...... and hundreds of other things! It's been truly amazing and I know that the children have had a ball..... and nearly every child has experienced something new this week.... and that's what it is all about 🙂.... learning through play? Absolutely! And we love it.
Have a super long weekend... see you on Tuesday... watch out for the next newsletter to be issued in the next few days, with exciting news of our forthcoming event.