Another week has flown by, along with the wind today! What another successful week we have had, coming away from those grownups in the morning – only a few tears but then a cuddle and a chat about what we will be doing or what you will be doing later has stopped them! In the backpacks this week, you will find our visual timetable. This is exactly the same as the timetable we have displayed in the Nursery. Please share these with your families this weekend and tell them what each picture means. On Monday we will start using this a little more as we will be turning each one over as the day moves on - this will help those wobbly children. J
In the cabin this week, we played another game to learn, the RED Listening Rule that “Good Listening is looking at the person talking”. We have used our dressing up objects from last week, laid them out in a line and when your eyes were closed, I stole one away. Well done to those children who were able to spot which one was missing and a big well done to those of you who were able to keep those lips together and not shout out the answer – this is so hard when you are three! We have also learnt two new songs and dances – a Write Dance song of “We Can Do Anything” and a Maths song of “Funky Monkey Finger Dance” – I hope you have been singing and dancing to them at home as much as I have! We have been learning about the Number 1 - what Numicon 1 looks likes, hunting for Numicon 1 (can you remember where I hid them?), singing to Numicon 1 (Numicon 1, Numicon 1, Where Are You), showing Number 1 with objects and Bunny Ears. Phew – that is a lot of Number 1 work! During our circle time after lunch we have been singing to our Nursery Rhyme of the week “If You’re Happy and You Know It” but with a twist, we have added voice sounds and even begun singing and learning the actions to our own initial sounds! I wonder whether some of you may remember what your initial sound and action is?
Outdoors in Forest School, you have had all sorts of weather – sunshine, wind and our very first rainy day came! Can you believe how much water collects in the Mud Kitchen during and after the rain? So many wet mud pies were created. You had so much fun collecting and moving the muddy water from one part to the next. Connie is always the “Queen of the Mud” and she showed us all how to travel through the muddy puddles to ensure we are not splashing our friends too much. You must have taken this on board as we didn’t have that many muddy or wet socks and trousers that we normally do at this time of year. J In the afternoons, Mrs Allen has been showing you where to find the watering cans and how to fill them – now the fun really begins in the gully with a tool to transfer the water around. The pipes have created some fun play options too and it is always amazing to see the designs you create to make things move through the pipes. Planting seeds and watering them daily has also been on the job list and playing “Follow my Leader” around the Forest School is always a fun game to play and watch!
A reminder for parents, after lunch our circle time is outside in the Quiet Area whilst Mrs Franklin and Miss Checkley clear away after lunch and lay down beds/blankets. With the weather getting a touch cooler (nothing compared to what we experience!) please can you ensure that you send them in with a warm coat that you would be happy for them to wear to play outside. We always start with the expectation of them finding their own coat and putting it on themselves e.g. hood on head, find arms and the grownups will always help with those zips. Please support us by practising this at home, keep your hands in your pocket and allow them time to do – they all can, I have seen it! On another note, the water bottles (empty and full) are no longer needed as we are increasing the volume of water/milk we give the children on three different occasions throughout the day with an additional extra drink from a cup for those that request it. I am sure you will find some use for these at home or if you prefer, we can keep for them at nursery (like we do slippers/boots).
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Mrs Mander and the Nursery Team X