In the paint area we added some different materials such as plastic objects and card so that the children could make some unusual prints on paper. Some of these are displayed on the walls so that we can try to guess what made the patterns.
Our book of the week was called “Going on a bear hunt”. We have enjoyed acting this story out by walking around the garden, swishing through leaves, splashing through imaginary rivers and searching the cave for bears. Many of the children made telescopes and binoculars and wore explorer helmets to help with looking for the bear.
The children have been learning mathematical skills this week. Compare bears are small coloured different sized bears that are ideal for weighing, sorting, counting and introducing positional language. This has been a very popular activity and the bears have turned up in all kinds of unusual places being counted or sorted.
Measuring was introduced in another way as children's height has been measured and put onto our giraffe height chart. It will be interesting to see how much they grow during their time at Squirrels.
Other activities have included, drawing shapes in shaving foam, building work in the construction area wearing hi- visibility jackets, making a poster for the coffee morning,
paint mixing, board games and completing giant floor puzzles in groups.
On Friday we ended the week with a welcome coffee morning combined with the Macmillan fund raising event. Thank you to all of those parents who made cakes and donated to this very worthwhile cause. Parents were able to meet Joanne who is our fundraising chairperson and will also be running the new Little Squirrels toddler group
beginning after half term. Volunteers are needed for the fundraising committee and there will be a list placed in the foyer this week if you would like to put your name down.
Words we have learned this week.
Describing words: such as swishy swashy, stumble trip and whoooo oooo from the story of Going on a Bear Hunt. These help children to understand how language can
explain what is happening – very important for story telling in the future.
Ideas to continue this weeks' fun at home:
Make telescopes for exploring from rolled up card or tubes. Make a map of the area you live in and try to follow the directions. Keep it simple eg picture of Tesco's, your house
and the road in between with a few landmarks to look out for such as a tree.