Many of our children have started to show an interest in letters and words – so we’ve been exploring these at our drawing table and craft area; encouraging children to start linking these letters to their sounds and to search for letters from their name. We will extend this next week and play our silly soup game where we need to find items that begin with a certain sound - helping familiarise children with phonetics as they get ready for more formal phonics learning in reception.
Many of the seeds we planted have now started to grow, so we’ve had fun planting these
out into our growing area. We now have a collection of raspberry, strawberry, black currant, tomato, runner bean and butternut squash plants growing – hopefully we’ll have something ready for snack soon! We also thought our ‘bug area’ needed some attention so we’ve added new flowering plants in the hope that we may have butterflies visit us soon! The children enjoyed exploring the bug area, so we added clipboards and paper to encourage children to record their ‘finds’ by drawing pictures of them.
With bugs being so popular, our food focus this week was the fruit from the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Children loved having a choice of fruit, choosing from apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges. They cut these independently using child-safe knives, and then made their own ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ fruit salad for snack. This proved a very popular activity and led to lots of discussion on fruits that children like and why fruit is good for us.
Finally, we tried a different approach to carpet-time on Friday. Sometimes, to expect 26 children to sit and listen to the same story is too much; some children become uninterested and disrupt the story for others. So, on Friday the children were invited to choose from a choice of 2 books – we then split these 2 groups into different areas to listen to their chosen story. This worked really well, the smaller groups meant that children were better able to interact with the story and enabled us to better talk about the story.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
Having a choice, whether it’s choosing fruit at snack or a story to share, is important in teaching children that their opinions matter – so why not offer choices at home too? Let your child be involved in choosing the vegetables to have with dinner, or which direction to go during a walk. Having choice empowers children to become independent thinkers.