The children seemed mostly content to simply be in each other’s company again after a two week absence and to enjoy small group games. The Fishing game was particularly popular this week. The objective is to catch fish using a small magnetic rod. The game helps to encourage hand eye co-ordination, manual dexterity, colour recognition and turn taking, whilst very importantly being a lot of fun.
We managed quite a bit of time in the garden despite the enormous amounts of rain that fell this week. The children enjoyed creating leaf rubbings, mark making on the blackboard, blowing bubbles and lots of activity in the mud kitchen. This provides a timely reminder that we request that the children are sent to pre-school in clothes that are suitable for occasionally getting muddy or covered in paint. It is a shame to restrict the children's play and learning opportunities because they are reluctant to get their clothes wet or dirty.
This term we are focussing on a theme called “All about me”. We aim to support the children's personal, social and emotional development by looking at what makes us special. We have begun to create a “special tree” where the children are asked why they think they are special; the answers are written on a label and hung on the tree.
We have been talking about what it means for words to rhyme and have been reading many stories that have a good rhythm and flow to illustrate this.
Our Book of this half term is Goldilocks and the three bears. Do have a look at our display in the book corner which will be added to over time. The children will be acting out the story and doing a variety of activities around this theme.
Words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
Try some leaf, tree or texture rubbings by placing a piece of paper over the textured surface and rubbing a wax crayon over the top.
Try to think up rhyming words such as cat/hat, tree/sea etc