With the end of term swiftly approaching, many of our Squirrels will be heading off to big school soon. There are certain skills which will really help them to feel more confident when they’re at big school, one of which is to be able to dress themselves; this can include putting on their own coat and shoes, as well as getting changed ready for PE. This week we have been practicing getting changed into a PE kit – children are encouraged to do this as independently as they can, and it’s amazing how many who thing they can’t do this on their own, actually do incredibly well. Feeling sporty in our PE kits, we also took this opportunity to start practicing for our Sports Day on the 15th July – the garden was cleared to make way for our running races, practicing with our egg and spoon, and leaping through hula hoops!
Other important skills for big school include being able to listen, following instructions and taking turns; to help children develop these skills we have had lots of fun this week playing board games. The Lunch Box game proved particularly popular - four children have to race to collect six items of healthy food to put into their lunch boxes. Children had to listen to the game rules, and then take it in turns to each turn over and reveal a lunch box item. The children all did really well at this, with some children able to explain the rules to others and all children awaiting their turn patiently.
With the weather being less kind to us this week, and at times even stormy, we have had more time indoors. Still wanting a sense of the outdoors, the children decided to use an inside den as a tent and make campfires out of tissue paper and sticks. We were then able to huddle around our campfire, sing our campfire songs and keep warm! Other popular indoor choices have included the cars and garage – which in turn inspired some very impressive garages being built form our wooden building blocks. When the weather allowed, the cars were taken outside and ramps made to run them down.
Words we have learned this week:
- Camp fire
- Storm (thanks to the torrential downpours and thunder we have had this week!)
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
- If the weather is wet, why not make a den indoors and make up your own campfire songs? A simple blanket over a table can inspire all sorts of fun, with songs helping to develop communication skills.
- Help to encourage your child to dress and undress themselves – make this fun by having a dressing up box that they can explore.