We have continued to observe our caterpillars this week, watching them as they've grown bigger each day. We were very excited on Friday when 4 out of 5 had transformed into their cocoon stage! Not too long now until our butterflies will emerge! To support and extend this learning, we have shared various butterfly themed books, crafted butterflies at the art table, and completed life-cycle charts, helping children to develop an understanding of how things can grow and change over time.
School readiness is still an important focus area for us. This week, we set up our own 'school' with teddy-bears and an easel for learning! Through using puppets, the children were able to act out classroom experiences, and voice any concerns or questions they may have. To extend this further, we have continued to share school readiness stories during circle-time.
On Friday, we had fun using our feet to paint!!! We initially started by simply painting children's feet and encouraging then to make a single footprint, before then washing our feet and putting our shoes and socks back on. It was so popular though, that we needed a bigger canvas for our footprint painting! We moved to using a large roll of paper, and incorporated maths by counting how many steps were needed to get from the paint tray at the start, to the foot bath at the end! We also incorporated phonics, noting how many of the words we were using started with an 'S' sound - start, stop, steps, shoes, and smelly socks! We encouraged the use of adjectives, as children described what the paint felt like, 'tickly,' 'funny,' 'warm'. We also observed some lovely PSE skills, with children helping their friends to wash the paint off. Finally, taking our shoes and socks off, then putting them back on, was a great way to develop physical self-care skills and promote school readiness. A simple activity of painting feet, through the skill of staff to recognise and promote learning opportunities within play, led to learning in maths, phonics, communication and language, personal, social and emotional, and physical development! Wow!
Also popular this week has been water play both indoors and out, the sand tray, scented playdough that was used in the home corner kitchen, football games in the garden, and using the bikes and trikes.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Our children enjoyed the 'beach hut' this week and many spoke of previous experiences of the beach. At home, why not look at photos of days out or holidays you've enjoyed and encourage children to talk about these past events. What can they remember? What did they enjoy?