On Tuesday mornings we are lucky to be able to use the larger hall for sporting activities run by Jo, who the children know as Jolly Jo during those sessions. Jo, accompanied by another member of staff, takes small groups in to the hall and they play a variety of games to aid mobility, colour matching, turn taking, hand/eye co-ordination, listening and speaking skills, and above all to have fun.
We hope to be able to extend these sessions to other days but we have to rely on the large hall being free. Many of the games however, can be played in the Squirrels garden in order to give all the children the opportunity to take part.
The children have been learning to mix their own paint this week. They have free access to the powder paint and water and many other craft materials. We aim to encourage the children to be independent under supervision, and to learn to make their own choices. Paint mixing helps the children to understand how textures and products can change by adding something else. This acts as an introduction to scientific experiments and processes.
There has been a lot of rain this week and the children have been talking about puddles and making rain pictures. We will extend this next week by making boats and doing experiments in floating and sinking.
The children have also made hedgehogs by using scissors to snip around a hedgehog shaped piece of paper in order to create the prickles. Scissor skills aid hand/ eye coordination and help to develop those muscles in the hand that are so important for writing and using equipment such as tools.
On Friday we were sad to say goodbye to Meren who has been working with us for a few weeks. Meren is doing a Masters degree in teaching in Germany and has been working with us to gain experience and an understanding of our pre-school system in England. We said goodbye during a dinosaur and teddy bears picnic which was the children's idea. We taught the children to say ‘Danke’ (thank you) and ‘Tschüss’ (see ya or goodbye) in German.
Ideas to continue the fun at home:
It is always nice to continue the weeks’ activities at home so that you can share some of the children’s new skills and ideas.
Why not try some of our rain pictures. Use a wax crayon to draw rain drops and then paint over the top with a watery paint and see what effect you can create.
Words we have learned this week:
Danke (thank you in German)
Mixing (in relation to paint mixing)