We have had lots of fun playing with big and small hoops. The children have been practising rolling them and running after them to see how fast they go. It has been a week, filled with physical activity and games. Jolly Jo encouraged the children to move around a large floor space in the hall in different ways. The younger children focussed on moving like different animals and the slightly older children tried big and small steps, jumping skipping and running to pick up balls and put them in a box. The physical health benefits of these activities are obvious but they also encourage children to practise skills such as listening and following instructions, colour and shape recognition, spatial awareness and differentiating between sizes.
We enjoyed a lovely yoga session on Friday with Sarah who read the children the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt,' which we stretched and moved to in a variety of poses. The children were enthralled by this slightly different take on a well known and loved story.
Animals have also been popular this week. The children created the farm out in the garden and the zoo was set out indoors. It is interesting to observe that the children are very clear on which animals should be in a zoo and which are meant to be in the farm. They do not like to mix them.
At Squirrels we have a set of emotion stones. These create a fascinating introduction to talking about how we feel. The stones each have a picture of a face on them and we simply chat about what that child might be thinking, e.g. happy, sad, cross, frightened etc. We have been very impressed by the caring attitude of our children this term. There have been many new faces and some children have understandably struggled a little on first parting from their parents. It is lovely to see the concern and caring from the other children when someone is upset and they have been seen patting a child gently on the back, or saying “mummy back soon” or simply asking an adult why that child is upset. Happily we are all settling down now as the children have come to know us, but it has been lovely to witness the caring attitudes at Squirrels.
Many of the children have enjoyed using wooden domino bricks or their hands as mobile phones this week. It is fascinating to watch them imitate adults shouting into phones or saying yeh, yeh, yeh oh really!, yeh, yeh etc. It makes us think “Are we adults really that dull!!”
Words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this weeks fun at home:
Why not make different faces and ask your child what you are thinking eg happy, sad, scared etc. Then ask your child to do the same. You could draw faces also with mouths turned up or down. It is a great point of discussion and can been extremely funny.