Following on from last weeks introduction to healthy eating - we extended this further and created a 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' themed posting activity, with children encouraged to feed the caterpillar all of the healthy foods. This provided a chance to focus on both sorting items, and building an awareness of healthy foods to eat.
This week, was 'Deaf Awareness Week' - we shared a circle-time discussion about what it means to be deaf, and how we can communicate using sign language. We learnt the signs for 'please' and 'thank you', as well as using Makaton signs with some of our favourite songs. We even learnt some of the letters from the alphabet.
The playdough has been as popular as ever. We've had a shift of furniture this week, so our playdough is now directly next to our home corner - this has inspired the children to use the playdough in the kitchen, cutting out cookies and cupcakes from dough, baking it in the oven, and serving it up in the kitchen.
We've had a focus on shapes this week. On Thursday we used a range of pre-cut shapes at the craft table to encourage children to arrange the shapes and to create their own pictures using the shapes. We then extended this further on Friday - sharing a story about 'Walter's Wonderful Web', where a spider tries a range of shapes to build his perfect web. This was then followed by a shape hunt around the room using a sheet to tick off all of the shapes we could find. Within this activity, an adult supported children's recognition and naming of various 2D shapes.
We've also focused on rhyming this week - sharing a rhyme based story at carpet-time and then inviting children to select an item from our rhyming bucket and try and find a word that will rhyme - we had some very interesting rhyming strings using both real words and non-words! This activity supports phase 1 phonics and helps children start to hear the sounds within words.
Popular small world play this week has included minibeasts, dinosaurs, trains and Happyland. We've also enjoyed plenty of time in the garden - with the mud kitchen always popular as children explore mixing mud, water, leaves and sticks to create their own wonderful creations! Balancing with our crates, and riding our bikes and scooters has also been popular.
Ideas to continue the learning at home
Why not watch some Makaton clips on-line and see if you can learn the signs to a favourite song. We've added one of our favourites via the link below...
Singing Hands: The Wheels on the Bus - Makaton Sign Language - YouTube