On Tuesday we enjoyed our animal fun day! All children were invited to join this fun filled session where we had animal themed arts and crafts, face painting, cake decorating, as well as a host of animal themed toys on offer. We also welcomed Kimmy’s mobile petting zoo. There was a leopard gecko, an Australian tree frog, a royal python, an incredibly fluffy chinchilla, a skunk, and a 10-week old baby racoon named Romeo. The children were given an introduction to each animal, told a little about where they come from and what they eat – and then encouraged to touch, feed, and even hold the animals… it was amazing to see how many children were brave enough to handle the snake, and a wonderful opportunity to educate children on how to care for animals.
On Wednesday we walked across to Harris and Hoole coffee shop to say thank you to them for their fundraising efforts this half term. The children did us proud, walking beautifully and then singing a number of their favourite songs to all of the coffee shop customers.
On Thursday we enjoyed getting the garden ready for our graduation ceremony. The children helped to weed the borders, water the flowers, and even sweep the sand and leaves into a big pile. Children love to feel helpful, so getting them to help with things like gardening can offer them a wonderful sense of achievement and help them to feel involved.
Finally, Friday was our graduation ceremony. We were incredibly proud to have an opportunity to celebrate the success of all of those children who will be leaving us next week and heading onto ‘big school.’ We have spent time this week talking about going to big school and reading books to help with the transition. The children did incredibly well as they took their turn to collect their certificates – we hope you enjoy looking over their learning journeys and see the incredible journey that each and every one of them has made over their time at Squirrels.
Words we have learned this week:
Capybara! The children were busy drawing pictures of their favourite animals during our animal fun day. One child declared their picture was of a capybara – so we looked at what this strange sounding animal actually was! (A large South American rodent!)
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
Why not get your child involved with helping you at home? By involving them in things like gardening, children learn that being helpful can give them a wonderful sense of achievement.
Inspired by our animal fun day, why not go on a local nature walk and see what wildlife you can find – there is an abundance of birds, bugs, and even bunnies, foxes and deer in the local area… just be sure to tell us all about your nature finds!