During these first few days, we have kept our activities very simple whilst we learn what our current cohort of children enjoy and what interests they have that we can then follow.
The garden, as ever, is popular, and many of our children have enjoyed the new look summer house with its new 'construction zone' theme. We have extended this to include a tuff tray of sand and water to act as cement.
The mud kitchen remains popular, with children exploring the various 'ingredients' they can add to make mud pies and leaf soup! We have observed some lovely friendships beginning to emerge, as children work together to add ingredients and stir their mixtures.
The bikes and scooters have also been a firm favourite with many of our children this week - our car, red bike, yellow bike, scooter, motorbike and 'the wiggler!' Why not ask your child which they've enjoyed?
Indoors, we have explored various sensory materials, including, making our own playdough, tipping and pouring in our water tray, and using scoops within a rice themed tuff tray. The paint has also been popular, with lots of children exploring the different colours - some using a paintbrush, others eager to explore with their hands!
Our focus story for the first few weeks will be a book entitled, 'Owl Babies'. This is a lovely tale of 3 young owls who wake to find their Mummy has gone. They wonder where she's gone, with the baby owls seeking comfort from each other. Unsurprisingly, Mummy owl does return and reminds them that Mummy will always come back, This story helps to remind those who have been a little wobbly this week, that Mummies, Daddies, Nannies or Grandads will always come and collect them at the end of the day.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
We've loved sharing our focus story at Squirrels this week, so why not share a favourite book at home too? Promoting a love of reading and sharing books daily is a key part of supporting a child's language development. We're always happy to lend our books, so if you'd like some new books to share at home - please just ask (we have a selection of dual language books we can lend too)