With mini-beasts so popular, we were very excited that our caterpillars arrived this week! A pot of 5 very small caterpillars arrived on Thursday, which we will observe as they grow and transform into butterflies! The children showed lots of interest and asked questions, including, 'how long will they be caterpillars?' 'What do they eat?' And, 'when will the butterflies hatch?' To help answer some of these questions, we shared the story, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', using story props to help us.
We were excited on Wednesday to be joined by Louise from 'Phonics with Robot Reg' - continuing to learn our key sounds through a range of songs and games. This week we focused on the 'I' and 'P' sounds. It was lovely to note how the children could recall the sounds and songs from a previous session where we focused on the 'A' and 'S' sounds.
On Thursday, the children decided they wanted to be superheroes! Much cutting and sellotaping later, many of the children had helped make and decorate their own superhero masks. We extended this further during carpet time, sharing the story, 'Super-boy' and discussing what superhero powers we all have!
On Friday, the children were inspired by sea creatures! Many children joined in with making and decorating a range of fish and jellyfish, using card, paper plates, tissue paper, and other craft provisions.
We have also focused on school readiness. We shared the story, 'Colour Monster Goes to School' and used colour monster mood cards to then discuss how we felt about going to school. Many of the children were happy - thinking there will be exciting new toys to discover. Some were sad, voicing they were scared. And others said they felt 'mixed' - not quite sure how they felt. This led to a question and answer session, where children asked a range of questions about what big school might be like.
Other popular activities this week have included, the hairdresser role play, building with mobilo and octoplay, the farm and train small world, and water play in the garden.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Those getting ready for school - remember what a big step this is! Start a conversation about starting school and allow children to ask questions they may have. We have some helpful ideas on our website to support this exciting transition...
Microsoft Word - School Ready Talk (squirrelspreschool.com)