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Let's Try To Keep The Germs Away!
We always teach the children to cough into the crook of their elbows to keep their hands clean and stop the spread of germs. As there are a lot of colds and coughs around we thought it would be good for everyone to practise this at home too.
This week we have been helping the children develop their listening skills. As part of this the children enjoyed a listening activity on the village green. Before leaving nursery we talked about things that good listeners do, for example, keep quiet and use their ears. We also thought about sounds we might hear.
Once on the green the children were encouraged to close their eyes and listen attentively. They were then asked what they could hear. Some of the things they heard were birds, cars, the wind, the other children playing on the nursery playground. We walked a little further on to the green and the children noticed that when they stepped on branches and twigs these made a noise. They also noticed the mud made a noise as they walked in it. Everyone enjoyed finding a patch of mud and making squelchy sounds with their boots.We then walked to the middle of the green and listened again. The children said they could hear an aeroplane, a helicopter and a door shutting. Someone even thought they heard a robot!
The children practised discriminating between different sounds, guessing what might be making each sound and describing the sounds they heard.
Jordans Post Office
This week there is a post office in our role play area. The post office is well stocked with paper, envelopes, stickers, labels, pens and a letter box. Everything the children need to write and post letters. Posting things in the letter box is a very popular activity and it is not always letters!
Some of the children made a Valentine card using a range of resources including hearts, flowers and all things pink! The children talked about who they loved and who loved them before placing the card in an envelope, addressing it with a little help and popping it in the post box. We were very impressed with the number of children who knew where they lived 'I live in Jordans.' ' I live at number 48' . 'My house has a 5 on the door.' Well done!
A Textured Polar Bear
Children were invited to make a polar bear. Before they started we talked about polar bears, where they come from and what their fur is like. The' children then felt the "fur" of a polar bear in our soft-to-touch book 'Snow Bear'. They thought the fur was "spiky". They then tried to recreate the "spiky fur" of the polar bear by using rice. They sprinkled "some” or "a lot of" rice, depending on how furry their bear was, over a gluey polar bear template. Once this was dry they glued their polar bear onto a black piece of paper and using paintbrushes and blue and white paints, they created a lovely blue polar sky as a background.
How to brighten up a radiator!
The children knew the shapes would stick to the radiator because they are magnetic and the radiator is metal. Clever children.
Reading In Spanish
The children were keen to read a Spanish book. Luckily Maria was able to oblige. She read the Spanish first and then translated the words into English. The children were fascinated to hear the different Spanish words and even tried to copy one or two 'luna', 'buenas'. Thank you Maria for a fantastic introduction to the Spanish language.
Happy Valentines Day
We have been busy doing lots of different heart shaped activities with the children for Valentines day. We talked about people who are special and who we love 'I love my mummy and daddy'. We painted hearts, made heart collages, made Valentines cards, heart suncatchers, threaded hearts and heart shaped jam sandwiches.
Our heart suncatchers are super simple but look really effective. The children used pre-cut red tissue hearts and pink tissue flowers, of different sizes. The heart suncatchers' centres were made of clear contact paper. The children stuck the flowers and hearts onto the contact paper. When they were hung on the windows they looked beautiful as the sun shone through them making the colours sparkle.
The children showed excellent hand-eye coordination when carefully threading string around and across a heart template. They thought about who they wanted to give their heart to and people special to them. 'All my family'.
We made jam sandwiches for snack on Valentines Day. The children used a heart shaped cutter to cut their bread. They then spread strawberry jam all over their bread using either a spoon or a knife. They thoroughly enjoyed their Valentines treat for snack.
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Hungry Little Minds
Your child's brain grows fastest during the first 5 years of life. As a parent, you play a huge role in feeding your child's mind and helping them to communicate. The government has launched an initiative called Hungry Little Minds which is designed to provide information and ideas to support your child's development at home. We hope you will find this information helpful and interesting. The website can be accessed via the following link: