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Dancing Babies

Babies

The babies have enjoyed lots of music and dancing this week. In fact so have I! We all had amazing fun dancing round the room with ribbons and scarves and at sleep time imagine our surprise when one of our babies started to do the actions and  sounds to the Agadoo song , in fact we were so surprised that we asked his parents at picking up time who weren't surprised at all and said that mum dances to it round the kitchen at home which we thought was brilliant!

They had fun playing with cooked pasta and enjoyed squelching it between their fingers and mixing the different colours  between the bowls and learning to use their fingers to pull it apart.

There was also lots of role play going on with the dollies as babies, they were trying to dress them and put nappies on them and rock them to sleep mimicking the staff.

The signs of the week were please and thank you so if your babies look as if they are blowing kisses  at you they could be saying please or they could just be blowing kisses!

 

 

 

Jungle

 

Jungle room has looked like just that this week they did mud painting which has formed the base for their investigation table which has acorns, moss, bark conkers and all things autumnal. The children loved exploring the different textures and smells and said the conker shells were ouchy!

They have made a beautiful tree display with handprint hedgehogs , leaf prints and conker rolling by mixing different shades of yellows, oranges and browns giving the room a warm welcoming feeling.

And it hasn't stopped there if you look in the water tray you will find leaves and conkers there as well so they can experiment to see which sinks and floats which they found absolutely fascinating and enjoyed screwing up the soggy leaves in their hands and comparing the textures to the dry crispy leaves teaching them to understand the world around them.

 

 

Castle

Continuing the autumn theme castle room have turned their whole room into an enchanted wood. The role play area is covered in leaves and twigs and pretend spider webs and pine cones not to mention acorns which we found a child carrying around in their sock as they didn't want to relinquish them! They made sorting activities out of the various leaves and there is a leaf chart on the wall where they can match their leaves.

We made a train out of the chairs and sang a song of their choice at every station although they were happy just taking turns being the driver and making the engine noises faster and slower  using their arm movements to match the speed of the  train. They extended this activity themselves and went away to the drawing area and made tickets for the train and started to sell them to their friends for pretend money.

You may also be receiving a clay hedgehog  made by their own fair hands, they loved moulding the clay to make the shapes they wanted and then stuck a varied amount of small twigs to create the spikes, but I have to say they look amazing and you will receive them when they have dried.

You also might like to look at the family tree that is growing nicely at the back of the classroom with all your wonderful pictures on.

Until next week.

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Superhero Autumn!

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Babies

Well this week I walked into babies and to my surprise they were all dressed up like miniature adults. They were in fact learning to dress and undress themselves only in their enthusiasm they had piled all the clothes on at once and I had trouble finding out who was underneath!

Another favourite game of theirs this week was playing peek a boo under a blanket where they all stood round waiting their turn and after a ready steady go prompt they hid under the blanket and pulled it off again laughing hysterically this was until one of the babies realised I was using their comforter and then I had to return it rather quickly and use one of our blankets instead.

They have been learning to kick a ball and I have found out they are very good at dribbling in more ways than one! One little girl let out shrieks of delight as she dribbled the small soft ball across the floor , sometimes it was more luck than judgement but she was absolutely thrilled.

As I mentioned last week  some of our babies were learning to walk up and down the steps in baby garden and guess what! This week two of our babies have mastered it. So to sum up if over the weekend your baby starts to dress up in your clothes or hides under the blanket you know who to blame!

 

Jungle

As autumn has come among us we are teaching the children about the seasons and their changing environment and they have been collecting leaves and conkers and bark and made a show and tell table of them looking at the variation of colours and shapes. They then used these to do leaf painting and prints to decorate their classroom which is now looking very autumnal with rich beautiful colours.

One of our amazing grandads in jungle room made us a latches and catches  board which has light switches and real lights and all sorts of doors and fascinating gadgets on  and is really fun to learn about technology on. When it was installed the children all gathered round  and pulled and pressed and explored the board and were particularly impressed with the on and off light switch as was I , I have to say! Thank you grandad.

Our toddlers have also been practising being budding architects and engineers by making wonderful creations out of boxes. These can be seen on display outside jungle room. The children had greatb fun learning to put the boxes together and decorate them in colours of their choice, they really are a sight to be beheld. When talking about their creations we found out that one was  a castle, another one was a car , but my favourite comment was ' I'm making boxes'! Brilliant, and so was the model that she had made.

 

Castle

You may have noticed castle room has followed the childrens interests of superhero play this week . Even the home corner was turned in to a superhero headquarters and to get to it they had to climb through spider webs made of string and try not to touch the string. This really captured the children's imagination and soon we had children coming in dressed as superheros , play dough made of superhero colours which I've been reliably informed by a pre-schooler are red, blue and green apparently, they even made their own superhero characters and hid them in the sand and then challenged each other to find them and then measure them using number blocks.

And finally the giant snail was named ! I had the  great privilege of being invited to pick the name out of a bowl complete with drumroll and the name that was picked was Richard! So now we have two Richards in Castle room so I think we will have to shorten it to Ricki! The snail that is not the member of staff! Talking of the member of staff he has created  a water wall outside which is taking shape  nicely and is the beginning of what we hope will be a very successful outdoor project

The sign of the week was stop this week so apologies again if your little ones practice this all weekend .

 

 

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Ice Creams and Lollies

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Babies

Babies have been kindly donated a play kitchen this week by one of our old parents. When it was first put in the baby room they all eyed it warily as if it was going to do something on its own. When however they realised that it wasn't going to move across the room to them they all started to approach it and it wasn't long before with the key persons support they were pretending to make cups of tea and cook and even started to pretend to feed each other mimicking the staff much to their amusement.

Bubbles of all sorts of sizes were the order of the week, the more the merrier and the bigger the better and the children delighted in watching them float and saying the word 'pop' as they poked them with their fingers and they disappeared into thin air.

They had great fun with the plastic balls rolling them around and trying to hold them in their tiny hands without dropping them, one child managed to pick up three until she dropped one and then dropped another one when picking that up and so it went on but the look of pride on her face when she finally had all three in her arms again was priceless until she got distracted by the soft play and dropped all three on the journey to explore the mountainous soft steps and crawl throught the long never ending tunnels.

 

 

Jungle Room

Jungle have been making play doh on sticks this week and the children have been pretending they are ice creams and lollys. Like ice creams and lollies they fell off their sticks quite quickly to the childrens amusement so they soon turned them into ball like creatures that rolled around the table and sausages for the home corner so the next day we extended this activity by providing pots and pans and utensils for the play dough and the result was lots more sausages and quite a lot of pizza!

Music and dance has been a big part of their physical learning this week and they were having lots of fun dancing to music with balloons and started to imitate the balloons with floaty movements to the music and that was just the staff! The children copied their movements and we soon had a musical follow my leader game going on which all enjoyed.

 

 

Castle Room

Castle have turned their home corner into the bears cottage this week for the story of Goldilocks. I was even invited in there for some porridge in mummy bears bowl. I was told daddy bears bowl was too big for me! They had great fun acting out the story and were able to remember it and retell it. We then had a puppet show in there through the cottage window which captivated the others.

The tuft tray was turned into the bear hunt with lots of grass and twigs and water for them to slosh through and hidden in the greenery were small bears which they had great fun finding.

They have been experimenting by painting with different objects such as bottle tops and used various colours to decorate their bear faces some took the bottle tops off to do this and others kept the tops on so that they could use the plastic bottle to hold it and use it as a stamp.

Their favourite game this week is Honey bear which they are asking to play every day, for those of you that don't know how to play it the children sit in a circle and one child pretends to be the bear asleep in the middle and by his side he has a jar of honey. A child is chosen to creep into the middle and take the honey and then the bear wakes up and has to guess who has the honey behind their back. This is all done to a repetitive rhyme which Im sure the children will share with you if you ask them and then you wont be able to get it out of your head either! This activity promotes good listening, turn taking and good waiting skills and most of all its fun so why not try it at home.

 

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Snowman in September!

Baby Room

Well that's another week gone I have no idea where the time goes! This week baby room have been exploring their senses and they filled a tuft tray with foam for the children to make tracks with the cars in and experience the texture , however one baby decided to go that bit further and tried to roll in it ending up looking like a snowman much to his hilarity and was quite happy to pose for photos for his parents to see later showing how clever he was.

Animals have played a big part in baby room this week as well as parts of the body. They had toy animals in the sand and the babies took great delight in mimicking the sounds and crunching them around in the malleable sand as well as making handprints and feeling the sand trickle through their hands.

They have been looking at themselves in the mirror and pulling faces and kissing themselves and starting to recognise that when they move their image moves although they don't quite understand when another baby sits in front of them why they can no longer see themselves so they are quite keen to crawl to the front of the queue again!

Our toddlers have been practising their physical skills in the garden and are very proud off the fact that they are mastering the art of climbing steps with support and have also claimed the boxes from our shopping this week for their soft play.

This combined with experimenting with wooden blocks, stacking them, pushing them over, watching them fall, enjoying the noise when they fall over and of course being able to pick one up off of the floor without  tumbling over themselves has led to a full and productive week of learning.

Jungle

Jungle have been continuing their all about me theme to promote self- esteem and confidence in our little ones.

They have been making puzzle faces of themselves and their friends and are learning to recognise each other in the process and guessing which feature belongs to who and having fun mixing them up.

They continue to learn signing and the sign this week is 'good morning ' which we have been practising right across the nursery and if we were in any doubt if the children were learning it one of our children signed more at the dinner table this week with a very proud grin on her face.

Continuing the all about me theme Jungle room have been decorating people shapes to look like themselves and their friends and have been making lots of handprints and comparing shapes and sizes and learning to be kind to each other. One of our older children gave his most precious possession of a train to one of our new children when they were playing without any prompting showing they are beginning to share and turn take which as we all know is one of the hardest things to do when you are two years old!

The paper plate portraits are going on display this week and I have to say we have some very talented budding artists some of the likenesses are brilliant and the children will get the opportunity to  spot themselves on the wall.

They have also been very energetic this week in Jungle room and have been using the soft play indoors to make obstacle courses as well as our natural resources outside and I believe their has been the odd gruffalo hunt going on in the garden led by Richard according to one of our parents that works quite close and said her and her colleagues love listening to the fun the children are having out there!

Castle Room

Castle have had a very messy week the most recent of which was glupe in the tuft tray which they delighted in picking up over again and watching it drip off of their fingers in amazement.

They have also been measuring their feet by painting them and walking side by side on large paper and comparing their sizes so if you picked your child up last week and their feet were a funny colour I apologise. Added to this they did some friendship colour mixing where they painted their hands with different primary colours and then rubbed them together to see what different colour they made.

They have been experimenting with all sorts of fragrances in the playdough and the paint again this week and one of the most fascinating experiments they did this week was to put different fragrances in the paint let the children paint with them and then smell the paint and the results were the paint with herbs in was described as smelling like trees and chocolate, with parsley in was described as white chocolate (there seems to be a pattern forming here!) however one child described the smell of cinnamon as marmite and chocolate, and the garlic as smelling like a car! Oh and chocolate of course!

And we made a very funny looking hat using a colander and pipe cleaners. They enjoyed choosing different coloured pipe cleaners and using their fine manipulative skills to thread them through the holes of the colander, when it was finished they proclaimed it a funny hat.

They were told the story of goldilocks and the three bears in a very animated rendition using props with the children's help pretending to mix the porridge in the different sized bowls and finishing with a music session with instruments teaching the children to play them loudly and softly and singing loudly and softly to explore the range of their voices leading to just a whisper and finishing with one of their favourite songs, 'walking through the jungle'

That's about it for this week.

Have a good weekend.

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New Academic Year – So much to do…

Babies

This week we have been welcoming our new friends and helping them to settle in. We have been exploring our environment with all our senses and feeling bags full of oats, squidgy washing up liquid, glupe and shaving foam. These were stuck to the window next to our walking bar to encourage the babies to pull themselves up and stand. Our older babies seem to have grown up all of a sudden and instead of hearing babbling when I walk in now I can hear words and my name called up the stairs when I walk past and instead of crawling they are running over to me and its lovely to witness the progression. Soft play has been popular in their room again as has shredded paper and the ball pool where their favourite game seems to be lets throw all the balls into the corridor and wait for someone to give them back, where one of the other babies  saw the ball pool and dived right in.

Some of our babies have moved up a room and are enjoying exploring a new environment and getting very messy.

Jungle

In Jungle this week they have also been welcoming new friends, some from baby room which they already know  and others that they don't. The sign of the week has been 'finished' so if your children start making funny gestures at you its our fault. If you would like to find out about each sign of the week please ask Richard as we all learning the same signs at the same time.

To get to know themselves and each other more they were given a paper plate and a mirror to paint their own portraits and measured each other to see how tall everybody is which is being made into individual displays. They have also been learning their body parts from posters and books .However the best activity of the week in my opinion was the feet painting. Watching the children stare at their feet wrapped in bubble wrap and watching them walk in the paint and then on the paper was priceless as was the sensory experience. Not to mention the popping as they walked on the bubble wrap although we had a few bottom prints as well as a few decided to sit down in it!

Castle

Castle room have also been settling new children and drawing themselves using a mirror . They have also turned the home corner into a very cosy sitting room with a pretend log fire and the children have been using it as a communal area to sit and relax in.

We have also been kindly donated a large African snail which you may have seen in castle room and the children are in the process of naming it ,they have each said a name of their choice and the name will be picked next week. I have heard one of the suggestions for a name was' turbo' which gets my vote!

They have also been playing body part bingo which they all love and have been experimenting making different types of playdough and putting strange things in the water play which you may have seen like tea leaves and basil.

Also it is my great pleasure to announce our Ofsted report has been published and we received a very strong good across the board. If you would like to read it yourselves the link is reports.ofsted.gov.uk/  and put in our addresss or you can ask us for a copy.

 

 

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Some Fun in August Sun

Baby Room

In August our babies have been dancing, getting messy and making lots of fun sounds. Nothing new there then!

What is new however was the fantastic sensory trays that they were given to explore with their feet! Each tray had a different sensory experience from shredded paper to oats and wet sand and the babies were helped to stand in each one and explore with their feet. The result was a varied range of responses and reactions, some were willing to have a go at this new experience with support of their keyperson and wanted to repeat the experience, others watched warily to see the others reaction before trying it themselves and others refused to try it all of which you would expect from this age group.

Another favourite of our babies was the song box where they sat with their keypeople on the floor and chose puppets that represent songs they are familiar with and could join in using sound and gesture listening to and enjoying the rhythmic patterns in the rhymes and songs.

Our babies have also been experimenting and learning to mark make with crayons. They enjoyed making their mark on big pieces of paper making connections between their movement and the marks they make and when occasionally they went off the paper onto the laminate they enjoyed cleaning it off too.

The soft play remained out as it continues to be a popular feature with our babies and we have replaced the big cardboard box with a large soft cushion that they have enjoyed launching themselves on from the soft play providing them with a range of large play equipment that can be used in different ways encouraging them to climb confidently and safely. They also have to wait their turn for this with adult support in order to prevent any collisions!

We have had lots of sensory objects out for them to explore , pull, squeeze and hold encouraging them to grasp and feel different textures and lots of bubbles which they all adore and watch in complete amazement as they float up into the air and then just disappear this was accompanied by their song box and one of our all time favourite songs Tiny Tim where they attempt to clap on the word pop.

We have been learning to build and stack with soft bricks which are great fun to knock down again and in the garden we turned our tuff tray into a car wash which the babies loved and made lots of new sounds to represent the cars and the whooshing water as it went over them.

Jungle Room - Toddlers

Jungle room repeated the same sensory tray activity with their toddlers and got completely different results. All of the children were keen to have a go and join and to share the experience. When standing in the trays they were really exploring the texture with their feet, especially the jelly which they said they were paddling in and when they no longer wanted to explore with their feet they sat down next to the trays and explored with their hands and extended the play by putting toy objects in them and continuing to play, so it was all agreed this was a success that will be repeated only maybe next time in the garden!

They also continued with their under the sea theme and made fish from their own painted finger prints which led to lots of hand printing and experimenting and exploring the paint with other tools such as brushes and stampers.

They have also been learning to explore their physical ability in the garden using rubber tyres and planks , crates and haystacks to build various creations for them to experiment with different ways of moving, balancing and climbing.

The theme has been under the sea and we have been making fantastic sea scapes with sand textured paint to represent this and made some great salt dough models of sea creatures of the children's choice and they will be painting them shortly with bright colours of their choice and then you will be able to take them home to be pride of place on your ornament shelf.

You will probably also be receiving our recycled cardboard roll fishes that have been cut out by the children themselves to encourage them to use tools safely and I think you will be impressed, I know I was.

Castle Room - Pre-School

Hay, hay and more hay! One of the parents just commented that it looks like a farm in there which means we achieved what we set out to do. Thanks to one of the grandads we have had delivered two real bales of hay and are still hoovering up now to prove it. However it has all been worth it as the children have had a fantastic time pretending to milk the cow with gloves for udders and tasting different milks and cheeses. To all our surprise goats milk came out the clear winner and they made their own graph to prove it which you can see on the wall.

We also made some lovely gloopy mud for the animals to slosh around in and made some realistic animals out of play doh.

We also had some really important visitors this week but my lips are sealed until further notice.

They have continued with the animal theme this week in Castle and have moved on to jungle animals.

The children have enjoyed walking around with animal masks on and imitating the sounds they make and asking me to guess who is underneath the mask.

They have been learning to understand the world better with the map on the wall and talking about the animals where they come from and what they eat and then sticking a picture of the animal on the part of the map where it lives. The children were able to tell me what they had learned later on that day in the garden and show me the animals they had talked about by pairing up pieces of lego with the picture on.

Last but not least I would like to say a big thank you to the parent  that arranged for the reptiles to be brought in. The children were enthralled by them and were able to tell me everything about them especially the water dragon that eats crickets apparently!

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