Welcome back! As the children begin to settle back into our nursery we have been exploring a number of the childrens interested.
Over the past few weeks we have been exploring the colour monster with the twinkle room children.
"One day the colour monster wakes up feeling very confused, his emotions are all over the place, he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through colour."
The story is a great way to get the children to understand different emotions and how they make us feel but also that sometimes we feel all mixed up and thats ok too. The children have responded really well to this story and we will continue to use this to help deepen their understanding of emotions in themselves and others helping them to develop emotional awareness, what can trigger certain emotions in them and how we can come up with strategies to manage these emotions when they get too much. The children have created their own colour monster and been discussing what makes them happy, sad, angry, scared, calm or feel loved.
Our children have show a really interest in animals and some of them had started a discussion about pets at home. A number of practitioners have pets and showed these to the children. Oscar wanted to show us his dog so we decided to ask parents for photographs of the children’s pets. We have been discussing what our pets like and how we take care of them. This has been a great talking point within our room and has raised opportunities for conversation between the children creating rich language and inquiry between them. This has really helped them bond as a group and is a lovely link to home within our room. If you have a pet and we dont already have a photo please pop one across on facebook or email and we can pop it up on the wall too.
As spring is approaching the children have been doing some planting within the twinkle room. We have a range of different vegetable that they have planted and the children have enjoyed watching these sprout up and have been taking responsibility for watering and caring for them.
we have been enjoying seeing your different ways of exploring our stories of the week.
check out this glittery stickman, cucumber stickman and cosy den.
Playdough/Malleable play helps develop fine motor skills.
Rolling, pushing, pulling, squishing, kneading, pinching all of these support pre writing skills.
Jigsaw Play teaches young children about the concept of a 'whole' and that each piece is a fraction of the bigger picture. It also helps to develop basic skills such as shape recognition, concentration, goal setting, patience and a sense of achievement.
This board game helps develop Turn Taking skills, number recognition, concept of money (exploring different coins) and problem solving.
When children are making early marks, they are practising to hold a pencil and are attempting to control their marks with their muscles. This enhances their physical development by improving their fine motor skills and helps to develop their hand-eye coordination. All marks are important as they tell a story to that child.
By looking at this picture i can tell that they are outside with the blue sky, sun and green grass. it is a picture of two people, the people are very detailed allowing us to identify what the picture is the child has chosen to use black to detail the people and colour to express the outdoor areas of the picture.
Dressing up in our favourite outfit and
heels and letting our creativity flow.
SNOW! when playing in the snow making snowballs and snowmen etc you will be squeezing the snow in our hands this helps to develop the palm arch muscle and our pincer grip which helps to develop pre writing skills.
Our stories of the week have been we’re going on a bear hunt and stickman as you can see the children have been exploring the outdoors searching for the bears in Langlee woods, collecting sticks and playing pooh sticks.
We are always reading at looking at stories when in Elc, here is one of our twinkle children getting to know her new sibling and reading a book to her new baby brother.
All of Our Langlee ELC Team have been working on some learning ideas full of play and learning experiences you could do at home.
We would like to here what you get up to this week.
Any questions please just ask.
Our gluing station has recently been set up for the children to explore with sequins, tissue paper, glitter, buttons and lots more; the children have engaged well with this provocation making different varieties of baubles. One child used scissors to cut a piece of paper into a bauble. They used a developing grip while engaging in this process, this finished product along with the other children who chose to partake in this, were placed on the Christmas tree the children they showed a great sense of achievement when placing their completed bauble on the tree. One child said during the discussion about their baubles "we like that achieving" and pointed to the achieving well being indicator on the wall.
The gluing station provides opportunities to be creative, using the jars which are full of sequins etc; allows the children to develop their fine motor skills, problem solving skills and their hand grasp. One child asked a practitioner to hold one of the sequin jars "i not open" the practitioner held the jar and the child grasped the lid tightening their grip and turning they were then able to open the jar, they used a pincer grip to remove sequin's from the jar and attach them to the bauble. "i did open now i makes bauble pretty for tree".
Our Party Day
Throughout the day the children continued to learn through play exploring the provocations in the room. They all had opportunities to join in with party games they chose what games they wanted to participate in suggestions the children made for games were " statues", "bumps", "statues again that freeze".
Santa came by and dropped off some presents for the children. Some of questions the children asked Santa were "Where is Rudolph?", "does Rudolph eat carrots?", "wheres your sleigh?" one of the children was a little shy so they had a nurturing hug throughout the time Santa visited. When he was leaving the children waved bye and said thank you to Santa.
While the children were dancing the blinds went down to make the disco light work effectively in the room this led to the children showing a interest in their shadows. The children were guessing who's shadow was who's, giving each other hi fives and requesting their friends to do different actions, such as "wave" and "turn around". The children's use of space and respecting their surroundings and each other was well observed, with children using our well being indicators vocabulary such as "don't pull it, it will break it", "please can I get passed" "you are not respecting me, I was here first" "we are all included". We will provide provocations in January to take this learning forward.
We hope you all have a great time during the holidays and we will see you all Next Year.
We are very excited to start our ELC blog. Firstly we would like to show you our indoor spaces; one of the children recently had a great idea that he wanted to make changes to our areas. He gathered his peers and told them his big idea. He wanted to move the story corner over to the window and the home corner over to the other side of the room. Most of the children moved the furniture and resources into the new spaces; Working together as a group or with a partner.
The new areas are working well. The children are enjoying a cosy area for storytime/book nook they are all becoming more engaged in their play and we are continuing to plan around their interests. in the photos below are the mark making station, book nook/gathering area (christmas tree decorated by the children some lovely handmade baubles feature), gluing and sticking station and our loose parts area.
Over the last month we have had provocations in our spaces promoting Christmas and winter experiences for all the children to explore. following on from this there has been many discussions about snow and ice (having snow to explore outside the other week spurred a lot of interest too) some of children worked together to make a "big snowball" pictured below. The room elf was found in the freezer last week. The children explored how to free the elf from the ice. they used tools to try to break the ice, cold water then a child suggested hot water they carefully poured this onto the ice/elf. one of the practitioner's talked about the roads being slippy this spurred a conversation about grit lorries using salt to melt the ice on the road a child then suggested we use salt to melt the rest of the ice. some of the children's vocabulary throughout "the ice is melting" "its so cold" "hot water makes it melt" the salt is making ice disappear it water nearly" "don't touch hot water it burny not safe to touch with your hand"