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.