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27Apr2020

Words of Encouragement in Lockdown.

 

We have been in lock down for a few weeks now and from what I’m seeing on WhatsApp and Tapestry you are doing a great job! The staff teams are really missing the children and you, their families, but we are so pleased still to be in contact. While we are away from you we still want to help you and your children while we are not at Millies.

 

The first thing I will say is please don’t be under pressure to formally educate your children at home. Children learn all the time  through play, exploring their interests, using free and natural resources to be creative. As some of the children have now got school spaces parents sometimes feel that they must get their children “ready for school.” Please continue to play with them as I see them doing on WhatsApp and Tapestry. Reading to your children and singing rhymes will give them firm foundations for reading and writing. Building a love for books and stories is so important for future education.

 

I see you are doing some great things out doors. Simple ideas like finding sticks and putting them in order of size or making a pattern with them will help them with maths concepts. Simple mud pies to stir will help fine motor moments.

 

It’s important that children feel calm and happy and you are doing a great job of reassuring children in their new routines. However, some children can’t express worry, and there’s lots on the TV about Covid 19 and it’s easy for children to pick up on stress. There’s a lovely book we use at Pre-School called “Ruby’s Worry” by Tom Percival that explores children’s worries in a very readable form for our children’s age group. Talking about feelings can also help children talk about emotions.

 

I sincerely hope all your families are safe and well. Please contact me if you would like to chat. I have a new phone you can contact me on, telephone number 07305359062. Take care.

 

 

 

20Nov2019

A3E694A9-0BEB-4EB7-A61E-E919E606F7D3What a great time of year for learning is! Leaves falling of trees can provide many opportunities to expand our little ones minds. A child said the other day “ It’s raining leaves”, and it was! The wind was blowing the leaves off the tree and they were spirally falling into the garden.

Here’s a few ideas that will help your child develop using beautiful Autumn leaves.

 

Physical Development

Kicking leaves is always such a thrill. You’re never to old to do this. Kicking Leaves is a great activity to get the heart beat a little faster. How many times can your child keep kicking leaves in a row, one kick after the other. Give a Ready Steady Go to start them off, and make sure there are plenty of leaves.

 

Phonics

Phonic development starts way before learning letter sounds. Sound discrimination is an important part of developing phonic knowledge. What noise do the leaves make when you and your child kick/run through/stamp on leaves. What noise do they make if you scrunch it in your hand. Which makes the loudest noise (a little science experiment there!)5AE253B9-FB94-42C3-8AD1-E2CCFA5CA9AD

 

Maths

Can you find a leaf bigger than your hand, smaller than your hand and about the same size. You can collect a bunch of leaves and line them up in order of size, or sort them into different colours. Look and describe the patterns you see on the leaves such as mottled, spotty to differentiate them. How many leaves have you got, get counting.

 

Books

There’s a fantastic book call “ Tap the magic Tree” which is one of my favourites. It takes you through the life cycle of a tree but gives you an instruction such as tapping the buds before you find out what happens on the next page. Children love it. It expands vocabulary and teaches them a little bit about life cycles.Heres the Amazon link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tap-Magic-Tree-Christie-Matheson/dp/0062274457/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=tap+the+magic+tree&qid=1574208075&sr=8-2

Makes a great Christmas present!

 

Creativity.

What can you make with your leaves. How can you arrange them to make different patterns and shapes? Remember you don’t need paper and glue. This can be a very fluid activity inside or out. You could just arrange them in different ways on a table or tray. Add some sticks and you can give your creations a new dimension.

 

 

Who’d of thought this freely available offered som much learning. Remember to have fun with it! Learning should be enjoyable for children. These are some of my ideas but please let me know if you have any more! Enjoy!

21Nov2018

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21Nov2018

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