Firstly, I would like to welcome all of our new children and parents that have just moved up from the day nursery as well as a warm welcome to all of our new starters that have joined us in both of our preschool rooms. We have been so happy with how well the children have settled in, and we are looking forward to building on these relationships with the children and yourselves over the coming weeks. If you do have any questions, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively give us a call on 01480 473551.
This month in both rooms, the children thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Easter. In Preschool 1, we talked about the Easter bunny and what he brings, and in response to this, we did our own Easter egg hunt in the garden. The children got very creative and made their own Easter pictures using foam templates of eggs, rabbits, and chicks. The children were also very busy making cards to take home for their families. We do hope you enjoyed receiving a little something!
For Easter, the children in Preschool 2 made their own bunny crowns ready for their Easter egg hunt. They then followed the bunny’s footprints and clues to find the eggs. As the children enjoyed the hunt so much, they made their own for each other and made their own clues to follow. The children were also very creative and drew their own representations of the Easter bunny, made their own Easter eggs and cards for their families. We hope you also enjoyed receiving a little something!
Throughout April, the children in Preschool 1 have also been busy with other activities. The children have been focusing on road safety and for this, they looked at different road signs, and talked about what they meant. The children made their own traffic lights and road signs. Using these signs and their knowledge of road safety, the children used ‘Stop, Look, Listen’ to practice crossing the road with the practitioners.
Also this month, the children have talked about occupations and what their parents do. The children continued this further, by dressing up in the role play corner using the occupation costumes. As a group, the children then spoke about the roles of the occupation and discussed what they wanted to be when they grow up.
During April, the children have enjoyed the sunshine in the garden. They have enjoyed lots of water play, washing babies and their clothes, and making their own washing line to hang them out to dry in the sunshine. The children have also been very physical in the garden. They made their own hurdles to jump over, altering the height when the children successfully managed to jump over them. Also outside, the children have enjoyed watering the plants and talking about how we care for them so that they can grow.
This month in Preschool 2, the children have been participating in some science experiments. First, the children made their very own volcano using cardboard, a bottle and ingredients to make the volcano erupt. This sparked conversations about what comes out of a volcano, what might happen, and where in the world we may find volcanoes.
Following on from the children’s interest in volcanoes, the team set the children the challenge of creating their own lava lamps. The children used their independence to pour, mix and create their own lava lamps and showed great pride in their creations. They were so excited to take them home!
The group also did a ‘jumping raisins’ experiment, looking at what happens when sparkling water is added to raisins. The bubbles in the water made the raisins float and when they popped, they then sunk creating a jumping effect. This led onto conversations about how bubbles are formed and the children enjoyed tasting the raisins afterwards.
During April, the children also explored more science experiments, particularly water science. They have been exploring how to make giant bubbles and making a water tornado, as well as making a water xylophone.
As well as this, the children have been interested in dinosaurs this month, and this led onto a discussion about fossils. The practitioners extended this by challenging the children to make their very own dinosaur fossil using clay. As a group, we talked about where we could find fossils and how dinosaurs became extinct. After this, the children looked at the similarities and differences between the dinosaurs.
What’s coming up next month
Next month, we will be continuing with Spring activities and encouraging the children to show care and concern when watering the plants in the bedding areas. The children will also be looking at the insects in the bug shelters and be observant of other insects and animals that they may see.
We will also be furthering school readiness and encouraging the children to be even more independent in a variety of different tasks.
Other important information
I am sure you would have all received confirmation on which school your child will be attending in September. Could I please ask that you please let us know which school this is, as I will need to liaise with the local schools, arranging zoom calls, and sharing information and assessments on your child.
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Thank you all for your continued support.
Vicki Hill, Apricot Preschool Manager