We had to find innovative ways to keep the children cool this month as it was indeed very, very hot! Thank goodness for Air Con! We put water in the tuff trays and used the sprinkler for lots of outdoor play. Thanks to the parents sending in swimming costumes for the children, we were able to keep the children as cool as possible. Lots of water was on offer as well as ice-cream and ice-lollies. And then came the rain! The children loved the rain just as much as they loved the sun – and so did we!
This month, the children in the baby room have been doing lots of role play. We have seen them using props to support these real life experiences. The kitchen has been such a big hit, both the inside and the outside one; we are certain that the next Gordon Ramsey or Mary Berry are amongst our children! Other activities have included trying on glasses (without the glass of course), helping the staff with some jobs such as sweeping, chatting on the phone and putting their babies to bed. The children have also been getting to know their new rabbits; helping the rabbits to trust the children as well as helping to clean their little homes and feed them .
This month in tots, the children have been exploring their physical skills and developing them by doing lots of obstacle courses, balancing and climbing on equipment such as the large tractor tyres. The children also made a volcano out of papier mache ready to do their experiment with Coca-Cola and mints. The children loved the build up to this and enjoyed getting a little messy when creating the project.
The children have also had lots of fun in role play. They’ve been shopping, using pretend money and pretending to be shop keepers as well as customers. This has helped the children with recalling past experiences as well as developing more of an understanding about different occupations and understanding of the world.
This month in pre-school, we say goodbye to the last of our pre-schoolers heading off to ‘big school’. Some of whom have been with us since we opened! Although we are filled with pride at the part we have played in getting them ready for their next big adventure, we will miss them – lots! And we are sad that we couldn’t give them the send off they deserve, though they have all received a book and a good luck card from us.
Also in pre-School, the children have been exploring mini-beasts and going on bug hunts around the garden to find them. The children have noticed that they particularly like hiding under the red mats by the tractor tyres. The pre-schoolers have been out looking at them through magnifying glasses and then reading about what they have discovered.
Minky, our pet hamster in pre-school, has escaped twice now. Sadly for us and the children, her latest great escape has resulted in us not being able to find her. After her last attempt, we moved her into, what we thought, was a more secure cage. She was a determined little lady, however, and she nibbled away at it all weekend, packed her bags and left! We are still hoping that she will turn up and will, of course, keep you updated.
What’s coming up in September
The start of a new academic year is always exciting. We welcome new children to the setting and we start planning for Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and much more. It’s always a very busy term and, of course, the clocks go back an hour at the end of October.
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