Goodness, what a fantastic June we have had at Houlton! It was lovely to have everyone back happy and healthy after the half term holiday, and hear the children full of enthusiasm about the new things they have been able to do with the easing of lockdown. Especially when they excitedly recall how they were able to hug their grandparents, or go down the slide at soft play.
The gorgeous weather of June has meant that the preschool children have been making the most of the outdoor classroom and the shade provided by the canopy. They’ve created some large-scale Jackson Pollack inspired art which is going to be displayed on the walls, planted out the broad beans and radishes into the vegetable beds, and produced some fantastic smelling potions using the herbs in the raised beds.
Foxy Loxy has been up to his usual tricks in preschool, turning the oven up to burn cakes, and cutting up the children’s self-registration names. This has really motivated the children to create their own warning signs to keep Foxy Loxy at bay; perhaps it’s something they might want to recreate at home too. You never know when that tricky fox is going to show up!
Some of our children have been talking about supporting England or Wales in the Euros, and so they have also been able to use the field to develop their ball control skills, practicing throwing and kicking different sized balls to develop their hand eye co-ordination and spatial awareness. It’s been really lovely to see their sense on community in cheering each other one as well.
What’s coming up next month
During July, our garden centre role play outside is going to changed into an Icecream van, as the children gain so much from the use of mathematical language and thinking when taking on roles in the shop. If you have any empty ice cream or ice lolly boxes at home, we would love to have them at preschool to boost our resources! We’re also planning some more STEM activities around making icecream, so watch this space!
Transitions are a big part of July, so whether your child is moving on to reception, or moving to the new nursery, we will be focussing on reinforcing our emotional literacy skills. Children will have lots of opportunities to talk about how they may be feeling about the impending moves, and take part in activities to support them to discuss their thoughts and questions with adults.
Other important information
We are currently planning our end of year celebration, with a tentative date for Wednesday 21st July, to ensure that all children get to commemorate the fantastic learning and experiences they have had over the past year. Unfortunately, due to the size of our premises, we are unable to safely accommodate families as well, and so this celebration will be only for children. More details on the celebration will follow in due course.
The new nursery building is coming along brilliantly; there are photo updates on our social media pages so that families can follow along with the progress, and we’ll let everyone know as soon as possible when we can start showing people around!
Thank you all for your continued support!
Aisling Armstrong, Nursery Manager