Aug 26, 2020

Iver August News: Caterpillars, Snails and Mindfulness

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

August news

We welcome all our new families and are delighted that our new little ones have settled so well into the nursery. It has been another fantastic month for all our children, with lots of outdoor learning (including our frequent visits to the park!) and celebrating Raksha Bandhan by creating our very own ’Rakhi’. 

The babies and toddlers have had a very busy, fun-filled month. They have especially loved reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, which has encouraged discussion at mealtimes about the different foods we eat as well as the different sounds made as we eat.

The children have been continuing to tend to the vegetables and herbs in the garden, watering them every day. The children have been exploring numbers and counting along with different number-based stories and rhymes which has allowed them to incorporate counting into their daily activities; such as, how many leaves can they see on their tomato plants. The children have also been talking about quantities when pouring water onto plants, using language like “more”, “less”, “full” and “empty”. 

The babies and toddlers have been enjoying singing caterpillar-themed songs, emphasising the sounds of the different words. They have created some beautiful artwork based on our caterpillar theme, using sponges, paint, glue, tissue paper and chalks. The children have also been exploring their senses by exploring different materials, talking about how they feel, look and sound. We have been exploring using sensory trays full of shiny items, which created the opportunity for children to explore their senses full by touching, squashing, shaking and banging.  

The older children have had a brilliant month of learning. They have two new additions to their room; the snails which they found in the garden, named ‘Big’ and ‘Little. This has provided the children with lots of opportunities for learning, including using technology to find out what snails like to eat and what environments they like to live in.

Inspired by the snails, the children have loved reading the story ‘The Snail and the Whale’. The children have used different movements to create the motions of the waves in the story and loved painting pictures of both the blue skies from the story as well as the thundery skies which they were able to witness recently. The children have shown a lot of interest in the sea which has led us to explore and identify different sea creatures. The children especially enjoyed melting ice to ‘rescue’ the sea creatures inside. They were also  very creative in splitting the floor, which is blue and brown in colour, in to the sea and sand. They were laying on the blue floor pretending to swim with whales and some staying on the sand pretending to be snails because they didn’t like the water.  What a fun way to understand the world around them!  

Mindfulness has been an important part of the children’s daily routine. The children have continued to enjoy their yoga sessions. We have even incorporated using different movements while counting; repetitive rhythmic counting using different body parts which the children found very amusing. We have extended the children’s opportunity to be mindful by listening and attending to different sounds, and interacting with different coloured lights. Listening to rain has been one of their favourites. The children found this sensory experience very relaxing which promotes concentration and listening skills.  

What’s coming up in September

We have lots of fun and exciting celebrations coming up in September. We will be taking part in International Day of Charity where we will be exploring the meaning of charity with the children. We will also be engaging with National Read a Book Day, Roald Dahl Day, Recycle Week and European Languages Day throughout September. All of which, present brilliant learning opportunities for the children – we can’t wait! Please look out for notices to find out more about how you can contribute towards these events.  

Other important information

Our August in house staff training has been centered on how we can effectively work in partnership with parents.

Thank you very much to all parents, who have arranged telephone consultations to discuss their children’s ongoing development. We are all very proud of our children’s achievements and would like to thank you for your continuous support. If you have yet to arrange a telephone consultation, please feel free to call us, so we can arrange this for you.

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If you have time, we would be very grateful if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries. You can do this online by clicking here. Thank you for your continued support.

Yamuna Jayasinghe, Nursery Manager 

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