Dec 15, 2021

Iver December News: Jingle Bells & Baubles

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Welcome to the last newsletter of the year! We have had a wonderfully festive December, which has been full of fun and learning! We are amazed by the strides all the children have made throughout the year.

On behalf of everyone at Iver, thank you for your support this year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

Across the nursery, there has been lots of festive activities happening!

The Bunnies children have absolutely loved sensory play this month, showing particular interest in the sensory lights and classical music during quiet times. They have also enjoyed developing their movement to music, whilst dancing to Christmas songs. The children have shown interest in storybooks, showing how they can listen and attend to different sounds they hear, and also repeating the sounds they hear; their favourite book has been ‘The Christmas Expert’.

The children have also enjoyed getting creative by decorating Christmas baubles using glue to stick on materials and paint to change colours, as well as using clay to make ‘reindeer hands’, where they were able to explore the texture of the clay and experiment with different shapes they could make. 

The Squirrels children have been little explorers this month, using their developing ability to investigate their environment for amounts, weights and colours. The children have enjoyed making Christmas crafts, including making baubles for their Christmas tree, and painting and differentiating festive colours such as red and green. They have been using their emerging imagination to play pretend by dressing up in different seasonal outfits, transforming themselves into both Santa and his elves, helping out with making presents for all the children. The toddlers have also been exploring the natural materials they found in the garden, such as sticks, leaves and pebbles which encouraged them to count “how many” and also think critically about how they can use these materials in their play. 

The Owls children have also been getting festive this month, engaging in clay modelling to make decorations for the tree, and cards making in preparation for Christmas. They have enjoyed their daily rehearsal of Christmas carols, using “Jingle Bells” to create a beat. The pre-schoolers have shown a lot of independence by helping to decorate their tree with tinsel and baubles, and have also been developing their literacy skills by writing letters to Santa about what gifts they would like to receive. They have also been developing their fine motor skills with their favourite activity – ‘Candy Cane Threading’ using pipe cleaners and Cheerio’s. This month, the Owls have been reading The Story of Jack Frost, which prompted many discussions, including the difference between frost, snow and ice. 

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to welcoming all the children back in the New Year!

Please keep an eye out for all information displayed at the entrance regarding next month’s activities  

Other important information

For term-time only children, the term ends for Christmas on Friday 17th December. For full-time children, sessions end for Christmas on Friday 24th December at 1pm. For all children, the nursery re-opens on Tuesday 4th January 2022. 

Thank you for your continual support in adhering to Covid measures, we appreciate it!

These last couple of months, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

Home activity

If you are looking for something fun to do at home over the festive break, why not give our home activity a go!

Please note that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

  1. Creative Snow Pal

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • Using card, draw out 2 or 3 circles stacked on top of each other, for your snow pal outline
  • Using cotton balls, or even scrunched up materials, like sweet wrappers or tissue paper, stick with glue or Sellotape inside the circles, to create your snow pal’s shape
  • You can use some googly eyes to stick on as eyes, or a pen to draw features onto your snow pal
  • Finish with some arms: you can use simple materials such as match sticks or even sticks from your garden, or even cut out some card, or use a pen to draw them onto the paper
  • You can even add accessories like a tissue paper scarf, or a paper hat to decorate your snow pal
  1. Creative Christmas Tree Ornament

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • All you will need is 3 wooden lolly sticks, and some arts and crafts to decorate with; you can use art supplies, like paint, pipe cleaners or pom-poms, or materials that you can find around the house, like newspaper, scrunched up tissues, or coloured pens
  • If you don’t own lolly sticks, try cutting up 3 rectangles of cardboard or paper, and sticking them together into a triangle shape.
  • Using glue or Sellotape, stick the 3 wooden lolly sticks into a triangle shape- this will be your Christmas tree
  • You can use a range of decorations to decorate your tree- for example, you can use pom poms and stick them to the sticks as “baubles”, wrap pipe cleans around the sticks for “tinsel”, scrunch up tissue for “snow” on the tree, or even get creative and draw your own decorations onto the tree!
  • Cut out a star shape to stick on the top, you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • Cut out a square for the bottom (for a makeshift tree pot)- you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • You can finish by sticking some string to the back of your tree, so it can become a hanging decoration!

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity, and choice.
  • Mark making.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing fine motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g., big, small, cut, circle, triangle, colours
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self-esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the parent app. We look forward to seeing your child’s updates.

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests, and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Yamuna Jayasinghe, Nursery Manager

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