Sep 20, 2021

Iver September News: Puppets, Creativity and the Weather

Iver Puppy

Welcome to our September newsletter! We have had another month full of opportunities for learning and continue to be amazed by the progress of each and every child at our setting. It has been so wonderful to see new children settling in so well to the nursery, making new friends and becoming more confident with each new day.

September news

The children loved welcoming a surprise visitor this month – Milo the puppy! The children were very inquisitive about Milo, asking the practitioners about how to take care of him and what he liked to eat. They all had an opportunity to pat Milo and Milo was just as excited as the children were to be at nursery. Your feedback about Milo’s impact on the children has been very positive. We hope to be welcoming Milo back to nursery many more times to allow the children to see how dogs grow and change, and to increase children’s understanding of how to care for all living things.

The Bunnies (0-2s) have had a lovely month. They have been building their own tunnels using lots of recycled materials, such as boxes. This allowed them to develop their understanding of the space around them and they thoroughly enjoyed crawling through their tunnels. The little ones have also been exploring different stories by playing with puppets; they particularly loved ‘The Three Little Pigs’, clapping along to the story and being absolutely fascinated by the puppets. The children have also been playing in the garden and have been developing their balance using pushbikes and balancing steps.

The Squirrels (2-3s) and Owls (3-5s) have spent lots of time together this month, which has been an excellent opportunity for social learning. The older children have been very happy to take the littler children under their wing; showing them how to be safe, teaching them about how to take care of the insects that they find in the garden, showing the littler children how to be mindful by listening along to peaceful music (such as Mozart) and doing yoga.

The Squirrels have continued to be creative using different equipment and materials. Their favourite creative activity has been using feathers and tissue paper to make their own pictures, developing their control as they use the glue stick and understanding what happens when they manipulate different materials. The children have also enjoyed exploring natural materials, such as ice, sticks, soil, stones and leaves. This has developed their understanding of the world and has led to them asking the question “where did it come from?”.

The Owls have loved outdoor play this month, observing first-hand how the weather changes from hot to cold. They have been particularly fascinated by the wind and enjoyed investigating which direction the wind was blowing using papers, leaves and sticks. The pre-schoolers were delighted to find a beetle in the garden and used their investigation skills using the tablet to find out which type of beetle it was and what it liked to eat most. They were able to find out that it was a stag beetle and that it liked to eat wood, so the children hurried off to find some sticks! The children have also been exploring farm animals, finding out about which each animal likes to eat and the different environments that they like to live in. Based on this, the children created their very own stables by drawing the outline and cutting around them, showing off their superb scissor skills!

What’s coming up next month

We look forward to celebrating World Space Week and Halloween next month; please keep an eye out for notices posted on our door for more information. We would like to remind you all about the food collection we are doing for the Harvest Festival. This will be sent to the local food bank, so if you are able to donate anything it will be very much appreciated.

Other important information

We appreciate that technology is a big part of the children’s lives and we want to ensure that everyone has information on how to make sure time spent online is safe. Please see the following links for useful information about how you can do this:

Thank you all for a great start to September!

Home activity

If you are looking for something to do at home this weekend or over the coming months, why not give our activity at home a go! Be aware that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

Threading cards

Activity:

  • What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
  • Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
  • Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
  • When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
  • Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
  • Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
  • When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.

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, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
  • Use of tools for a purpose
  • How to use scissors safely
  • Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
  • Counting numbers in sequence
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Building attention skills and patience

Yamuna Jayasinghe, Nursery Manager


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