Sep 20, 2021

Little Houghton September News: Patterns, Animals and Dinosaurs

Little Houghton 10 Years

Welcome to our September newsletter! We have had a very busy month and have made the most of our last few weeks of sunshine. This month we celebrated 10 years of being open and celebrated with a party and, of course, cake! Pre-school made their own dance floor and all rooms enjoyed party games! We also had a lovely visit from a policeman, he bought his car and let the children sit in the driver seat. We got to see the flashing lights and hear the sirens! The children all received a little gift too.

September news

In the baby room this month, the children have made some beautiful window art and have been exploring the patterns it makes on the floor when the sun is shining. This has sparked an interest in colours and patterns. The team have also bought new resources for the children to explore on the lightbox and this is proving to be very popular! We have a lot of new babies start in the Ducks room this month and they are settling in really well.

This month in the bears, the children have shown a great interest in animals. The team extended the children’s interest by putting some animals in ice and letting the children explore. They then added water and sea animals to make it more arctic themed. The children have also been experimenting different types of mark making and using paint and sponges to do print painting.

Preschool this month have been encouraging more independence in preparation for the next big step to school! The children have been deciding which activities they want out and preparing them their selves. A big interest this month has been dinosaurs. The children created a space under the loft and made a dinosaur hide out. This led to making a large cut out dinosaur using cardboard!

What’s coming up next month

Next month, we are very excited about celebrating the start of the new season! This will prompt lots of outings to explore the changes in the environment; in particular, changes with the trees. The children will be discussing the differences that they are able to see. We also have Halloween next month! We will be having a Halloween party on Friday the 29th and encourage the children to come in a Halloween costume! We would like to kindly ask that the children don’t wear costumes that could upset some of the other children. We request no masks please. If you have any questions or are unsure about costumes, please do speak to Heather. We are very excited to see how creative the outfits will be this year!

Other important information

This month, we have said goodbye to Beth who has got a new job in care. We wish her the best of luck in her new role.

The baby room in now finished with the building work! The new nappy area is in and the floor is now down. The children are loving their new environment!

With the weather changing, can we please ask that the children are provided with warmer clothing. We are hoping to do more outings so wellies, hats and coats will soon be needed.

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

Bekki Reeves, Baby Room Leader

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