Dear parents, welcome to this month’s newsletter!It’s been an action packed month, the whole nursery has been working on Pudsey bear activities in aid of Children in Need and we all wore our pyjamas and gave donations to the charity.
In November the Twinkle Stars have enjoyed lots of music time, singing, dancing and playing the musical instruments. The children have been learning the features of their faces, as well as learning to clap their hands. The babies have been exploring the sensory bottles to see what they can see in them.
Shooting Stars have loved exploring different variations of animals. They have loved all the different sea creatures splashing around in the water, exploring plenty of different colours. The children also pretended to take a trip to the farm, making animal noises in the soil! In the tuff tray they have been exploring lots of textures from dry materials to wet textures, enjoying shredded paper and the animal print tissue paper. Finally, the children enjoyed a baby picnic as well as taking turns with their peers to cook in the role play kitchen.
This week in Sunshines the room have enjoyed lots of messy crafts! The children have been using paint sticks to practice their palmer grip and glitter glue to make pretty pictures, as well as enjoying using the gelli baff. The children enjoy the sensory feeling of gelli baff and the practitioners asked open ended questions about how it felt and what colour it was. Sunshines have also really been interested in building towers; the team have facilitated this by using wooden blocks and Duplo. Sunshines favourite thing to do is see how high they can build the tower then knocking it over and hearing it crash on the floor! The children have made Pudsey pictures for Children in Need, enjoying using glitter, pencils and paint to create pictures. Sunshines’ favourite books this week have been Goodnight Mr Panda, Peppa goes to London and Little Red Riding Hood.
In Pre School 1 the children have been making mud pies and puddings in the mud kitchen, as well as lots of painting, gluing and using stickers. They had lots of fun in the garden making a pirate ship using the balance beams and tyres and turning the slide into a castle. Learning about shapes was extended by experimenting with the wooden blocks to see what shapes could be made with them. The tuff tray this week was an under the sea activity, followed by a very cosy day in our pyjamas in aid of Children in Need.
Pre School 2 have enjoyed exploring the lovely Children in Need themed sensory tuff tray, discussing textures and colours, as well as what Children in Need is all about; some of the children then decided to make some pictures for these children to make them feel happier! The Children in Need theme has been continued by making Pudsey Bears. This has allowed the children to express their ideas of Pudsey through creative play.
What’s coming up next month
December is always a busy month and there will be lots of things happening for the children to get involved in. We are looking forward to lots of Christmas based activities next month!
Other important information
This month, 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!
Here’s to a fantastic and very festive month ahead!
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.
Create your own stained glass window
Please follow the activity idea below:
- Use card to make a window, draw and cut out panes for the window.
- Use tissue paper or sweet wrappers to create your stained glass effect, stick with glue or sellotape.
- Alternatively you could do this with newspaper and old magazines.
- Display for all to see.
What will your child be learning?
- Independence, creativity and choice.
- Mark making.
- Shapes and size.
- Developing fine motor skills.
- New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, cut, square, circle, window, red, blue, green, etc.
- 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.
Jan Homewood, Nursery Manager