Dec 15, 2021

Stowmarket Nursery December News: Motor Skills & Makaton Signs

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Welcome to our December newsletter! What an exciting month we have had, with lots of festive activities. 

On behalf of everyone at Sunhill Stowmarket Nursery, we hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas, and have a lovely time with your families! Thank you for all the support this year!

December news

At the start of the month, the children started to create their own Christmas craft. They have done lots of mark-making, with paints, and have done some beautiful pieces! When creating their artwork, the children used their physical skills; a good palm grip, holding onto the paint brushes and sponges. They also helped decorate the nursery room to make it festive, and they especially like decorating the Christmas tree!

 Everyone in the nursery celebrated Christmas Jumper day, and we all came in, in our best Christmas attire to help raise money to help children around the world. 

 On the 16th of December the children enjoyed their Christmas dinner at nursery; we even had Christmas songs playing which we all danced away to and the nursery team used disco lights to have a mini disco.  

Throughout December, the children focused on their speech. In order to do this, there has been lots of singing of our favourite songs and looking at different books. The children would point to the pictures and their key person would help them encourage to use their words. They also looked at other forms of communication, so we did some practicing with Makaton signs. 

What’s coming up next month

In January, we look forward to focusing on maths, and learning lots of counting and practicing numbers through play. The children will also be looking at different numbers to see if they can recognise them. 

As a nursery, we will be celebrating key events in January, such as Winnie the Pooh Day on the 18th January and also Australia Day on the 26th January.

Other important information

Just a little reminder that we will be closing on the 24th of December at 1pm. Thank you all so much for all your continued support throughout of the year, and we really hope that you all have a lovely Christmas and a very happy new year. We can’t wait to see you all back on the 4th of January!

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!

 The whole team here at Sunhill Stowmarket Nursery would like to wish all the children and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This year has once again been full of ups and downs but we thank you all for your support. We hope you have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022! 

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.

Jake Hostler, Nursery Manager


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