Hello and welcome to our September newsletter! Who can believe we are in September already? What a fun packed year we have had so far. The children have all been super busy this month, making lots of great memories at nursery with their peers and key persons.
We stared the month off by looking at our favourite books. The children love to sit down together and read a book, they especially like the Gruffalo at the moment. The children enjoyed pointing out all of the different animals in the books and they also attempted to make the sounds of the animals. They especially liked (and were very good at!) making the sound of the snake. Some of the children enjoyed sitting and looking at the books independently, turning the pages and using their index finger to feel the textured pages.
Also this month, the children used lots of their physical skills by running, jumping and climbing. The children have thoroughly enjoyed running around in the garden room, climbing up onto the climbing frame and then going down the slide! The children have also gone out on a few walks within the local community, to get some lovely fresh air and to see what they could see in their surroundings. On their adventure, the children found some leaves, pinecones and sticks to take back into nursery. With these objects, the children created some autumn pictures to hang up in the setting, which look great.
This month, the children have also celebrated World Literacy Day. To celebrate, the children enjoyed getting messy with mark making. They used paintbrushes to make different shapes and marks in the flour. The children used really good hand eye coordination to control the paintbrushes. They also used their fine motor skills to trace the number templates, to practice their writing skills.
Throughout September, the children in twinkle stars focused on personal, social and emotional development. The children played along side their peers, giving them the opportunity to learn to share toys with one another. They also had great fun doing lots of dancing to music; they especially liked ‘Wheels on the Bus’. The children even attempted to join in with the actions!
In Shooting stars this month, the children focused on physical development. The children learnt how to jump off the ground and see if they could lift both feet up. They also did some very big steps across the stepping stones as they where walking across them. Here, the children also used their mathematical skills to see if they could count them. Very impressively, they managed to count up to 10!
What’s coming up next month
Next month, we have lots of celebrations to look forward to! In October, we will, of course, be celebrating Halloween. We will throw a Halloween party for the children which we will celebrate on Monday 1st of November (as Halloween is on a Sunday).
The children will also be celebrating National Homemade Cookie Day next month. The children will make some cookies with the help of their key persons. For World Animal Day, the tuff trays will be set up with lots of different animals, books and pictures of animals. The children will also be challenged to make pictures of their favourite animals.
The children will also celebrate Farmers Day in October. We will set up the farm yard with the animals and will speak to the children about the different animals and sounds they make. And finally, for World Food Day, the children will look at other foods across the world.
Other important information
A polite reminder for parents to bring in coats, wellies and sensible shoes for the weather change as the staff will try and go out on autumn walks with the children.
We hope you all have a lovely month and are looking forward to all of our Halloween crafts!
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.
- 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
- 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
Jake Hostler, Nursery Manager