Dec 15, 2021

Stowmarket Preschool December News: Hanukah, Stories & Singing

Children painting

Welcome to our December newsletter! We are counting down the days until Christmas Day!

On behalf of everyone at Sunhill Stowmarket Preschool, 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

This month has been full of sparkles, and festive activities across the preschool.

At the start of the month, the children celebrated Hanukah, and they have been reading stories of Jewish festival, culture and beliefs. The children also looked at how Christmas is celebrated around the world- learning that countries like Germany, the children put their boots outside and they are filled with special presents, like sweets! The children also celebrated Christmas Jumper Day, wearing their best festive attire. 

The preschool has been in full Christmas spirit, with everyone creating lots of festive craft for their families, Christmas cards, and also taking part in plenty of singing and dancing!

What’s coming up next month

Through the month of January, there are lots of different celebrations and topics planned to help with the children’s learning and development.
Between the 3rd–7th Jan is New Years, where there will be discussions about how we all celebrated Christmas and New Years.
We will also be exploring the season of winter, as well as national days like Winnie the Pooh Day on the 18th, where the children can bring their favoruite cuddly toy for a teddy bear picnic!
Between the 24th–28th, the topic of the week  is Africa, and we will explore African culture with facts and stories., and then also celebrating Lunar New Year,  exploring the Chinese culture, creating our own lanterns and our very own dragon!

Other important information

Just a polite reminder that we will be closed between Christmas and New Year. Our doors will be open again on the 4th ofJanuary 2022. Term starts again on the 5thof January 2022.

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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