Dec 16, 2021

Whitstable December News: Sleighs, Cooking & Crafts

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to the December newsletter! The children have had a wonderful month, involving many festive and cultural events, learning different languages, and gaining a greater understanding of the world around them.

On behalf of everyone at Choochoos Whitstable, thank you for your support this year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

All the children across the nursery have been getting into the Christmas spirit! They took part in Christmas craft week, parties and even showed off their best jumpers on Christmas Jumper Day!

In Babychoos, the children have learnt about Christmas, and created their own winter wonderland, using winter objects and props for them to explore at sensory items. They also built their own sleigh, using large boxes and junk modelling, exploring ways of transporting and taking themselves on role play adventures and learning about shapes, space and measurements.

The Caterpillar children have had a lovely month throughout December, taking part in many wonderful Christmas activities and talking about their special family time at home. The children enjoyed creating their “The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud” book of the month display, by making characters from the story, stone stories and puppets to role play with his book. Throughout this activity, they learned all the different ways to tell stories, enhance their physical development by mark making and writing, as well as giving meaning to the marks they created.

The Butterflies children n took part in many wonderful role play activities. They created props and images for their book of the Month “Santa is Coming to Kent” and helped to enhance their literacy, by creating visual characters, writing letters and words, which were familiar to them. The children showed a great interest in their Christmas craft activities, designing their own cards, and developed their mathematics skills through cooking experiences.

What’s coming up next month

In January, Babychoos children will be exploring temperature and change, by freezing different objects in ice and learning how things melt and freeze. Caterpillars are looking forward to creating their own winter pictures, and learning about the change of seasons and what things they see in the world around them. Butterflies are going to be enhancing their maths area, by creating a new visual maths board related to topics of interest to them and developing their maths resources by creating their own mathematical games.

On the 17th January to 21st January, the nursery is celebrating popcorn week- learning about how popcorn is made, and making their own! Also that week is Burns Night, where the children will be cooking a Haggis and learning Scottish songs.

On the 24th January to the 28th January, it is Australia week, where the children will be learning about Australian culture, animals and learning some songs.

Also in January is National Puzzle Day, and Story Telling Week, where the children will be exploring and creating their own stories.

Other important information

In the new term, Choochoos Whitstable will be exploring ‘In the moment planning, which allows the team members to dynamically observe the children whilst spending time with them, taking note of their interests in that exact moment and using the tools that we have as a team, to extend their learning as far as possible, so that they experience several ‘teachable moments’ throughout every day. This means our team members spend more time with the children, and will help our ability to support them in learning, and focus on the children’s interests. Please feel free to speak to your child’s keyperson regarding this. 

Some of the nursery team members took part in Woodwork training, with Michael, gaining a greater understanding of how to create wood work experiences for the children and how to do this safely.

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!

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

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.

Emily Gale, Nursery Manager

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