We are now officially past the half way mark of term 1! The children are now quite bonded into their friendships with one another and hopefully feeling secure enough in those friendships to make attempts in increasing their friendship circle! As you know, for a few weeks now we have been enjoying learning about “things that go”. Together we made a list of all “things that go” and the children were asked to think about things that go in the air, on land and in the water. (Some of us are particularly impressed with Christian’s suggestion of a “time machine” - we’re still not sure if it moves on land, through the air, on water or all three!)
We have explored some of the things that go on our list with stories and pictures. Some children created their own representations of things that go, and many of our little ones excel best in showing us their driving and passenger skills through actions and words and taking on different roles - otherwise known as imaginative play
This week the children were provided with letter stamps as a provocation to write their names. We will continue to promote these attempts with name cards for the children to use at their leisure.
On Friday, our long awaited visitors were here! Kim the “pet educator” and Doodles the Schnoodle joined us for a session on safety around dogs. We learned many things! We know now that we should not touch any dog who is :
Sick or hurt
On a lead
In a car
Behind a fence
A dog with puppies.
Kim showed us the difference between a happy dog and an angry or scared dog. She helped us to practice what we should do if we come across an angry dog - stand very still, keep your hands down, stay as quiet as a mouse and look at the ground.
We were shown the right way to approach a dog who is with their owner, if we want to give them a pat and say hello! Doodles helped us all to practice this. There are a few steps to this. Firstly you must ask the owner if it is ok to pat the dog, then you let the dog sniff your hand, you always pat a dog on the back - not the head or the tail. It was great to see this in practice, it might be a nice idea to chat with your child about their new knowledge if you are out and about, and come across a dog!