Our Scarecrow "Bill" has been residing in our room this week, so that the children can draw him, and to provide inspiration for the children to make their own cardboard people. He will be moving into the vegetable garden at the end of the week, Our vegatables are growing beautifully, we will soon be able to pick some of our lettuce.
The children have been very interested in insects and we have a wonderful variety of insect specimens to look at, and a hanging of beautiful butterflies to admire. We have some reference books about insects and bugs on our nature table, and the childen have been searching in our garden, and then identifying the insects they have found, such as Casemoth Cocoons, Millepedes, Caterpillars etc.
We were excited to hear about the arrival of Ben K's baby sister and this led to discussions about families, and how many people are in each child's family, we even included pets.
We have been practicing rhyming words, and copying clapping rhythms, and the children have been helping to read familiar stories at story time - encouraging the children's powers of observation, listening skills, memories and interpretation. Rhyming helps the children to recognise the connection between the sounds of words and how they are written, developing a strong literacy foundation.
What will happen next week?
Margot, Ann and Lisa.
Group A Educators