Another busy week - the shop continues to be a very busy place, with the children spending lots of money and doing lots of shopping - it is a very social place to be with lots of chatting, interacting and imagining.
We always have a table set up with a game for the children to work at together - sometimes a dice game, sometimes using a colour or number spinner, sometimes a memory game. These games require the children to follow the rules of the game, to take turns, to be patient if they have to miss a turn in the rules of the game - respecting each others rights, completing the game to the final result and waiting till all children have finished, interacting with each other,and sometimes taking turns to be leader of the game. This week we played the "Beetle Game".
We introduced Clay to the children this week - the children really enjoyed this experience - it's messy, it's creative and it's fun - much chatting, poking, rolling and pounding - and some wonderful creations. This is a totally different experience to play dough, and both are valuable for the children - giving them sensory experiences and strenghening their fingers and hands.
On Wednesday we cooked some scones - all children took part - they checked the recipe, measured the ingredients, mixed the ingredients, rolled out the dough, cut the shapes, and we all smelt the delicious smell of the scones cooking. Thank you to Janine and Ann for making these with the children. Janine also made some rasberry jam - so we had home made scones and jam for afternoon tea - we even had enough for another taste the next day, this is also a science experience for the children - measuring, watching what happens when the ingredients are mixed, and then when they are cooked.
Another sensory experience being enjoyed by the children at the moment - we have a trough containing bird seed, and a selection of measuring spoons and small containers - great fun, also another science experience based around measuring and experimenting with volume and size - but I think the cleaners will be very happy when we change this activity as a little birdseed goes a very long way!!
We have been practicing using scissors to cut out specific shapes and matching these to similar shapes, and the children are also creating wonderful pictures cutting their own shapes and using their imaginations .
The children are becoming very interested in other languages, and we are exploring these in various ways - we are finding out how to say Hello and Goodbye in other languages, counting in other languages, learning songs in other languages, and dances from other countries in music, and we will be continuing to develop the childrens interest in other languages and other countries of the world, referring to our Globe of the World and our Map of the World that are in our room - there is so much to learn.
What will happen next week ?
Margot, Ann and Lisa
Group A Educators