This week, for our final week, we tried to keep things smooth and simple. Towards the end of term, children become very tired which can, of course, contribute to behavioural changes. By keeping our sessions simply for the children, they are allowed the ability to play as they want to play without too much asked of them.
We fortunately had lovely weather on Monday and were able to make the most of it by spending the majority of our session outside. We even had our snack on picnic rugs under the shade cloth. The children also engaged in water play outside for the first time in months and they really seemed to enjoy the experience. Water play is a fun way to extend fine motor skills, practise larger arm movements, gain an understanding of evaporation and engage in some art.
By contrast, Thursday was much cooler again, though we still tried to spend a lot of time outside. Most of the children spent a lot of time in the sandpit, building sandcastles and cooking food with the sand. The children often work together to build their sandcastles and share cooking implements which fosters teamwork and extends their communication skills. Some of the children also spent a lot of time playing with the soccer ball – kicking, running and chasing the ball. The development of these skills is essential for their gross motor development.
We wish all families a happy break and look forward to seeing you next term on Thursday October 8!
Jessica, Fiona and Karen.