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Wednesday 1st April 2020
While you are at home together, keep practicing the sounds we have been learning in Nursery.
See how many things around the house you can find that start with a ‘sssssssss’, ‘mmmmmm’ or ‘a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a’ sound. Look at a book and see if you can spot a s,m,a,d or t at the start or end of a word.
You can also keep counting at home too. Practice your numbers up to 10. You can sing songs like this one to help you!
It is the start of Spring and we are getting closer to Easter, the time when we look at new life in Nursery. Look out of the window, or around your garden and see if you can see the leaves and flowers on the trees showing signs of spring.
It is important at this time that we are able to let you know any information relating to school, and we are putting together a list of parent’s e-mail addresses to help with this. If you’ve not already done so, please can we ask that you email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s full name and year group so that school can communicate with you regarding updates. Thank you
Take care and stay safe,
Monday 30th March 2020
It’s the start of our second week at home and I hope you are all keeping well.
Some young children are finding this time at home unsettling and can be feeling anxious. I have added a link to a lovely online book, which explains our current situation in a child friendly way, and could help to alleviate any worries your child may have.
Don’t forget to keep active while you are at home. You can do squiggle wiggle with your families – using tea towels, socks or anything else you have at home – using the link below, and also dough disco to keep your fingers and hands moving and developing.
You could also try moving in different ways around your house and garden. You could try hopping, walking on tiptoes, skipping, jumping, bunny jumps and star jumps. Try counting how many you can do.
Looking after our mental health during this time is just as important as our physical health. Cosmic Kids Zen Den has some wonderful mindfulness, meditation and yoga videos you can watch and follow at home.
Have a lovely week, Mrs Parkinson
Wednesday 25th March 2020
I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather and making the most of your time together.
There are some fantastic websites at the moment where you can find plenty to keep busy.
ABC does has ’50 fantastic ideas to try at home’ which you can do with things you find around the house. Just follow the link https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/
Audible are streaming free children’s books while schools are closed. This is a great way to enjoy a story together with your child. You can access them here https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
And if you are feeling energetic, P.E. with Joe Wicks is on every morning at 9am for 30 minutes on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Take care of yourselves and your families, Mrs Parkinson
Monday 23rd March 2020
Nursery is currently closed.
While you have this time at home with your child there are still plenty of opportunities for learning through play.
Read together and talk about the pictures in the books, sing songs and nursery rhymes, draw or paint, make a den, do some baking, have an indoor picnic, play games and sing counting songs.
Below are a few links where you can access activities we do daily in our Nursery Class.
We always start the day with some Dough Disco or Squiggle Wiggle. These are exercises to improve fine motor control, which are essential for mark making and writing. You can find dough disco videos showing the moves we use on the Spread the Happiness channel on You tube by following this link.
We also enjoy dancing and yoga with GoNoodle. We love Maximo in Nursery, but there are hundreds of different dances and songs for all ages, which are perfect for getting rid of all that extra energy.
If you can get outside in the garden to play, there are lots of fabulous ideas with The Muddy Puddle Teacher, who has free resource packs for parents during this time.
I thought I would include a recipe for making playdough at home. We make all our playdough in Nursery and it’s a firm favourite with all the children.
BEST EVER NO-COOK PLAY DOUGH RECIPE
- 2 cups plain Flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar (to keep it fresh for longer-this is optional)
- 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
- food colouring (optional)
- few drops glycerine (the secret ingredient for extra shine! again this is optional)
- Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
- Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
- Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
- Add the glycerine (optional)
- Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
- If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right
For lots more free playdough recipes follow this link to The Imagination Tree website
You can also access the Twinkl home learning hub, which has a new set of activities everyday that you can get involved with.
I will be adding more ideas for things to do over the next week, but most importantly, stay safe and enjoy your time together.