Our transition visits have now started with children invited to meet their classmates in small groups both in nursery and at school. During these visits the children will be invited to take part in some more Bear Hunt activities.
Wow, we have now reached week 4 of our transition to school programme and I know many of you have been taking part in lots of the activities. Very soon you will be invited to come to Glenwood as part of a small group and we will be doing a few of the activities together. We look forward to seeing you!
Don’t forget to keep a record of the activities you select each week- perhaps photos, drawing and comments in a jotter or scrapbook.
It has been great to see all the learning our pre-schoolers are sharing as they take part in our school transitions programme based on the story, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen.
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Here are the suggested activities for week 3…. As always, remember you don’t need to do everything suggested or spend a long time on this. Simply pick the activities which suit your child’s interests and a do a little bit when it suits you throughout the week.
Although it may be tempting to forget about routines and structures at this time, it can help children to feel safe during periods of uncertainty when there is some structure and routine. Ideas for supporting this include-
set times for going to bed and getting up in the morning where possible
build in time for fresh air and exercise
create a variety of activities such as games, art activities, music, play, garden activities and reading
make a daily plan with your child and share this with them the night before
limit their time on electronic devices where possible (but don’t cut yourself up if you have to use them to allow you to get things done!) Electronics can be great motivators for some children so if you have a daily plan, put electronics after the thing you want done.
respect each others’ privacy and give space when you can
take time to review the daily activities to help your child get a sense of accomplishment
In nursery, we use visuals to support children with routines and making choices and these can easily be adapted for the home. Why not draw some different images onto small cards and use to create sequence charts, choice boards, daily schedules or a weekly activity plan. Doing this together with your child will help them to develop an understanding of the choices available and the plans you have in place.
2 or 3 (or more) part sequence boards can help your child understand routines and help them see when they will be doing something.
Choice cards can be used to help your child make decisions and give them control of what they can do. Forced choices are when you present options which you have selected but your child gets the final say. For example, an apple or some grapes….. but not a biscuit! Drawing, hearing a story or playing with lego…. but no option of electronics!
This school timetable can easily be adapted to create your own weekly schedule.
We recently welcomed Chris Duke, the author of Lucy’s Blue Day, to Glenwood. The book is written to help children understand their emotions, and to encourage mental health awareness. Thank you to the parents who were able to join us for the sessions and thank you to Chris for his visit.
We have been learning about the impact of plastic on the environment. We carried out a survey on our lunch packaging and produced a graph to show the types of packaging used in our lunch boxes. Many of us have reusable wraps, tubs and flasks…. can we do more to reduce our waste?
We recently held a series of Outdoor Parent Workshops. These included outdoor play, den building and fire lighting. Thank you to everyone who came along and to the staff team for hosting these sessions.
Parents gave lovely feedback and we look forward to hosting some more workshops in the New Year.
“It was a lovely adventure for me to attend the Family Centre …for the wonderful Outdoor Education sessions”
“I really enjoyed the hands on play/ learning sessions”
“I had never thought of building a den in the garden using material, pegs etc. I will definitely take this forward.”
Thank you to all the parents who attended our recent STEM curriculum evening and to the whole staff team for showcasing our learning and making this evening a huge success. Our parents loved trying out some of the experiences on offer and feedback was very positive and encouraging.
Great to see all the stimulating and fun activities and nice to talk with staff and parents.
So lovely to see the amazing resources and have a chance to meet other staff members – really lovely group.
Thank you for all the staff’s knowledge and expertise!
The resources were fantastic, in particular the technology.
Loved the ideas for playing and learning at home and seeing what children do at nursery.
I wish I could provide constructive feedback, but nope! The evening and it’s content was perfect! So much effort made! Such a shame more parents didn’t come along.
Last Saturday we had a very successful ECO day. Staff, families and friends all mucked in to ensure our garden looks its best. Bark and stones were spread in Toadstool Tales, a bottle top mosaic was produced, the sand pit filled, vegetable plots weeded, cable drums painted, flowers planted, strimming and power washing carried out and many more jobs. A huge thank you to everyone who helped.
We are starting monthly sessions of Bookbug and Musicality (Literacy through music) for parents and their Glenwood children. Please come along and join us. Let us know if you can manage to allow us to organise the children.
Monday 18th February 2.00pm- 2.30pm- Musicality
Thursday 21st February 10.00am- 10.30am- Musicality
We are continuing to develop our literacy through puppets. We decided to make our puppet theatre even more inviting and we used the internet to see what traditional puppet theatres look like. We also searched for more ways to make puppets and decided to make sock puppets.
If you would like to make a sock puppet at home, look out for our Family Fun Bags on sale this week and containing all you will need to make a puppet.
Loss is a common occurrence which affects individuals in very different ways. Loss is most often considered to be a negative or painful process and one which requires time, space and the support of others to aid recovery. This is especially true for loss suffered through death. Regardless of age, the experience of bereavement is significant and can be life changing.
The following leaflets are designed to support children and families facing loss, grief and bereavement. Further advice and resources are available from staff.
The underwear rule is a simple way that parents can help keep their child safe from abuse. Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried. NSPCC offers further advice.