Music and movement fun!

This morning the toddlers were enjoying singing and playing the musical instruments. The children were learning to follow simple instructions such as play them quietly and really loud, fast and slow and to stop.

 

We are learning to repeat rhymes and songs and have fun with musical instruments.

The children enjoyed participating in action songs and moving to Ring a ring a roses and Here we go round the mulberry bush.

We are learning to move our bodies, gain control of co-ordination and mobility of movement but most of all we are having lots of fun!

What will happen?

Happy Valentine’s Day to our Cart Mill Family!

We have been doing Valentine themed activities this week and finding out what the day means to the children.

In the science corner we’ve kept to our theme to help us explore what happens when we put paper into water. We learned new vocabulary and discussed hypothesis.

We started with paper hearts
Then folded them up

We tried to guess what would happen when we put our folded hearts into water…there were lots of fabulous theories; “it’ll change colour”, “it’ll explode”, “it’ll sink”, “ it’ll get sugary, break apart”

We placed them into water and waited to see what would happen

The paper opened back up into a heart shape.  We discussed why this happened – the paper absorbed the water causing the fibres in to paper to expand and push the paper apart.  One child asked if there was more water would it sink.  So we decided to find out and added a bowl that was deeper.  Again we tried to guess what would happen. “It’ll sink” “it’ll float” “it’ll make waves”

We discussed the difference between shallow and deep; “sink means you fall under the water”, “float is staying on the top”

Again the paper opened up “it’s opened up because we drop it in” one child exclaimed.  Another child agreed saying “yes because we put it into the wet”.

The children clapped when the heart opened up

The children continued to explore this for the rest of the morning.

Upcycling an old table

After observing some children tinkering on the workbench it became apparent that they would require some guidance on how to use the workbench and tools. So an old wooden table was brought in as a life learning experience to help the children develop an understanding of how we can re-use and fix things.

During this 2 week experience some of the skills the children have been developing are; language, cooperation, listening, problem solving, measurement, tool safety and risk assessment.

 

Working together to prepared the old table by washing it ‘to make it clean’

We all took turns sanding the table to take the’ old wood away’ & reveal the wood underneath  ‘smooth’

Measuring the table legs to make sure all ‘4 legs’ are the same size      ‘else it will wobble’

We are learning how to use a saw safely
‘only with a grown up’ & ‘look at the saw’

Protecting the table with beeswax ‘it soaks it up’ & ‘taking care’ of the table so ‘it last a long,long, long time’

We worked together to screw the shorter legs back on the table.

 

Playing with our beautiful new table  ‘ you sit on the cushions’ & ‘like this …..legs under the table’

The children are very proud of their new table ‘I did this’

 

 

Bonjour les amis

Cart Mill has a new friend visiting our centre, Camembear. He is a shy but slightly mischievous bear that has come all the way from France and, along with Val and Helen, he will be teaching the children to speak a little French as well as find out about the French culture. Today we looked at French food and in particular, crêpes! The children welcomed Camembear by saying bonjour to him. We then sang a little song ‘bonjour les amis’ before making our crêpe batter with Camembear’s help. We then lit the fire and Val told Camembear that the was fire très chaud so he had to be careful! Camembear carefully turned a crêpe and we then sat round the fire and ate them with honey. Bon appétit said Camembear! The boys and girls then said au revoir to Camembear but he’ll be back very soon, French will take place in the centre every Monday and Thursday with all staff using some of the words throughout the day so parlez français beaucoup at home too! This week’s words are bonjour and au revoir.

Dress Maker at Work

The child’s idea when she saw the sheets of coloured felt was to “make a rainbow dress” and that is just what she did. It took her most of the day to sew all the felt pieces together. Here she is in deep concentration sewing two pieces of felt together.

Sewing rainbow dress

The delight is clear to see when she tries on the rainbow dress she made.

This is a beautiful example of what Maria Montessori meant when she said “Play is the work of the child”.