All posts by Miss Brown

We’re going on a bear hunt…

Today in the home room the children were retelling stories with puppets and props.

They chose ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and created a back ground for the puppets.

The children had a look for the book but couldn’t find it so they decided to search the internet for an audio version.

“Lets look on you tube, I’ve seen it on there before”

While the story played in the background the children all chose a character to act out parts of the story.

“uh oh! long wavy grass ”

“We’ve got to go through it”

“uh oh. A cave! A narrow gloomy cave.”

“We’ve got to go through it”

“ohh noo  there’s the bear”

Designing our own School!

Today the boys and girls in the home room were talking about what their school building will look like. I asked the children how they could find out what their school will look like.

“We could use the computer”

“What about your Ipad, its right there?”

We used technology to search for pictures of the different schools the children will attend.

The children came across building plans as they searched for their schools, so they decided to draw and design their own plans and schools.

“My school will have 10 windows”

“My school is very tall and has a big garden.

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

What a beautiful day it is!

Today the children in the home room are taking a little break from the sun. They were interested in a book about Recycling and we had a chat about what recycling is and how it is good for the environment.

 

How do we recycle?

“putting the rubbish in the recycling bin”

“ we put plastic in our green bin at home”

We had look around  to see how we recycle at nursery.

We recycle our paper by having a paper bin, we put our leftover snack in the food bin and we reuse bottle lids, cartons, cardboard boxes etc in our studio room.

We even saw the bin lorry out the window collecting the recycling bins.

Writing fun in the Home Room

Today in the home room we were practising our writing skills.  We had a look at some food magazines and some of the girls decided to write some menus and a recipe for lentil muffins.

We looks up some recipes and one of the girls asked me to write out the recipe so that she could copy the letters for her recipe.

When writing out the recipe we were developing our numeracy skills as we looked at the measurements for the ingredients.

The children spoke about opening up our own Cart Mill Cafe in the kitchen and thought about the different foods we would serve!

Snow Day!

Hi everyone it’s Carly here, I hope you are all well !

It’s snowing! You will need to wrap up warm for this one. Here are some activities you can do in the snow:

  • Build a snowman ( Who can build the tallest snowman?)
  • Throwing snow balls ( See how far you can throw them)
  • Fill an empty spray bottle with water (add food colouring) and make nice pictures in the  snow. Or use some paint.
  • Find a stick and practicing writing your name in the snow

There is lots of learning and development that can be done in the snow,

  •  You can measure how tall or small it is
  •  Children are learning about facial features when adding eyes, nose and a mouth
  • Can you throw it further this time? learning about distance
  • Can you get it as far as that tree?
  • Practicing writing your name in the snow develops literacy skills
  • Gross motor skills are developed as it takes large movement of muscles to get through the tougher snow
  • Weather- Is it hot or cold?
  • Science- What happens when the temperature rises?

There are lots of things to do in the snow, why not make the most of it while its here. Let us know what you learned today.

Feel free to send us pictures on twitter @cartmillcentre

Have a great day!

Continuing St Andrew’s Day celebrations

Over the past week the children in the Discovery Room room have shown an interest in Highland dancing.

The children have been developing their gross motor skills and movement while learning about Scottish culture and  festivals.

“I can hear bagpipes, listen””I can dance like the dancers”

“I have a tartan dress like that girl”

We took pictures of the children dancing and displayed them for us to look at. The children then drew their own Highland dancers and we introduced some Scottish history through Scotland’s most famous castles.

Junk modelling

This week in the Studio room  the children have shown an interest in using every day recycled materials to make their own models.

We discussed what materials we would need to make the robots.

“We need glue and paint”

“We could use these sponges and brushes to paint them”

 

They decided to make Robots using “big” and “small” cardboard boxes and selected their own paints and materials such as sponges and paint brushes to paint their boxes.

” We chose orange and blue and green paint”

“We are going to glue heads on our robots”

When the boxes were dry the children glued them together to create their robots and decorated them using “sparkly gems” .

Junk modelling is a great way to provide our children with opportunities to develop their imagination and problem solving skills.

We are looking for more bits n bobs to add to our collection that you may have at home :

  • Bottle lids
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Kitchen roll tube
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Cartons

Creative Fun in the Studio

Today the girls in the studio have been enjoying selecting their own materials to be creative.

They selected their own paint and chose the colours.

“I put more green in”

Using the  natural materials that they selected, the girls painted pine cones and rolled them over the cling film and tin foil taped too the floor, to see what prints it would leave.

 ”  This feels jaggy and rough”

Getting to know Carly

Hi everyone, its Carly here!

I have loved reading all the ladies blogs and getting to know more about my team, so now I am going to tell you some things that you may not know about me.

I was born on 19th June 1998 in the Royal Alexander Hospital in Paisley and was brought up by my Mum (Michelle) and My Dad (Mark) in a town called Barrhead. When I was 3 years old my little brother Stephen was born, he isn’t so little anymore. Two years after that my little sister was born. We are a close family but I am particularly close with my dad.

My dad and I often go out for lunch together when we are both off work.  My dad drops me off at work and picks me up again because I dont drive, my mum says he spoils me (I was doing driving lessons but I have failed my theory test 6 times ,so I have taken a break from the lessons.) I even went on a tour of my dads favourite football club with him, even though I am not a fan.

I started St Marks Primary school in 2003 and moved on to St Luke’s High school in 2010.

I got my first Job in November 2015 in Frankie and Benny’s (Silverburn).  My job was to clean and set the tables in the restaurant for new customers to come in and when I was old enough I was trained as a bartender, I worked here for 3 years.

At the end of May 2016, a few weeks before my 18th Birthday I had surgery to re align my jaw (Yuck) as I had a huge underbite that affected the way I ate and said certain words. This meant I was unable to celebrate my 18th birthday because my face was so swollen I couldn’t eat or talk for about 8 weeks while I recovered. After my surgery no one I knew recognised me, even my school teachers, apparently I looked like a totally different person.

I have been with my amazing boyfriend Michael for nearly 3 years now, although we were friends for a few years before that. After a year together we moved into out own little flat. We are now saving up to buy our own house.

I qualified in 2018 after a 2 year Modern Apprenticeship with East Renfrewshire council. After qualifying I got a job with MACS (Mearns after school care) but only worked there for 3 months before I took on a temporary job as a PSA in Carlibar Nursery. When my contract ended I took on a few supply shifts in Cart Mill funnily enough. I then had an interview and got offered a job in Cart Mill where I started in August 2019 and met all of you.

During my free time I enjoy going out for family dinners and going to the cinema. I decided to buy a Cineworld unlimited card, so I often go a few times a week to see a movie and sometimes even 2 in one day.

My favourite holiday destination at the moment is Benidorm where me and Michael went our first holiday together. We had planned to go back this year in the middle of May but under the circumstances it had to be cancelled.  Like Sarah Jane, Luss is also one of my favourite places to go to, my Gran and Grandad live in Luss and we often spend Christmas time there, It is beautiful.

I hope you are all having a great time at home with your families and i’m looking forward to seeing everyone again.  Remember to keep in touch through our twitter, I have loved seeing what you have all been up to.