All posts by Stephanie MacPherson

Child development officer & level 3 Forest School Leader. Currently doing my BA childhood practice at Strathclyde university ☺️

Owl Babies

‘Owl Babies’ is a story written and illustrated  by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson.

Our children have given their opinion on what the story is about ;-

“The story is about owls, the mummy owl went to get food, the baby owl got sad. Mummy owl comes back at the end” – E. M

“The owls waited for their mummy” – S.S

”The baby owls, their mum and dad was gone”N.R

“The owls were sad because their mummy was lost” N.D

After reading the story the children and I started to look up some interesting facts about Owls, did you know ;-

  • There are around 200 different owl species.
  • Owls are active at night (nocturnal).
  • A group of owls is called a parliament.
  • Most owls hunt insects, small mammals and other birds.
  • Some owl species hunt fish.

The children asked a very interesting question, “Do owls live in nests or holes in trees?” The answer is Both !!

We collected some resources from around the nursery that we could use to make nests.

It’s having a drink.

Some children were interested in drawing some pictures of the owls. We did this and had a range of unique owls, some rainbows and some pink ones and also some yellow. The children had great pleasure in displaying their work.

To add  challenge to this experience some children starting to copy some of the key words from the story. The children concentrated well during this experience.

 

We are responsible citizens.

Today we took a glorious stroll to our local shops. As effective contributors to our nursery life we created a shopping list and went shopping for our snack.

The children took responsibility for one item each from our list and ensured that we found everything on our list to take back to nursery.

Before walking back the children decided they wanted to go into the pet shop, the children enjoyed looking at the animals and asked questions to expand on their learning.

    

 

Exploring the world through our senses

Children and even adults learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses (Educational playcare, 2016). Studies have shown that from birth to early childhood,  children explore and make sense of the world through, touching, smelling, seeing, hearing and tasting.

Our children have been working on their descriptive language whilst they explore their senses and to add depth to their learning the children were involved in selecting a variety of materials to explore. Whilst exploring the children were involved in discussions about what they could feel, see, hear, smell and taste.

The children have also initiated an interest in farm animals, we incorporated some foods that we may find on a farm into these exploration experiences.

Here are some of the experiences that we have taken part in.

Touch

” it’s  so squishy”

 

 

Smell

”it smells like onions”

”it smells like soup”

taste

“I like porridge, it’s lumpy”

”honey is sticky”

Seeing 

“Its green and it is bendy in the wind”

Hearing

”it’s  like rain”

Holiday Provision – Forest School

Some of our Cart Mill children took a stroll to our Busy Glen Forest, we were amazed at how different it looked. The children commented on how the forest was darker, and greener. Our fire area has disappeared under some shrubs, we could no longer see the river from our forest however the children used their problem solving skills and climbed up the tree to see if they could see the water. As the water is one of our favourite areas for curiosity and exploration we ventured down through the long grass and shrubs and enjoyed exploring our senses.

We also problem solved and worked as a team using the rope, we tied one to a tree to assist us on going up the hill, and we made a tree swing. It was good to be back in our favourite calming and nurturing environment.

As you will see, our children are very confident within this environment and the activities were child-led throughout the day.

Mud Sports Day

MUD DAY !!!!!!!

Today we had a vision and it came to life. Our children explored their senses through jelly, mud, water, bubbles, gloop, flour and grass. The children were allowed to get as muddy as possible and to share this experience with the full Cart Mill family.

Children within this developmental stage it is crucial to engage in outdoor experience, thus experience allowed children to explore the world around them in a fun and unfamiliar way. The children also develop their social skills, risk taking, gross motor skill and physical ability through this experience. This is an great example of “learning through play “.

This was not only for the children but also for the staff. This type of experience is known to provide joy and happiness if we let it and today at Cart Mill we did just that. Laughter filled the air and fun was had by all.

Please keep an an eye on the board in the hall way for more mud day pictures. Thank you to everybody who helped to make this work, especially you the parents, this was a huge success.