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Christmas in the Cart Mill garden!

Today in our garden we were exploring different Christmas experiences..

The children were using different materials to create some transient art Christmas trees, developing their fine motor skills by practicing Christmas words in the rice and exploring different sized and shaped pine cones and counting them out.

 

They selected different coloured materials to create decorations on their Christmas trees.

They also worked together to count out the different sized pine cones. Great teamwork!

D was able to copy the word ”Elf” by using his mark-making and fine motor skills to create the letters in the rice!

I wonder what other fun Christmas experiences we will explore throughout the week.

When I grow up…

Following on from our theme of “When I grow up” from book week, the children in the home room have been role playing different jobs and roles they want to do when they are older exploring real life situations through their imagination and role play experiences.

Developing mark making and early writing skills. R and E are ”doing my homework” E discussed that her brother does his home work when he comes in from school. ”I will do that when I go to school too”

R – ”I’m the teacher, I’m reading a story to the boys and girls”

L – ”I work on the computer and we need to answer the phone, it’s really busy!”

S – ”I’m in the doctors you need to wait for your appointment and then the doctor makes you better with medicine”

Forest School!

Today was our final week at Forest School so we had some special treats.. Pieces and Sausage, Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows!!

The children have enjoyed visiting the forest over the last 4 weeks and have always been greeted by some friendly visitors..

The children have said that their favourite part of going to the forest has been creating mud monsters.. look at these scary faces!

E, R and S even found some sticks on the ground that they could recognise as letters and numbers.

S – ”Look! it’s like a number 4”

E – ”I have this letter in my name, its a letter Y”

R – ”R is in my name, it’s at the start of it, I can write it too”

 

Nacho Friday!

As a special treat for the children this Friday, we decided to have some Nacho’s for snack!

The children were keen to try the Salsa and dip their tortillas into it and loved sprinkling the cheese on top..

”Say Nacho’s everybody!”

L spoke about a trip to the cinema when she saw that it was nacho’s for snack.. ”I go to the cinema with my daddy and he buys nacho’s”.

O wasn’t sure about the salsa at first, but after seeing her friends try it she decided to give it a try herself.. ”it’s tasty”!

”My favourite part is the cheese”

L loved the salsa ontop of his tortilla’s..

Designing and Building

In the discovery room over the last couple of weeks the children have been creative in the construction area where they have been designing and building their own models and then selecting and using different sized blocks to build them.

                            H decided to use the large blocks in the construction area to build her very own ”throne” as she was playing ”Kings and Queens and Princesses”

 

                                A and L used their problem solving skills to build their very own see saw!

                                 

R and I took their time and selected different shaped blocks to create their own castle!

This interest from the children has inspired language and discussions about shape and size and the children have been exploring mathematical language such as ”how big” and ”how small”.

 

 

Autumn Fun in the Toddler Room

We have been having lots of fun exploring different Autumn experiences in our toddler room this week. Through curiosity the children have been exploring sensory playdough, printing pictures with apples and exploring touch and texture with porridge oats.

The children chose various autumn colours to create prints using apples.

The children explored different natural materials with sensory playdough.

A is developing his fine motor skills here by exploring the sensory oats to find numbers and then chose to thread them onto a paintbrush. Fab problem solving!

We’re going on a local walk!

In the home room this week we decided to take advantage of the nice day and go for a walk around our local environment.

The children were looking for different colours and numbers that they could find and they were also collecting different autumn materials as this is what they have shown an interest in talking about: autumn and the leaves changing colours.

N and E spotted numbers on the postbox as we were walking past…

”I found number 9”
”number 7 Linzi!”

The children noticed from a distance that they could spot a house that stood out from all the rest, can you tell which one?!

”There’s a yellow house it’s so big”

I and R spotted numbers on a fence as we were walking past, do you know what numbers they are?

”I can see a 9 and a 3, what does that make?”

D and A were using mathematical language and conversation  at the top of the hill saying that ”we are so high up look how far up we came”

Most importantly, we were making sure we looked left and right and listened and looked for cars coming to ensure that we all crossed the road safely!

 

 

Welcome to the Home Room

Hi everybody! Sarah-Jane here,

The children would like to show you around our home room in our nursery and all the wonderful experiences we have.

”Fiona reads us stories, this one is about the zoo animals”

In our small world area, the children were showing Linzi how to build a train track going to the fairy village.

In our home room, we have a kitchen and a living room area. The boys and girls enjoy engaging in role play and imaginative play where they cook the dinner for their babies and talk on the phone to their mums and dads.

The children are role playing a real life scenario in our kitchen area.. Deciding what is for dinner!! Does this happen in your house too?

Here is where we have snack in the home room… Today we are having banana, apples and crumpets.. Yummy!!

 

 

All about SJ!

Hi everyone! Sarah-Jane here, here is a little blog with some things about me that you might not know!

I am 25 years old and have worked at Cart Mill for 2 and a half years now. I live at home in Park House with my mum, my dad and my little dog Lola. I have been with my boyfriend Graeme for about 10 months now. I grew up in Southpark Village and then Darnley and I went to Darnley Primary and Hillpark Secondary. I enjoy going out for meals and going on nights out with my friends.

 

I used to dance and figure skate when I was younger. I started dancing when I was 2 and a half and did it for 14 years and figure skating for 2 years. I have many trophies and medals for dancing doing ballet, tap, disco, modern and jazz. I also used to play football and trained with a top team in Scotland’s girls football for a while.

I have a Maltese dog called Lola, she is 2 years old in September and I love her so much. She makes me smile with her cheeky antics and she gives the best cuddles!

I particularly like to drive to Luss, which is near Loch Lomond when the weather is nice and go for a long walk, it is one of my favourite places to take a drive to.

My favourite thing to do is watch the football. I have had a season ticket for my favourite football team since I was 2 and I go with my mum and dad.  I have even been to countries such as Poland, Germany and Holland to watch them.

I love watching tv, probably a little too much! Some of my favourite programmes include Friends, Gavin and Stacey, Match of the Day and Love Island – I’m a little obsessed with reality tv!

I also love music, I couldn’t even begin to chose a favourite but I enjoy listening to Oasis, JLS, Take That and Olly Murs, quite a random mix of music, haha!

I love to go on holiday, a lot of people say I’m a bit of a sun worshiper. My favourite place to go on holiday is Florida, I love all things Disney! I really am a big kid at heart.. The next place I’d like to go on holiday when it is safe is Cancun, in Mexico, which is where my boyfriend and I plan to go next year, when it is safe to do so!

I miss all of you so much, and I can’t wait to see you all again, hopefully soon! But most importantly when it is safe to be back in Cart Mill together. I hope you are all having fun whatever you are all getting up to during this unprecedented time and making the most of the time we have with our families.

Stay safe everyone.. xx