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What to do with a cardboard box?

The children in the studio room have been showing an interest in being creative with cardboard boxes making lots of wonderful objects exploring their mark making skills and different materials for mark making!

The children then read a story with Emma. The story was about how a cardboard box can be anything your imagination wants it to be and how it can be recycled into anything…

The children then made a mind map with all of their own suggestions, thoughts and ideas about what they could make using the different sized cardboard boxes that we have in our room.

Then we recorded our idea’s in our learning floorbooks.. Fantastic ideas children! What a creative bunch we have at Cart Mill!

Our visit to St Joseph’s

This afternoon, our children who will be going to St Joseph’s after the summer went on a visit to their school with Sarah-Jane and Lauren.

We walked over from the nursery and met some of our friends at the front door. Our soon to be teachers and Head Teacher welcomed us as we arrived!

We had a tour of the school and then went along to see where our classrooms were going to be… it was so exciting!!

First we sat with our teachers and had a chat to get to know them. We found out their names and some of them even knew our brothers and sisters! We listened to a story and even got to play a game on the interactive board feeding the teddies… I wonder if we will see another teddy later on?

Then, we got to explore our classroom and see what wonderful things our school has, the children chose to play ice cream shops, build with the different lego bricks and draw some pictures for our teachers.

Finally, we met a very special friend… our very own Jo Bear! Our teachers gave us one each to take home and look after, to cuddle and to tell stories to at bed time. The children were so happy to take their Jo Bears home!

We said goodbye and thank you to our teachers for welcoming us to the school, we can’t wait to go back again for another visit to meet our buddies!

Thank you, St Joseph’s!

Exploring our names

At together time in the studio this week, the children have been exploring the letters and sounds in their names. They have been using and developing their confidence in mark making skills to copy the letters from their names on our large whiteboard in the studio.

The children displayed good fine motor control to scribe the letters of their first names.

The children have been gaining new mark making skills, developing their fine motor skills and learning how to hold a pen correctly. Opportunities for mark making help children to prepare for writing and develops their handwriting skills.

Sewing Group

Over the last couple of weeks. A small group of childfren have been taking part in a sewing group with Sarah-Jane!

The children started off by designing what they would like to make at the sewing group…

”I’m going to make a tablet, like my sisters iPad”
I’m making a minion, his name is Bob, its the same as my jumper”

 

”I’m doing a rainbow and my mummy”
”I want to do a rainbow too, with all of the colours on it”

Once the children had made their plans, the next week they were able to have a practice with the needle and threading. This helps the children to develop their fine motor skills and developing concentration.

The children are keen to contrinue developing and learning new skills. We are so excited to see our projects coming together after some more practice in the next couple of weeks!

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”.