Healthier Minds

The  aim of this Healthier Minds Resource is to help parents find the information you need to develop children and young people’s talents and abilities in a way that will support them to meet life’s common challenges, develop their resilience, and have healthier minds as a result.  The links below will take you a video explaining why this resource has been developed and to the healthier minds resources.

https://youtu.be/uUyhOO0zhjY

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/er/healthierminds

The resource has been developed by East Renfrewshire’s Educational Psychologists. There is more information on the resources and supports available in the booklet for parents below.

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World Book Day

Today on World Book Day, the children had lots of fun reading their favourite books! Today the children especially enjoyed reading ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’.

We discussed how the giraffe was feeling throughout the story and the reasons why he may be feeling that way.

The children were then able to pick out the giraffes from our basket of animals and identify its long neck and how tall they are in comparison to the other animals.

This weeks toddler adventures 😊

The toddlers enjoyed mark making using a variety of different materials exploring different textures and colours.  Expressing their feelings

The toddlers enjoying sensory play in the slime.  Making potions filling and pouring  using lots of descriptive language .

Spring time baubles 🐥for decorating our room. Using our fine motor skills to fill them and choosing  different materials to put into them eg feathers glitter sequence spring time chicks and rabbits .🐰

 

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!

Drumtastic!

The boys and girls have been super busy today making drums! They have really been enjoying playing the musical instruments in our music area, that we decided to be creative and make our own drums.

First the boys and girls painted the tins

Then we cut the ends off the balloons and covered the top of the tin

Then placed an elastic band to keep it sturdy

There you go, fantastic diy drums.

There are so many learning benefits for making your own homemade musical instruments.

  • Increases and develops pride and self-esteem
  • Improves listening skills
  • Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression
  • Rhythm and coordination
  • Fine and gross motor development

Let’s make music!

Let’s get busy at the Tinker Table!

The children have enjoyed exploring the resources in the discovery room. This week we made up our rules to keep ourselves safe while using real tools at the tinker table.

We started by exploring different tools and what they could do…..

Then we used different loose parts and wood to create a robot.

The children at the tinker table risk assessed their own safety while using the tools and kept themselves and others safe.

I wonder what creations we will make next week!

Supporting Children and Young People in Challenging Times

THE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS

East Renfrewshire Educational Psychology Service is delivering three online one-hour parents’ sessions in March. The aim of these will be to explore how Covid has affected how children and young people think, feel and behave, and to discuss ways that you can support your child through the current challenges.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the brief online form with information about your child’s age and needs, and select which session you would like to attend. Please respond by the 2nd of March if you are hoping to attend Session 1, and respond by the 9th of March if you are hoping to attend Session 2 or 3. Please also include any questions that you would like to be answered in the session:

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Measuring Fun

In the garden the children had a great time using both standard and non standard units to measure the length and width of all sorts of items around the garden before practicing their literacy skills by recording  their findings.

They decided to measure themselves by drawing  a line with chalk on the wall and measure from it giving us their “exact” height.

They measured the length of their obstacle course.

Some of the children were delighted to be 7 blocks tall.

I think we might even have an architect in the making.

 

Coloured water is more fun!!

Today in the Studio the children were experimenting with coloured water whilst developing their fine motor skills. They started with clear water and added red food colouring using little pipettes. The children were fascinated with how the red rippled through the water changing its colour. Great fun was had scooshing the water. The children then wanted to add the sea animals to the water and enjoyed playing with them.  They then added some jugs and cups and practiced their pouring skills. It was a very busy day back at Cartmill!

Welcome back to the Discovery Room.

Welcome back everyone it’s good to see everyone back again,  We have all been busy exploring the toys in the discovery room and reconnecting with our friends.

We have been investigating the technology toys, working out how to make them move.

We used our creative skills to work side by side with our friends to discuss our feelings and use or writing skills to record how we feel.

We used the interactive board as another way to mark make and record our feelings today.

We were busy using our curiosity to make different objects using different shapes and sized  loose parts in our construction area.

We also took our learning outdoors, to use our muddy movers skills.
It has been so much fun being back and can’t wait to come back again tomorrow.

 

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