Category Archives: Literacy

Flower Letters

This week in the literacy area we have been continuing to explore letters in the world around us. The children were invited to create letter shapes using some beautiful spring flowers,

“I made a T with sticks.”

We also made an alphabet matching game to help us explore what letters sound like.

We hammered the nails into the wood.

We wrote the letters all by ourselves.

We chose the pictures for each letter and stuck them onto the wood.

Finally we could play our game!

 

The Magical Fairy World

The river is like fire.
I think the dragon is going in to the forest.
The King and Queen will live up here.

The children went for a walk into a magical fairy world today. They wanted to make a new world in the garden where a magical wizard and a scary dragon lived. The King and Queen of the land lived high above the garden, watching over their kingdom. The children thought the dragon should live in a big volcano with a lava river. We used some of our plants in the garden to make a deep, dark forest to keep the dragon away from the King and Queen. The castle was made from beautiful flowers that were pink and yellow and white. Everything was happy in the garden until one day the dragon decided to cross the lava river… Now the children had to decide, did the King and Queen live happily ever after?

Spring Words

This week we have been exploring signs of Spring. The children were keen to share all the things they already knew about Spring and what they would like to learn more about.  We made a list of all the Spring words  we could think of .

We have been having fun  in the shaving foam and sand  exploring different ways to make marks such as using our fingers and daffodil stems!

I can make wiggly lines.

 

Planting sunflower seeds!

Today the children in the toddler room were busy in the garden planting sunflower seeds. We were discussing  what might happen to  the seeds when they are watered and the heat from the sunshine beats down on them. The children loved the feeling of the soil in their hands.

“It feels all cold and messy!”

The children then designed their own plant pots with colourful sparkles!

Spring is in the air!!

Today the toddlers had great fun painting the flowers they made from salt dough yesterday.

The flowers were cooked and now look amazing thanks to the children adding some colour, glitter and personalising their own flower.

This created a good discussion about Spring and flowers starting to grow. We also discussed the different parts of a flower.

“I’m here!”

The toddlers were signing in today using our new Self Registration Board.

The children  find their picture with their name on it and put it onto the board to sign themselves in and let everyone know “I’m here!”.

This is helping to develop early literacy skills with the children beginning to recognise their name.  It is also developing their independence.

The children are enjoying this experience in the morning/afternoon.

Baking gingerbread houses!!

Today in the toddler room the children were baking gingerbread houses. Firstly, they weighed out the ingredients to make the gingerbread. Everyone loved the smell of the ginger and the nutmeg!! “It smells spicey!” We enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together in the bowl and poured it into the baking trays. Once the gingerbread was ready the children used their concentration skills to decorate the house using icing, adding sprinkles and sweeties! We had a taste at snack time at said it was YUMMY!!

Sounds and rhymes!

Today in the Literacy area we have been investigating sounds and rhymes. We used the smartboard to take turns listening to the animal themed words and identifying the initial sounds that matched the pictures.

“I think it’s c because you say cat”

“Is it p for pig?”

“E sounds like egg, it’s not cheese”

The children decided they wanted to play more games so we will try Rhyming Bingo later to work on our turn taking and listening skills.

We have also been building farmyard pens for Baa Baa Black Sheep as it is our Rhyme of the Week. This is great practice for our fine motor skills, as well as giving lots of creative role playing opportunities.

“I did a triangle fence!”

“Mine will just be a normal fence!”

Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!
One for the master,
And one for the dame,
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.