I hope you are all well and coping with being indoors. I know it can be tough but I am very much looking at the positives of getting to spend more time with my son. My little boy, Arlo, is deaf and has developmental delays, so we are using this time to brush up on our BSL skills. We are only beginners ourselves but I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some basic signs with you.
Sign language is vitally important and it makes such a huge difference to the deaf community when people know just a couple of basic signs to help deaf children and adults feel included.
I would be happy to make more videos if people are interested.
Anyway, to keep things simple, I thought we would start with “good morning”, “good night”, “please”, “thank you” and for a bit of fun, I have signed “Sing a Rainbow” as well.
Please / Thank you – It is the same sign for both please and thank you but the lip pattern (simply saying the words) is different
♬ Sing a Rainbow ♬
I hope you enjoy, please stay safe and I am looking forward to seeing you all soon
Hello everyone, hello everyone glad that you could come!
Everyone enjoys a Bookbug session did you know you can download the Bookbug app to do your own sessions at home.
Children love stories and singing this helps to support your child’s language, learning and social skills.
Why not try it today, there is a great selection of songs on the app in both English and Gaelic if your feeling brave.
In these unusual times just have fun with it.
Goodbye everyone, goodbye everyone glad that you could come!
Over the last few months at Cart Mill the children have been using the ‘Helicopter Stories’ approach to develop their story telling skills.
Helicopter Stories is an Early Years approach to communication and literacy skills based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley. MakeBelieve Arts company has been pioneering this work in the UK since its conception in 2002.
Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down exactly as they are told by the adult. The children then gather around a ‘stage’ and the stories are acted out by the children.
The Makebelieve Arts website highlights some of the benefits of Helicopter Stories as being :
- An inclusive approach which values every child’s contribution;
- Facilitates high levels of engagement
- Creates confidence and self-assurance;
- Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas;
- Helps to develop accurate, active listening skills and understanding;
- Supports co-operative and collaborative and creative learning;
- Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience;
- Allows children to explore early literacy and the power of words as they see their stories come to life, and develop their ability to use and adapt language to communicate;
- Offers children a bridge into the world of creative writing as they begin to see the links between the oral stories they compose and the words on a page.
The children take turns to share their stories with the adult who is leading the session. As you can see below there are always lots of children who are super excited to share their stories with their friends.
After the story has been written, the author choses what character from their story they would like to play and with the help of their friends, the story is acted out. Performing the story is always met with lots of great actions, fun, and laughter.
Here are some of or stories from today, written then performed by the children.
Title : My Chocolate
“A minion was trying to catch a monkey. Minions are funny. And that was a bad minion and he caught the monkey and he putted him in the bin. And then a crocodile eated the bin and the minion and then the crocodile was sick.”
Title : Tilly
A rocket and a race car and a monster came along. Then the monster was going to stop the race car. Then the rocket was going to stop the monster. A bird was going to scare the monster.
A robot catched a monkey. A crocodile try and catch the monkey.
A tiger and then a lion comed and catched him. And then a gardener comed and catched them again.
After observing some children tinkering on the workbench it became apparent that they would require some guidance on how to use the workbench and tools. So an old wooden table was brought in as a life learning experience to help the children develop an understanding of how we can re-use and fix things.
During this 2 week experience some of the skills the children have been developing are; language, cooperation, listening, problem solving, measurement, tool safety and risk assessment.
Working together to prepared the old table by washing it ‘to make it clean’
We all took turns sanding the table to take the’ old wood away’ & reveal the wood underneath ‘smooth’
Measuring the table legs to make sure all ‘4 legs’ are the same size ‘else it will wobble’
We are learning how to use a saw safely
‘only with a grown up’ & ‘look at the saw’
Protecting the table with beeswax ‘it soaks it up’ & ‘taking care’ of the table so ‘it last a long,long, long time’
We worked together to screw the shorter legs back on the table.
Playing with our beautiful new table ‘ you sit on the cushions’ & ‘like this …..legs under the table’
The children are very proud of their new table ‘I did this’
The children have enjoyed reading our Gigantosaurus book. We discussed where dinosaurs might live and what they might eat? The children excitedly suggested we build a world for our dinosaurs in our garden! We set off round the garden to look for some rocks, sticks and leaves for our world. The children suggested we have some sand for the dinosaurs to play in, just like our sandpit in the garden. Of course, our dinosaurs needed a bath to have a wash in because they would be dirty from playing in the sand! We had lots of fun building our dinosaur world and playing with our dinosaurs. Doesn’t it look amazing!
“He’s playing in the sand.”
“He’s all dirty and needs a bath.”
“I’m washing my dinosaur.”
“I’ve built a house for Stegosaurus.”
“My dinosaur likes to eat leaves.”
Our amazing Dinosaur World!
‘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 have started early celebrations in the Studio for St. Andrew’s day. The children began creating a Scottish theme for our sensory tray by making Scottish flags using resources that have different textures.
On our arts and crafts table the children explored the patterns of different tartans and experimented with weaving to create their own tartans.