Today the children have enjoyed tasting different types of fruit. We sat together and discussed the different sizes, colours and weights of the fruit . We managed to put the fruit in order from smallest to biggest and the we pointed to the fruits that we knew the name of. We discovered that the biggest one was called a pomegranate and that it tasted yummy!
We also tried some lemons and limes! “don’t like it” some children said , others enjoyed the taste. The favourite was oranges and strawberries. We tried passion fruit it was “yucky”.
The children were very engaged and this gave them the opportunity to socialise and and practise new words and language skills. We look forward to trying lots more foods and tastes another day.
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!
Over the last couple of weeks the children have been very excited as they watched their caterpillars grow.
Some of the children used a magnifying glass to have a closer look.
Once the caterpillars grew big enough they moved to the top of their little home and hung upside down in a ‘J’ shape. The children asked why they did this. We read a book on butterflies and they found out that when the caterpillars hang upside down they are ready to change into chrysalises.
When the chrysalises had hardened, they were moved into their habitat. This was done be very carefully removing the lid and placing it onto a cardboard mount making sure that they hung at the correct angle. At this point the children were able to get very close to them.
When the children arrived back at Cartmill on Monday morning they were surprised to see that 3 of the chrysalis had changed into butterflies. They were all very excited and enjoyed watching them fly around. Some of the children decided that they would like to draw pictures of them and wanted to give them names. They came up with some names and made up a chart asking all the children in the centre what their favourite name was.
The children observed their butterflies over the next few days, feeding them pieces of fruit, a mixture of sugar and water and flowers.
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day so we let them fly away into the garden.
The most popular names were Voilet, Ruby, Sonny and Blaze.
Hopefully the children will see our butterflies flying around our garden.
The children have really enjoyed this experience. They have all learned about the life cycle of the butterfly. Whilst observing the cocoons the children were given the opportunity to learn about shapes and patterns on the butterfly wings as well as learn about symmetry. They also learned words like larva, chrysalis and metomorphasis.
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.
Today in the Home Room the children were focusing on counting and identifying numbers to 10. After counting the spots on the wooden steps the children were able to put the steps in order from one to ten. They then had great fun jumping up the steps whilst shouting out the number as they stood on it! The children also helped the ladies to make number lollipop sticks. They counted aloud how many dots were needed on each stick and then sorted them in the correct number order! What great number helpers we have at Cart Mill!!