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Pumpkin 🎃 Fun

The children are very excited as it’s nearly Halloween 👻. Today we listened to a story about Pumpkin Jack, a boy who had a Halloween pumpkin. After Halloween he put the pumpkin in the garden and over time the pumpkin began to rot away into the ground. The following year he watched a stalk grow from the ground and the leaves got bigger and bigger and a new pumpkin grew and was ready to use again for another Halloween.

The children had a look at our own pumpkins. We had different sizes, shapes and colours. We discussed how some were heavier than others, the smaller ones were bumpy and rough and the bigger ones were smooth and soft. The pumpkins felt cold and smelled like “pumpkins and witches“.

The children then designed their own pumpkin pictures This helped develop their creativity and fine motor skills using our art resources. They were able to choose their own art materials to create great pumpkin pictures. Well done.

Next week we are going to open the pumpkins and look inside!!!!. What do you think we will discover?

We’re going on a bear hunt…

Today in the home room the children were retelling stories with puppets and props.

They chose ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and created a back ground for the puppets.

The children had a look for the book but couldn’t find it so they decided to search the internet for an audio version.

“Lets look on you tube, I’ve seen it on there before”

While the story played in the background the children all chose a character to act out parts of the story.

“uh oh! long wavy grass ”

“We’ve got to go through it”

“uh oh. A cave! A narrow gloomy cave.”

“We’ve got to go through it”

“ohh noo  there’s the bear”

Marvellous Mark Making!

Our children have had lots of fun developing their mark making skills this week!

We decided to use some shaving foam “because it was all fluffy and smelled nice” and the children collected lots of different materials to see what marks and pattens they could make.

We used some of the branches from our Christmas Tree, pine cones, lollipop sticks and our fingers to see the different marks each made.
The children thought the Christmas tree made the best marks.

We decided to add some “sparkles” and colour to our foam to see what would happen.

We had lots of fun swirling and mixing our foam and “it turned pink. It’s my favourite” Some of the children practised writing their names and numbers in the foam. The children thought the Christmas tree looked like “a strawberry ice cream”.

We had lots of fun drawing patterns on the ground and following them until we reached the end “X marks the spot!” Do you like our “colourful rainbow?”

We were so happy to see the snow in our garden. Our  toddlers had so much fun mark making using their feet. Our dinosaurs came out to play too!

It’s been a busy couple of days in our garden and we have had so much fun using so many different materials to practise our marvellous mark making skills!

Why don’t you practise your marvellous mark making at home? We would love you to share them with us.

Take care and have lots of fun. Xx

 

Reading is fun

We have been reading lots of books in the discovery room. We have been talking about book week and the importance of looking at books. We have discussed how books are full of information for you to learn new things, find out lots of facts and listen to a enjoyable story’s.

We enjoy listening to stories together at group times. We like to join in with the story and guess what happens next? When we read familiar stories we even get to help read along and recall the next part of the book.

We use books in areas of our discovery room, in our cosy area where we can have some time to look at books when we want some quiet time.

At our writing table to help us explore letters, words and an a special interest to inspire our pictures we make.

In our science area where we can explore fun facts and investigate science experiments.

Even in our building/construction area we look at books to help us learn about real life construction.
Books are such an important part of learning. We learn so many important skills from books. What are some of your favourite stories at home?

Traditional Tales

This week in the Home Room we have been learning about traditional tales.  We have enjoyed listening to the stories about Goldilocks and the three bears, Jack and the beanstalk and the Three little pigs.

We have also been learning how to re-tell the stories in different ways such as using the character puppets or using role play to act out the story.
We have even been using our imagination to add new parts to each story when acting out different parts of the books, using our creative thinking, deciding what can happen next in the story? What would Goldilocks do when she got home?  Would the Three Bears make more porridge? What would Jack and his mummy buy at the shops with their golden egg?

What do you think would happen next?

We have had had lots of fun using our skills to re-tell and re-call our traditional tales. We have been using these skills to read the story to our friends.


I wonder what adventures our story book characters will get up to next week.