This term, our topic is "Amazing Me!" All the children have shown how amazing they are, with settling into preschool wonderfully, and having such fun! It is magical to see friendships forging, and children gaining the confidence to speak up in groups and join in with activities. We have enjoyed a varied range of activities, utilising the full space we have on offer. The children have shown a keen fascination in cooking, and so each week we have baked a different recipe. So far, they have made courgette bread, vegetable soup, cheese scones and apple pies. Many of the ingredients were brought in by preschool families, empowering the children to take ownership and take an interest in gardening. The role play area has also evolved and changed throughout the weeks, from a shoe shop, traditional kitchen, to a farm shop! This allows for open ended play to be explored, with the grown-ups developing and extending learning naturally through the children's play.
Story sacks have sparked lovely discussions and enabled the children to take part in a variety of games together, including dominoes and a memory game. This promotes the children's turn taking and listening skills in fun, engaging ways. The stories also encourage the children to join in with repeated refrains, and to make up signs for different words, promoting early Makaton skills, which are used during song times as well.
With the weather being kind, we have been able to be out in the garden using the natural environment. The hedgehogs are well looked after, with the children helping to construct a hedgehog home, using real tools, as well as getting messy making bird feeders!
We are looking forward to our first yoga session of the term, and a visit from Riverford veg, to talk about how to create a rainbow of colours on our plates.