Half term saw the return of the preschool room, and a group of wonderful volunteers freshened it up for the children to come back to. It is great to have the use of this room and we are all so grateful to belong to such a caring community who give their time and support.
Following Fascinations is truly allowing for the children to lead the experiences at preschool, and it is so lovely to see them so highly engaged and motivated in their play. So many varied activities have been enjoyed, including helping to construct a bird table using real tools, mark making to music which is now displayed in our room, looking at dinosaurs, going on a shape hunt and problem solving creating shelters which are waterproof!
At the core of all we do, is developing and nurturing the children on their learning journey, and this is achieved through a variety of activities, promoting their self-confidence and self-esteem. Using familiar toys, such as the Wow Cow cuddly, this allows children to have their say, and experience first-hand that their opinion and words are valued. It was so lovely to hear all about the fun that the children had over their half term holiday, and it is so rewarding when children feel empowered to speak up when they once wouldn’t have wanted to.
For World Book Day, we are dedicating a week to animal themed explorations, starting with a visit from Tropical Discoveries, with a range of creepy crawlies coming to join us! We have lots of habitats to find who lives there for our Forest School adventures, and we are all looking forward to seeing the costumes the children will choose to dress up in, and take part in a dressing up parade, as well as other lovely fun activities.
Cooking is always enjoyed by all, and our very own recipe book is now filling up with tasty delights the children have made.
For the next parent workshop, we are focusing on maths and physical development. To start, there will be a lively Zumba session, followed by different maths based stations which promote the training strategies from a recent course. It is always a special session to be able to showcase the activities the children enjoy with their parents, so we as practitioners can explain the rationale behind all the fun!