As the Acorn Preschool children have shown great enjoyment in learning about Jungle and Wild animals, we have continued to explore and learn new vocabulary in naming the different animals. This has proved very popular with many expeditions and adventures using our binoculars!
The children have explored through stories, play with small world, art and through physical movement in PE and dance. They are gradually recognising more animals and able to name then correctly (although we continue to need to support with correctly naming a tiger and a lion!). We finished the week with a full scale hunt through the whole of Oak View to look for and capture the wild animals that had escaped. The children loved exploring, and were pleased to be able to send all the animals back safely to Chester Zoo.
An on-going focus in our mark making area has for the children to copy the letter shapes from their name. Many children are very interested in writing their names and are starting to closely look at what shapes they can see. To help them, we ask for children to practice making lines which are from top to bottom, and from side to side. Next we focus on encouraging children to draw circles of varying sizes. (It is important to encourage children to start to draw circles in an anticlockwise direction, as this is the direction requiring with letters when moving on to formal handwriting.) Through doing this practice, we build the children’s control of the mark making tool.
An interesting way to build on this at home: shaving foam, paint, salt, tea leaves, or coffee granules on a tray can provide an exciting surface on which to make marks with little fingers. A quick shuffle hides the shape and gives a clear space to start again.
We are working on helping children to prepare for writing by encouraging them to speak in sentences. We use a colourful approach to help them with this, which builds all the parts for a sentence. Whenever possible, use the question words: who, what doing, and where with your child to develop their understanding of what type of answer these question words require. It is also a great opportunity for your child to think through and give a clear answer in a correctly formed sentence.
Star of the Day this week were Poppy, Carter, Finlay, Aleeya-Rae and Jamie – well done to you all.