7 new arrivals in Acorn class
This week the Acorn Preschool children were soooo excited to be joined by an incubator containing 8 eggs. We were very hopeful that they would hatch out to be chicks and not snakes or crocodiles (like in our story of the week before– The Odd Egg)!
On Monday, the children explored their thoughts about the seasons and how the weather changes help us to know which season we are in. We looked at how daffodils will grow when it gets warmer, so we will know that Spring is on its way.
On Wednesday, the children went on an egg hunt as Mrs Alford had lost her eggs. So, just like Buster in our story of the week, ‘Oh Dear’, we had to search in all different parts of the school until we found the basket of eggs. It was such good fun, and the children used the story language of ‘no eggs here, oh dear’ at every search point.
By Wednesday morning, we had been joined by 3 little chicks. The children were fascinated and watched one of the next chick in Mrs Alford’s hand as it struggled to push its way out of the cracked shell. It was so magical watching it push and wriggle, then stop to rest, until finally out came the 4th chick. The children were keen to draw pictures and write about what they could see.
The children explored counting and maths problems through counting the eggs and chicks, matching eggs or chicks into a tens frame. We are also beginning to focus on 1 more than a given number. You can help your child with this by asking them to tell you 1 more than any number up to 10.. Counting backwards with your child can help develop their skills ready for looking at numbers, which are 1 less.
The children have expressed their experience around the newly hatched chicks through combining different media. They used their fine motor skills to cut out chicks and creating nests with straw.
As we were so focused on eggs this week, our song of the week had to be ‘Humpty Dumpty’. Practice this song with your child at home and see if they can come up with any other ideas of where Humpty Dumpty could sit – on a stair, floor, in a chair… We have loved singing the ‘bananas’ version, along with many more. See if your child can remember any of them.
Thank you for all the parents who managed to make it to parents teacher meetings this week. It has been lovely to share in all the positive things that the children are able to do.
Star of the Day this week were Robyn, Berfin and Poppy – well done to all of you.