Acorns look for signs that Autumn is on its way
This week in the Acorn Preschool, the children have explored the changes they can see and feel around them as we enter into Autumn. In the investigation area the children have been exploring the different textures of the ‘Autumn treasures’ such as conkers, various leaves and cones. They have developed their vocabulary to describe smooth, bumpy and spikey. The song of the week – “Autumn Leaves are falling down” – built on the children’s understanding of the changes that are happening in the world around them.
On Tuesday, during our Autumn Walk, we collected our own Autumn treasures! Talk to your child when you are out and about and encourage them to notice the leaves falling down, collect conkers, acorns, spinners and leaves. Try to give the children the opportunities to question what is happening in the world, why it is happening, asking what things are, or what they are for. In this way, they will build on their understanding and begin to make connections about their learning.
Before this walk, it allowed us to assess if the children can manage putting their own coats on for themselves. It is important to build in little steps that encourage independence, and putting a coat on independently is a good first step. (We choose to use the ‘dip and flick method’ – this youtube clip will explain more). Starting the zip for your child and asking them to finish it off is the next step (many children found this difficult).
Our story of the week ‘The Gingerbread Man’ has allowed us to have great fun with using the story language in our role-play and in the playdough area where we baked our own gingerbread men! For snack we enjoyed some gingerbread men, fortunately, they did not run away as the Acorns gobbled them up!
The children have explored the power of the wind when playing outside, using large ribbon streamers. This is great for developing muscles in the arms to support them with writing. Another way we do this is daily dough gym with the children.
On Friday we celebrated all of our work on colour by enjoying an Elmer’s Day parade, where all the children dressed up in bright colours.
The stars of the day this week were Livia, Esme, Layton and Archie – well done to you all.
Reminder – A small number of families still need to send in a family photo – so that we can put this in the setting for your child to see.