The Enormous Carrot! Soup for everyone!
This week the Acorn Preschool children have made their own version of the Enormous Turnip story, choosing to have an enormous carrot instead, which Mrs Alford planted. Lots of the children helped Mrs Alford to try to pull it out, and eventually with enough strong helpers the carrot popped out!
To build on our enjoyment of the story of the week, we also focused on reading a recipe for making vegetable soup. The children learnt what ingredients were needed and how to make the soup, step by step. Some of the children used their mark making to write the shopping lists for the ingredients we needed to buy to make the soup. On Thursday, the children helped to make the soup by peeling and chopping the vegetables. Once it was cooked, we all tried it with some hot crusty bread – many of the Acorns thought it was delicious, and some loved it so much that they had 3 bowls of soup!
To support the children with developing their mark making skills, they were provided with large pieces of paper on which to write and draw shapes. This is a great way to encourage those children who may usually be reluctant to make marks, as they love that they have the large space in which to move their arms. At home you can use leftover wall paper or backing paper to support children with drawing and making marks in this way. Encourage them to draw circles and lines (vertical and horizontal) to develop their skills, preparing them for writing.
We have continued with our focus on 2D shapes this week, with the children enjoying shape related creative activities such as printing with shapes and cutting and sticking shapes to make pictures. They have also enjoyed shape matching resources and playing a shape spider game (Orchard Toys – ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ Game – this would be an excellent purchase for your games collection, as it develops both shape and number knowledge through a simple game.) Look at the shapes you can see in your home and out and about – we have focused on being able to recognise and name square, circle, triangle and rectangle.
Stars of the day this week were Daniel, Lilly, Mickey, Faith and Freya – well done to you all.
Next week we will be turning our focus onto cultures other than our own, looking at the lives of Chinese children as they celebrate Chinese New Year.