This week Acorn Preschool children have been exploring the topic of growing through the book of the week ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. The children have loved acting the story out, playing the different characters. We have had lots of ‘Fee, fi, fo, fum’ sounds in the Nursery. The story has supported us with measuring, as we have been comparing and measuring different height flowers and beanstalks with cubes. Encourage your child to use language linked to measurement at home – including tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter, shortest – this will help them to build their knowledge about comparing the heights of things.
To support our children with building on their knowledge of growth, they have planted peas in bags and sunflower seeds. We will be watching them to see what happens.
The children also planted magic beans in the classroom before lunch and came back to find a beanstalk had grown!
Also, this week we have been working on developing oral story telling with the children. This helps them to develop their language skills and builds on the structure and length of the sentences that they say. For some children, they were able to retell the whole of the Jack and the Beanstalk story, using wonderful story language to give all the details, other children will share a very brief version with some key parts that they remember – they all however can retell something. Ask them to tell you the story at home and see what they come up with.