Fee fi fo fum -Giants in the Acorn Preschool
This week the 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 the giants boots were left in the Nursery, so we drew round the boots and then measured with cubes. We then did the same for our own feet. 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, which are hanging in our classroom. We will be watching them to see what happens. They were completely independent in putting the items together to plant their seeds.
We are focusing on the children’s’ pencil control. For those children who are ready they sign in by writing their name as often as possible, with varying amounts of support. For those children who have built the strength for pencil control, they are being challenged to demonstrate through recording numbers and letters in a variety of ways through their play. Please encourage your child to record any letters and numbers they know when at home.
The children have been encouraged to record through labeling, using the sounds they can hear, to make posters to catch the giant, to write about fairytale characters they can see in a picture, to draw pictures of the characters in the story and also to write their name label for their pea seed.
Other children, who are not ready to formally write their name, are working on their pencil control through drawing simple lines and shapes. These children continue to be supported through dough gym and ‘Superdraw’, building on muscle strength.
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. Using 2 simple picture cards, the children have been asked to make up a story, saying what is happening. 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.
Stars of the Day this week were Olivia, Ellie, Max and Robyn – well done to you all!