Oh Dear – No Eggs Here!
This week the Acorn Preschool children were soooo excited to continue observing the chicks as they started to grow in size. On Monday, the children explored their understanding about the life cycle of a chicken – and realised that it is just a big circle of life. We then had chance to hold the chicks – they were sooo cute and fluffy!
Our story of the week was, ‘Oh Dear’, where Buster searched all over the farm looking for eggs. The repetitive pattern of this simple story helped the children to learn and be able to retell the words, whilst also making the sound of different farm animals and also learning new words for where different farm aniamsl might live – including sty, stable, barn, field, hutch, pond and henhouse.
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 are also showing an interest in writing letters from their names and numbers – we are encouraging this at all times and would ask that you support your child in their interest of recording letters and numbers at home.
The children have expressed their experience around the newly hatched chicks through different creative combining different media. They used their fine motor skills to cut out chicks and eggs. They spread yellow paint with forks and then made wiggly legs for their cute plate chicks. Children have been drawing chicks and writing about the chicks too.
Our song of the week continued with many different versions of ‘Humpty Dumpty’ (see words below). This is to support the children with developing their sense of rhyming words sounding the same. See if your child can remember any of them. You can also practice the original 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… and then think of words that rhyme.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
His mum found him and asked him, WHY?
Humpty said “I thought I could fly”
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
He didn’t get bruised, he didn’t get bumped,
Humpty Dumpty bungee jumped!
The windy weather provided the children with lots of opportunities to explore play in the wind – the streamers were such fun.
Star of the Day this week were Bobby, Aleeya, Lana, Madison – well done to all of you.