Planes, trains and automobiles!
The Acorn Preschool children have enjoyed a focus on transport this week. The majority of children love to play with the cars and trains, so we have looked closely at different types of transport and when we would use them. The children tried to help Mrs Alford to plan how she could go on holiday: boat, train, plane, bicycle or rocket!
In our discussions, many children were able to identify different types of transport, and then sort the different types of transport into where it can travel (road, air, sea.) The children were very knowledgeable and had a wide vocabulary around the topic of transport.
During the week, the children have loved getting outside to explore different types of transport with the cars, diggers, bikes and trikes. We even had to make road signs and put chalk markings on the floor to prevent accidents with all the vehicles moving around.
For a long time now, the Preschool children have been encouraged to draw, make marks and develop their motor skills with fiddly finger activities to strengthen in preparation for writing and holding a pencil. Many children have explored and adapted their writing grip as their muscles have become stronger and they can now control a pencil to make the marks they want. We have been so delighted to see the impact of this on their ability to copy letters from their names. We have found that once children realise that they are making recognisable marks which others value as their ‘name’ they will continue to make them again and again. Encourage your child in all the efforts they make when attempting to record letters from their name. We are now building the muscle memory to draw anticlockwise circles and vertical lines – patterns, which feature heavily when we write the letters of the alphabet.
Children have been using their drawing and writing skills to make pictures of transport, they have constructed different transport using junk materials and have explored through reading books.
In the Nursery, we engage the children in playing lots of games – this helps them to recognise the need to take turns, wait patiently and accept winning and losing. A game situation is a great way to support your child’s developing personal, social and emotional skills. We find that the best games are simple and appealing – the ‘Orchard Toys’ range are fantastic for building on early skills.
Book of the Week was ‘The Train Ride’ – the children loved exploring what the little girl could see out of the window as she travelled by train to a seaside town to meet her Grandma. The children have enjoyed watching a lovely YouTube version of this story too – and I am sure they would love to share this with you at home too.
Stars of the Day this week were Noah, Isla, Libby, Lillia and Evie – well done to you all.