Run, run as fast as you can! Acorns chase the Gingerbread man.
This week in the Acorn Preschool, the children have explored the changes they can see and feel around them as we enter into Autumn. In the investigation area the children have been exploring the different textures of the ‘Autumn treasures’ such as conkers, various leaves and cones. They have developed their vocabulary to describe smooth, bumpy and spikey. The song of the week – “Autumn Leaves are falling down” – built on the children’s understanding of the changes that are happening in the world around them. On Friday, during our Autumn Walk, we collected our own Autumn treasures!
Talk to your child when you are out and about and encourage them to notice the leaves falling down, collect conkers, acorns, spinners and leaves. Try to give the children the opportunities to question what is happening in the world, why it is happening, asking what things are, or what they are for. In this way, they will build on their understanding and begin to make connections about their learning.
Before this walk, it allowed us to assess if the children can manage putting their own coats on for themselves. It is important to build in little steps that encourage independence, and putting a coat on independently is a good first step. (Most children can do this!). ‘Magic coat’ is what we call the method we teach. This Youtube video shows how to support your child in doing it (You can also watch the ‘Dip n Flip Jacket Song’) Starting the zip at the bottom for your child and asking them to finish it off is the next step (many children found this difficult). If they are finding it tricky to grip the zip, adding a keyring loop or ribbon loop can make it much easier.
We also used this opportunity to explore some of the equipment which encourages large motor movements. The children loved climbing up and down into the playhouse and climbing on the tyres.
Our story of the week ‘The Gingerbread Man’ has allowed us to have great fun with using the story language in our role-play and in the playdough area we baked our own gingerbread men! For snack we enjoyed some gingerbread men, fortunately, they did not run away as the Acorns gobbled them up!
The children have explored various sensory materials including paint, water play and bubbles. They love to engage in anything that involves all of their senses.
The stars of the day this week were Aria and Alfie – well done to you both.
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