Teeny Weeny Tadpoles
On Monday, we took the Acorn Preschool children to the pond to try and find some frogspawn. The children were fascinated to look at what we found in the pond, including the many pond snails. Unfortunately the only frogspawn we found (on the grass), was already dying – so did not provide us with the tadpoles we were hoping for.
The children learnt more about growth through observing exploring the story ‘Teeny Weeny Tadpole’ and also through looking at all the fact books about frogs. They explored through creating their own pond and pretending to be frogs, and also in a pond our own (indoors), complete with frogs, logs and ducks (for hook a duck!).
Talk to your children about growth, thinking about the changes that tadpoles go through to turn into frogs. Link this to their own growth through questioning – How do we know we have grown? Why do we need new clothes/shoes? What keeps growing and needs cutting? (Hair) What do babies do and need? How have you changed since being a baby – what can you do now?
The song of the week, “5 Little Speckled Frogs” has been developing our maths skills of 1 less. Please could you continue to practice this song with your children at home and encourage them to fold down a finger each time to find 1 less. One less and one more is currently a focus for all the children within the Preschool, and each day they are asked to show 1 more or 1 less than a given number (up to 10) using their fingers. The children loved putting the correct number of frogs on the log too.
To encourage the children to build on their skills, Mrs Alford sets challenges – which will earn them a sticker. One of the challenges this week was to put pictures of a frogs life cycle in the right order. This developed cutting skills, attention and focus, and also allowed the children to demonstrate that they understood about growth.
Other challenges that we are working on at the moment are writing letters and writing numbers. Wherever the children are playing – paint, drawing, outside with chalk, we encourage this. You can help your child with this by encouraging them at home to get used to the way in which we form the letters and numbers. The more a child practices and is shown how to do this, the quicker they will learn.
Stars of the day this week were Jasper, Aleeya-Rae, Lily, Berfin & Elizabeth – well done to you all!
Thank you to all the parents that come to Share a Story session every week – it means so much to the children, and we really appreciate you coming in. Share a Story takes place EVERY Friday at 11.15 (unless you are informed otherwise).