The Acorn Minibeast Explorers!
This week the Acorn preschool children have been closely watching the caterpillars and were really surprised to see that they had almost completely turned into a chrysalis over the weekend.
We have continued to learn the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and the children are now able to tell the story on their own, using actions and a story map. To develop their storytelling skills, we have innovated the story, and added some of our own features – so now we have ‘The Very Hungry Spider.’
Use this story map with your children at home and see if they can remember the main events of the story and retell them in their own words. Also, encourage them to alter the details of the story to maybe be about a very hungry lion, or puppy.
We have also learnt the complete ‘Caterpillar’ song too – ‘There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf” which explains the different stages of the caterpillars life to the children.
In the creative area the children have been making caterpillars using paper chains and painting caterpillars too.
On Monday all the children were hunting for minibeasts – no stone was left unturned, until we found woodlice, millipedes and spiders. The children have been comparing how they are the same and how they are different, and we have noticed that lots of them have antennae (or antlers as some of the children like to say!)
As the children were so excited about rockets last week, some of the children have enjoyed using junk materials to create their own rockets. I wonder where their rockets will take them? Try to read stories which include rockets with the children at home – see if they can think of their own adventures.
This week the children have been reviewing their knowledge about shapes – we checked up on our 2D shape knowledge, and then linked this with the 3D shapes. All the children were loving exploring the classroom environment to discover 3D shapes in action. Encourage your child to notice shapes in the environment around them, name the shapes they can see and discuss about if it is curved or flat .
Stars of the day this week were Finlay, Ellie and Elizabeth. Well done to you all!