The construction begins!
This week in the Acorn Preschool, the children have been thinking about diggers and tipper trucks, following our visit to the building site on the previous Friday. The Acorn Construction site opened on Monday morning, and the children started to build houses, planes and even a hot tub and sun deck!
The children are developing their skills of playing alongside each other and working together to build with large wooden blocks. The children used the buckets and spades in the sand tray to build sand castles too. They have also explored fingers paints to colour pictures of the vehicles we have seen. Counting bricks as we build is developing our number skills too.
The focus book of this week was ‘Tip Tip Dig Dig’ which supports the children with understanding what job each vehicle on the construction site must do, through a repetitive pattern. By the end of the week the children were fantastic with their actions, showing ‘dig, dig, dig’, ‘lift, lift, lift’ or ‘roll, roll, roll’.
Mrs Woodall and I have been very impressed with how quickly the new children have settled in, and how well the other Acorn children have supported them in settling. As it is the start of the year, we are currently focusing on the routines of the Preschool, so that the children become secure in knowing what is expected of them in the setting.
The start of the day always involves free flow play, until 8.50 when the bells are shaken to signal the time to stop. The children are encouraged to put toys down and wiggle their fingers in the air. You could support your child at home with achieving this, by playing a game to practice how to stop when they hear shaking bells or keys (or anything that jangles). I will continue to share with you aspects of the children’s routines, and make suggestions on how you can support at home. If you would ever like to discuss anything mentioned further, please do not hesitate to come and chat at drop-off or collection.
Stars of the Day this week were Mia, Harriet, Enes, Laken and Kaiden. Well done to you all.
The child who is ‘Star of the day’ wears a special gold medal for the session, which is exchanged for a golden sticker at home time. They have their picture put on the Star of the Day display, and they sit in the special star of the day chair whenever the children come to the carpet area.