The enormous turnip!
This week the Acorn Preschool children have settled back into the routine very quickly. They have been full of Christmas time news and shared what they did when they were at home.
The current Acorn children have been joined by a small number of new children, some of whom have just turned 3. The addition of new children is such a good learning opportunity for all the children as they begin to form new relationships.
The book of the week was ‘The Enormous Turnip’ – the children have learnt how to retell the story using a story map. With the repetitive language of ‘and they pulled and they pulled and they pulled and they pulled’ the children have had great fun acting out the story and falling to the floor when the turnip goes ‘POP!’ The children have loved acting out pulling the turnip. The children have also explored different types of vegetables.
We also used the Enormous Turnip story to help us with our counting and number recognition this week. As the characters pulled at the turnip, the children counted and selected the correct numeral for how many people were pulling. Help your child with recognising numbers 1 to 5 by pointing them out wherever you see them when you are out and about – on buses, house numbers, road signs etc. See which numbers they can identify correctly.
We have also started a focus on 2D shapes – and were pleasantly surprised to find that most of our children are confident with selecting and naming the shapes. We expect the children to be able to use the correct name for 2D shapes – e.g. square, circle, triangle and rectangle. There have been lots of shape related activities to support the children in their exploration – including potato printing, drawing around shapes and playing shape sorting games on the computer. We also expect the children to use everyday language to describe shapes – so through lots of action art, we have been exploring how curved and round shapes roll.
The song of the week was ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ which was adapted to help us sing about triangles. This could be helped at home through using apps on tablets or computers, which support shape recognition and provide the name of shapes.
Stars of the day this week were Bobby-Joe, Sebastian, Mia, Tommy and Alfie – Well done to you all.