The Enormous Turnip – they pulled and they pulled!
This week the Acorn Preschool children have settled back into the routine very quickly. They have been joined by a number of new children to the Preschool. Some have just turned 3, and so have moved up from Little Acorns, and others have moved into the area. We have loved getting to know our new friends and hope that they are enjoying coming to Acorn class each day. 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 that we created together. 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!’
We used the Enormous Turnip story to help us with our counting and number recognition this week. As the farmer, wife, boy, dog and cat pulled at the turnip, the children counted and selected the correct numeral to match 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.
Developing the theme from the book of the week, the children have explored a wide variety of vegetables through using their senses this week. Asparagus, cauliflower, aubergine, squash, mushrooms, parsnips, carrots, broccoli, onions and many more were explored. Children took time to touch, smell and look at the different vegetables, offering their thoughts to the class. Some of the vegetables were familiar to the children, others were not. Some children even decided that they were going to get busy making their own soup in the role play area, so got busy chopping the vegetables up.
This half term we have also started a focus on shapes. We are working towards the children being able to use the correct name for 2D shapes – e.g. square, circle, triangle, rectangle – and be able to select the correct shape when asked. To help them with this we have been singing shape songs, playing shape games, and have been on a shape hunt around the school. On the tablet and computer the children have been playing shape-sorting games and the children have been drawing round large shapes on floor paper. You can help your child at home to correctly identify shapes through using apps on tablets or computers, which support shape recognition and provide the name of shapes. Also, getting your child to notice shapes in the environment around them; naming, describing and matching.
Stars of the day this week were Orla, Thea and Dominic – Well done to you all.