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. We have also introduced Russian and Portuguese to the languages were explore in the Acorn Preschool (alongside Turkish). 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.
This half term we have also started our focus on shapes. We expect the children to be 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. We have enjoyed shape songs (The Wheels on the Bus) and shape games, and next week we will explore the classroom on a shape hunt and shape printing. This could be helped at home through using apps on tablets or computers, which support shape recognition and provide the name of shapes.
On Monday, the cold weather provided us with an interesting discovery – thick pieces of ice had formed in the outdoor area. The children were challenged to think how they could break the ice, and once it did break, enjoyed smashing it into smaller pieces or watching it melt in the sunshine. The winter sun also created really long shadows, so the children had a go at drawing shadow animals
Stars of the day this week were Berfin, Aleena-Rae and Harvey – Well done to you all.