Walking through Oak View…what do you see?
On Monday the Acorn Preschool received a phone call from Chester Zoo telling us that some of their animals had escaped – so we quickly collected our binoculars and went for a hunt to look for them. As we hunted we came across all kinds of jungle animals, and were so pleased to catch all of the animals that went missing!
Through reading the story ‘Walking through the Jungle’, we have explored the sounds the animals make, and also through singing the song ‘Down in the Jungle.’
The children have also explored further through other jungle animal stories, playing with small world, creating art and through physical movement in PE and dance inspired by jungle animals. The children are gradually recognising more animals and are able to name them correctly (although we continue to need to support with correctly naming a tiger and a lion!). All children worked hard to create their own binoculars through joining materials.
An on-going focus in our mark making area has been for the children to copy the letter shapes from their name. Many children are very interested in writing their names and are starting to closely look at what shapes they can see. To help them, we ask for children to practice making lines which are from top to bottom, and from side to side. Next we focus on encouraging children to draw circles of varying sizes. (It is important to encourage children to start to draw circles in an anticlockwise direction, as this is the direction requiring with letters when moving on to formal handwriting.) Next we start to encourage the children with making zigzag lines across the page. Through doing this practice, we build the children’s control of the mark making tool.
An interesting and fun ways to build on control for writing at home: shaving foam, paint, salt, tea leaves, or coffee granules on a tray can provide an exciting surface on which to make marks with little fingers. A quick shuffle/spread hides the shape and gives a clear space to start again.
As the children develop their sense of number, we are playing a variety of number games to build on saying numbers in order, touch counting a number of objects and recognizing the numbers. The Acorns love the Orchard Toy game range (a great idea for a Christmas present for your little one) – this week we played ‘Ladybirds’ and ‘Race to Count’ with the children. We also enjoyed an underwater counting game on the computer and ipad – this can be found via this link if you want to play at home. Underwater Counting Games
We love to follow the children’s interests too, so when the children were loving playing with torches, we got busy building end and hiding under tables. This gave the children a new space in which they could mark make.
Star of the Day this week were Isla, Dominic, Rafeef and Dylan – well done to you all.