Walking through Oak View…what do you see?
The Acorn Preschool children have shown great enjoyment in learning about Jungle and Wild animals last week. We have continued to explore and learn new vocabulary in naming the different animals that can be found in different parts of the world – including desert, jungle, mountains, river and polar.
The children have explored through stories, play with small world, art and through physical movement in PE and dance. They are gradually recognising more animals and able to name then correctly – and are great at making the animal sounds!
An on-going focus in our mark making area, the children are being encouraged 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.) Through doing this practice, we build the children’s control of the mark making tool.
Interesting ways to build on this at home: writing with fingers in shaving foam, paint, salt, tea leaves or coffee granules on a wide flat tray can provide an exciting surface on which to make marks with little fingers. A quick shuffle hides the shape and gives a clear space to start again. Playing with play dough – rolling and squeezing and poking will also strengthen the fingers ready for writing.
We are also playing lots of games to encourage the children to build on their counting skills.
Star of the Day last week were Madison, Iris, Lana, Jack and Ollie – well done to you all.