Monday, 7 November 2016

NAME WRITING

I am noticing more interest in name writing in my 3.5 year old's at the moment. They are all girls and have started to write their names on their own pictures. They are all at different stages. The youngest can pretty much write her name without any help. It is backwards due to being left handed but still very clearly her name. Another carefully writes over each letter and can name some of them. The third asks me to write her name so that she can trace over it and recognises the first letter. She sometimes draws a circle around the whole letter rather than following the line but this is happening less the more she practices. '



Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy

TRAJECTORY SCHEMA ON OUR WALK

Schemas really do show up in all areas of play. These pictures are a perfect example of how my little ones found a way to explore their Trajectory schema today while we took a walk to observe Autumnal changes starting. A nice long wall to push their trains along!




We spent quite some time repeating this interest and going back and forth..... up and down.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the world

Characteristics of effective learning:
  • Playing and Exploring - Using what they know in their play.
  • Active learning - Being involved and concentrating.
  • Creating and thinking critically - Having their own ideas/ Using what they already know to learn new things.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

I AM MAKING THINGS WITH HEADS!

"I am making things with heads! I have 2 heads!"

That is what I was told and that is what she made!


Little "E" has the concept of recognising a quantity at a glance. This is an important mathematical concept to understand. You don't want to be counting everything all the time. You want to recognise a quantity by sight. Making an estimate for larger groups and recognising small quantities with just a glance. One fun way to help children with this is to use dice. Very quickly we have all learnt to recognise the spots on a dice with just one look. The way the spots are positioned is a very important part of this but also we learn to see a quantity and know its value through repetition of this experience.

It is a good skill to observe and practice of with the children in your care!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Mathematical 

SATSUMA MATHS

Maths is everywhere! It is all to easy to think that we need to set up mathematical areas and activities but the most valuable learning takes place in a more natural, daily way. I have been making more of a point of noticing these opportunities as they happen and supporting those moments appropriately.

One of these moments happened on a day trip to a local river for a play. While we stopped for our lunch, little "M" counted each of her pieces of satsuma before eating one.  Then she counted again. I took this opportunity to make a mental observation of where her counting was at while joining in the game and showing how much fun i was having watching her count. 

I noticed her counting seems to have regressed a little so we are going to work on this area. 
I used phrases like "1 less" and "we now have fewer"  to show that we were subtracting them as she ate each piece. When we counted again I would count with her to support her with the numbers that she was missing out. By the end of it she had started to include some of the missing numbers again herself. 

By counting each segment one at a time and pointing to it, we reinforced her understanding of numbers having a meaning and representing quantity.


Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Mathematical 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

WHERE THE MOTORBIKES DRIVE!

This was a snapshot from out Autumn walk last week. A group of toddlers and pre schoolers all carrying bags and collecting treasures! That's not the photo i am sharing with you though......

This is!


 The reason I am sharing this is because a 4 year old girl suddenly pointed to the road and said "That's where the motorbikes drive!" She then followed it up buy pointing to the rest of the road and saying it was for cars. It took me a moment to see what she was seeing...... but there it is. A fixed bit of tarmac running down the middle, just  big enough for motorbikes!

Just for a second, I was transported in to the mind of the 4 year old! Bikes don't need the whole road. They have their own road!

It is moments like this that I remember how much we take for granted and how much we just don't see anymore. Walking with children lets you see the world through new eyes again.

That never gets boring!!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

FOREST SCHOOL - LAMBY, GOAT AND WOODWORK CREATIONS

Forest school today included some visitors from a friends farm. Gertie the pregnant Goat and Lamby. These are pets and are lead trained. They came to eat some grass and weeds and spend time with the children. Lamby was also very helpful in teaching us where wool/ yarn comes from!

My eldest son had a great time walking them around the site.






We linked their visit with a woodwork yarn craft. Using a hammer to bank nails in to blocks of wood and then winding yarn around the nails to make pictures and patterns.





My youngest son and his friend spent most of the morning in ditches metal detecting and dug up some cool items! The favourites were a very old Jays fluid bottle and an even older Liptons Tea sign.



We are neighbours with an Antique Center so the boys cleaned up the sign and took it to be valued. It sold a few weeks later at auction for £18! They are very happy with their first treasure hunting and money making experience!


FOREST SCHOOL - STICK BREAD

Stick bread making at Forest School is a weekly favourite for my little ones. Today we added some fresh blackberries which are growing in abundance on the site! The berries warmed slightly in the bread and became soft and jam like!


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