We had a busy week last week at Polkadot Stratford! Top Dots have been getting involved and concentrating on building their own structures using mathematical language throughout this activity such as “more”, “less”, “bigger”, “taller”.
They have also been exploring the shaving foam using vehicles, chopsticks, and paintbrushes to create their own marks and tracks.
Babies and Dots2Tots have enjoyed lots of songtime outside including “Whats in the box?”, this has helped their social skills and encouraged taking turns.
There has been lots of laughter with all age groups when playing “Hide and Seek” using different types of fabric to hide behind! We then used the fabrics to dress up!
We do hope that everyone is keeping well and look forward to welcoming back more Polkadot children soon.
Just a reminder to parents to please bring an empty beaker for your child each day.
Lindsey loves outdoor learning which is a key part of early years education. This week we have taken advantage of the beautiful weather playing outside as much as possible. Young children are curious to learn about their environment, so time in the nature garden is a good opportunity to explore with the senses; smelling the plants, touching the different textures (eg. bark and pine cones) and listening to the sounds around them. They enjoyed lifting up logs and we were able to find lots of mini-beasts; woodlouse, beetles, slugs, spiders, centipedes, ladybirds, earwigs etc.
Gardening also has many benefits; development of fine and gross motor skills when digging and planting seeds; science as they learn what plants need to grow; patience as they wait for the seeds to grow and responsibility when caring for the plant.
Chloe and the Blooms have been getting stuck in with their green thumbs. The Blooms have been planting some wild flowers in the nature garden.
The children have been choosing their own way of playing by choosing areas to become dens that they can play in and have adventures. This encourages them to make their own decisions. A couple of the children named one of the dens the ‘Rascal Bush’ because there were so many branches growing everywhere. We have also made a ‘campfire, ready to toast some marshmellows on it!
The flower beds are now ready for seeds of various vegetables and fruits to be harvested over the next few months. The Blooms have really been doing a fantastic job on giving the nature garden some tender loving care and having fun while doing so.
Katie has been hard at work with the Buds. They have also been busy outside. The children used their hands to pull up all the weeds that were in the big tyre, we added more soil then scattered wild flower seeds all over. “They are all sparkley,” said one child. We talked about what the seeds will need to help them grow.
The Buds and younger Blooms have also been picking apples off our Bramley apple trees. We plan to cook them down to make stewed apples, then enjoy this with custard. Mmmmmmm!
Another week filled with joy and laughter at Alcester.
Younger children have been experimenting how foam changes colour when mixed with different paint colours. Of course all available surfaces required a touch of “magic foam”.
Pre school and toddlers have learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and their habitat. They were taking part in the Big Butterfly Count and were very keen to share with their friends all of the butterfly species identified in their gardens.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar book took centre stage and our painted butterflies became little “masterpieces”.
It really is fascinating, watching these inquisitive little minds absorb the information, process it, later use it in context and that they are soooo proud to share it!
Ever wonder what makes a baby happy? How about some music, dancing and high quality adult interactions?
For the last week the babies have been improving their balance, coordination and gross motor skills through dance and music, while the toddlers went on discovering new words through Chatter Matters.
In Preschool the topic of interest started off with a couple of small toys being accidentally thrown over the fence into the river.
“What could happen to those toys or the creatures living in the river?”
That’s how the long journey of explaining, thinking and questioning started and concluded that “we need to look after the planet”.
We would like to thank all our parents for the positive feedback, kind words, understanding and encouragement during the last couple of months and we wish all children leaving us to join school in September, very good luck in your next adventures!
For the last couple of weeks children at Alcester Polkadot have been emerged in lots of new or extended learning experiences.
Babies and Top dots have been exploring new ways of improving hand-eye coordination, as well as balancing and improving their space awareness. Language is developing beautifully through repetition of words, questions and forming of simple sentences.
Pre-school children have been extending their learning through working in collaboration, expressing ideas, supporting each other, debate, negotiate and problem solve.
Well done to all of the parents for supporting such inquisitive little minds.
“THE MIND THAT OPENS TO A NEW IDEA NEVER RETURNS TO ITS ORIGINAL SIZE”
I hope you are all keeping well! It has been lovely to see a few regular faces back at Polkadot Nursery in Stratford this week as well as a couple of brand new faces.
The children have settled back in really well and enjoyed joining in with some familiar activities and have had lots of fun playing outside.
We are looking forward to seeing more of you all in the upcoming weeks.
In the meantime take care and stay safe.