August has been the month of exploring the wonders of the outdoors by being curious and learning about nature and building on the imagination of the children.
It all began with a child’s interest in magic and fairies, sparking the interest of all other children and adults alike. We have explored the garden looking for signs of fairies and created beautiful pictures, inviting them to visit.
All children showed high levels of excitement when signs from the fairies started to appear and we have started talking enthusiastically about past and future experiences.
Even the cygnets made an appearance at the bottom of the garden.
“Go open the door maybe outside there’s a tree or a wood, a garden or a magic city” (‘The Door’ by Miroslav Holub)
Fun, sun and laughter in our baby and toddler bubble at Alcester.
We have made use of our new discovered skills, like kicking the ball, drawing, observing wildlife and pretend play. Oh.. water play was also lots of fun! When it got too hot we took turns dipping in the big water tray!
We have been painting in Pre-School on a large scale! Paint, chalk and water was used to draw on cling film made up surfaces, the black board, the wooden house, even on the plastic walls of our house by the river.
Mummies, daddies, brothers and sisters, wild creatures, insects, made-up characters, all came to life when we played using our imaginations. How we wish you could hear the made up stories and the adventures we have encountered going to all these amazing places.
Please see below photos and notice the hand-eye coordination, the level of concentration and the beautiful smile on every child’s face.
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”
We had another week full of fun, joy and laughter for all children at Alcester last week.
The Pre-School and Top Dots children have been building, rolling and climbing on all things: big and small, while the Baby Dots have been fascinated by colours, textures and mark making.
Hope to see you all back soon.
We’ve had some lovely feedback about our ‘French with Sophie’ videos which have been posted on our facebook page for children to watch from home.
If you haven’t already seen them, please follow the below link and don’t forget to like our page!
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We have had another month full of activities and learning opportunities for the children at Polkadot Alcester.
Baby Dots have been “emerged” in sensory experiences:
- Singing and dancing where they could practice their gross and fine motor skills, balance and body movements
- Painting with their hands and feet
- Exploring shaving foam and colours
In Top Dots, the little explorers have been helping to create their own space display, talking about the moon, stars and planets. Children baked cookies out of playdough first and then out of real dough for St. Valentines. They all got really excited when decorating their individual cookies. Most children are now able to use mathematical language in context. Our favourite shape was “Pizza shape”.
The pre-school children went to great lengths in learning about the science behind the rainbow. They have been talking and painting their own interpretation of the storm/rain, watching out for the sun and hunting down the rainbow. They even got a small rainbow on the plate by mixing different coloured melted skittles and observing the colour interactions.
Everybody had lots of fun splashing in puddles, walking through mud and helping each other when climbing the tree trunk in the orchard. We mustn’t forget our little super-heroes efforts in the pancake race. Parents you were fabulous cheering them on in the rain, thank you!
A very big thank you to all of the parents/carers, for supporting us in our trial visit at the Meadow view care home. What an amazing morning we had. Children took some food colouring with them to put into vases with flowers, they mixed the colours explaining to the ‘Grandads and Grannies’ how “we are going to see rainbow soon, you wait and see”. Next, they have been “teaching” the residents about how to draw the flowers and their pretty colours. The children also loved meeting the two Guinea Pigs there!
We are all ready now for Spring. How about you?
Wow! Look at how busy our children were in January….
In Baby Dots children have been participating in a variety of sensory experiences: paint, sand, textiles and flour. Watching wildlife outdoors and practicing their gross and fine motor skills has also been part of their learning opportunities.
Top Dots got their hands busy with lots of digging in the garden, making bird feeders, using real vegetables in their home corner and washing the baby dolls as they continue to learn about the importance of hygiene. Chinese New Year was celebrated by talking about specific foods and using noodles in their sensory play. They also re-enacted a Chinese story in the YogaBugs session and talked about the fictional characters and traditions. Chinese New Years celebrations also included wearing traditional hats and attempting to write Chinese letters/characters.
Children and staff members in pre-school have been visiting the high street where they were welcomed by various shop owners and given little treasures to take away. As it was a cold day, we took shelter in the local church and talked about the different types of construction.
Parents have helped with further learning for the children by taking our bird feeders home, hanging them up in their gardens and supporting the children in observing and recording the birds. The results of their findings will be submitted to RSPB, as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch.
The children have been busy these last couple of weeks. They have been decorating the Christmas trees, taking part in arts and crafts, making decorations, welcoming the Zoo Lab, wearing fabulous outfits for Christmas jumper day and most importantly sharing all the fun with their parents and carers for join in day.
We have all learned new skills, listen to new fictional and real stories and sang festive songs. Oh, let’s not forget the dancing!
We hope that you all have been good this year and Father Christmas will visit your house, next week.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!