This week we are continuing to think about minibeasts and at Miss Johns’ house we have spotted lots of ladybirds in the garden. Have you seen any? What colour are they? How many spots can you count? How many legs do they have?
Find out a bit more about ladybirds (and some of the answers to my questions) in this video:
If you have a copy of The Very Hungry Ladybird by Eric Carle, you can enjoy reading the real book. If not, there are many versions online:
Another ladybird favourite is What The Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson.
Can you use the bits and bobs you have around the house and garden to make a minibeast? Here are some ideas:
We hope you and your families are all staying safe and well. We are really missing you all at Nursery and hope that we will see some of you very soon. Miss Johns and Miss Harding are back updating this blog each week from now on and if you have any photos or news you want to share, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark your email ‘For the Nursery Team’.
We hope you have been getting outside as much as possible – cycling or walking in the park, or bug hunting in your garden if you have one. For days when you are stuck in, there are lots of resources online to try:
Reading together every day – at bedtime or whenever suits your routine – is one of the most important things you can do to support your child’s development. Reading familiar stories again and again is great, but if you are looking for some new material while libraries are shut, then:
Can you count the steps in your home as you climb up and down them …..
Can you find something in your home for each colour in the rainbow ?
What shape is your TV ? What shape is your table ? What shape is your bed ? What shape is your plate ? Can you draw them ?
Ask if you can have a washing up bowl full of water …. and using plastic containers/ cups can you carefully pour and fill them full and empty them ?
If you can go to the park …. run …. jump and skip …. you could have races !! Look for minibeasts ….
Can you remember how to sing …12345 once I caught a fish alive …. if you are happy and you know it clap your hands …. 3 blind mice …. you could fill a plastic bottle with rice or pasta to make a musical shaker to use when you sing !!!
Can you draw your family ? Or maybe what you have enjoyed doing at home .
Perhaps you could make some cupcakes …. and have a picnic in the park .and take a story to have read to you .
Please try to read daily with your children. Nursery children need to be able to experience books; they should be encouraged to recognise the story being read to them, they can help with telling the story and anticipating the end of the story. They should be encouraged to join in with rhymes and to begin to recognise words that start with the same sound such as ‘big boat’.
In nursery, we would be teaching the children their sounds (not the alphabet or letter names as this may confuse the children). Please start to introduce the sounds to your children so they become familiar with them. Please focus on single sounds e.g. m, s, a, t, p
Link to maths – Use language such as full, half-full and empty when filling up containers and pots with pasta, water, rice etc.
Look at old family photos. Can you find out about what it was like for your grandparents when they went to school in the past? Was it the same or different? What do you want to be when you grow up… talk about your hopes for the future!