What a cold day....but I think there's a lot worse to come!
In nursery today there were lots of fun things going on. On Thursday it's World Book Day but we've started our celebrations early. In the role play area we have a variety of dressing up costumes relating to books. The children are enjoying acting out the stories with each other. At the writing table the children have been 'writing' their own story books....we have lots of budding authors at Stonelaw Preschool I think! We are also celebrating World Book Day in the messy area. In the water tray we are celebrating, 'Commotion in the Ocean' and it is filled with lots of sea creatures.
This morning we had a new friend in to play with us, Mrs McCann. She is coming in on a voluntary basis for the next couple of Tuesdays.
The children are enjoying the physical challenges on offer, our new hurdles, the stepping stairs and the very tricky stomp a-rounds. The steering wheels are very popular amongst the children. Lots of directional language is being heard when the children are playing with these.
For topic, Miss Smith and the children continued to explore the animals who like to live in the snow and ice. Today they were looking at all different species of penguins. All the children found the crested penguin very funny....I wonder why?
For snack today it was oatcakes with butter, strawberries and melon with a choice of milk or water to drink...delicious!
At physical time the children played Jack and the Beanstalk with Mrs Black. They had to try and steal the giant's (Mrs Black) golden eggs without waking her up.
At Reflection Time we listened to Katie telling us all about her phone that she brought in for Show & Tell. She showed us how it works and then confidently answered questions about it from her peers.
See you all tomorrow if we're not snowed in ;-)
Happy Monday everyone, a busy day was had by all the boys and girls.
There was lots of fun experiences on the floor today. The boys and girls had lots of fun dressing up in princess and knight costumes.
in the water tray there was a diver and fish for the children to rein act stories. There was also red playdough with animal cutters, the cars and garage ere popular too.
In the construction area there was lots of activity and building of mysterious machines being built.
For topic in the floorbook the boys and girls were learning all about polar bears and how they keep warm in the snow. They learned about blubber and carried out an experiment using ice and lard. The children put their hand in the first bowl with ice and said it was really cold, then they had lard placed on the fingers on the other hand and then placed it in the other bowl with ice and they said they couldn't feel the cold. This is how a polar bear is protected from the cold.
Snack today was bagel with cream cheese or butter, cucumber and banana with milk or water for drinking.
Hope everyone had a good day.
See you all tomorrow.
This morning a group of us went library and post office.
The other day children had been speaking about posting letters so it was fun for them to see how the letter was processed.
The lady let the children weigh the letter and then showed the children how to scan the sticker for the postage. The children were able to identify the big red letter box however the lady told the children that the letter was a special one therefore it didn't go in the red box.
At the library the children chose books for topic and world book day. The lady let the children see how the books were scanned and then stamped. Oscar helped to put the books in the bag after they were scanned. Lots of learning about jobs people do in our community.
All the children walked really well and enjoyed being out and about.
Those who stayed in made Panda faces by dragging forks and cars through white paint with Mrs Blain. Scarlett, Elias and Robbie learnt how to use their online journal, adding photos, drawings and videos to it. Katie and Finn had a lot of fun playing Batman. Sara, Monica and Scarlett played in the water tray together. Robbie, Isla and Elias played with the castle and knights.
Snack was cereal- weetabix, cornflakes, rice krispies and cheerios. Always a favourite.
At reflection time we played Guess who's calling you and Buddy bear decided to go home with Monica.
Have a great weekend everyone.
A big thank you to all our mums, dads and grand parents who came along to our Stay and Play session today making it a great success. The children were very good at showing their carers around nursery and interacting with the resources together. Everyone enjoyed taking part in the Pop up Glove science experiment with yeast, sugar and warm water mixed together in a glass with a plastic glove on top. After 10 minutes had passed the children noticed that the glove had inflated a little (the ingredients had made a gas called carbon monoxide) and after 30 minutes the glove had inflated fully. The children were very good at following the instructions and measuring out the correct quantities. Scott said that the mixture smelled like his cereal in the morning, Adam said that the yeast looked a bit like sand and Euan said that the mixture looked like coffee. Our other experiment called the Balloon Rocket was very exciting and we learned about thrust being a pushing force. The children and carer blew up a balloon and taped it to a straw which was on a piece of string. The string went from one end of the room to the other. When the boys and girls let the balloon go the air rushed out of the balloon creating a forward motion. We put our initials on the floor were the balloon had stopped measuring who's balloon went the furthest. I think it was very close but Matthew M balloon went the furthest. We also made wind mills at the creative table using card, a straw and decorating it with coloured chalk. The children learned that when we blew on the windmill it made it spin, creating energy. Matthew R told us when real windmills spin they create electricity.
Snack today was wraps with butter or cheese, sliced peppers and sliced green apples with milk or water to drink.
Happy Wednesday everybody, we had lots of learning going on in nursery today. There were cars in the sand tray, being enveloped in sandstorms, hidden from sight. The maps were being used to guide us around the playroom and lead us all the way to Port Glasgow. We had monkeys swinging from trees and then tum bling down when the tree became too full. The Kapla was building roads, houses and big tall towers with horses and knights galloping through. From our kitchen there was a lovely aroma of Chinese food being cooked and the children are still really enjoying the dress up clothes.
Mrs Friel dished up some lovely food of her own - pitta bread, houmous, cherry tomatoes and apples, washed down with either milk or water (just as well as Elias told us he was starving!).
A few brave souls decided to venture to the garden and make snow with Miss Stephen and Mrs Black. In the absence of real snow we decided to use toothpaste and cornflour (apologies for the state of clothes, gloves, hair, etc) and our polar bears felt that they were in the Arctic. Reuben and Monica squished the toothpaste together with the flour and we watched as the mixture turned to minty paste. We also found that if we clapped our hands together it looked like snow flakes falling down. Oscar and Stellan were our maintenance men, using the power tools to fix the castle and anything else that needed mended. Edward climbed all the way to the top of the hill and found the fastest (and most fun) way to get back down was to roll himself on the ground!
At Reflection Time Monica and Adam sang "Days of the Week" perfectly for all their friends. Matthew R gave a brilliant rendition of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and Scarlett sang "Incy Wincy Spider" beautifully. Matthew M was the last to perform and he chose to sing "The Grand Old Duke of York" then his mum joined in and we all danced and did the actions - it was lots of fun!!!
We will see you all tomorrow for more fun and learning and hopefully you will be able to join us for "Stay and Play".
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