In September we welcomed our new families. The new children and their parents and carers attended two induction days before the other children returned to Daisy Chain after the summer break. This gave them a chance to settle in and familiarise themselves with the setting.
We were excited that the new Mud Kitchen had been completed by Norma’s Husband Nick. With lots of bowls and two cookers there is plenty of room for several children to play at once. All kinds of resources have been chopped and mixed, herbs, fruit, stones, seeds, sunflower heads and pumpkins.
Before half term we covered various topics including………..
Pirates – hunting for and counting treasure numbers in the sand pit, pirate coins in sand and looking for sea creatures hidden around the setting. We made paper octopus and practiced out scissor skills and learnt how to carry scissors safely.
Marvellous me – talking about ourselves, measuring our feet and drawing our faces. Mixing colours on our hands and making prints, measuring our height and talking about differences and looking at our hair.
As the weather changed we talked about the new season of Autumn and used natural resources to count with and make pictures., used dry leaves to make wreaths, learnt about germs and how to wash our hands and talked about what you wear in cold weather.
We brought in our cuddly toys and donations in October for the Royal United Hospital Forever Friends appeal and were amazed when the Forever Friends Big Ted came to visit us. Some children were a little nervous as he was very big, but others confidently gave him a hug or a ‘high five’.
The sunflowers were removed from our growing patch and thoroughly explored by the children who were asked what they wanted to plant next. Their replies included pink flowers for the bees and pop corn. We planted some pink flowers, radishes and cabbages. The slugs have enjoyed the cabbages!
After the Half Term break we all dressed up for Halloween and had a pumpkin party. Our daily adult led activities were based on the Every Child a Talker document and were focussed on Listening and attention, understanding, speaking , social communication and speech sounds.
We have book Bags available for children to borrow and enjoy at home. We have 2 new bags one with a dog theme and the other with a penguin theme. Inside there are 3 books, a toy and some laminated cards to practice mark making skills and numbers on. There is also a dry wipe pen and a cloth so you can use them right away.