This month has been a very busy month just like every month in the discoverers room.
This month there has been a few new babies joining us in the discoverers room. We have had 3 new babies settling which we would like to welcome to the nursery. For these babies this will be a whole new environment for them getting to know all the different faces and atmospheres so we are going to be making it as comfortable and homely as possible for the babies and the parents of course.
This month Kristel has created a wonderful display where parents can have a look at what we will be learning for the month for example, this month we have been focusing on the colour orange, the number 1 and the shape is circle.
We have been doing loads of messy activities to try and focus on these topics.
We have had the babies explore oranges, the taste, the smell and the shape which is a circle. They also have explored carrots, the babies dipped them into orange paint and stamped the fruit and vegetable onto paper creating circle shapes, most of the babies were too busy sucking the juice out of the oranges but they enjoyed it.
The next colour we will be focusing on will be yellow, the number will be 2 and the shape will be a triangle.
We have also continued to celebrate spring by creating lovely ladybirds out of empty egg cartons and bumble bees out of finished paper towel rolls and creating butterflies. The children really enjoyed the Zoo lab experience so to recreate our zoo lab experience we have been making spiders, caterpillars and millipedes talking about the size, colours and number of legs we can make.
We would like to thank you all for making a huge effort in helping us celebrate St Georges day, some parents even had to go out and buy something which is red and white which we highly appreciate and all the staff as well for coming in their lovely red and white outfits. We really enjoyed celebrating St Georges day by baking yummy cupcakes and decorating them in red icing, we also created red and white flags using tissue paper.
It is also Earth day this month so we have been doing activities to celebrate that by gluing and sticking green tissue paper onto the earth shape and painting a circle in green and blue to create our own interpretation of what the earth looks like.
We have been playing a matching game using shapes where the babies have tried to match a star, a rectangle, a square and a triangle and the babies were really engaged in the activity and they looked so happy when they matched them they start to clap and smile at their achievement.
Another month flew by in a blink of an eye and we have been busy like little bees! First of all, we would like to welcome Leonardo from baby room who just joined us.
We have to say goodbye to Alison this month who will sail for new adventures we wish Alison the best of luck in the future she will be missed by us the staff team and by the children who she has made great relationships with.
Interesting activities have been done in these past weeks like the amazing Volcano with Andrea. She made a huge Volcano with coloured playdough and recreated an incredible surrounding with leaves, water, stones and fierce dinosaurs. We were all amazed to see the Volcano exploding and all the hot lava coming out from the chimney. It has been a really interesting experience for the children and adults as well.
Our interest for nature lead us to a lovely trip to Clissold Park. All the toddlers and pre-schoolers walked there to meet ducks, goats and deer. We talked about similarities and differences between us and the animals. The children enjoyed running around freely in a field was priceless; we played “What’s the time Mr Wolf” that soon turned into a “Chasing” game. Everyone run after everyone, toddlers, pre-schoolers and teachers. So funny! Spring is here, the season of flowers. We decided to go to buy some lovely yellow Daffodils at the flower shop nearby the nursery. Children chose the flowers, counted the coins to give to the florist and then happily came back in the room. We looked after them for few days, making sure there was always water in the jug to let the flowers grow and blossom, just like us.
The weather has been nice at the beginning of the month and we spent lots of time out into the garden to enjoy the sunny mornings and afternoons. We had our first Tea outside, hopefully the first of a long series, that the children enjoyed a lot. We cannot wait to wear lighter clothes and spend a whole day out, learning while having fun.
Saint George’s activities kept us busy for a few days. We made red and white playdough to play with; we briefly talked about England and then decorated English flags with red and white paper. Since there is always a good reason for cooking and eating, for this special occasion we made yummy and healthy cup cakes with the English flag on top.
Last but not least we been “Pizzaioli” for a day making a lovely pizza for the whole nursery to enjoy. We made the actual dough, mixing flower, water and fresh yeast with the rhythm of a typical Neapolitan song (Naples is the place the pizza calls home. It has been great for the explores to experience a tradition from another part of the world, they really enjoyed the process of making and eating pizza.
April has left preschool children wonderful experiences, with lots of learning and good moments. This month we were exciting to welcome 2 new starters. They have both settled very well and have adapted to the pre-school environment getting to know the staff and making new friends.
We would like to thank all the parents for coming to our parents evening. It was a great opportunity for us to talk to each other about your children development. It was so nice for us to find out about your children’s interest at home and tell you how well they are doing in the pre-school. All the information you provide for us help us to build and make their learning more fun and significant to them.
With the arrival of the warm weather and longer days, we have been spending longer time in the garden, we have also had trips to Clissold Park, where we saw some wildlife such as a deer, goats, hens, squirrels and birds. After all the fun of seeing these animals we played a lot running games, playing “catch” with their friends, climbing the old trunks. It was hilarious to see them running everywhere and having such great time.
This month like we regularly do, we had the monthly visit to the library in Finsbury Park, we changed the old books for news ones. Our pre-school library is full of new exciting books and new interest and adventures for us to explore. We cannot wait to read them!
I would like to mention that we have received a new collection of book called Phonetics Readers. The collection is a wonderful resource to help your children learn to read and engaging them phonics and sounds.
Our library and reading corner has been increased in last few months, giving us the opportunity to have an extremely strong tool for supporting preschools work of learning to read.
The 23rd of April we celebrated ST Georges’ day, everyone was wearing red and white clothes thank you to all of you who supported us with celebrating this day by dressing your children in red and white they all looked amazing!
The children made dragons with paper cups, green paint, pompoms. After that they role-played pretending they were dragons and knights. At the end of the day the children made a delicious sponge cake, which it was decorated with red and white icing and jam to represent the flag of St George.