Today for Authentic Dough we made Butter Biscuits. The children have learnt to stand while they are rolling to get more weight behind their movements.
Here is a fun game to improve our Numeracy skills. Each child has a wire hanger with 10 black dots on a sheet of paper attached. When they roll the dice, they attach that many pegs – one to each dot. Today we used the numeral dice for numeral recognition – but you can also use a dot dice for subitizing. Working with pegs helps develop our hand muscles and attaching them precisely to the dots is a good pre reading skill (finger pointing words)
Our literacy has been based around Nursery Rhymes this term. This week it was Humpty Dumpty. The children like to say the rhyme while they are sitting on big wooden blocks so they can act out ‘falling off the wall’. Today we made Humpty Dumpty’s wall with stones and playdough (for mortar) The also cut out and stuck together a four piece egg puzzle.
Nursery rhymes are important for young children because they help develop an ear for our language. Both rhyme and rhythm help kids hear the sounds and syllables in words, which helps k ids learn to read!
1) Improving language and communication skills
Nursery rhymes introduce new words and phrases, and their repetitive nature means the vocabulary can be picked up faster.
As nursery rhymes are read out loud, children are able to hear how the words sound and can practice how to pronounce them easily without the pressure of memorising words directly.
When reciting rhymes, children can practice speaking clearly, and can be shown how language variations such as pitch, volume, inflection and rhythm can be used to change the meaning of the words.
2) Developing reading skills
Nursery rhymes are a great tool for young children beginning learning to read, as they are essentially short stories.
Rhymes are a source of developing phonic skills, as they offer the ability to read and determine letter sounds. The rhyming words are especially useful for identifying the correct sounds.
Their rhythm and repetition makes them easy to commit to memory, and memory skills play a large part in learning to read.
3) Enhancing creative writing skills
Nursery rhymes are easy for children to follow and understand as they are structured like a short story with a beginning, middle and end.
They usually follow a sequence of events and consist of a main character in an interesting scene or circumstance – all important criteria for writing stories.
Nursery rhymes often also contain interesting literary devices such as alliteration and onomatopoeia, which help to engage children, and can be learned and applied to their own writing.
4) Teaching Maths concepts
Nursery rhymes use patterns in language and speech, and by recognising patterns in language, children are also able to recognise patterns in numbers, which helps with mathematical problem solving.
Many nursery rhymes also use numbers in the content of the rhymes, such as “One, two, three, four, five” and “Hot cross buns,” so children practice counting, addition and subtraction.
5) Encouraging imagination
Nursery rhymes often include elaborate or fantastical storylines and characters, which help children to imagine them more easily.
The sense of imagination is heightened if nursery rhymes are coupled with some kind of creative visualisation such as illustrations or the use of actions.
6) Improving physical development
Nursery rhymes make great themes for drama and dance, as children can act out and use physical movement to demonstrate the characters and events in the nursery rhymes.
The ability to use the body to express words helps children make a connection between their senses and improves hand-eye coordination.
7) Advancing social and emotional development
Nursery rhymes can help children to identify moods and feelings. Funny rhymes can make them laugh, while poems with sad themes can teach them about empathy, which is a good social skill.
People often develop emotional connections with nursery rhymes, so they can be used to help children feel happy and bond better with others.
8) Boosting confidence
As nursery rhymes are often fun or silly, children find them entertaining, which takes the pressure off the learning elements and children just learn as a bi-product of their enjoyment.
Because they are memorable, children are also more likely to be able to recite them, which helps build their confidence in speaking.
This activity of jumping of the climbing frame is an oldie – but still as popular as every. It is wonderful to see the three year olds build the confidence to make the leap without holding onto a teachers hand. Often children will try new experiences when they can see their peers succeeding and having fun.
The children built a tower today. After they finished construction they decorated it with coloured glass blocks. It looked great. Mrs Gayle suggested that they add the Duplo people to the tower. The tower was pushed over by someone, but the children coped with this setback quite well and we helped them to rebuild.
Johnny’s family found two stumpy-tailed lizards. They were ‘babies’. We discussed how lizards were from the reptile family and that they hatch out of eggs. Thank you Haydn for bring them in.
For Authentic Dough this week we made pizza for lunch. The children got to choose their own toppings from a selection. I made a comment to the children that I brought the bacon was on special at the supermarket. The children didn’t know what ‘on special’ meant. I explained that it meant that it had a sale sticker on it and that it didn’t cost as much money. Next time your family is shopping – point out the ‘special’ items to your children.
As a part of our ongoing fire safety program at pre school we have an annual visit from the Fire Truck. On Thursday Leeton Ryan drown the fire truck to Pre School for a visit. The children learnt about the safety clothing a fireman wears. The children took turns at knocking the water bottle over with the fire hose. Leeton set the siren going and each child had a go at ‘driving’ the truck. The children had opportunities to role play being firemen during inside and outside play. Thank you to Leeton for spending the morning with us.
Our four year old group are a bunch of keen cooks so we have started Authentic Dough early this year. Authentic Dough is where we have real experiences while developing our hand muscles working dough. It is very popular with the children because they get to eat their creations. While we are doing this experience Mrs Gayle is writing the conversations that we are having. Sometimes the conversations are about the cooking methods and terms – but really we talk about a lot of things during this time. Todays cooking was scones.
Shaving Foam provides so much fun for sensory play. The children really dug their hands in on Tuesday. We left it overnight and the next morning it was all dried up and irregular patterns had formed on the surface. With magnifying glasses we could view the patterns up close.