All week we have been discovering rainbows! We have talked about where rainbows come from with the help of "What Makes a Rainbow" story book. The children began to understand that you need rain and sunshine to create a rainbow so we ended the week with a mini science experiment. The little ones sat fascinated as we transformed 6 jars of water by adding different shades of food colouring. We took them outside and let the sun shine through them creating our very own rainbow!!
This morning we introduced conkers to the preschool children. They were extremely inquisitive about the spikey, rough texture of the shell in comparison to the smooth texture of the conker inside. Opening the conkers practiced fine motor skills and was an exciting experience for the little ones. What was your first memory of conkers? Such a nostalgic piece of nature
Our daily fine motor skill exercises are designed to increase the dexterity and skill of the children's tripod fingers, with the hope of ultimately improving their pencil control and handwriting.
Today we worked on forming different finger positions and practicing the arch in our hand needed for writing. We make this activity fun by giving each finger exercise a name such as "the spider" and asking the spider to crawl etc.
Today we searched the dewy fields for fallen leaves to make our own all-natural bunting. To do this we simply used twigs as our needle, string and leaves. The children at Enya's really enjoy engaging with nature and this activity inspires creativity and develops their fine motor skills as they concentrate on their delicate threading
On the occasion of Her Majesty's 90th birthday all the children at Enya's Childcare wrote letters, drew pictures, made gifts and sent them to the Queen. After months of patiently waiting, at 11:34am this morning the children finally received their royal reply from Buckingham Palace! The letter will be framed and displayed in the preschool for all to see
We often stop to explore small insects or treasures that we find on the grass and implement these into our artwork and learning. Here we are, using more loose natural items that we found to create a "blowing leaves" picture and a collage for our Autumn display
Here's a fun number learning game anyone can do in the garden with their little one. Chalk the numbers on the floor and call out the number you want the children to run and stand on. This practices number recognition but also displays to you which numbers your child may need a little more help with. To assist their learning we did our numbers in different coloured chalk so that we could call the colour as a clue; this is also an easy way of assessing your little ones colour recognition.
There is nothing better than picking your own blackberries, taking them home, washing them, squashing them and spreading them on scones! The children were super impressed that we were able to eat the blackberries they picked themselves! A wonderful way for them to build their knowledge and understanding of food processes and the natural foods available to us