We’ve had an egg-static week this week in Green Room going on an egg hunt, learning about the Hindu celebration Holi and saying goodbye to the chicks.
On Muddy morning we had a fantastic time in John Leigh Park. After our snack, the children went searching for eggs that had numbers and spots on. The children had to find all the halves of eggs and match the numbers with the correct spots. After they had found nearly all of the eggs, they went in search of some missing halves and found some chocolate eggs to share.
We then read a non-fiction book about the Hindu festival, Holi. A member of our class had been celebrating Holi with his family, so we took some powder paint and hung some white sheets to throw it at. The children loved throwing the paint (sorry if they came home covered in it!) making lots of nice colours. Then, because the festival is throwing the paint at someone, Shelbie offered herself to the task, which the children found hilarious. Not only great fun and educational, but they were using their gross motor skills too!
In Phonics we recapped the songs we had learnt so far and recapped our understanding of the ‘p’ sound. The children found objects from around the room to add to the tray, we then covered it over and took one away. The children had to guess which one was missing. They were very intrigued by the pirate ship and wanted to play in the water with it after too. Amelie brought in a phonics book that she had been reading at home and half way through the story, it was quite clear she could read it to the children herself. So, she became the teacher, reading us the story and asking children questions about the story at the end. We think she might be after Kate’s job!!
The children are still very motivated and keen to share and perform their own stories, I don’t think we’ve ever had such an enthusiastic group! They also love incorporating their friends and staff members in to their stories and I’ve never known so many trees putting people in jail… but they find it very entertaining!
The children have also been having a go at bead threading so we decided it would be a great time to introduce the concept of creating a pattern. As it was also one of the children’s Next Steps, Danielle introduced the concept by using the shape snap cards and modelled an alternating pattern. The children were then paired up and they had a go at making their own. They were also challenged by trying to make a pattern with three colours too. If you wanted to try this at home then this could be done in lots of ways including beads, counters, leaves, flowers, lego and there is an online game link here that you could have a go at too https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns As always, please add it to eyLog for us to see.
The children have been very excited about Easter and wanting to make Easter cards to give to their family members. We had a little discussion about why we celebrate Easter, what the egg represents and that it is a Christian celebration. We also read a book about the Jewish celebration of Passover, that one of our children brought in to share last week.
Unfortunately, it was time to say goodbye to our chicks as they go back to the farm that they came from. The children have been fascinated to see how quickly they have grown and now being able to see their feathers appearing on their wings. Tadpole update; we are still awaiting legs to appear! On the 9th April we will also be receiving our caterpillars to watch them become beautiful butterflies.
We hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!
The Green Room Team