Icy Investigations and Doggy Cuddles – Week Beginning 18th Sept 2017…

Ice breakers…

Hammering, smashing away to find their toys hidden in huge blocks of ice, the Gibbons used their hands and necessary tools like hammers to break away the cold exterior barriers. They enjoyed their sensory experience of ice, touching and feeling the wetness and coldness of the frozen water. Using different shades of skin ton paints, the Gibbons got stuck in with their hands and created some fantastic handprints in their skin colour. Throwing their hands in the air and wiggling their bottoms to the ‘Sticky Kids’ CD the Gibbons loved dancing along with the grown-ups and copying the actions on the tape. Bending, jumping, turning around and spinning, they all did great movements to the music. From Sticky Kids to the banana song, the children sang the song copying the actions with real bananas. They peeled, chopped and mashed the bananas and finally ate them for their snack. Finally, in the garden, the Gibbons did some chalk drawing on the floor, drawing shapes but mostly scribbling in wonderful patterns while the others crawled through the tunnel finding their way through the tyres and other materials to make the special tunnel and get through to the other side to their friends.

Abracadabra…

Decorating their starts with stickers and sequins, the Baboons stuck their shiny stars to lollipop sticks and turned into withes and wizards casting spells around the nursery. Whilst waving their magic wands, they tried on dresses to go with their new characters in this spectacular role play wizard scene. From wizards to inspectors, the Baboons used their big magnifying glasses to inspect the bugs in the soil. Digging around with their hands and spoons, they found woodlice, ladybirds and beetles. They even found a scary looking spider aggghhh! Role playing with babies is always very popular especially in the Baboon room, and this week they washed their babies with shaving foam and soapy water and dressed them and cared for them like they see their mummies and daddies do. They made them some delicious sand dinner and sand milk for them. In group, the Baboons looked at the emotion flash cards and spoke about the person the card was feeling. They spoke about how they felt and they all felt very happy as they had just met Bassie the guide dog who came in to visit the children with his owner. The Baboons loved meeting Bassie and all hugged him very affectionately.

Bassie the Guide Dog…

We had an amazing visitor come to Young Friends this week with his special companion. Bassie the Guide dog came to see the children and the Gorillas had an excellent time asking plenty of questions from how old he was, to did he use the toilet? The Gorillas learned how Bassie helped his owner cross the road safely and walk down the street and get on buses safely. Weeding as any gardener know is a tricky and frustrating task, but the Nature Kids have been on it pulling away. Racing who could weed the quickest, the Gorillas did a fantastic job and were very happy with how our allotment looks! Aswell as weeding, the children picked tomatoes, green beans and some cucumbers, to bring back to the nursery for the nursery to use and eat. Nadeem has done some fantastic sports sessions this week, with them travelling to Hove park in the mini bus and practising their skills on the balance beams and the step ladder. Showing off their incredible upper body strength, they swung and hung from the hanging poles like true Gorillas they are!

‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’ – Week beginning 11th Sept 2017…

‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’ – Week beginning 11th Sept 2017…

We’re going on a bear hunt…

Rein-acting their favourite story, the Gibbons went on a bear hunt singing the song and looking at the different characters and scenery within the book. Hunting the bears around the room, hiding and searching high and low. Talking of highs and lows, in group time the Gibbons have been recognising their emotions and learning their friend’s emotions by looking in mirrors at each other. Pointing out facial features on themselves and pointing to their friend’s face and seeing each other’s smiles. Exploring the various textures and spotting the assorted colours in the fruit and veg basket, the Gibbons passed assorted basket around in group time and enjoyed smelling their favourite tastes. Lastly, please check out the new Autumn display with a large tree with their very own designed cotton wool balls dipped in glue and paint and stuck on the tree. Collecting leaves from outside and having their photo taken to go up, the board is now up and ready for all to see and we must say it looks fantastic!

Baboons go bananas…

Cutting and blending bananas, pears and apples, the baboons turned their favourite fruits into a delicious smoothie for their snack. Guaranteed the smoothie got everywhere, but the Baboons laughed whilst pressing the button on and off and loved their tasty treat. With the Autumn season getting into swing, the Baboons got creative with finger painting constructing trees using Autumn colours. Carefully cutting out various pictures to make their own trunks and finger dabbing their branches and leaves, the finished pieces were very impressive. Three bowls of porridge oats, three different beds and three various chairs, the Baboons acted out the story to Goldilocks, taking it turn to play the part of the different bears. Rattle, shake, BOOM! The Baboons investigated their sound box, guessing what the sounds were and what object made them. Rice shakers and musical books were some of the objects discovered in the sound box. BOOOOOM!

Uno, Due, Tre…

Learning and counting to 5, saying their names and high fiving each other in Italian were some of the things the Gorillas learnt in their Italian lessons this week with Chiara. Soon without a doubt the way these fantastic lessons are going the children will be fluent and ordering their gelato in no time. Aswell as their weekly trips to the allotment, the children have also been embarking on Nature walks around Hove Park and St Anns Well Gardens. The Gorillas collected conkers and measured the sizes between them. They collected various leaves and inspected the assorted colours and shapes of the leaves. They discussed Autumn and how the eaves were starting to drop from the trees and they made colleges with their favourite leaves to show the changes in season. Having a sensory experience over at the Reggio Emillia Table as they added herbs to their homemade playdough. Crunching in cereal, pouring over flow and sticking in leaves and grass the Gorillas made pizza lookalike creations. Zooming around like rockets, the Gorillas danced around the room and talked about how they would like to go to space. Also in the music and movement room saw some of us shedding some tears as we had our last pre-schoolers party this week. We wish all the pre-schoolers the best of luck in their futures and we are positive they will all be bright ones!

Week Beginning 4th September 2017

Week Beginning 4th September 2017

Let’s go on teddy bear’s picnic…

When the sun came out this week, so did the dishware and sand food for a teddy bear picnic in the garden. The Gibbons ate their pretend food (and some of them did actually try) and all enjoyed their afternoon picnic party. Getting decorative with scrap materials and glue, the children impressively stick the material to make patterns and funky collages to hang around the room. There was a chill in the Gibbon room, when the ice tub was brought out for the Gibbons to test their strong power in breaking the large blocks of ice. Putting their best foot forward for a sing and dance of Hokey Cokey. The littlest ones joined in sitting down and the older ones stood up and sang the popular song with excitement.

All aboard the potato boat…

As the Baboons enjoy cooking so much, this week they experimented with potato making their own potato boats. Spooning out the inside of the potato to mash with carrots, mushrooms and pepper together with dairy free butter the Baboon made a spectacular boat shaped snack to eat in the afternoon. Delicious! Onto the next activity, which we advised the Baboons not to eat, which was emptying herbs in water and pouring into cups. Swishing the cups with herby water around the Baboons smelled the different cups to organised the different herbs. From designing cars last week to this week building them from junk modelling, the children used their car designs to create their perfect cars. And after tiring themselves out in some exercise in the music and movement room doing some colour coordinating dancing and animal yoga, the Baboons talked about how the exercise made them cell in group time. They spoke about needing water as they were thirsty and a rest as they were tired. But the tiredness didn’t last long as you can imagine!

What’s the time Mr Wolf?

Counting the time and running to up and down in St Anne Wells Park, the Gorillas practised their counting to ten whilst playing the popular games of what’s the time Mr Wolf? Nadeem showed them how to throw over-arm and under-arm and tennis balls flying everywhere, the Gorillas laughed as they raced each other up and down. The exercise didn’t stop there, Cassie did some extra cool moves with the kids this week in Yoga, teaching and helping them to balance on one foot. Cutting and sticking different shaped and sized paper, the Gorillas made mosaics which they could hang around the rooms to decorate. As you may of seen our name board has been getting pretty full this week, as the Gorillas p[practised writing their owns names and sticking them up for all to see their amazing handwriting. With only a few of our pre-schoolers left, they helped the younger Gorillas with writing their names and typing their names on word. The last few pre-schoolers spoke to the Gorillas about they feel to leave nursery and how they miss everyone here but excited for their next journey. The Gorillas spoke about their emotions for their friends leaving to go to school (sob sob) but excited to see some of their friends form the Baboon room moving up. Hooray!