"Growing Minds" has shared a link with us to a free on line show for 2-8 year olds called "Little Tim and the brave sea captain". Enjoy!
Berinsfield pre-school news
We would like to celebrate some of the amazing things that our pre-schoolers have created and done over the last couple of weeks.
Blake has been drawing, painting, looking for snails and give them rides in his dumper truck, looking for leaves in the garden and then painted them.
Luke has been making dens, baking, splashing in puddles, lots of play in the garden, Easter egg hunting, colouring, singing, puzzles, helping daddy do gardening and washing the car and also has started potty training which is AMAZING!!! Well done Luke!
Mazie has some wonderful news! She has become a big sister of baby Lilly! Mazie has been busy helping out with her new sibling!
Philippa has been baking, making pizza, drawing, painting, making creations out of playdough, making Easter cards.
Sal has been tracing numbers, drawing, counting in the garden.
Please check our PHOTOS for all the wonderful pictures that some of the parents sent. Thank you very much for that!
After Easter break we carry out activities associated with Spring and Growth. Here a few ideas you could do with your child at home:
- During spring seeds begin to grow. In the story of "Jack and the beanstalk", Jack's bean grow into a magic beanstalk. Ask your child to tell the story or read the story together and encourage them to join in with repeated refrains. You could even act the story out together.
- You are in an ideal position to help your child develop an understanding of their growth. Talk about trousers being 'too short' and shoes 'to small'. Encourage your child to notice how they are growing taller and able to do more things.
- Make up a story about a boy or a girl who wouldn't stop growing or shrinking. Encourage your child to help you make up more adventures.
- You could introduce your child to syllables. Clap the beats in spring words (da-ffo-dil- 3 claps, ca-ter-pi-llar-4 claps). Encourage your child to try this in their name and family members names.
- During spring lots of animals have their babies. Tell your child the names of these baby animals: duck, pig, sheep, cow and horse.
- Try growing some plants or flowers at home. You could try planting some seeds in a pot or in your garden. Remember to give your seeds some water and put them in somewhere sunny. Cress seeds grow quite quickly. You could grow squash in a bottle. Once the squash plant in the vegetable plot has grown and small vegetables are visible, gently place one of the small squash, still attached to the plant, through the neck of a clear plastic bottle. The plant should grow very quickly inside its own miniature greenhouse. Once the squash is larger than the opening of the bottle, cut it and show it off to your friends. Can they tell how it got inside the bottle?
- Make a weather chart to show what the spring weather is like. You could draw a picture of weather each day.
- Try making a model of a flower with your child. You could use playdough, paper or card, construction toys, empty cardboard boxes and tubes or plastic tubs and pots. Ask your child how they could make the stem, the flower and the leaves. We would love to see any models you have made.
- Go for a walk around a garden or park. Ask your child to look carefully to see what plants and flowers the can see growing. You can take some photos together or draw some pictures of the things you have seen.
- Fill a shallow tray with shaving foam mixed with food colouring. Can your child draw spring objects in it and tell you what they have drawn?
- If you have a garden- have brushes and water available for your child to create imaginative drawings or chalks to enable your child to draw spring spring flowers on the floor.
- Explore different ways of moving as represented by different spring events, activities and objects, e.g. jumping like a bunny, growing tall like a flower, skipping like a lamb, splashing in the puddles.
- Give your child a raincoat, wellington boots and umbrellas for them to practise using independently.
- There are 10 seeds waiting to grow in a flowerpot. If 4 seeds start to grow, how many seeds would still be waiting to grow? Your child could use their fingers or draw a picture to help them.
- Collect a selection of spring themed objects (i.e. green leaves, flowers, toy farm animals,etc.) and use them with your child to compare quantities using mathematical language, inc. more, fewer, less and the same.
We hope you'll find these ideas useful!
Have fun and keep safe!
We would like to let you know that our pre-school works in a partnership with Growing Minds project focusing on supporting under 5s school readiness. The project offers free support through i.e. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. It is a 60 volume set of books, beginning with the children's classic "The tale of Peter Rabbit" for children aged 0-5. Each month a new, carefully selected book will arive by post in your child's name and be delivered directly to your home. Best of all is free. There is no cost or obligation to your family.
Please check the links below of how to sign up and ideas for activities and resources.
We're also attaching the link for Goodnight with Dolly Parton :
During this time we carry out activities associated with Easter. Here are a few ideas that the pre-schoolers could do at home. Please send us photos of your creations/activities you've done to our e-mail address (email@example.com). If you write in your e-mail that it is ok to publish your photos we will do so and they will be seen in our website's photos.
- People often celebrate Easter by eating chocolate or buns and cakes. Try making a sweet treat to share with your family (i.e. chocolate rice krispie/chocolate cornflake nests).
- Try making a model basket to hold some Easter treats! You could use an empty cardboard box and decorate it with paints or colourful Easter pictures.
- At Easter time lots of flowers start growing in the ground and on the trees. When you go for a walk (remembering all the safety measures), see what flowers and plants you can see growing.
- Egg starts with the letter "e". What else starts with this letter? Ask an adult to write a list of other things starting with this letter. How many things can you think of?
- If there are 10 eggs in a basket and then 5 get eaten, how many would be left in the basket? You could use your fingers or draw a picture to help you.
- Decorate a picture of an egg. You could ask an adult to decorate it with various 2D shapes and then colour them in and name them.
- Draw or paint an Easter picture-you could draw some Easter eggs, flowers, chicks or even the Easter bunny!
- Have an Easter egg hunt! Ask a grown-up to hide some Easter eggs for you to find. How many eggs can you find? Can you count all the eggs by saying one number name to each egg?
- Try some planting activities. You could plant some seeds in a flowerpot filled with soil. Make sure to give them some water and put them somewhere sunny.
- Decorate some hard-boiled eggs to make them bright and colourful.You could use pens or paints and add some extra decorations, such as stickers, feathers, pom-poms or googly eyes.
- With all the rainbows in the windows, you could add Easter eggs, chicks or Easter bunnies.
- Share a favourite storybook with a grown-up.
We hope you'll find these ideas useful. Please remember to share photos of your creations/activities with us!
Have fun, take care and keep safe!
Lots of people are feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the situation we find ourselves all in. Please note, that we are in an unprecedented emergency situation impacting the whole world. Home schooling is a choice and you can be your child's teacher in whatever form you choose. If you decide that your child isn't going to engage with anything that we have prepared and is going to spend the entire period playing in the garden, or baking, or watching TV, that is your choice. There is nothing to stress or feel guilty about.
At the pre-school's stage of learning the most important skills that pre-schooler can get is their readiness for 'a big school'. As we have written before in our newsletter, please try to practice the following things so your child can be ready as they can be for their primary school:
✓ Recognise their name- (You could play a treasure hunting game with your child by hiding their name on small pieces of paper around the house),
✓ Have an interest in reading- (You could share stories and rhymes with your child at home. You could also consider reading books about starting school),
✓ Understand spoken instructions- (You could play ‘Simon Says!’ game),
✓ Verbally count and touch count (one number name to an object)- (You could practice counting on or back from 20 and use any opportunity for children to practise counting skills-e.g. counting people passing by down the street or fruit in a bowl),
✓ Talk about shapes- (You could go on a shape hunt, talking about the shape and size of windows, signs, etc.),
✓ Begin to recognise some numbers- (You could go on a number hunt by looking at numbers in environment, e. g. find their house number or their age number on buses or cars registration plates),
✓ Put on their own coat or shoes (if Velcro)-(e.g. button and unbutton own shirt& use a zip, putting own shoes and socks on, changing into PE kit)- Independence is extremely important when your child first starts, so please give your child as many opportunities as you can to be independent,
✓ ONLY IF YOUR CHILD IS READY TO WRITE, write their name,
✓ Children learn to write through developing their fine motor skills and by building strength in their fingers- (You can practise this by making snips in paper with scissors, playing with playdough and stacking Lego bricks, making string necklaces with pasta or beads, etc.,
✓ Self care: (eating: using knife and fork, opening packed lunch on their own and opening wrappers and packaging; knowing when to wash hands, wiping own nose, asking for help if they don’t feel well; going to the toilet on their own, wiping themselves properly & flush, washing and drying own hands without any help),
✓ Routines (practising putting on own uniform & getting ready to leave on time; having a good bedtime routine so the child is not feeling tired for school; learning to eat at the times they will on school days). These are just a few things you could try. The more practise children have with these skills both at pre-school and at home, the more ready your child will be!
I'm posting links to various websites so you can can get resources needed for your home schooling, if you wish to do any learning at home:
www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk (username:march20, password: home)
-Crash Course Kids
-National Geographic Kids
l -Geography Focus
-Kids Learning Tube
-Geeek Likes Science
-Mike Likes Science
-Science Max SoulPancake
Also if you are on Facebook there is a group page called "Plan c" and there are other ideas there.
Twinkl is offering every teacher in England access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. We’re also extending this to every parent and carer in your school so your pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.
Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
This year we have organised a raffle during Halloween time. Thanx to a generosity of many companies (especially #Hexagon in Reading that donated 4 tickets for "Cinderella" pantomime), we managed to fundraise £176.00!!! Amazing! We are going to use the money to upgrade pre-school's garden. Thank you everybody who participated and supported us! It's much appreciated!!!!