Mighty oaks from little acorns

Well, we haven’t actually planted any acorns, but our themes for the first half of this term included lots of planting and growing: our trip to Hollow Trees Farm in May was great fun as always

and we followed that with Jack and the Beanstalk…..

…mini gardens (complete with gnomes!)…

and planting cress seeds, sunflowers and potatoes

Our malleable activities this term have included cooking, pasta threading – and gloop!

And we have really focused on turn-taking and independent group activities to prepare our older children for moving up to school

In June, we have – of course – celebrated Father’s Day; we hope all the Daddies enjoyed drinking from the special mugs Donna helped the children make. For the rest of this term we will be helping the children make choices, resolve issues and ‘problem solve’ independently in preparation for school. We will be encouraging them to be good role models for our younger Ladybirds – not that they need much encouragement – they are brilliant! Our theme for the week starting 24th June is Birds – and the sound of the week is “o”.

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Ladybirds Group Photo and Individual Portraits

Digital or printed copies of the group and individual photographs are now available to buy, and the order forms have been put in your child’s Ladybirds bag. If you need another form you can print one off here. The group photo is available to see on the notice board in the hall lobby. As a charity we rely on fundraising to buy new toys and equipment, and all profits from the sale of photographs will go to Ladybirds. This is a great opportunity to buy a special memento of your child’s time at preschool and to help us to raise funds! Order forms must be returned to Ladybirds by 1st July please.

Happy New Year to all!

Welcome back to Ladybirds! We hope children and families had a lovely Christmas – we’re sure it was a busy time for all, judging by the plans the children were telling us about during our last week of term.

Our final maths topic of the term was estimating, so the children wrapped boxes – Erica and Donna were very excited to receive the “presents” (empty washing powder/chocolate/wine boxes etc)

   

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Making handprint Father Christmas cards and pop-up snowmen with Donna

Making handprint Father Christmas cards and pop-up snowmen with Donna

One of the highlights this term was our trip to St Matthew’s Church where we listened to the story of the Nativity – it was very special hearing it in the church and the children sat totally absorbed. We lit the Advent Candle and made sparkly stars from pipe cleaners, paper plates and stickers. Thank you to Rev. Armstrong and Mrs Rowe.

Our final day of term was our Christmas Party at Little Kingfishers; we played adventure games in the climbing frame, hide-and- seek and dinosaurs….the adults were exhausted! To round off a lovely morning we had a very special visitor who took time out of his busy schedule to bring the children presents…..thank you Father Christmas, you made a lot of children very happy!

 

Thank you Father Christmas!

Our themes for the first two weeks of 2016 will be Robots and Space, incorporating shapes and sizing. “We live on planet Earth” one little boy has already informed us…….!

Also, our Letter of the Week next week is “V” so please send in your toys or objects for the children to talk about beginning with this letter during registration. It’s a challenge!