Man they were tired today – and kept telling us! There are only so many responses you can give to 'I'm tired!' (other than SO AM I!)
We are meeting after the pm session everyday to plan for the following day. Not only does it mean you get your weekend back but you are actually planning something that has maximum impact on where the children are at.
Mentioned earlier about one of our boys who is fascinated by how things work – firstly we set up a table of 'things' with mechanisms which, after an initial 'lull', got lots of visits.
The hole punch was the most popular item, especially when we took the back off to reveal the 'holes' which are now in a pot in the workshop!
One of my TA's then brought in her sewing machine to show the children how it works and also run up some cushion covers! We are trying to recover all of those really disgusting 1980's geometric patterned square cushions. The problem is we had only a small budget. Anyway, my TA had the brillinat idea of making cuashion covers out of towels! They are fab – and cheap.
Anyhow the machine was a HUGE success, especially with one boy in particular!!
Meanwhile we have a girl who seems to be demonstrating a schema for order through playdough – even she visited the 'how does it work' table!
After a week, the children are able to self select paper for the easel and when they run out of paint they refil by themselves and then put away - Yes, they are three and from an area with pockets of significant deprivation. This low level of intervention from us allows us to teach where we are needed!
One of my TA's brought in some plums from her tree for us to try yesterday – once the children got over their fear of the small slightly spherical object…(none of them had ever seen a plum before) they absolutely LOVED them. All were amazed by the stone inside.
I did NOT cut them in half or de stone them. I demonstrated how to eat around the stone and left them to get on with it and…surprise, surprise…they all managed it!
Today one of them asked if there was anything inside the stone – so we cracked it open and found a seed. They then all began to ask if we could look in all the fruit to find seeds – so we did!
The thing that amazed them most was seeds in a banana! Their eagerness to soak up every word was a joy to behold!
Alongside our assessments of what they can do, we are also discussing what they like and thinking about how we can combine all of that into a 'theme' – cars, trains, mechanism, pouring, play dough… will be interesting!
We also got some free aprons from B and Q – worth an ask!
My 2 TAs are working really hard on establishing our 'talk area' with a 'talk sofa' in the nursery. It is not just a nice place to sit, it is a designated place for quality talk full of interesting things to talk about.
I will post more info and planning ideas soon but here is a 'sneak peak'
The idea is that it feels more like 'home' and everything in there is a talking point if you need it to be (including the pot pourri!), The cushions are all different textures and sizes and smells – the most expensive one was the sequined one at £9.99 from TX Max!
The ladies are doing a great job it is a real sanctuary! Very tempting for a quick lie down on a frantic Friday afternoon! Speaking of which…
Must be time for wine!