Boys and Mark Making!

abc doesBoys Learning, Mark Making, Role Play6 Comments

SO much going on at the moment, almost too much to tell you! Am really pleased with how much the environment is encouraging mark making, especially with the boys. Now that the children who have been in the longest are really feeling comfortable with us and the environment they are beginning to use it in the way I envisaged they might. Lots and lots of play going on in the role play area is including the creation of their own backgrounds. What has struck me more than ever is that if we were organising 'under the sea' or 'fire station' we would have the whole background relating to the theme. The children are quite happy to have LOADS going on in the … Read More

BANG! BANG!

abc doesBoys Learning, Role Play, Weapon and Superhero Play6 Comments

Just a quick post while I am supposed to be watching  a Sunday afternoon movie with the kids! I just love being back in the classroom – not only do I have a runny nose and a VERY sore throat, I also have flea bites! Just need a few headlice and a worm or two and I will have the full set! Well, gerbil TV is finished and I am just letting the girls get used to their new home for a few days before I take them into Nursery. As promised – here are a few photos of the process.  My kids absolutely love it!           The photo doesn't really do it justice – I … Read More

Finding their feet!

abc doesBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Role Play, Weapon and Superhero Play1 Comment

Was out of school this morning consulting elsewhere, but was back for the afternoon session. More new starters today and it really struck me what great mentors the other children are. I am really pleased that they are settling so well and really beginning to use the environment. The boys played in the role play for an HOUR . Better than that  – and you won't believe this…they played in the role play for an hour even though the door to outside was open! I know, what are the chances? Their play raised lots of discussion for me and the team mostly around gun play. They all made guns and were shooting each other from inside the boxes – I … Read More

Mark Making and Role Play

abc doesMark Making, Role Play13 Comments

Turns out my camera was out of battery and so I took these on my phone. They are not brilliant and I need to stress that the areas are not finished – just sharing a 'work in progress' As it is early in the year and my emphasis is on talk and communication I have tried to leave the areas big and lacking in theme. The role play has no 'costumes', no tabbards with 'nurse' or 'fireman' emblazoned on them because for lots of children they restrict them to one character (and are also blinking expensive!) Instead I have boxes of fabric, huge pieces and small ones. I have separated plain from patterned and also created a box of 'special' bits which … Read More