‘Understanding Sleep’ – Free Workshop

We have learned that Suffolk County Council are offering a free workshop for parents with children with disabilities and additional needs which we thought sounded interesting, the workshop is called ‘Understanding Sleep’.   Research shows that sleep plays a vital role in children’s brain development and a good sleep routine can help children’s all round development.
If you are interested in learning a bit more about the workshop, please contact:
Marian Pearson, Parent Adviser for Contact in the East of England 01603 452717 or email: marian.pearson@contact.org.uk
Workshops will be held on the following dates at the following locations:
Beccles: Friday 13 July 2018. 1.00pm-3.00pm Butterflies Children’s Centre, The Beccles Centre, Castle Hill, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 7BQ
Lowestoft: Friday 20 July 2018 from 1.00pm – 3.00pm The Ark Children’s Centre, Water Lane, Lowestoft NR32 2NH
Word on the street is that places are limited, if you think you may like to attend, please do contact the number above.

P is for Potato printing …..

This week we are looking at the letter P and the sound it makes.  This morning we did some potato and pepper printing.   As well as talking about the letter ‘p’ and the sound it makes, we had to concentrate really hard as we tried to identify different things that start with the sound ‘p’.  We also talked about the different colours of the paint and of course the different patterns that our cut vegetables made.
For our snack we had some delicious poppadoms with mango chutney which seemed to go down very well (especially the poppadoms!) we noticed that as well as tasting delicious, some of our snack foods, started with the sound ‘p’!

Rhythm and beat

Encouraging and building children’s language is key to their development – language is much easier to learn and use when incorporated in rhyme, rhythm and repetition of songs especially in group activities.

In our musical group activity, we gave the children wooden claves/rhythm sticks to tap out beats to their names. The children displayed good listening skills – it was great to see them all participating and collaborating together!

Bubbly fun on the field!!

Today, at the beginning of our PE session we had lots of bubble tubes out on the field.   The children were really good at sharing and taking it in turns to use them and we soon discovered that the wind makes bubbles travel very quickly!!!  Nonetheless, this was an ideal opportunity to practise our running skills to catch up with them and also our jumping to try to reach them before they floated off too high!

After our bubbly fun, we attempted a relay race practice ahead of sports day!  Again, the children listened to lots of instructions, they tried really hard to remember what number cone to run to and which group they had to run back to. Everyone ran as fast as they could and they clapped and cheered their friends on giving them lots of encouragement and support.

Active Learning

We introduced some real tools in our activities last week.

Initially you may think swapping lightweight plastic toys to the real thing may be rather risky!  But in doing so we encourage the children to handle tools carefully.

Giving the children first hand real play experiences has great benefits; It encourages children to play and explore, develops risk assessing for themselves and promotes responsibility and independence.  There are many more benefits to list  but more importantly they find using real tools more fun and exciting! 🙂

Cake donations please

Requesting donations of cakes please!

We are running a refreshments stall at the Summer Sizzler on Friday 6th July.  Donations of cup cakes and biscuits and scones etc would be lovely. Not too much savoury as there is a BBQ there as well.

Thank you very much  🙂

This week – the letter A

Today, we had another sports day practice, this time on the school field, and again we are really proud of how well all the children cheered their friends on when they were taking part in the races.

This afternoon, we have carried on our S-A-T-P-I-N display, as we are focusing on the the letter ‘A’ this week and the sound it makes, the children have made some beautifully painted apples to hang up in the cabin.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a lovely half term break!

Could you please bring in your unwanted kitchen roll tubes within the first couple of weeks this term to help with our new themed area.  Thank you!

Baby Boot Camp

Before the half term break, Faye kindly returned to pre school for another instalment of baby boot camp! We had races to warm up both our bodies and tune in our listening skills! Then we had an enormous ball to push across the garden using a filled water bottle to help our arm muscles strengthen.

Faye introduced a very heavy ball (5kg) which  we pushed in-between cones and then all the way back again.  (We had to listen very hard how to do this, and we learnt how to keep ourselves safe by not lifting the ball as it was too heavy!)
Another activity was ‘Target practice’ – throwing as many balls as we could into buckets this was good for arm strength, hand/eye coordination and team building (especially to pick them all back up when we’d run out!)  and of course, counting skills.
Faye encouraged us to do lots of jumping (both feet together) all the way along a very long (and heavy!) wiggly snake then running back to the beginning to start all over again!