This week the children have all continued to settle back into nursery and are once again exploring both rooms and outside, getting to know their new friends who have joined us this term and generally being very busy.
This week we have used technology to help us learn about the world around us and their world closer to home.
We have an interactive map which talks to us when we press the buttons on the country.
“I can press this one.”
We tried out a new speaker using blue tooth. First on our phone . . .
. . . then on the ipad.
We found out about elephants and the noise they make! It was very loud!
We used this technology to enhance our jungle animals area and to see what elephants do and sound like in the wild.
We looked up cheetahs on the ipad at circle time and found out which countries they live in and how fast they run.
With the new speaker we can take the ipad anywhere and hear what the elephants sound like
We found that others wanted to listen too!
A smal giraffe is looking for Australia.
I have found Peru. Thats where Paddington is from
Now we are looking for the flag from Peru. The interactive map can tell us which one it is.
We know we can use the Ipad to find out information.
The boys and girls have been exploring making their own worlds and creating animals and characters to live in them. Lots of team work and discussions and negotiations going on to build what the children want to create.
Some of the children made a dinosaur world.
Others used the igloo to keep our cold world going.
It’s still a great place for a story.
The children created lands out of sand
and some made their own make believe world.
We are still using our maps and globes to talk about the places we know and what they mean to us.
“I live in Inverness”
“I’ve been to London, it’s far away!”
“Look at this big country, what is it called?”
We still look at maps,
the world to draw with,
and the globe to find out where countries are.
I wonder what country this is?
On Wednesday we had another baking session, well not so much baking, but lots of stirring and discussion about smells and textures of our ingredients.
All of the ingredients needed fro chocolate crispies
We had to break the chocolate up
Then decided that to melt the chocolate it would have to be cooked, the microwave seemed to be the best option.
Once the chocolate was melted it smelled realy nice.
Then we had to stir in the cripies
and stir some more
Look what we made!
Just in time for snack.
Chocolate faces …..
Another happy customer!
Time for a little face washing!
Our sensory path is getting bigger as we continue to work hard adding new sections. Due to the wet weather the path was even more adventurous as the hole we had dug was filled with water …..perfect for splashing in!
To continue our interest in faraway places, the children are welcome to bring in a book from home that is from a faraway place or as about animals from faraway countries! They could even read it to the other children if they know the story well enough!
Remember your child can bring in photos of themselves in faraway places and we will try to find the place they visited on the map!