Monthly Classroom News
We hope that the children who started with us in August are settling in and enjoying their time at the CDC. A warm welcome to new families joining us in September.
We are pleased to share our classroom news for this month to keep parents up-to-date with the themes covered in our groups at the CDC.
In September, we will continue with our theme ‘Me and all around me’. This month we will cover: ‘My Family’, ‘This is how I feel’, ‘Toys and things I like’ and ‘Food I like and I don’t like!’. The children will learn through a variety of experiences at the CDC, i.e. pretend play, motor and social games, art and crafts and sensory play. We will also be encouraging them to express which things they do or do not like!
Trying something new or that we do not like can be an unpleasant or uncomfortable experience. It is good to encourage children to try new things, whilst at the same time, respecting the way they feel.
Activities to do at home:
- Print off photographs of each member of the family onto paper and cut out the figures/ faces to make a family ‘scrapbook’. Introducing the vocabulary – ‘family’, ‘sister’, ‘brother’ etc. This is a lovely activity to do together, which can make children feel special, at the same time as learning ‘family’ vocabulary as well as practising the fine-motor skills of cutting and sticking.
- Try to do some imaginative role-play at home with dolls, teddies or other soft toys where you ‘care’ for them to make them happy, they can feel ‘tired’ and you put them to bed, they can feel ‘sad’ if they fall down and you comfort them and so on.
- Watching cartoons/ children’s programmes together can provide opportunities to help your child understand emotions. If your child is able, you can ask them how they think a character is feeling. If your child cannot yet express this, then you can tell them how you think they are feeling. In this case, keep the emotion words simple – ‘happy,’ ‘sad’, ‘angry’ or ‘scared’ are enough. For older children, take this opportunity to expand their vocabulary using words like ‘frustrated’ or ‘anxious’.
- Make a ‘Toy’ feely box or bag. Hide a variety of your child’s small toys in a box or bag. Tell them that some of their toys are inside and see if they can find them. As they pull them out one-by-one, you can ask which ‘toy’ they have found. At the end, see if they can show you their favourite. Try and include different types of toys so this activity can help children to learn about toys as a category (e.g you could put in a block, soft toy, animal figure/dinosaur, puzzle piece, small music toy, etc)
- For the food theme, get your child involved in food preparation. At the very least get them to help with washing and drying fruit and vegetables. You can talk about the different types as they do so. See if they can help you cut sandwiches or slice a banana using a safe plastic knife. At the dinner table, talk about what you are eating and what you like most.
There are some great books with the theme of plants and summer. Look out for:
- ‘The Family Book’ by Todd Parr
- ‘Find out about Feelings: lift-the-flap board book of emotions’ by Pat-a-Cake
- Grumpy Monkey’ by Suzanne Lang
- ‘The way I feel’ by Janan Cain
- ‘Kipper’s Toybox’ by Mick Inkpen
- ‘Where’s my Teddy?’ by Jez Alborough
- ‘Things I like’ by Anthony Browne
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle
- ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French
- ‘If you give a Mouse a Cookie’ by Laura Numeroff
- Feel/ feelings
- Angry/ Mad
- Teddy bear
- Yummy/ delicious