Monthly Classroom News
We have now finished our “It’s Growing!” theme. Our new theme, starting this month, is “Places to Go and See”. Children will develop awareness of their surroundings which may be familiar or unfamiliar, immediately around them, nearby or those to go to and visit. By the end of the theme, children will have learnt more about their location, who is there and what happens there. The places we will cover are the:
- swimming pool
- hair salon
To help your children to experience these places in real life and to support their learning, why not plan some outings? For example, go to the park and playground to play and talk about what you can see there, e.g. the see-saw, swings, slides, trees, flowers, birds and so on. The supermarket is a great outing for small children, so take your child with you on the next grocery run! They will see exactly what happens there and can learn the names of the many different food items, can practise categorising them (fruit, vegetables, snacks etc.), waiting in line or even crossing off the items on your shopping list. Some children may be able to help to carry the basket, ask for items or pay at the cashier! And, although going to the doctor may not be considered as fun, try to turn it into a positive to learn about another place and learn new words!
- park: swing, slide, see-saw, up, down, climb, tree, flower
- beach: sand, sea, water, sandcastle, swim, dig, waves, shell
- swimming pool : swim, play, swimming pool, jump, splash, float,
- cinema: ticket, glasses, movie, seat, popcorn
- supermarket: basket, trolley, buy, pay, money, snacks, , cashier
- dentist: teeth, check, brush, clean, dirty, rinse
- doctor: sick, healthy, better, medicine, sleep, nurse, thermometer
- hair salon: hairdresser, wash, cut, dryer, shampoo, barber, long, short
Throughout the last unit, the children began to learnt about how to ‘play together’. Children practised through playing with the other children in their group – sometimes in pairs and sometimes in threes or fours . As an extra step, you can teach children the importance of letting other children join in their play.