24th – 28th October

Last week in The Children’s House we learnt a lot about bats & their sense of smell while getting ready for Halloween, & this week we’ll be continuing on our Halloween theme, with pumpkin carving, Halloween cooking & a fancy dress party on Friday! Apart from this we will be having our monthly fire drill, and starting the topic of migration!

We will be closed for mid-term break Monday 31st October & Tuesday 1st November, re-opening Wednesday 2nd November –

Happy Halloween everyone!!

Jack O Happy

This is Jack O Happy,
This is Jack O Sad,
This is Jack O Spooky,
This is Jack O Mad,
This is Jack in pieces small,
But in a pie he’s best of all!

17th-21st October

We’re getting all Halloweeny in The Children’s House this week!! We’ll be decorating the classrooms, making Halloween playdough, dressing up to get in the spirit of things, doing a bat handprint craft, and also an experiment to demonstrate the bat’s power of smell (using a blindfold & identifying & matching different scents). As well as this we will be doing leaf sponge painting – of course alongside the huge amount of work that the children do, so it’ll be a busy week!

Thanks to everyone who’s been coming in to observe the children and do the follow up parent teacher meetings – we really appreciate you taking the time to do it!

Duilleoga Deasa

Duilleoga deasa deasa (nice nice leaves),
Duilleoga deasa buí (nice yellow leaves),
Duilleoga deasa deasa (nice nice leaves),
Ag damhsa leis an ngaoth (dancing with the wind).

3 Black Cats (tune of 3 blind mice)

3 black cats, 3 black cats,
In black hats, in black hats,
They all jumped onto the witch’s broom,
They teased the ghost & the goblins too –
Did you ever see such a hullabaloo?
On Halloween, on Halloween!

10th-14th October

This week we will be continuing with the topic of Autumn and planting bulbs, as well as focussing on our emotions for the week. Sometimes young children can find it hard to express how they are feeling, and naming and discussing those feelings, and how it is appropriate to deal with them, can be very helpful to them. For this reason, we will firstly be looking at different emotions (e.g. happy, sad, angry, lonely, loved, jealous) and talking about what we do when we feel like that. We will be focussing on relaxation techniques like yoga, and deep breathing, and expression of emotions through using puppets.

Later in the week the children will do self-portraits, as well as making a worry box that we can put our worries into and mentally let go of – some children are more anxious than others, and making an abstract thought into something concrete is very beneficial – these worries can then later be torn up as they are dealt with, which is very satisfying! And at the end of the week we will plant daffodil and crocus bulbs; gardening is a very relaxing and grounding activity that children really love to take part in.

Note: We have been holding observation days in the classes at the moment, where family members  are invited to come in and observe the children at their work, to give an understanding of what they are  doing while at school (as we hear that some children are less communicative at home about what exactly they do than others!) Following this we will be scheduling parent teacher meetings, which is a great opportunity to meet up and review the observations, to discuss any questions there may be, and to have a chat about your children’s progression throughout the year in general and how you can be involved in that as much as possible. We value your input and will be inviting you to come in throughout the school year, whether to observe in the classroom, join in activities, or demonstrate/talk to the children about your own specialised skills! Also, please remember that if you ever have any issues or concerns, we are always here to talk to.

If You’re Happy & You Know It

If you’re happy & you know it clap your hands,
If you’re happy & you know it clap your hands,
If you’re happy & you know it & you really want to show it –
If you’re happy & you know it clap your hands!

If you’re sad & you know it wipe your tears…
If you’re angry & you know it stamp your feet…
If you’re tired & you know it rest your head…
If you’re happy & you know it shout hooray!!…

3rd – 7th October

Happy October everyone!! To celebrate the new month, we are going to be studying harvest time this week – the types of grain that are harvested, how the grain is ground down to make flour (we will be using a pestle and mortar to illustrate this), and the products that are then made from the flour: and yes, we will be making bread towards the end of the week!

Months of the Year Song

January, February, March and April,
May June, July and August,
September, October, November and December,
Now I know the months of the year!