We really enjoyed all the Autumnal activities last week at The Children’s House, and this week will be another busy one! We will be talking about our families, bringing in photos to make a family display on the wall, philosophising about what makes our families so special and also naming the people who love us – verbalising these things aloud can help reinforce the children’s feelings of security and reassure them of all the love surrounding them – a lovely thing to do at any age! Then on Tuesday we will have Pet Visit Day!! The children can bring in a pet from home to visit (under supervision!) or alternatively bring in an animal teddy or a photo of an animal they particularly like, and we will talk about these at circle time.
We will also be doing a science experiment putting oil, water and food colouring to make an ocean bottle; the ocean bottle demonstrates how oil and water are immiscible, but can also act as a calming device – if a child is becoming agitated sometimes focusing on shaking the bottle then watching the droplets separate again can be very calming for them. Along this line, we have been doing deep calming breathing exercises at circle time, and will be starting our yoga this week – yoga is a great activity to do with young children as it’s physcially active, and it also gives them the idea that they can learn to use different strategies to regulate their emotions when needed. Lastly, this week we will be practising our first fire dril!!
Some families are big (arms out wide)
Some families are small (arms in close)
But I love my family (point at self)
Best of all!! (throw arms up in air!)