17th – 21st June

Welcome to the last full week at The Children’s House – so hard to believe!!! This week we will be having lots of fun as we’ve got the legendary Angela from Super Smiley Parties coming on Thursday to do balloon twisting & make some wonderful creations for the children! We will also be having a dance party on Friday with streamers, & doing compliment circles with the children – encouraging them to praise each other & engage in positive thinking about themselves as well as others ❤️As well as this, we will be bringing those children who are finishing up in Montessori to visit the primary school here in Sallins, to see the classrooms & the layout of the school – we find it a really beneficial thing to do with the children. We then discuss the changes that will be happening for all the classes all next year, whether they are staying on with us in a different group of friends, or whether they are moving on to primary school somewhere – it’s all exciting changes for them, hard as it may be for us to say goodbye to those that are leaving!!

The Hokey Pokey

You put your right foot in, your right foot out,
Your right foot in & you shake it all about,
You do the Hokey Pokey & you turn around,
And that’s what it’s all about!

You put your left foot in…

You put your right hand in…

You put your left hand in…

You put your whole self in…

 

10th – 14th June

This week will be all about the men in our lives!! To celebrate Father’s Day on this coming Sunday, we will be celebrating the special men in our lives – not everyone might be lucky enough to have their dad around, but maybe an uncle or grandad or even a neighbour might be a positive person in their lives. The children will be making cards and pictures for those special men in their lives❤️❤️! We will also be doing our Barnardos Big Toddle this week, so it promises to be busy as well as fun!!

Five Little Ducks

Five little ducks went swimming one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mother duck went ‘quack, quack, quack, quack’,
And 1 little duck came waddling back!

Four little ducks…

4th – 7th June

Welcome to June everyone!!! It’s hard to believe it’s the last month of the year already, it’s really flown in! We’re going to make the most of these last weeks with your wonderful children, & this week we will be having fun with our water safety theme!! After the long weekend, the children will be doing sea shell painting, talking about water safety, doing water play & using the bubble machine outside in the garden. They will also be finishing their All About Me books & decorating their covers – finishing these books is a real end of year ritual!

Uisce Glé (Irish song)

Uisce, uisce, uisce glé,                                  Water, water, clear water,
Tá sé go deas,                                                 It is nice,
Is maith liom é!                                              I like it!

27th – 31st May

This week at The Children’s House we will be having a fun week celebrating summer, as well as having our Sports Day on Thursday!! The children will be doing sea shell painting, dressing up, & a lovely exercise of positive affirmations -it’s so important to get into the habit of being positive about yourself (something as adults we’re not always so good at!!), so we’ll be getting the children to listen to affirmations such as ‘I can do hard things’, ‘I am loved’, ‘I am kind to myself & others’, ‘I am beautiful inside & out’, ‘I am a problem solver’, ‘I love myself as I am’ – and choosing one to say about themselves, or to think of a different positive statement about themselves.

Five Little Flowers

Five little flowers growing in a row
The first one said “I’m purple you know”
The second one said “I’m pink as pink can be”
The third one said “I’m blue as the sea”
The fourth one said “I’m a very red fellow”
And the fifth one said “My colour is yellow”
Then out came the sun, big and bright,
And the five little flowers smiled in delight!

20th – 24th May

Well it’s an exciting week ahead, as on Tuesday we’re going on our school tour to the Playbarn in Johnstown!! For the first time EVER, the 4 classes (the 2 morning sessions plus the 2 afternoon sessions) are going to be going at the same time – hope the teachers all get a good night’s sleep on Monday!!! So on Monday we will be pairing the children up into partners, revising our safety rules e.g. lining up, road safety, listening to instructions & safety on the bus, & also telling them which adult will be in charge of them; we are very grateful to all the parents who have volunteered to come with us, as without their help we wouldn’t be able to go on this sort of an adventure!!

As well as this, the children will be doing cooking & making delicious pizzas (yum!!), and on Friday they will be having a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, so don’t forget to let them bring in their favourite teddy/toy to have their picnic with at the end of the week!

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round & round,
Round & round, round & round,
The wheels on the bus go round & round,
All day long!

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…
The doors on the bus go open & shut, open & shut, open & shut…
The driver on the bus says ‘move on back’, ‘move on back’, ‘move on back’…
The babies on the bus say ‘wah wah wah’, ‘wah wah wah’, ‘wah wah wah’…
The daddies on the bus say ‘shush shush shush’, ‘shush shush shush’, ‘shush shush shush’…
The mammies on the bus go chatter chatter chatter, chatter chatter chatter, chatter chatter chatter…

13th – 17th May

Welcome back after last week’s break! We will be doing a lovely end of year project with the children this week, making Worry Dolls with them – this is a tradition that we do every year with the children; these are a traditional Guatemalan peg doll that the children can confide their worries in and the dolls are meant to take the worries away. We tell the children that they should always tell their parents/guardians/teachers about their worries, but if for instance they are awake in the middle of the night and need a bit of comfort, the worry dolls are a lovely support ❤️❤️

As well as this, we will be looking at the primary colours & colour mixing – making orange from red & yellow, green from yellow & blue, & purple from blue & red. Then at the end of the week on Friday we will be holding a Pyjamas Day, where the children can come into school in their pyjamas, which will be great fun – it’s always a favourite activity towards the end of the year! The children are welcome to bring in their favourite book with them on the day.

May Poem

May is the month of sunshine & flowers,
Birds in their nests, & one or two flowers,
Games to play & kites to fly, or just looking at the sky,
We could spend a year this way, if the year was made of May!

29th April – 3rd May

This week at The Children’s House we will be having a fun week of different activities relating to the start of Summer!! We will be dancing around a May Pole on Wednesday for Mayday, doing sunflower art and making lemonade also! As well as this, the children will be finishing their All About Me books, which they have been working on since September

You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine, bright yellow sunshine,
You bring me sunlight all through the days,
You help the seasons go, you make the plants grow,
Please be my sunshine always!

22nd – 26th April

It’s the week of the frog this week, as at The Children’s House we will be learning all about the lifecycle of the frog 🐸, doing art relating to it & playing Frogs & Toads games, as well as yoga! As well as this, we are having a week of board games – to encourage turn taking, sharing & social skills while having lots of fun! – so we are asking children to bring in their favourite board games to play with us, & if any family members are free to come in & play a game with us we would love to have you!

Five Little Speckled Frogs

5 little speckled frogs, sat on a speckled log,
Eating some most delicious bugs – yum yum!
1 jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool,
Then there were 4 green speckled frogs – glub glub!

4 little speckled frogs…
3 little speckled frogs…
2 little speckled frogs…
1 little speckled frog…now there are no more speckled frogs – glub glub!!

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15th – 19th April

We’re going to be having another week of music appreciation this week at The Children’s House following on from all the fun last week! We will be learning all about composers, conductors & their roles in the orchestra, playing musical instruments from the different families of the orchestra (string, woodwind, brass, percussion), doing drum painting, and moving to different types of music with streamers.

We’re still having family members coming in to join us in the classes & play an instrument or sing a song for us, and we would love to have more, so just please let us know!

Elsie the Elephant

Elsie is an elephant who wants to play,
She is musical & big & grey.
She is good at singing Mi Re Do,
That’s why the little children love her so!

(youtube link: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=elsie+the+elephant+song#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:7048e629,vid:nsYv-7ax-w4,st:0)

8th – 12th April

Welcome back everyone from the Easter break – we hope you had a lovely couple of weeks! We’re going to be doing all about music appreciation for the next couple of weeks, so this week we will be doing warm up songs, learning to keep to the beat, discovering about dynamics, the four families of the orchestra, practising playing songs on the Montessori bells, & listening to musical stories e.g. Peter & The Wolf, where instruments each represent a different character in the story.

If there are any family members that would like to come in & join in the class & play an instrument or sing a song for us we would love to have you, just please let us know!

Hey Beetle (poem)

Hey beetle say beetle is your larder bare,
My worm you can share.
Thank you but I’m far too shy,
Said the beetle passing by.