30/9/13 First Blog of the Year!
I was hoping to blog before now, but it’s been such a whirlwind of a start for us my feet have only just touched the ground. Those new to the Bute blog – welcome and thank you for reading my before sleep thoughts.
Everybody has settled into their groups so nicely, our little Bute family relationships are really blossoming.
We have been working hard at greeting each other in Welsh at the start of every session and this is really starting to show now – da iawn pawb! Lots of the parents are commenting on how much Welsh the children are speaking at home and this makes all the staff smile so much.
We are in yellow week, blue and red weeks were great successes with lots of interesting objects brought to share from home.
During red week we used the printing technique and printed red 2D shapes in the art room. During blue week we “rock and rolled” marbles in shades of blue paint to make line pictures all over our paper. Great fun was had by all and the effects are quite super. Have you spotted any around the nursery?
This week all of the children will be finishing their first portrait paintings of a family member – the key workers love this activity – we get to spend one to one time with each child to create a fabulous painting. We especially like the captions the children give us to go with their paintings – ranging from “Daddy likes beer!” To “Charlie-Jo’s a pudding”. As you walk through the nursery see if you can spot someone from your family!
The children will also be helping the key workers with their muddled up laundry basket – all the patterned socks have been mixed up, so we’ll need their help sorting them out. Patterns, patterns everywhere!
You may have heard some of the children, Miss Collard’s children in particular, talking about our ‘DoughDiscos’ – this is something new Miss Collard is trialling, to give our hand muscles a good workout, ready for holding a pencil correctly. I’m not sure who has more fun, me or the children! Especially since the ‘installation’ of our disco lights.
It won’t be long until you receive your first reviews of progress, but please don’t hesitate to speak to your key worker before then – comments or concerns are always better shared.
I’ll leave you tonight with a comment I overheard from the children today, “I love Bute Cottage, do you?”
Nos Da Pawb – GC x
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