Assessing risk

My little boy had the most fantastic Receotion teacher! He is fab at assessing risks- I know that the experiences he had in his early years have made him who he is today. 

I try so hard to allow my kids to make their own judgements, and assess the situation. Whilst out on a  lovely woodland walk this morning we came across a fallen tree stretching over a little stream…

http://youtu.be/Xsm0JseIo4E 
Here is how my little poppet tackled it! I try very hard to never say “Be careful!” Even if my heart is sometimes pumping hard in my chest! 

What do you think? 

I spy with my little eye… 

We had great fun this week making this lovely I spy game…

  
We filled a litre coke bottle full of rice using a funnel… Lots of lovely talk about capacity and measure came from this. 

The children then hunted around the classroom to find items to pop into the bottle. It was fascinating to see how they were guessing whether their item was small enough to fit through the bottle neck, and then testing out the size. Cue lots of talk about size and weight! 

  
We then placed all the items on a sheet and photographed these so we knew what to look for. The children loved adding tiny items such as paper clips, split pins and even a rice crispy (“no one will ever spy these” they shrieked!) 

The items were then popped into the bottle and shaken profusely. Then the game began.

Great for…. 

Sounds 

Phonics 

Making relationships 

Resilience 

Speaking 

Listening 

Shape/space/measure 

Turn taking 

Have fun… I’d love to hear of any games you have made. Please add comments below x 

Excuse the mess… 

Absolutely no explanation needed here except for- I’m so glad I’m not alone! 

Some days I look at the classroom and I think “How the hecky peck are we ever going to get straight?”

But we always do… 

With Creativity comes mess!

  

20 questions!!

We’ve all done it!! Well that’s where I’m hoping I’m not alone… 

When my little girl first started school, I was paranoid about her being happy and making friends. To be fair I didn’t really worry about the academic side of things, I just hoped she would makes friends and play with lots of children at playtime.

I was that annoying mum, that pebble in your shoe, that each day would say… What did you do today? Who did you play with? 

Being an EYFS teacher, I now realise what a ridiculous question this was to ask each evening! Of course she wouldn’t know, due to the fact that most Kidkets on the whole, play with such a vast amount of different  children on a daily basis. And actually by my asking this question day in day out, was only adding to my anxieties when my poor tired little poppety just simply said “NO-ONE!!” 

For those of you that don’t know me- I am by no means a perfect mummy, I don’t claim to be, nor would ever pass mummy of the year. I try to do my best, but like we all do, I often get it wrong! But now instead of asking the same boring questions after school, I try to jazz it up, maybe add a little sprinkling of glitter here and there (metaphorically obviously… Here are some of the questions I throw in! 

What did you eat for lunch?

Did you catch anyone picking their nose?

What games did you play at playtime?

  
What was the funniest thing that happened today?

Did anyone do anything really nice for you?

What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?

Who made you smile today?

  
Which one of your teachers would win a dance off? Why?

What new fact did you learn today?

Who brought the best food in their lunch box today? What was it?

What challenged you today?

If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?

What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?

If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?

If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?

If your teacher was a colour- what colour would they be? 

  

What is your teacher’s most important rule?

Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?

Tell me something you learned about a friend today.

What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
When did you feel most proud of yourself today?

  
Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?

What is your teacher’s most important rule?

What rule was the hardest to follow today?

Which area of your school is the most fun?

  
What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?

Which person in your class is your exact opposite?

Which playground skill do you plan to master this year?

What was Mr B wearing today? 

If Mrs S was a Disney character which one would she be? 

  
What questions do you ask your kidlets over tea? Would love to hear them… Please leave a comment x 

A Wave of Light

  
So tonight it is with a very heavy heart and a few tears that I write this blog post. I know we are by no means alone, and that throughout the country lots of lights will be shining brightly tonight for beautiful babies and children who grew their wings too early and now live amongst the glittery stars! 
  

    Our baby niece Leia was born on the 8th January 2015 with a congenital heart problem called Pulmonary Stenosis. Leia’s condition went undiagnosed until 24hours after she was born. Leia was transferred from The Trevor Mann unit in Brighton to The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Thomas in London on Friday 9th January 2015.
      

    Leia had surgery to correct her tiny heart when she was just 4 days old, she was amazing and her medical team were so very proud of her. As were her mummy and daddy (Vickie and Simon) and our wider family. But sadly one week later, despite every indication that she was making a full and speedy recovery, our beautiful baby girl fell asleep and never woke up. The medical team at St Thomas’ tried so hard to bring her back to us, but sadly we had to let her go. Vickie held her whilst she slipped away, and is so glad she could be there with her for every step of her short journey through life. She was so brave and so beautiful!

      
    Nothing ever prepares you for the shocking and heart wrenching grief you feel when you lose a child. It broke my heart to see such close members of our family reeling with the shock of loosing someone who is so so precious.

      
    The days and weeks following Leia’s death were the darkest for many members of our family, yet even through this heart ache people were compelled to remember Leia in their own special way. Leia’s daddy Simon, began to draw pencil sketches of his precious girl- he let the pencil do the work! This was his way of finding some comfort. Little did he know he was so talented with in this field!

      
    My husband Scott, who is the least soppiest person I know, wrote the most amazing poem for Leia which he read at her farewell service. 
    You are probably reading this thinking what the heck has it got to do with early years education, and why I have decided to allow you the access to such a heart breaking time in our lives. 

    Ever since that devastating day, I have been thinking of ways in which I can help Vickie and Simon, whilst raising awareness and thanking the medical team at St Thomas’s London and The Trevor Mann baby unit in Brighton,  who did ALL they could to save our beautiful girl.

    I have decided to host a Christmas shopping evening where friends can get together to enjoy a little festive cheer (mulled or fizz) whilst perusing some lovely gifts for loved ones.. Two of my fav things… Prosecco and shopping!!! LIFE DOESN’T GET BETTER! 

    So where can you help? We are looking for some top notch raffle prizes to get peeps to part with some Pennies for the fabulous Rocking horse charity! 

    If you think you would like to be part of this spectacular event, either by coming along, donating a raffle prize or by buying some raffle tickets I would LOVE to hear from you. 

    Shopping Eve on Fri 13th Nov please message me for venue details 

    May I ask that you share this post far and wide, as tonight we celebrate the blessing we had of having such a poppet in our lives if only for a sprinkling of time! 

    This candle is for you baby girl xx l.  

      
    Thank you for your help
    Pennie Parry
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    In Memory of Leia Victoria Parry
    “Our perfect little Angel” 

    Number Patters

    Now that our baseline is nearly complete, we have started some focus teaching sessions. This week we are learning the numbers 4,5,6

    Each and every time we introduce a new number we show our children the numeral, we introduce the Numicon piece  

     
    We sky write the number whilst using the patter…

      
    0- round the face of a super hero… Is the number zero! 

      
    1- a straight line down and then we’re done. That’s the way to write a 1! 

      
    2- around and back on the railroad track, 2,2,2! 

      
    3- around the tree around the tree,is the number 3!

      
    4- down across and down some more, is the number 4! 

      
    5, Hat  neck, big fat tummy

      
    6- a stick and a hoop do the tricks, is the number 6

      
    7- across and down from heaven, is the number 7

      
    8- draw a S and do not wait, that’s the way we write and 8

      
    9- a hoop and a line, is the way we right the number 9! 

    We then count objects to match the number, focussing on good 1:1 correspondence. The children then go and find that amount of objects. 

    Once this short snappy focus teaching session is complete, I will leave a basket of goodies out near my chair for children to investigate and develop further. I often find lots of them being “teacher” 

    How do you teach number? 

    It would be great to hear your ideas… Please leave a comment below x 

      

    Funky fingers wk beg 12th Oct 

    Ive decided to write a blog post each fortnight with our Funky Fingers activity. I hope this will be useful, but will also be a great reference for me to nip back and remember what we’ve done! 

    Here’s our timetable…  

    Each day one group completes dough gym… I will post a video on my FB page 

    Here’s  this week’s activities… 

    Sorting different types of pasta- how many can you sort in a minute?   

     Placing glass beads onto numbers 

     
    Rolling dice… Building a tower with tweezers to match the number on the dice  
    Water Squirters 

      
    (This pic is taken from Pinterest and is not owned by EYFSmatters)

    We spend just approx 10mins each day on Funky fingers. The children love it, and we definitely notice and improvement and progress with fine motor control. 

    What activities do you use? It would be great to hear what you do in your setting. Please leave a comment below xx