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Week ending Friday 189th November 2022

It is the end of another busy and fun week in Grasshoppers!😁

You will notice as we share with you the weekly observations, we are starting to include photos of children participating in the activities we put out. We usually share with you the activities set up ready for the children and share with you the reason we have put out those specific activities and which areas of development these aim to support. However every child has different interpretations of how they would like play with the resources and what those resources mean to them.

For example we could provide paint and paintbrushes for the children aiming to support their hand grip of the paintbrushes in preparation for early writing skills, but they may decide to use their hands instead, making this into a sensory activities. It is about us responding to the children’s ideas and extending them through their own interests as well as our own ideas of what we want them to learn.

In the sensory tray this week we have had shredded paper, as you can see from the photos this was a big hit with the children! The children used their whole bodies to explore the texture of tiny bits of shredded paper. The children through it, they watched it fall, they collected it, they put it in containers, they felt it with their feet, they sat in it and they lay in it! We had a lot of fun covering ourselves in it the most! We encourage this mess as it shows how engaged the children are with the resources and how much fun they have had exploring them!

On the floor this week we have had the Tublo construction, this has been a great opportunity to model to the children lots of language around shapes and colours. Some of the children carefully made towers and stacked up the Tublo whilst others would sort the Tublo into colour or shape categories!

On the table this week we have had the wooden trees and a wooden stacker. This has been supporting children developing their fine motor skills as the pick up the small rings but also their hand eye coordination as they put them on the wooden tree. Some children decided to put them on the tree in size order. Some children would put them on the lowest branch first then the medium then the highest, some children put them on in their own order!

At messy this week we had paper taped to the floor/table and paint with cotton buds or paintbrushes. This correlates to the Stage 2 activities we have been doing at group. The children will have watched the adult’s model ideas of how they can engage with this resource and had the opportunity to experience it themselves! Some children’s sensory needs mean that they are opposed to getting their hands dirty therefore we always ensure we have other options like paintbrushes to ensure that they can also access these activities.

This week group time had a focus on dropping and splatting! Stage one consisted of lots of fun and interesting toys as always! Their favourite was the paper rocket! Stage two we did lots of splatter painting and cotton wool splats, the children enjoyed the anticipation of the paint splats and it was a good opportunity to practice ‘Ready, Steady, Go’ they also loved watching and listening the paint ‘pitter-patter’ onto the paper! Stage 3 we have been using the peanut ball and the children have taken it in turns to roll on it on their tummies!

Food explorers this week contained parsnips and potatoes with lentils! The children were very engaged with filling the bowls with the lentils and covering the vegetables in lentils!

See you next week! From the Grasshoppers team, Ellie, Shannon, Amy and Angie😁

Week ending Friday 11th November 2022

This week we have been participating in fun activities around fireworks. 

The children this week have adapted well to myself and Ellie being the new members of staff in the room with Angie and Amy.  They have allowed us to join in with their play and came to us when they needed comfort. 

On the Messy table this week we made our own firework pictures using paint, and toilet roll tubes. The children dabbed the tubes into the paint to make different coloured fireworks. Throughout the week we alternated between these and the dabber paint pens which made great marks. Both activities used different grips for the children which is great for their fine motor skills. Towards the end of the week we added paint to the Tuff tray and allowed the children to explore with their hands and arms, allowing them to explore different types of sensory play. 

On our Table we used a variety of fidget toys which made different types of sounds. We found noisy toys to represent the fireworks (obviously not quite as loud). The children used their hands to manipulate the different toys by popping, pushing, squeezing, pulling, unzipping and twisting. Different types of fidget toys help improve focus and concentration and provide a sensory stimulation.  

The sensory tray consisted of shiny items and tinsel, the tinsel ended up around the entire room which the children found hilarious when it got stuck to them. 

This weeks group time consisted of firework activities.
The Bucket had a variety of shiny, flashing, noisy toys to gain the children’s attention.
For stage 2 we made firework pictures with 
Paint, cotton wool balls, splatting them onto paper. We also used marbles in paint, rolling them back and forth.

I wonder if you could attempt any of these activities at home and see whether the children remember? 

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We will be completing a weekly entry every week so you can see what the children have been learning and enjoying that week. 

Thank you- Grasshopper Team.
Shannon, Ellie, Amy and Angie ✨

It has been a real pleasure to welcome some new Grasshoppers in to the class. We are all getting to know each other and what we like to do.
For some of you this might take a little longer which is why you are only staying for part of the session. Once you are feeling confident you can stay for longer and join in more of the fun!

We have had some fun activities for you all to explore including Pom poms in the sensory tray. You have enjoyed putting the Pom poms in to cones filling and emptying and dropping them from a height.
There was red,white and blue rice in the messy area with long clear tube’s. When we put rice in the tube and shake it side to side it sounds just like the rain ☔️
The train track on the floor proved to be a popular choice too. Tolerating our friends playing alongside us is a really good skill which we have seen this week.
There have also been some different inset puzzles on the table. The animal and alphabet puzzles are our favourites.

We have started to introduce our Attention Autism group times too. Some of us are able to sit in the group and some of us prefer to look from a distance. It is of our Grasshopper session and it won’t be too long before we all sit together. It is all part of being familiar with the routine.

It has been a busy couple of weeks getting to know how things work and we are always grateful to the parents who are also getting used to Lanterns ways! We really do appreciate your patience and understanding and realise that for you as parents it is also a new experience. We are privileged that you put your trust in us to do our very best for your children.

As the weather is now starting to turn and Autumn is upon us🍂 I would like to remind you to send in wellies and waterproofs. Please can you name all spare clothes as we do get duplicates!

We realise that drop off and pick up is often a brief handover and doesn’t always allow an opportunity for a catch up. Please do ask if you would like time to talk to your child’s key worker as we can arrange a separate time. There will be initial reviews for your child around half term and this will be an opportunity to discuss how your children have settled as well as answering any questions that you may have. The dates and times of the reviews will be arranged by our assistant SENDco Ellie.