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Cheeky Monkey Term 2 News

WEE RASCALS

Cheeky Monkeys Newsletter

November 2015 – Term 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well, that's the darker nights in now and it's beginning to get colder! People are starting their Christmas shopping, but I must say I am not that organised, I haven't even thought about that yet!

The Cheeky Monkeys have been very busy covering a few topics since our last newsletter.

Dinosaurs

Several of the boys had been spending a lot of their time playing with the dinosaurs, so we made this our topic.

The children started off by dipping the dinosaur's feet in paint and stomping them on their pieces of paper to make dinosaur footprints. They had lots of fun shouting 'stomp stomp and roar' when doing this. Responsive care 5 – To develop an awareness about what they know and can do through play. Respect 3 – To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences.

One of the children took a great interest in our dinosaur facts book, especially the part where it showed the bones of the dinosaur, so we decided to have some fun with cotton buds, which we pretended to be bones. We put some in the sand tray and the children had lots of fun using the magnifying glasses to search for them. We also used the cotton buds to make a 'glue and stick' picture of dinosaur bones. We even learned some more about bones by singing the Bones song. Rights of the child 5 – To be treated as individuals and have their individual needs/preferences met.

As part of a messy play activity, the children made some dirt dough using baking powder, and black food colouring and water. They were very eager to feel the texture of it as it was something different, and they added some dinosaurs to make it more interesting, stomping them in it and using them to dig. (Rights of the child 2 – To have the opportunity to be actively involved in decision making. Relationships 5 – To grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflict.)

The children used some dinosaur shaped sponges to make some lovely pictures, which they did very well, recognising many shapes.  (Rights of the child 4 – To thrive and be nurtured by loving adults who promote their learning and development.)

Autumn

While out on a walk, the Cheeky Monkeys mentioned the leaves were falling off the trees 'because it's autumn time', so this took us onto our next topic.

We went for on a walk to collect some leaves. The children enjoyed kicking their feet in them and stomping on them, telling each other that they were 'crunching them' - they were able to identify all the different colours and sizes. We then took some back to nursery and did some leave rubbings with them, placing them underneath their paper and rolling crayons over them to make beautiful patterns, which the children did a great job with - making our wall displays look fantastic! (Responsive care 7 – To feel connected to their home environment and the wider community. Relationships 7 – To feel that they belong and have opportunities to make friends.)

The children got creative and used cut up egg cartons to make falling leaf pictures. They were all very eager to take part, placing them into the paint and making patterns on their pictures. (Responsive care 4 – To explore, experiment and try out new things indoors and out.)

With the left over leaves that we collected, the children placed some onto the table and used a straw to blow on them, seeing what happens when they blew soft and hard. They loved watching them blow around. (Responsive care 5 – To develop an awareness of what they know and can do through play.)

The Cheeky Monkeys made some salt dough leaf prints, and once hardened, they decorated them using paint. (Responsive care 3 – To become independent and practice new skills.)

The children worked together to make a big tree using yellow and red paint to make handprints, and then they cut them out to make falling leaves. They also used brown paint and sponges to make a big tree trunk for our wall display, which is looking great! (Relationships 7 – To feel that they belong and have opportunities to make friends.)

Halloween

The boys and girls had been getting all excited for Halloween. They spoke about pumpkins and what they wanted to dress up as, so we made this our next topic.

The boys and girls had lots of fun making lots of different crafts for Halloween. They used their gluing and sticking skills to make pumpkins, cats, and spider webs. (Responsive care 5 – To develop an awareness about what they know and can do through play. Responsive care 3 – To become independent and practice new skills.)

The children took part in a food tasting activity which included trying pickled eggs, chocolate, lemon, cranberry sauce and neeps. They did really well with this, with several of them wanting to try. They were able to express their likes and dislikes. (Rights of the child 6 – To ensure their rights are protected and promoted. Rights of the child 5 – To be treated as individuals and have their individual needs/preferences met.)

The children were very helpful when we were carving the pumpkin, helping to scoop out the seeds. They all expressed excitement when they saw the finished pumpkin in the hallway lit up! (Responsive care 5 - To develop an awareness of what they know and can do through play.)

The Cheeky Monkeys enjoyed getting messy in the slime which was made with a bar of soap and hot water. They also enjoyed playing in the cotton wool with the toy spiders and bats. (Respect 3 – To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences.)

To finish off our week of Halloween, we had a Halloween party where the children loved dressing up, showing off their costumes to their friends. They took part in some fun activities which included dunking for apples, locating the hidden sweet in the icing sugar, and dipping marshmallows in melted chocolate. (Rights of the child 2 – To have opportunities to be actively involved in decision making. Respect 4 – To have their individual needs, feelings and preferences acknowledged and respected.)

Eco-Schools

I have recently joined the Eco-Schools committee and thought it would be nice to include the Cheeky Monkeys with the Busy Bees activities. Right now we are focusing on school grounds and water, and we have planned some activities such as finishing building the bottle green house in the garden and doing some planting for the school grounds. We will be making some water runs using plastic bottles and milk cartons. For any more information on this, please ask myself or Gemma (Busy Bees Room Leader) or see the Eco-Schools board in the hall way. We have an Eco-Schools meeting planned for 24th November at Wee Rascals starting at 5.15pm for anyone that wishes to come along.

Reminders

We are finding that some parents are still leaving bags on pegs after the end of their child's week. Can we please ask that you take them home with you, as we do not have any spare pegs/storage to keep these on the premises J

Above the pegs you will notice that your child has a pouch with their name, so can we ask that you check these daily as this is where we would put any art work or other items that are being sent home.

As we are coming into the colder months, can we please ask that you provide your child with suitable jackets, hats, gloves, wet suits and wellies, as we go out in all types of weather.

Also, can I ask that you take your child's jacket off and put their slippers on at drop off time. If you are unsure about where these are kept, please ask a member of staff and we will be happy to help.

Can all parents/carers please you check your daily books each day in case your child requires more wipes/nappies, although we do let you know during your child's feedback, it may slip your mind. Thank you.

You will see that there is a parent's notice board in the Cheeky Monkey room which is situated above where you put on your child's shoes/slippers. Please check this daily as there may be new information for you on there - also the Sharing day information is on here.

Lastly, can I ask that if your child is going to be arriving at nursery later than 10am that you phone and let us know. We usually start making phone calls to any parents that have not yet dropped off their child at 10am. Also, snack is normally only kept till 10am for any children that have not yet arrived, so calling before snack time will ensure we keep snack for your child if he/she is going to be a little later than 10am.

Many Thanks

Jade Webster – Room Leader

Chloe Muirhead – Nursery Assistant

Becca Smith – Nursery Nurse