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Community Helpers Starting Sounds – #playfulpreschool

Community helpers - matching initial word sounds to the letters

Community Helpers or Heroes as they are being called here in our home due to the school’s topic is a fabulous topic for kids to learn about and this weeks playful preschool theme is just that. Across the blogs of the team made up of parents and educators we are sharing learning and creative activities around the theme of community helpers. We used this opportunity to introduce some Initial Sounds work with T.

*As we are British some of the initial sounds for the community helpers we have used may not be what you expect there are a few

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Hedgehog Bread

Hedgehog Bread Rolls for kids to make - perfect for some autumn baking

A few weeks ago I shared our bread recipe that I use weekly with T to create a homemade loaf for our day at home lunch and we’ve used the same simple recipe to create some lovely autumn themed Hedgehog Bread Rolls perfect with butter and homemade preserve for a treat.

Before starting we spent some time talking about Hedgehogs, what they look like, what happens in the autumn to them and why they hibernate as well. It was interesting listening to T think up reasons why they may hibernate during the winter – she knew that they were

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Classification and Sorting of Dinosaurs

Classification and sorting of dinosaurs working on science and math knowledge with preschoolers

Dinosaurs are always a favourite with kids and mine are no exception – in fact what I’ve learnt in the last 5 years is more than a semester of Evolution of Vertebrate Animals at university. This week #playfulpreschool theme is Dinosaurs, each Wednesday we are sharing a preschool learning/creative activity based around a theme with bloggers from the Playful Preschool group.

Looking at areas that we have covered before I wanted to work on T’s strengths this week, she struggles with Letter activities but adores Maths and Science based activities so using our toy dinosaurs I combined the two

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Pumpkin Numeracy and Literacy with stickers

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins

As pumpkins appear in the shops we’re starting some Halloween themed activities at home. I like introducing activities that go with books and rhymes and The Five Little Pumpkin song is really cute and inspired a creative filled morning of learning with Numeracy and Literacy based activities.

We started off by listening and watching the Five Little Pumpkins song on YouTube – to make it easier I’ve added it below but search as there are different versions of the rhyme. This was T’s favourite one. Then we started off our activities counting and making our own book.

Materials

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Tools for School – Stuck on you

Tools for school - Stuck on You

Our weekends now have a slot allocated for homework as J has entered year 1 at school and with having a big brother, T wants to do exactly what he does as well. So equipping them both for homework time is important for them.

As you probably guess we have art materials out ALL the time, there are crayons, pens, pencils, chalks and paper that the kids can get to whenever they want to get creative but making sure that homework has special equipment and a time set aside has helped to develop an ethic about it. The Tools

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Room on the Broom – Learning Ordinal Numbers

Room on the Broom - learning ordinal numbers and sequencing with finger puppets

Julia Donaldson is one of our favourite authors consistently producing books that my children love – from board books to early reader books there’s been something that sparks the interest of either J and T. As this months feature author for the virtual book club for kids and 3 fantastic books to focus on by her we have chosen a topical favourite from the choices Room on the Broom.

Room on the Broom is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and is a rhyming book about a witch and the animals that she picks up as

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Shoe Box Constellation Maps

Shoe Box Constellation Maps - create your own star maps to view inside any day of the year

This week #playfulpreschool theme is all about Night Time, as the days are getting shorter and the nights longer we’re finally seeing the night sky again after the summer break and the children are fascinated by it. At the moment we’re only seeing it first thing in the morning as it’s dusk when they head to bed but by the end of the month we will be able to explore it with our telescope and see first hand what we have been learning about this week.

Stars and the moon fascinate T and she likes waking up early and

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Autumn Playdough Recipe – working on sensory vocabulary

Autumn Playdough - working on sensory vocabulary

Playdough is such a simple thing to make I always use the 4 minute playdough recipe from The Imagination Tree and this time was no exception – what I love about this recipe is that it allows you to add so many different things to it to theme it or make it suitable for the season. For our October Playdough I wanted to bring the scents of Autumn to our table and autumn colours so that we could explore and introduce some sensory vocabulary for the season.

To explore the playdough – I set up some nature finds from

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28 day challenge – #Stoptober

28 day challenge for October - Stoptober giving up smoking

Seven or eight years ago a major transformation happened in the UK, smoking was banned in enclosed places I remember it well as all of sudden I would come home from a night out and not have to either hang my clothes out in the garden to remove the smell or put them straight in the washing machine. My bed didn’t need changing the next day because of the smell of stale smoke on the sheets from my hair and skin and I felt clean. This month see Stoptober a national campaign to help you stop smoking lasting 28 days.

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