Feelings And Fun

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Hi everyone.

We’re back and blogging, so let’s get blabbing about all the stuff we’ve been up to at Friends Corner since our return from some fun Springtime holidays…

We got back into the swing of things by beginning our ‘Feelings’ theme. Focusing on ‘happy’ and ‘sad’, the children were encouraged to talk about feelings, particularly how they feel when they are happy and sad and, indeed, what makes them happy or sad.

Some brilliant revelations came in the form of our Tiddlers’ happy things/thoughts when they are feeling sad. “Staying home”; “Playing with Mummy”; “Candy”; “Superheroes”; “My ballerina box”, are just a handful of these precious things. Who knew?!

The craft box came out to aid us in some innovative ‘Feelings’ crafts. Happy faces galore!

To get super happy we did what we, both children and parents/nannies, do best at Friends Corner, put on the stereo and boogie on down.

Our ‘Letter of the Week’ was vivacious ‘V’. And, ‘V’ is for ‘volcano’. So what better to do than make Volcano V’s?!

Yoga soothed the Clubhouse air, and growing babies were crawling, waddling, and chewing on toys in every nook and cranny. Sweetness all round..

A new ‘lesson day’ dawned and we got back to work looking at ‘Feelings’. Our little ones spoke about being happy, feeling sad, being surprised, feeling angry, etc.

When they were told a story encompassing all the emotions spoken about, the children were inspired to come up with their own stories regarding feelings. Truly wonderful moments.

As an activity, our Tiddlers were shown four faces portraying varying emotions and then given a piece of paper with four circles on it. The children then drew ‘happy’, ‘scared’, ‘surprised’, and ‘angry’ on each of the circles. Great fun!

To close the day, we played ‘Musical Feelings’. A brilliant game that allows the kids to dance to music until it stops, which is then that they must stand still and express an emotion facially. That game should be called ‘Funny Faces’!

And so onto magical May..
We welcomed this wonderful month by arriving back at Friends Corner (after a day closed for the May Day holiday) ready to get our green fingers wriggling.

With Friends Corner mum, Anna, as our guide, the Clubhouse garden began to take shape. After explaining which plants were about to become part of our earth, Anna directed our little ones as they stuck in and got planting.

As a new week came round, we continued our popular ‘Feelings’ theme with fun crafts, sweet stories and nice chats with the children regarding this special subject.

‘W’ took its place as our ‘Letter of the Week’, and tracing, colouring, and even writing it was a fun part of the day. Words beginning with ‘W’ were thought of and webs were weaved (well, coloured in) as part of our letter activity.

Taking a breather for a moment from our ‘Feelings’ theme, we got into the spirit of transport (coming week’s theme) by making a choo-choo train out of a long cardboard box that the children decorated with paint, tissue paper, and glitter. The kids then took turns, in threes, to ride the train. Them good old cardboard boxes, eh?

As our week was coming to a close, we finished up our ‘Feelings’ theme by getting those naughty little Angry Birds to help us look at the emotion of ‘Anger’. Again, revelations in abundance from our little ones, and a great lesson for many of us parents too.

Staying with the Angry Birds guide, we collectively ‘built’ a nest, in fact, The Nest, in a nook at the Clubhouse. It involves a cushioned, comfortable area where the children can go no matter how they feel; angry, sad, happy – to enjoy the calm, and the box of things found in that space. Among other items, The Nest box includes, sensory toys, books, paper and crayons, and play dough.

Just for some maths fun, our Tiddlers looked at the number seven. Circling it among other numbers, drawing it, and collectively counting to seven in languages familiar to them. We had English, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, and Kiswahili. Lovely stuff.

And so our week closed. Memories made, lessons learned.

The fresh week will find us learning all about a new theme; Transport.

Alongside our fun themes during the morning programme, Friday mornings will see the start of Kids’ Smart Yoga from 11:00. Elda’s Yoga continues, as always, to soothe our Tuesdays..

Our Tuesday (Drama) and Thursday (Pottery) Evening Club welcomes you all from 17:30, and The Pear Tree English Workshop continues to thrive on Saturday mornings.

Please join us for a new week that will see fun activities, learning through play, and one of the brilliant Friends Corner field trips.
Come jump on that bus with us!

Until next time..

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