Happiness And Hopscotch

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Hello Pals.

Grab a chair and read on to see what we got up to over the last few days..

We got counting at Friends Corner this past week as we welcomed a new theme; ‘Numbers’.

Our first port of call was taking a good look at the numbers from 1 to 10. We really did take a ‘good look’, as the kids focused on what each of these numbers looked like, and we spoke about how sometimes they are written in a different format, e.g., a seven may sometimes be presented with a line going through its middle.

After reciting the numbers out loud, our little ones each had a piece of paper where the numbers from one to ten where written in digit format. The children then proceeded to trace over each of the digits.

Our little mathematicians then got to work on a Number Recognition activity. Here, they were given a paper depicting skittles in a number of boxes with digits next to said boxes. The children then counted the skittles within each box and circled the number that corresponded with the amount.

As a final table activity, our Tiddlers joined the numbers in a dot-to-dot fashion and revealed a fish. Joy!

Finally, a good old game of Hopscotch was had in the yard, and what fun it was too!

Yoga fun, Mother’s Meetings, sunshine, and watermelon wedges were all enjoyed as we moved onto eleven, twelve, and the teens..

So..after some repetition of numbers one to ten, we moved on up to number 19.

As an activity, the children had a piece of paper with a ‘Number Train’ on it. A couple of numbers were missing in sequence from some carriages. The children were then shown the numbers 11 to nineteen which were each written on a piece of card. Once they recognised which numbers were missing from the ‘Number Train’, they noted it down themselves. A number containing two digits! Pride all round.

It was then the turn of the ‘Teez’; 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90.
Here, the children gathered toys and objects making a mass of ten, then 20, then thirty. This way our little ones could visualise quantity. All the Teez were then written and pegged on the fence outside for recognition.

We had much fun with our ‘Letter of the Week’. Besides making lots of ‘Y’s out of Yellow play dough, an activity that got the children making other letters and shapes, they also enjoyed putting together 3 lines to form an upper case ‘Y’. This was done on paper and on the chalkboard wall.

At the Evening Club on Thursday afternoon, our Tiddlers got experimenting with dry ice before showcasing their artistry at Dionysius’ Pottery Workshop.

We rounded off the week with a day of craft and free play before heading home from another full and fun week at Friends Corner.

Saturday morning plays host to The Pear Tree English Workshop, lovingly coordinated by Vicki. A worthy workshop for children of all backgrounds and nationalities.

Our Evening Club is up and running every Tuesday and Thursday and, as the days get longer, we’re making some happy memories on these balmy afternoons.

We’re also gearing up for a long, hot summer by welcoming it with a sweet-spirited BBQ in Voula on Saturday 31 May. If you are interested in joining us, please drop us a line for more details. We’d love to see you.

Other than that, we’ll be back at the Clubhouse on Monday morning ready for more learning through play.

We’ll be looking at the grand old number, 100, as well as going over the Alphabet from scratch. Just for fun, you understand..

Come on over. It’s fun in the sun.

Until next time..

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