Love outdoor learning – day 8 of 30 days wild

Day 8 of #30dayswild Listening walks!
Listening walks are a wonderful free activity that you can do with children of any age, anytime, anywhere. You can do it at the park or your local woodlands, walking to the shops or school or even in your own garden. 
A listening walk gives children the opportunity to listen carefully to their environment and talk about what they can hear, this can be the name of the things they can hear or for those with developed verbal skills a description of what they can hear. 
Here is a lovely little page from talking points to explain listening walks and give you some variations on listening walks:
http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/sites/talkingpoint.org.uk/files/allisteningwalk.pdf 
Listening walks give a great opportunity for literacy as well as communication and language. You can use tick sheets and go on a listening scavenger hunt and mark off the sounds you hear on your walk.
Teach Preschool has a picture checklist for listening walks:

Head outdoors for a listening walk

And here is a written check list for children who are able to read:

http://www.creativefamilyfun.net/2013/08/lets-go-on-listening-walk.html?m=1
Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 
#outdoorlearning #listeningwalk #earlyyears #education #primaryeducation 

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Love nursery rhymes – day 6 of 30 days wild

Due to the grey thundery skies Day 6 of #30dayswild wasn’t as wild as it could of been.


Today we listened to the thunder and the rain from inside and took the opportunity to sing some weather related songs. These included I hear thunder and it’s raining it’s pouring. 

Nursery rhymes are great for children’s communication and language development as well as literacy skills. The joy of nursery rhymes are they are completely free and available anytime any place. Currently our favourite in this house is baa baa black sheep, now that the little one can say baa. 

Have a read of this wonderful document all about the importance of nursery rhymes for children’s development:
http://www.kbyutv.org/kidsandfamily/readytolearn/file.axd?file=2011%2F3%2F2+Rhymers+are+Readers-Why+Important.pdf 

Also there the activities you can plan around nursery rhymes are endless! 

From sensory bins:
http://adventuresofadam.co.uk/old-macdonalds-farm-tuff-spot/

To maths activities:
http://picklebums.com/five-currant-buns-free-printable-puppets/

And everything in between!

Physical development – http://lifeovercs.com/jumping-with-jack-be-nimble-gross-motor-activity/#comment-51620

Science – http://www.science-sparks.com/2015/08/06/humpty-dumpty-science-ideas/

Here are 45 nursery rhyme crafts from How Wee Learn:

45 Nursery Rhyme Crafts

Enjoy.
Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 

Love outdoor learning – day 5 of 30 days wild

Day 5 of #30dayswildForest School!
Tuesday is usually forest school day for us at Ace Forest School.


Forest school is a fantastic learning experience for children. We are lucky enough to have Ace Forest School locally which caters to children from birth and up as they have forest school playgroup. Most forest school cater from pre-school and up and are happy to take classes of up to 30 children during a session. During a forest school session children tend to learn about fire safety and often get to cook some food on a fire. They also get to handle tools and most importantly get to grips with the outdoors through mud kitchens, muddy puddles, climbing trees. The opportunities are endless. There are so many opportunities in the outdoors including maths and literacy. Here are 35 ideas for outdoor learning that include maths and literacy among some other lovely ideas:

http://nurturestore.co.uk/forest-school-activities

Today we took part in some lovely activities at Ace Forest School, we did some leaf threading – all you need are some nice strong leafs, a hole punch and some wool. We also made some ladybirds – this included some wood cookies/slices, some paint and some corks or anything that will print a round shape. Our lovely forest school leader Jane provided us with edible paint incase any of the little ones fancied a taste and they did some printing and once it was dry they could decorate their ladybirds with some black dots.

Some of our favourite activities at forest school are the mud kitchen, the treasure basket (you can create your own with some outdoor goodies you collect, such as acorns, sticks, stones etc), playing hide and seek and also going on a bug hunt. Using magnifiers to have a good look at some little bugs can provide lots of fun and an opportunity to embrace learning across the curriculums. But these activities are to name just a few. 

Forest schools are available to settings and schools for block sessions or one offs. Forest schools are becoming widely available to children on weekends, so even if your child’s setting isn’t involved in one it doesn’t mean you can find one yourself. Some nurseries offer forest school as part of there curriculum, either on site on a small scale or at a separate site. A fantastic setting that offers this in the Liverpool area is Dukes and Duchesses Day Nursery. 

The forest school association offers a lot of information about forest school including its rich history and the learning opportunities it holds http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/what-is-forest-school/

But don’t worry if you can’t get to a forest school, there is plenty of fun to be had in your local woods or national parks, or even in your own garden. Let children take risks, climb trees, look a buys, dig in the mud and jump in muddy puddles. 
Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 

(Non of the organisations mentioned are affiliates, just some examples of outstanding provision).

Love Literacy – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle celebrates it’s 45th anniversary this year. The book was originally published on 3rd June 1969 and 45 years later it is still a favourite with children around the world.

So In celebration of this incredible book I decided to go on search of some Very Hungry Caterpillar activities and here are a few.

This activity is one of my favourites that I have found, if you love using props to bring stories to life try this Very Hungry Caterpillar sock puppet .

Here is another caterpillar prop that can be used during the story, as well as for counting and fine motor skills.

If your looking for something to improve critical thinking why not try a Very Hungry Caterpillar puzzle. This activity can be used in a variety of ways, you can start it as a mark making activity and as well as being a puzzle you put together you can use it to talk about shapes and colour as well as using it as a counting activity. If you want a little less prep time use paper plates.

If your looking for some more mark making activities, here are two painting activities for making some caterpillars, cup painting and balloon painting.

And last but not least here is a page that I found on Facebook called toddler approved and it’s full of fun activities including 25 Very Hungry Caterpillar activities .

I hope you find something on this post to help you to celebrate one of my all time favourite books in your settings but if not how about a live butterfly garden. They aren’t expensive and you can buy them quite easily online. You get a small container with 5 caterpillars in and it contains all the food they’ll need before they make their chrysalis better known as a cocoon.The container has a window on so the children can see everything going on inside. Once they have attached themselves in their cocoons to the lid of the container, you take the lid off and attach it to the inside of the butterfly garden (which is actually a large cylinder net) with the safety pins provided. The children can seem the transformation take place and eventually the caterpillars come out of their cocoons as beautiful butterfly, you can feed them fruit for a few days and then the children can help to set them free. It is fascinating for the children to watch and setting them free can be an adventure in itself, whether you set them free or go to your local park or local woods.

A nice little song to go with this is

Incy wincy caterpillar(in the tune of Incy wincy spider)

Incy wincy caterpillar crawling on a leaf
Spun a little chrysalis and then he went to sleep
While he was asleep he dreamt that he could fly
and when he woke up he was a butterfly.

If your looking for more books about butterflies and caterpillars, one of my current favours is Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. Monkey Puzzle is a fantastic book that is about a little monkey who has lost his mum and dad and a butterfly helps him to find them. The confusion begins because the butterfly doesn’t realise the monkeys mum and dad look like him because as she later says ‘none of my babies look like me’, her babies still being caterpillars. It is a lovely book that you can use to talk about caterpillars and their transform to being butterflies. You could also use it to talk about diversity and families and communities such as ‘do you look your mum or dad?’, this could include a mark making activities such family portraits or self portraits. You can also you can use it to learn about rhyming words, as you can do with a lot of Julia Donaldson books.

What was your favourite book as a child?

Love Early Education
Love, Kylie x

Love Sharing – Sharing Sunday

I have been so busy this week with an exciting trip to York and working on my assignment that I haven’t had a chance to update my wordpress page but I have been sharing on Facebook and twitter, so I have decided to do a ‘Sharing Sunday’ and share all the activities, news and pages I have shared on my Facebook this week. This may become a regular feature along side my Quote of the Week, which I will do by the end of tonight 🙂

So here we go, Sharing Sunday…

This social experiment called ‘The Kidnapping Children Experiment’ was filmed by Yousef Saleh Erakat who runs fouseyTUBE. It is shocking and scary but really makes you think, how would you react? As it says in the footage 30 seconds of bravery could save a childs life.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2556400/He-tried-car-Shocking-video-shows-people-really-respond-attempted-child-abductions.html

Here are a few links from a new page I’ve been following on Facebook, The Natural Parent Magazine…

What an awesome idea…

I absolutely love this, it is so true…

Thinking I must still be in that amazing state of life that is childhood…

And finally one from Simple Homeschool, which is a lovely little literacy quote…

Hope you like these as much as I did.

Love Early Education

Love, Kylie x

Love Literacy – The Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

I have just seen the on Facebook and I love this idea! I think it would be great to do along side reading The Stick Man by Julia Donaldson (if you’ve not read it, read it as soon as you can another fantastic read from Julia.) You could bring the story to life by making the stick man and his family.
http://www.danyabanya.com/2014/02/stick-people.html

Love Early Education
Love, Kylie x