I've added some simple recipes for making playdough or saltdough at home so that Nursery can practise their Dough Disco moves at home. If you google 'Dough Disco' you'll be able to see a video of the Dough Disco Queen doing her moves. This is a daily finger workout that we do in school, at the start of the day, strengthening the children's finger, hand and arm muscles to support their control of equipment like scissors/pens/pencils/pain brushes/ crayons. You can do the dough disco moves to any music - so make some dough, choose a tune and get dancing!!!
It's actually a whole body workout session that grown ups will enjoy joining in with too:)
Fine motor activities for Nursery to do at home, when they are not in school:
Fine motor skills are essential for performing everyday tasks such as self care: buttons, poppers and zips, cleaning teeth, using cutlery, opening packets and lunch boxes as well as more academic skills such as drawing, writing and cutting. Fine motor skills involve using the smaller muscles in the hand and it is therefore really important to exercise and build strength in these muscles to enable a child to develop stamina, precision and hand dominance. As this improves so does a child's independence and in turn their confidence and self-esteem.
Here are some activities which can help improve fine motor skills:
Whilst not in school, please encourage your child to be as independent as possible on a daily basis with:
-dressing and undressing
-toileting and washing and drying hands
-regularly eating with a knife and fork
-drinking from a plastic cup, without spilling the contents
-doing and undoing zips, buttons and poppers on clothing such as coats
If you wish to contact the teacher during lockdown please use the following email address:
14.09.20 - important information for parents
-Please regularly check your child's hair for headlice and eggs. We already have an outbreak in Nursery.
-If you haven't already done so, please download the Tapestry app (instructions were on paperwork handed out at the end of last term). We are hoping to email you activation codes later this week so that you will be able to regularly see photos of your children's learning at Nursery.
-Please name all items of clothing. We have 3 unnamed jumpers/cardigans left in Nursery today that were not claimed by any parents. We really need your help with this, particularly on a Friday when the children will be supported to independently undress and dress for our PE lesson.
-For any children who have allergies or medical or dietary requirements, we need to have proof on paper from health professionals who are caring for these children.
-Named water bottles must be brought into school every day.
Thanks for your continued support.
Nursery met the other half of the class for dinner today and enjoyed playing outside with their new friends. The children are quickly settling into Nursery life and their new routine. Well done to everyone - keep up the good work.