What a wonderful start to the new term with the birth of little Ernest Canniford! We also have the positive news of a return to school for some pupils and, hopefully, many more days of lovely weather to look forward to as summer takes hold.
As we come to the end of the first week of the last term, and we settle into another new normal, I thought it might be timely to think about ways to keep us motivated during Term Six.
Rainbows have taken on a great significance recently, and they have always featured heavily in the reception classes I have taught over the years. Children are drawn to their beautiful colours and simple shape.
Sighting a rainbow has long been believed to be a promise of good things to come. This commonly stems from God’s promise in the Bible. Rainbows are also seen as a symbol of peace, serenity, hope and good luck, with the promise of a pot of gold at the end!
With this in mind I was very interested to hear about my friend’s idea for her five-year twins. She has been using the concept of a rainbow to help with motivation when home schooling. Her twins have tried to ‘collect’ a rainbow by completing pieces of home learning. It is wonderfully adaptable. The rainbows could be collected daily or weekly, depending on the needs of your child.
To see a rainbow we need rain and sun. Rain and sun also help highlight spider webs. Here are two fantastic webs made this week;
I have written about rainbows, but what about puddles I hear you say! Puddles too play a big part in the life of a reception class. In fact, there is a well-known Early Years book called ‘The Potential of a Puddle’ exploring learning opportunities outside.
Here are just a few ideas for puddles; stir it, race through it, sit in it, hop over, leap over, twirl the water, make perfume, make a mess, watch it disappear, find a bug, take measurements, name it, the list is endless!
So I will leave you with this thought, I wonder if baby Ernest will grow up to be a puddle jumper or a puddle splasher?
with love from Mrs Menzies x