WEEK LETTER VK 34 / 2019
MINIS: This week for Minis started with reading books in small groups in small groups, developing their language skills and imagination. Listening to different stories in both Finnish and English, the kids got exposed to new topics and vocabulary which encourages their fluency in both languages. On Tuesday the children painted a window with their handprints, creating a group of ducks. Each child got to paint their own duck, enhancing their fine motor development and strengthening their finger and hand muscles. The kids enjoyed being creative and were very proud of their own window artwork! On Wednesday the group got to practice their fine motor skills and develop their hand-eye coordination by playing with homemade playdough. Squeezing, rolling, flattening and shaping the playdough encouraged the children’s focus and concentration and worked as a great outlet for them to express their emotions, creating all sorts of things utilizing their imagination and creativity. On Thursday the Minis group practiced sharing and taking turns by playing with a variety of toys and play equipment indoors and outdoors. On Friday, despite the rainy weather the children enjoyed outdoor play in our yard, where they got to practice their gross motor skills by jumping in puddles, running and hopping, but also creating lovely mud castles and cakes! It has been an active and enjoyable week, looking forward for the next one!
Next week for Minis:
MON ARTS & CRAFTS
TUE WALKING TRIP (Leaving at 9:00) & MUSKARI
WED FINE MOTOR PLAY
THU TOY DAY & READING BOOKS IN SMALL GROUPS
FRI MUSIC AND ACTION PLAY
MIDIS: The autumn season has kicked off nicely and new group members have settled in well, adults and kids alike. The kids have gotten to know the new staff members quite well by now and this week the Midis have been doing more small group activities with their teachers. The week started with a fun gym lesson in which the kids practiced simple balancing, body control, waiting their turn as well as listening to instructions in the form of an obstacle course. We took a walking trip together with the Maxis on Tuesday to a nearby park where we enjoyed free play, talked about forest treasures in English in an outside Circle Time, and as a special treat we ate smoothies! The kids also painted their own rocks from the park later that day. We listened to an underwater adventure in English about Ariel and her fish friend Flounder after which the kids designed their own paper plate fish in small groups. On Toy Day the kids excitedly showed their toys in Show and Tell. The week finished off with a story in Finnish about Goldilocks and the Three Bears which we enjoyed together with the Maxis. Afterward we dispersed into small groups to play “Bear is Sleeping” and make bear masks =) One more week of August then it’s officially autumn!
Next week for Midis:
MON PIENRYHMÄLEIKIT / SMALL GROUP GAMES
TUES MUSIIKKIPÄIVÄ/MUSIC DAY
WED ASKARTELU / ARTS AND CRAFTS
THURS LELUPÄIVÄ / TOY DAY
MAXIS: This week the Maxis have also been doing more small group activities. They had a gym session on Monday practicing various gross motor skills like dynamic and static balance and body control through a fun obstacle course. They have gotten so good at turn taking and listening to instructions! We took a walking trip together with the Midis on Tuesday to a nearby playground where the kids got to roam around freely. We also took the opportunity to have an outside Circle Time there talking about forest treasures like pinecones, different colored leaves, sticks and stones, moss and rowanberries. As a special treat we all enjoyed a delicious smoothie pouch before heading back to the daycare. In the afternoon the kids got to paint a rock of their choice which you will see on display in the locker room. Later in the week we listened to an underwater adventure about Ariel and her fish friend Flounder after which we made paper plate fish. We also sang one of our favorite songs “Slippery Fish”. Some kids also continued painting with sea creature stencils later that day. As a bonus activity some Maxis did a letter recognition activity with a treasure chest theme in which you match big letters with small ones. On Toy Day the kids enjoyed a nice moment of Show and Tell in their own groups talking and asking about each other’s toys. We also played some number games together practicing simple addition as well as counting money in a fun shopping game. We wrapped up the week together with the Midis listening to a Finnish story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. After the story we played “Bear is Sleeping” in small groups and those who wanted made bear masks. Next week we will welcome our new Maxi teacher Heli!
Next week for Maxis:
MON GROUP GAMES
TUES MUSIC DAY
WED ARTS AND CRAFTS
THURS TOY DAY
Muuta huomioitavaa / Other information:
- Pakila Ankkalampi-Duckies numbers:
MIDIT/VASTAAVA 050 3046677, MINIT 050 4010706, MAXIT 050 4724034
Kairi, Stella, Hanna, Jani, Paula & Angely