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Happy House Preschool Nursery
Clayton le Woods Community Centre
Friday the 15th is children in need day and the children are very welcome to come into nursery dressed up in their children in need apparel. I will not be asking for donations towards or the Save the Children’s Christmas jumper events as I feel this is a lot of pressure to put on parents with Christmas looming ever nearer. Also over the past three years I have tried to raise as much money as possible with a sponsor event for Crackerjacks charity which provides much needed equipment etc. for disabled children and their families and I imagine that after Christmas towards Easter they will be ringing me again to ask if I will run an event day.
I know that this date should be in the December news, but I thought that families would want to know that they do not need to worry about nursery closing for elections on the 12th December. I was contacted as the trustee treasurer of the community centre by the council asking for sole use of the building again, but I stated that it was too much of an inconvenience for parents and it would not be available. I had the full backing of the chair and our compliance officer (my husband) and we eventually came up with a compromise of a portacabin on the car park. So the car park will be slightly busier than normal but Nursery will not be closed on the 12th December
Focus of the month:
We are still promoting the mathematical area of the EYFS with a range of different activities that encourage number recognition, positional understanding, number quantities and this month we are introducing another specific area of the EYFS literacy: ‘Fills in the missing word or phrase in a known rhyme, story or game, e.g. ‘Humpty Dumpty sat on a …’ and ‘Shows awareness of rhyme and alliteration.’
Our books of the month introduce rhyme and are also very funny and catchy, which will encourage the children’s involvement the books are:
The Wonky Donkey written by Graig Smith
The Dinky Donkey by Graig Smith
Down by the Cool of the Pool written by Tony Mitten and Guy Parker-Rees
When your child starts school, they will be learning letter sounds phonically and some of you have asked if I can provide a little insight into phonics.
Phonics is one method of teaching children how to read and write. It's all about sounds. There are 44 sounds in the English language, which we put together to form words. Some are represented by one letter, like 't', and some by two or more, like 'ck' in duck and 'air' in chair.
Children are taught the sounds first, then how to match them to letters, and finally how to use the letter sounds for reading and spelling.
There are several different phonic programmes but the most popular are: Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds. Within the nursery I use the letters and sounds programme activities and the Jolly Phonics songs to introduce the sounds. If any one wants a free CD of the songs please ask as I do have copies.
A link to a good site for letter and sounds is: www.letters-and-sounds.com
There is also an app which has lots of useful resources:
There are three phases within Letters and Sounds and Nursery starts working through phase one. In phase one there are Seven aspects and three strands these are:
■ Aspect 1: General sound discrimination – environmental sounds
■ Aspect 2: General sound discrimination – instrumental sounds
■ Aspect 3: General sound discrimination – body percussion
■ Aspect 4: Rhythm and rhyme
■ Aspect 5: Alliteration
■ Aspect 6: Voice sounds
■ Aspect 7: Oral blending and segmenting While there is considerable overlap between these aspects, the overarching aim is for children to experience regular, planned opportunities to listen carefully and talk extensively about what they hear, see and do. Activities are integrated according to the developing abilities and interests of the children in the setting.
Each aspect is divided into three strands.
■ Tuning into sounds (auditory discrimination)
■ Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing)
■ Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension). Activities within the seven aspects are designed to help children:
1. listen attentively;
2. enlarge their vocabulary;
4. discriminate phonemes;
5. reproduce audibly the phonemes they hear, in order, all through the word;
6. use sound-talk to segment words into phonemes
If enough parents express an interest in further information about phonics, I will do a parental power point presentation which will provide more comprehensive information.
On Another Note
Following our parents evening I would like you all to know that your child’s record of achievement books are available anytime for you to look through just ask and you can sit in the small room whilst you browse.
Finally thank you all for your continued support and if there is anything at all you would like included in our newsletters please tell me