Our Newsletter – our last one for 2019, where has the time flown?!

Hi Everyone!

Here are some pictures of last week with a quick summary of what we got up to.

As you know it was all about the nose and they loved learning about how it functioned. Nicky, who at the time had a snotty nose due to an allergic reaction, provided us with the perfect intro.

I pointed this out to the group and explained what was happening inside Nicky’s nose and how the nose produced the snot to catch the germs and other bothersome things in the air. I told them the smart word for snot was mucous.

We learned that we had two nostrils divided by the septum. I don’t think they got their heads around that word but nevertheless they could feel that the nostrils were two separate places.

They particularly loved the stories I told them about police and army dogs and how much stronger their sense of smell was and how they were trained to sniff out baddies.

We play-acted this. I brought a smell from outside into the playroom, in my hands. They all took a sniff and then, pretending to be police dogs, ran outside to identify the smell. The first to recognize the smell had to bark loudly! They wanted to do this repeatedly but after three times I ran out of smells…

We learned how to blow mucous out, using a tissue and then throwing it in the bin. Nicky was glowing with pride, being the only one who could give a really good, productive blow!

Every day thereafter someone always announced they needed a tissue to blow out their mucous!!

They enjoyed the smell recognition too. Riley guessed the coffee smell and Ethen guessed the hot chocolate.

We also learned about the care of the nose and compared our noses to that of many animals, like the elephant…

And sooo much more!

Not many photos, but here are some for you to enjoy with your little ones:

Kind regards

Sheila

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Our Newsletter – the end of the year is fast approaching now!

Dear Moms and Dads

What a week! Our playmates are not holding back in any way or form and seem to have absorbed the thrills and expectations of the approaching holiday season to embellish their play with a fervour seldom seen other than this time of year! WOW! They have us on our toes performing great feats of tenacity and perseverance…like never before!!

But despite the high velocity we still managed to achieve some receptivity while exploring the uses of the tongue. They had such fun discovering what they could do with it! Every morning we performed tongue exercises – up and down, from side to side, in and out, curling up and under and rolling.

It was fun bringing their awareness to how busy that little tongue was and how it was responsible for enabling us to talk, taste and clean our teeth. I did not tell them that in some Asian countries it was customary to stick your tongue out at others as a sign of greeting and respect!! I decided this fact might cost me my job!

They were introduced to the largest tongue, that belonging to the Blue Whale, and the longest tongue belonging to the chameleon. Madi tried desperately to shoot her tongue out like the chameleon while others tried to touch their noses in the way dogs do. They were simply too short. They could, however, lick their lips all around, which gave them a sense of achievement!

We then spent some hilarious time tasting different foods and identifying what was sweet, sour, salty, spicy or bitter. Their lunch boxes took on new meaning when opened to reveal an assortment of different tastes. All yummy! Lastly, we made a delish pasta salad to take home.

Enjoy these fun pics… courtesy of Ayesha who captured just the right moment!

Next week we’ll whiff, sniff and smell everything in sight…

Have a great weekend!

Warm regards

Sheila

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Our Newsletter – Go the Bokke! And, learning about our sense of Hearing

Dear Moms and Dads

We’ve had a double win this weekend with the arrival of Kim and Myron’s sweet baby Luke, brother to our little Logan….. plus the Bok’s magnificent World Cup victory! Celebrations all round and many tears of joy!

We congratulate the happy parents and wish them sweet, cuddly moments, precious memories and all the happiness their hearts can hold!

We’ve had a really great week with our ‘Hearing’ theme, discovering many interesting facts about ears in general and comparing our ears to the elephant’s huge ears. They were enchanted with the fact that most animals are able to move their ears forward and backwards to hear sounds, whereas we could not move our ears…..only by turning our heads! Nor could we flap our ears like the elephant! Your little ones tried to get their ears to cooperate but to no avail! They would not move, they would not flap!

We also learned the importance of having ears and how LISTENING protects us! Listening to mom and dad, friends and teachers…. and to recognise those sounds that put us in danger, like a growling dog. We had wonderful conversations about all this and they enthusiastically offered their thoughts and stories, some of which, in this highly imaginative age, were quite extraordinary!!

We also played a game by sitting in a ring around a blindfolded child who had to listen carefully while someone in the ring said ‘hello’. The kiddie had to point in the direction of the sound. They loved this and all insisted on having a turn. Such fun!

They also had to make sounds from memory in response to my questions, ’What sound would you hear if someone had a cold? Sausages frying in a pan? A police car driving by? If someone told a funny story? Etc

There was a lot of vocab-building with words such as ‘heavy/light’, loud/soft, tin, plastic, wooden, glass, crumpling, tearing, shaking and cutting.

During snack time, we sat quietly and listened, to one kiddie at a time, bite into a cracker or crisp or an apple or carrot. We also covered our ears with our hands while we chewed or spoke and they were fascinated at how the sounds were amplified! Then lastly, to round off our week of listening, we made popcorn, the best treat ever!

Next week we’ll explore the sense of Taste!

Have a happy weekend!

Warm regards

Sheila

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Our Newsletter – all about our sense of touch

Dear Moms and Dads

What an adventurous touchy-feely week it’s been! It was so enjoyable bringing the children’s awareness to those things to which they never give a second thought, or take for granted, but the biggest challenge was to describe what their hands and feet were feeling and to label that feeling.

They were encouraged to use descriptive words like ROUGH, SMOOTH, PRICKLY, SOFT, HARD, COLD, WARM and many more.

We examined our feet by feeling them, top and bottom; we tickled them underneath, scratched and rubbed them, squished our toes and then chatted about their importance and how they helped us play and feel. Then we enjoyed a sensory walk, feeling all the different textures and sensations underfoot.

We took a walk around the school, feeling the warm rough bricks, smooth stones, prickly leaves, the coarse, bumpy bark of a tree trunk and the cool, fresh feel of green grass. Of course, Saffy met us along the way and was delighted to be surrounded and petted by this group of enthusiastic little people! Such a pampering she has never had and we all agreed she was very soft and furry. Lucky the tortoise, however, was highly indignant when he received the same treatment, with many little fingers stroking his shell and the top of his head, while his strong little legs flailed beneath him. He was truly incensed by this invasion of his privacy. He is, by nature, a disgruntled fellow, so we will have to watch our toes when next we visit!

Wide Eye, the resident owl, let the children put their hands inside him to feel the things he had on offer. They pulled out fluffy things, hard bumpy things, heavy and light objects, all of which were passed around the group to be gently caressed, bringing them a sense of awareness, of all the many different textures.

In the art room, they compiled a picture of many different textures and for baking, their busy little fingers mixed the ingredients for the crunchy crunchies which were baked and later eaten with relish!

Everything has its wonders in childhood. To watch a child unfold, in the magical mystery of experience, is a beautiful thing!

Enjoy the photos…

Next week, we’ll use our ears to HEAR!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Warm regards,

Sheila

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Welcome to the 4th term of 2019!

Dear Moms and Dads,

Three days into the term and it’s like standing in the doorway of a new and beautiful sunny day which promises the riches of precious moments of love, growth and inspiration! Your little ones have plunged back into their play so joyfully, and seeing their beautiful energy and spontaneity is indeed heart-warming!

We will make the most of every wonderful day; we will walk through each little challenge and greet the new spaces we create with the love of simply being alive!

So welcome to the 4th Term! Come along for the ride and enjoy the adventure!

This term’s journey will take us into the world of the FIVE SENSES, a doorway through which we’ll peek and wonder at the glorious gifts that enable us to derive so much pleasure from life. An awesome way to end the year!

Along the way, I’ll be in touch to keep you within the loop of our explorations, so that you can assist and encourage your littlies in any way you choose.

Remember, please, to pack hats and sun creams and make sure to keep a change of clothing in your child’s satchel – for those little accidents and the exuberating water play they so happily indulge in!

We welcome Keryn, Arthur and little Xenia, this term, and wish them every happiness at Playmates!

Warmest regards,

Sheila

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Our Newsletter – looking back on a wonderful year

Dear Moms and Dads,

I have never known a year to go by so quickly! Looking at all the photos taken along the way, I am reminded how far our little ones have come. The playground is buzzing with an energy that speaks of the confidence our munchkins have honed during a year of endless fun, boundless self-discovery and the cultivation of social skills. The older children, who were like little tadpoles when they arrived, have grown enormously in their little Playmates pond and are now, like little frogs, ready for the next leap into the big wide world.

Helping them become aware of their 5 senses has been very gratifying. ‘I hear’ took on a whole new meaning when we challenged them to ‘listen’. Listening skills were sharpened when they had to identify an array of sounds – also loud sounds, soft sounds, sounds close by and sounds coming from afar. This brought them a new awareness and helped expand their vocabulary. We also listened to the sound of popping popcorn and focused on listening carefully to instructions.

The sense of ‘sight’ was equally satisfying and helped them become aware of their world by ‘seeing’ the wonder around them; ‘noticing’ little things; expressing what they saw and becoming aware of how things they saw made them feel. They were also challenged to remember the things they had seen and also to discriminate differences. One morning, a beautiful little leopard toad presented itself for inspection, to the delight of all! How they marvelled at its colourful skin and the way it puffed itself up and leapt around!

Here are some photos of all the fun we had and also some magical artwork…

The smiles at Playmates are the best!! We’ve all caught Kerri’s infectious smile…..warm, beautiful and as wide as a hammock!  But we don’t smile when you’re flexing our muscles like Rhys and Benjy!

Take your smiles with you and have a delicious weekend!

Warm regards,

Sheila

Playmates Playschool
www.playmatesschool.co.za
pmps@playmatesschool.co.za
082 444 0701
021 715 1836
Bergvliet, Cape Town

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Our Newsletter – Learning all about our sense of touch

Dear Moms and Dads,

One is so easily drawn into the wonder of a child’s world where spontaneity is king, where curiosity is given full reign and where the imagination soars joyously and freely. Creativity is born and nurtured in this kind of freedom where children learn to express and cope with their emotions. This is indeed a precious, happy and unpressured time for our little ones to indulge their senses and nurture their souls…..a time for them to express their uniqueness and build self-belief.

As we progressed with our ‘Sense of Touch’ theme, we have seen how different experiences lit a fire of pleasure within our littlies; how their eyes shone with the thrill of discovering a new sensation or awareness. They loved finding one another while blindfolded and enjoyed feeling different textures underfoot. They adored stepping into tubs of squishy paint and walking across paper, but rolling out soft and yielding biscuit dough sent their taste buds into joyous overdrive…. a definite favourite!

Enjoy these gorgeous pics of your children and feel their joy as we did!

Hope your weekend is filled with warm cuddles, smiley faces and warm togetherness!

Take care all,

Kind regards,

 

Sheila and Kerri

Playmates Playschool
www.playmatesschool.co.za
pmps@playmatesschool.co.za
082 444 0701
021 715 1836
Bergvliet, Cape Town

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Our Newsletter – Our Sense of Sight

Dear Parents,

It is a lovely feeling to end the week feeling satisfied! It was a very special week and so exciting to see the way our little ones made connections which provoked new insights!

Sadly though, today we had to say goodbye to Luke once more. He will be attending a school in the UK for next year but we are assured he will be visiting us upon his return to Cape Town.

On behalf of all at Playmates, we wish Paul and Tatsiana the very best. May all your endeavours bring success and happiness. It was a privilege getting to know your sweet, charming little boy! He will be missed so much!

Exploring the sense of sight was great fun. The children were intrigued when I told them that eyes worked very hard and needed to rest after a busy day of looking at everything, and how important it was to close them at night, stop looking and sleep! Here’s hoping they remember this!!  We also covered our eyes with our hands and imagined what it would feel like without being able to see.

They were fascinated too, when I brought out a blindfold, blindfolded myself and tried to recognize some of the children by feeling their hair and clothing with my hands. They loved this and couldn’t wait to try it! They were far more successful in recognizing their friends!

Next, we looked at our reflections in a large mirror. It was very insightful to see how shy some of our boisterous little super-heroes became, when confronted with themselves in this way! However many were courageous and pulled faces, while others roared like a lion or posed in one way or another. Gosh, they were so precious!

We also passed around smaller mirrors and asked them to blow onto them to make them misty so they couldn’t see their faces. This was hilarious! Some succeeded well but others found this deep blowing from the lungs a rather challenging exercise! But great fun, nevertheless!

They were so delighted when we discovered moths in our silkworm box! We enacted the life-cycle by pretending to be newly-hatched baby caterpillars munching leaves, getting big and fat, spinning our cocoons, lying inside the cocoon, warm and cosy, changing into a moth, nibbling a hole, squeezing out of the cocoon and finally spreading our wings and flying away! They were incredibly sweet!

They made a kaleidoscope to take home, enjoyed Luke’s delicious farewell treats and that wrapped up a really, super week!

Michaela was a beautiful butterfly, Jack was pregnant all week, Ava made muffins, Daniel found a snail, James found snails too… and finally, Goodbye Luke!

I am so excited to announce that our Facebook page is now live and updated! I will be posting regularly to keep you up to date with your children, our playschool, and what little people get up to in general.

Please visit our page here to Like and Share those articles and images that may tickle your fancy. Enjoy! (Playmates Playschool | Facebook)

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Warm regards,

Sheila

Playmates Playschool
www.playmatesschool.co.za

pmps@playmatesschool.co.za
082 444 0701
021 715 1836
Bergvliet, Cape Town

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Our Newsletter – Our Sense of Smell

Dear Parents,

What a glorious week we had with our noo noo’s! The sense of smell, as part of our 5 senses theme, offered the most wonderful experiences and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

It was not only an experience for them, but an awakening too. They became more acquainted with that sweet little nose in the middle of their faces…..learnt how important it was and how it enticed and lured every passing scent into their awareness!

When the different scents were presented to them, some were a little reticent but most needed little encouragement and were quick to show their pleasure or displeasure. The yummy vanilla scent that reminded them of mom’s cookies was a firm favourite! They also enjoyed plunging their hands into a big bowl of eucalyptus fruit pods, which filled the entire room with the most exquisite scent. They also picked lemon leaves from the tree in the playground, tore them into little pieces and popped them into little bottles to take home to share with you…. and ditto with mint leaves. Lastly, they made mom a little gift for her closet – little voile sachets filled with lavender! Enjoy, Mom!

The week has been a topsy-turvy one, weather-wise, but today we knew summer had succeeded in shrugging off her winter coat as the warmth of a gloriously sunny day embraced us. So out came the water and out came the smiles, laughter and the contentment that only water play can elicit! The mud kitchen became a hive of activity once more, as our little chefs turned out cake after muddy cake. Out came their little buckets of water and paintbrushes and Jesse managed to paint the entire Wendy house from top to bottom! Yusuf was immediately charged with the task of replacing all the shade cloth over the areas of play and was ever so enthusiastically aided by a little band of helpers, so the job was happily completed!

From left to right: Smelling the eucalyptus ~ Shredding the lavender ~ Putting mint leaves into the bottle

From left to right: Mom’s little gift ~ Zach had his ducks in a row ~ Graeme watered the beans ~ Lila helped Yusuf ~ Georgia had her hands full

From left to right: Reading is such fun ~ Feeding the hungry bottles ~ Good friends in the bus ~ Where are your feet, Amelia? ~ Fine-motor weaving

From left to right: Busy as a bee watering the garden ~ We like being babies too ~ Please do not disturb me ~ Hello beautiful boy! 

Next week promises a load of fun with the sense of sight!

Wishing you all a happy, safe weekend!

Kind regards,

Sheila

Playmates Playschool
www.playmatesschool.co.za

pmps@playmatesschool.co.za
082 444 0701
021 715 1836
Bergvliet, Cape Town

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Our Newsletter – Our Sense of Taste

Dear Parents,

It’s so wonderful to have Luke back at Playmates after his extended time away in the UK. Welcome back, Luke, we missed you and from the way you hit the ground running, we know you missed us too!

A busy week again, but at this time of year, that is to be expected. Our little warriors have the confidence of a battle won!  They’re all flying their superhero flags high and their war cries can be heard far and wide!

It’s been a ‘tasty’ week with the children exploring their taste buds and naming the taste.  First tasting a little yummy honey for the tummy, then biting into a lemon, eeuw…. and finally, dabbing a little cocoa powder onto their tongues. Graeme will tell you what he thought of that!  But some of their expressions were hilarious!

We made delish fruit kebabs to take home…..studied the root structure of the beans we had planted and that wrapped up a wonderful week!

More fun and games next week when we explore our sense of smell!

Have a terrific weekend, and stay safe!

Warm regards,

Sheila

Playmates Playschool
www.playmatesschool.co.za

pmps@playmatesschool.co.za
082 444 0701
021 715 1836
Bergvliet, Cape Town

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Our Newsletter – Our Sense of Touch

Dear Parents,

My apologies for not managing to deliver my newsletter last week! My newly upgraded computer could not recognise my amateurish fumbling, and therefore would not cooperate……so I am feeling a little unhinged and a perhaps a little in awe of it all….so please bear with me!

The first week back from the hols was super-charged and our little ones were galvanized into action like never before! They are brimming with confidence and are now truly the masters of their school domain!

Our ‘five senses’ theme for this term is going well. We learnt about ‘touch’ last week.  Apart from a wonderful tactile experience, it also offered the children an opportunity to expand their vocab, with words like soft, hard, rough, silky, fluffy, spongy, spikey, rubbery etc. They’ve really enjoyed it so much and they especially loved feeding the 47 million little silkworms! Every day they fed them their daily munch of mulberry leaves and watched, bewitched, as they grew!

Kathy, thank you for coming to my rescue by introducing me to the Mother of all Mulberry Trees! This magnificent matriarch, with her copious leafy skirts reaching the ground all around her, is enormous! A grand old lady indeed, and she resides in the greenbelt off Firgrove Way. I was delighted to have found such an impressive home for the 47 million!  The process, however, was not without sorrow for I had to keep 30 of them at school, so our littlies could see them spin their cocoons and watch the miracle of the emerging moths. So it was with mixed feelings then, that Yusuf and I took the remainder of the 47 million down to their new home and freedom……hoping the beady-eyed birds were having a siesta and not noticing the tasty treats being scattered among the leaves!

Proud to display their touchy-feely artwork……..fine-motor spider catching……..and a little peek-a-boo!

The silkworms tickle……lots of happy laughs!

On Friday, the children put together a pasta salad and enjoyed cutting the carrots, celery, peppers and parsley into little pieces. They added sweetcorn and a delish mayo sauce. Yummm!

This week we are focusing on ‘hearing.’ Your children are amazing the way they can sit in a ring, close their eyes on the count of three, and listen…. They’re so good you can hear a pin drop! I’m very proud of them! They then tell us what they heard…a car, helicopter, a bell, bird tweets etc and they love the fact that they can hear things with their eyes closed! We will help them learn how to discriminate between sounds that are far away, near, loud, soft, sharp or piercing……and help them tuck these new words into their ever-expanding vocab.

Next week we’ll be exploring ‘taste’ – sweet, sour, bitter, spicy…..

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe,

Sheila

 

Playmates Playschool
www.playmatesschool.co.za

pmps@playmatesschool.co.za
082 444 0701
021 715 1836
Bergvliet, Cape Town

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