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 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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