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 – 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 – 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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