No newsletter, just a sneak peak of our singing this week ;)

Dear moms and dads

I won’t be writing a newsletter this week but wanted to share some videos and pics that are so awesome! They will warm your hearts and make you feel so proud of your little superheroes!

I didn’t ask anyone to sing for me….your little ones asked me!!! I ran for my cell to record them and they were beyond AMAZING!!

I was overjoyed as you can imagine, and so impressed! The precious little ones who were too shy and the others who tried, even if they only uttered 2 words before their courage failed them, all made my heart sing.

Here they are….enjoy!

Sheila

Here are just a few of the precious video clips I captured:

 

 

 

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Our Newsletter – Happy Birthday to sparkly Dolly Diamond!

Dear Parents

We’ve had a really awesome week under magnificent blue skies, each day enveloping us in the golden warmth that heralds the coming of spring, where jerseys are thrown off and shoes discarded in an urgency to feel the freedom of playing barefoot! However, the nippy mornings tell us that winter is not done with us yet and she might still unleash some storms and icy winds to keep us indoors cuddling under duvets in front of glowing fires.

We put STARS on the back-burner for now so that we could focus on a more complex shape, the DIAMOND. Being a more challenging shape, we’ll take a little longer learning about it, so we’ll extend it into next week as well.

We sang Dolly Dimond’s song and made her shape with our bodies, sticks and blocks and also drew her shape on a mirror tray covered with cornflour! They really enjoyed this activity and loved the magic their fingers created! They also discovered other shapes in a container of salt. That was fun!

To emphasize the fact that diamonds sparkle, we celebrated Dolly’s birthday by lighting a sparkler and singing to her! We did many other activities to consolidate our colours and shapes, enjoying the fact that two triangles formed a diamond!

They made a diamond collage in the art room and on Friday we baked diamond biscuits with sprinkles on top. Too yummy for words!

Your little ones are such a pleasure to teach! Enjoy the pics…

Fynn arrived in his Fire Rescue outfit just in case we lit another sparkler… Madi counted her doll’s toes… and the sweetest little friendships are beginning to blossom!

So sweet! Have a happy weekend!

Warm regards,

Sheila

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Our Newsletter – meeting Ronnie Rectangle

Dear parents

Talking about the weather has become one of our morning highlights. The kiddies look outside with great excitement and tell me what they see – blue skies, Mr Golden Sun, cheeky clouds, grumpy clouds, rain or wind.

They understand that the grumpy clouds are dark and carry all the rainwater. We’re happy because the rain fills the dams, gives plants water to drink, but best by far, are the wonderful puddles they get to splash in! They LOVE their boots and very proudly show off their special features like Lightning McQueen, Crocodiles or dinosaurs with awesome teeth!

When the rain is pelting down, we sing our ‘rainy-day’ songs with special fervour! We’re learning the days of the week too, which is quite a challenge, but every day before we go home, we whisper the name of the next day into our hands and immediately pocket it for the next day. You’d be surprised how many kiddies remember!

This week, learning about Ronnie Rectangle has been enjoyable for all. We brought out our big blocks and had a great time making rectangles, emphasizing the two long sides and two short sides. We also stretched spandex into rectangular shapes and used the flannel board to differentiate between the square and rectangle. They love it when I act silly and sneak some squares in amongst the rectangles and delight in pointing this out to me!

In the art room, they assembled a rectangular ‘monster’ using a wonderful assortment of colourful scrap. They were gorgeous! Then they had fun showing off their scary monster faces in front of a rectangular mirror.

To round off the week, they took home 3 words to remember – Monday, reflection and seven. Every day we sing songs about the days of the week and count them on the weatherboard, but when I asked them how many days there were in the week, not one child knew the answer!! It struck me again that children sing songs and count by rote without actually integrating what they’re saying. That’s the challenge of teaching!! Breaking new concepts down into understandable segments, and making them come alive, will always help them integrate these concepts more easily.

Welcome back little Fynn! We missed you bunches!

Happy photos to follow…



Warm regards

Sheila

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Our Newsletter – Hello and Welcome to the 3rd Term everyone!

Dear Parents

Welcome to the 3rd Term and a whole lot of fun!

Your children are super eager and excited about our new theme, SHAPES. Today we introduced SUSIE CIRCLE and her song which we will be singing all week. We also sorted circles from a heap of assorted shapes and most managed very well.

At home, I would like you to bring their awareness to all circles in the home and garden and if you could include a circle-shaped food in their lunch – cucumber, orange, round crackers etc, that would be great. They love showing off their lunch box circles!

Children learn best when they are active participants in a learning experience. They need to experience things in a concrete way, meaning they can see, feel, manipulate, touch and taste things. This helps build incredibly important foundational skills for learning and for life.

Please remember to bring a box of tissues for the term. Also please keep your child at home if you notice any flu symptoms.

I’ve noticed that many children take off their shoes and run around in their socks, which become wet, so please pack an extra pair of socks! This is something new and we spend a good part of the day putting shoes back on and tying shoelaces which they insist on untying!

We wish you a happy and healthy 3rd Term.

Warm regards

Sheila

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Our Newsletter – We say good-bye to Term 2, Happy Holidays and enjoy all of those extra cuddles!

Dear Parents,

We had such a lovely last day of term! Your little ones pulled out all the stops and behaved like little superhero’s, listening so well and singing like little nightingales!

It was a special day too because we said goodbye to our little Nina who is going to Poland for three months, to visit her grandparents. So we celebrated with wobbly jelly and custard to send her on her way!

We also made Wily Komodo a large colourful blanket to keep him warm while we’re away on holiday. That was fun, and satisfying too, because they all know their colours now and have taught Wily his colours with great gusto!

The naughty goblin, however, continues to hide Wily’s eggs and our munchkins have become very skilled at finding them every morning!

Here are some pics from the term…


All our little treasures!

Have a great holiday and enjoy all those extra cuddles!

Warm regards,

Sheila

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Our Newsletter – this term we’re learning all about shapes!

Dear Moms and Dads,

I have always loved the sound of little children playing in a playground!  It’s a happy sound, a humming melody of contentment!

The 3rd term has this special quality about it, a feeling that all our littlies are oblivious to all else but the satisfying task of playing. It is an expression of pleasure, where heart and soul dance in sync and everything tastes of sunshine!

This term we’ll be learning about SHAPES. This is a wonderful theme with endless potential, giving our little ones many opportunities to integrate new concepts. We explored SALLY SQUARE this week which was great fun. Ask your munchkins to sing the Sally Square song and sing along!

Each week we’ll be learning a new shape so please follow through at home by pointing out shapes and playing games like ‘I Spy’. And of course, finding a shape in their lunch box is the ultimate discovery, so don’t hold back!

We’ll be messaging you the shape of the week to keep you in the loop. Have fun!

Enjoy the photos….

Beautiful children!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Stay safe and have fun!

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 – Body Awareness Theme

Dear Moms and Dads

It has been a great, yet quiet week with a handful of our little owls being absent. Emotionally, our little ones are beginning to settle down and their positive energies are an uplifting asset to our daily routine. They are eager to experience new things and have been involving themselves in our activities when they feel ready and comfortable to do so.

We have continued with our body awareness programme this week, allowing our little ones to explore different aspects of themselves and their bodies in relation to other people and objects around them. They have had such fun becoming familiar with the different aspects of special awareness, hand-eye coordination, proprioceptive input and fun gross-motor movement.

From a game of pairing up to identify each other’s body parts,  crawling through tunnels, jumping and singing to fun music, to baking their feet shapes, they’re having good plain fun investigating their surroundings. In our outdoor area, as always, the mud kitchen and water areas are total hot spots and the places to be. Who could ever say no to a cup of tea and a sand brownie? To end off the week, our Friday orchestra and obstacle courses are an absolute hit!

The children are having a really great time developing, not only their body awareness, but also the self-reflection this awareness brings about.

I recently found a quote online which really resonated with me and shows the importance of play, both intellectually and socially. “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. It is a necessity.”

Have a great week all.

Warm 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 – Gosh, time really does fly!

Dear Parents,

Here we are again at the end of another fabulous year! Gosh, time really does fly! Our little ones are totally oblivious to the passage of time through their busy little lives and I envy them this ability to live for the day, making every precious moment count.

Play, real play, is so important. It is a valuable part of learning. So many skills are honed and the really cool part of play is that it is usually self-chosen and the kiddies get to make the rules! They were born to play and would play all day if allowed! So it is with much pleasure that we watch their little personalities unfold during a year spent playing. They have all grown so much and it has been truly delightful to watch this sweet blossoming year after year!

The older children are bursting to spread their wings. They are wearing their confidence proudly and are so ready to leave the Playmates nest to take the next step into a brave new world. We’ll miss them so much, and will feel a little orphaned in the wake of their leaving, but we know that they’ll go from strength to strength and we wish them good health and happiness always.

Sadly, we are also saying goodbye to Angie this year. She’ll be expanding her Pilates business and although we’ll miss her so very much, she’s very excited about it and we wish her every success. Together we had so much fun and I cannot thank her enough for all the time she committed to us and for all the love she heaped on our littlies over the years. She helped us grow in so many ways and I will always be truly grateful to have had Angie, my Angel, at my side for 8 years!  So it is with a heavy heart that we bid her farewell.

A newly-qualified teacher will be joining us next year and I look forward to welcoming her into the Playmates family. She is super-enthusiastic about teaching at Playmates and I know she’ll be a huge success.

My amazing staff become more amazing with every passing year and without their devotion and dedication we would not reap such joy in our little school. They are invaluable and so appreciated!

On the last day of term we’ll be having a little sing-song so please come along and delight in your little munchkins! They are so proud of themselves and will be over the moon to see you here, applauding them! We start at 10.30am and school will close at 11am.

Please remember to take home any leftover nappies, also hats and sun cream. And please check the lost property for those items of clothing that got away!

Lastly, I would like to thank you all for contributing so much this year! Your enthusiasm for all we did was so appreciated! Your cooperation, kindness and happy smiles helped make this year a very happy one!

I hope the holiday season is filled with warm togetherness, love-wrapped surprises, safe journeys and smiles as wide as hammocks! Be well, be happy and we’ll be here again next year to welcome back those who will be staying on.

Warmest 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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