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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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 – starting a brand new year with our littlies

Hello Playmates Family!!

Welcome to all new and old parents. It is an absolute pleasure to have you all part of our 2019 at Playmates Play School!

The first few weeks have been a mixed jar of emotions with each day bringing new tests and challenging moments. With this, the children have been adapting to their new environment and exploring their surroundings, while experiencing moments of anxiety, tears, bravery and smiles. Through all of these experiences, the children have been learning ways to cope with their emotions by pushing themselves to build on new relationships with other children and creating bonds with their teachers. Although these first weeks have been filled with various shades of emotions, they have bravely overcome them, and for this, we commend and admire them.

Parents, we thank you for the way you have prepared your children for the beginning of their school journey. It won’t be long before they will be filled with utter happiness, joy, and feelings of contentment and self-composure, while waving goodbye to any morning anxiety.

Yesterday we officially started our Body Awareness programme and will be focusing on the face for this week. Each week we will change our focus to something new, to do with the body.

Reminders:

* Parking on the school side of the road ONLY and keeping driveways clear.

* Lunchboxes, water bottles, clothing, hats, bags, sun cream etc are to please be clearly labelled.

* Spare change of clothes in each child’s bag. It is summer and water play is a popular one!

* Please pop into the potty room regularly and check on your little one’s nappy box. Replenish as required.

* Scrapbooks.

* Drop off time is between 8:30 am and 9 am. Our school routine begins soon after this.

Thank you all for everything, I appreciate it all! Have a great week!

 

Kerri

xxx

 

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 – Keeping our Bodies Strong and Healthy

Dear Parents,

I have loved every minute of the last two weeks! With Kerri’s amazing enthusiasm, she has cajoled our little ones into such a joyous momentum of energy and delight, that the days have flown by in a deliciously happy fervour!

We have focused on how we keep our bodies healthy and clean and believe it or not, there was so much cooperation!! They fed Molly (painted by Madi!) healthy fruit and vegetables and on baking days, made yummy fruit sticks to eat, as well as marshmallow teeth in rounds of red apple! Scrumptious! Those tiny marshmallows were totally irresistible!

They painted pictures of fruit which they popped into a grocery bag to take home as a reminder to eat the good food that keeps them strong and healthy. They brushed their teeth to the toothbrush song and then, to the music of “Scrub your dirty face”, they washed their hands and faces with wet wipes. All accomplished with much gusto! They also practised protecting themselves from sunburn by donning hats and sunglasses and applying sunblock. They took this very seriously which definitely indicates that one day they’ll be responsible adults!!

The fun continued as they tested their skills on the obstacle course which proved an exhilarating challenge for them. They all passed with flying colours…..including our very little ones who found it quite irresistible and were happy to muddle in and do their thing in their own sweet way! And so the fun continued as they turned themselves into pretzels while exploring what they could do with their body parts. Toes to noses…..they tried it all!  Fine motor fun with fingers and sorting games are always on the daily agenda…… and of course, lots and lots of soul-nourishing play!

The term has flown by but it has been an enriching one, with many memorable moments that warm our hearts. First terms are always very challenging, especially for moms who have to contain their anxiety as they leave their precious dumplings with us!  It’s never easy and we understand the heartbreak and the wrench you feel during this difficult time. However, for our littlies, the irresistible urge to play soon takes over and it isn’t long before their happy laughter fills the air and we all feel comforted in the knowledge that they have sourced their inner strength and can move forward feeling empowered. That’s a good feeling for all!

Have a lovely weekend and take care,

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 – New Beginnings in 2018

Dear Parents,

The first few weeks have been a kaleidoscope of emotions, with every day bringing new challenges, new beginnings and heartrending moments. Tears, laughter and anxiety have filled our days but each day has left us feeling confident that your little ones are up to the challenge. We admire their courage, for they have had to dig deep to find coping strategies to deal with the discomfort of finding themselves in a foreign environment without you, fending for themselves and forging new relationships with teachers and others their own age.

You’ve all been wonderful in the way you have prepared your children for this experience. Your confidence is helping them develop the belief that they’re able to cope with the outer world by forming a meaningful and stronger inner world. They will all soon be self-composed little people, wide-eyed with the wonder of all they’re experiencing and hopefully, all your clouds of anxiety will soon dissolve!

However, I do want you to be mindful of the fact that during this stressful period of adjustment, your children need to relax and play more in order to process their new challenges. Please be aware of not expecting more from them than they are psychologically and emotionally ready for. Their progress and wellbeing at this point will be hampered by inflexible and heavy schedules. They need time to settle and we need to be patient and understanding of their needs.

Our Body Awareness programme is going well!

Here are some photos to show you what your little chicklets have been up to!

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are playing!”

I am so excited to announce that our Facebook page is 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 posts that may tickle your fancy. Enjoy!
Playmates Playschool Facebook | Playmates Playschool Website

Have a wonderful 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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