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 – Autumn Beautiful Autumn

Dear Moms and Dads,

Autumn at Playmates is quite spectacular purely because all the trees in and around our playground are evergreens unwilling to part with their leaves! In order for the children to fully experience the glory of this beautiful season, we, therefore, had to improvise and make our own magic! So Yusuf and I drove down those lovely lanes lined with stately old oak trees where an abundance of leaves lay in huge piles, just waiting for us to bag. We brought back enough to adorn Playmates and it did indeed look splendid!

Autumn had arrived!

The delight on the children’s faces when they saw this miraculous transformation was worth the effort a million times over! How they loved throwing the leaves up and revelling in the feeling of having them cascade down around them. How they relished sweeping them into piles, filling their wheelbarrows and having leaf-throwing contests! It was so easy to lose oneself in the face of such excitement and some moms and dads couldn’t resist the spontaneous urge to release the child within, and play! It was very special to see.

It is sad that in today’s world, hands-on learning is being devalued and minimised by school administrators and the public who push for more and more formal academics at earlier and earlier ages. Those in power care about test results, not the emotional well-being of children.

At Playmates, we believe in active learning through experience. This nurtures understanding and the ability to process concepts at a deeper level. Our little ones discover their world through their sense of wonder and curiosity and it’s a truly magical way to learn.

The colour brown presented many opportunities to have fun. Apart from all the brown leaves underfoot we went on a treasure hunt to find other brown things like twigs, stones, nuts and seeds and we learnt a new song about a grizzly brown bear hibernating in winter. We baked delicious brown crunchies, made autumn trees using handprints and also painted squirrels with fluffy tails. Planting seeds in rich brown soil was a real winner too.

It was all wonderfully tactile and such an inspiration to see their enthusiasm for all these activities!

Becoming more familiar with the colour Orange was also a wonderfully tactile and sensory adventure. They peeled yummy naartjies, a divine fine-motor activity during which they had to concentrate really hard!

They also discovered a pumpkin in the garden and there was great excitement when we cut it up and made pumpkin fritters to die for!

YUM!

The leaves have now been swept up for the compost heap but the playground still hums with fun and laughter and many happy memories!

The colour Blue will be our focus during the coming week. Wily Komodo is becoming very colourful and has successfully laid a new egg every week.

I hope you all enjoy the gorgeous sunny weekend ahead. The rain has been marvellous and I’m told we’ll have plenty more next week.

Stay warm and safe,

Warm regards,

Sheila and all at Playmates

 

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 – We love all the beautiful colours!

Dear Moms and Dads,

We’re on track with our Colours Theme and Wily Komodo is slowly but surely learning his colours. He is extremely happy about this and has managed to lay a yellow, red and green egg so far, which the children have noted with much delight! They become very indignant, though, when the naughty goblin who lives in the Faraway Tree, hides the eggs which they have to find and put back into his cave. They take this responsibility very seriously!

Kerri has also taken her colours very seriously and has been bouncing around disguised as a tomato, apple and a strawberry and has intrigued the children with an assortment of colourful activities which have kept them enthralled!

Our little chefs have loved all the colourful baking – yellow Jelly, bananas and custard, strawberries with red jelly and finally today, they made a green salad and then wolfed down some yummy, wobbly green jelly! They had fun too learning about robots and songs about robot colours. Here are some activities that have kept them busy…

In the coming weeks, we’ll be celebrating Autumn with its glorious array of colours, orange and brown in particular.

We’ll learn about trees and why they lose their leaves and also peep into the world of forest creatures like squirrels who forage for nuts.

We’ll also explore the world of hibernating animals.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the rain. Moms, Happy Mother’s Day!  We hope you feel very loved and simply perfect on your very special day!

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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