Welcome to my regular readers and to anyone who has come here because of the workshop at the Childcare Expo!
This blog will take you in a tour of the content from the workshop!
The kiss that missed by David Melling
Using puppets or little soft toy animals or even just props really brings stories to life. During my speeches, I retell The Kiss that Missed by David Melling by inviting some of the audience to “act” it out, while there are also actions and noises that can involve everyone. I would really encourage everyone to learn a story off by heart. Children hang on your every word.
I totally went to Burger King for the crowns!
Practice different voices. Practice pausing. Practice getting your child involved.
Speaking of screen time, check out CBeebies with Sid Sloane!
For a full guest blog on screen time that I was invited to write head to https://itworksfine.co.uk/how-to-bring-learning-to-life-with-screen-time/
And to add to that, using screen time in a positive and purposeful way such as the amazing Cosmic Kids Yoga where they retell stories and help children to learn new yoga poses.
Yoga for Kids by Susannah Hoffman
I also attended Yoga Bugs workshop where she did an amazing story about packing to go to the jungle and all the animals they good see with brilliant ideas that you can use with your nanny kids for warming up, breathing and mindfulness as well as yoga poses.
I also love a YouTube of Just Dance Kids to get them really active on a rainy day. My last Nanny Child thought she was earning the points! If you have a console, obviously you could actually play the game and really earn the points! (I never let children use YouTube alone. It is very important in this day and age to preview content and be present to make sure it’s child friendly. With just dance, you can select from a range of song titles)
Not actual watching the screen, but using a phone or tablet, again with YouTube, I love story meditations with the children. There’s one where you go to the land of the unicorns and I’m always asleep before they go over the rainbow! The ones I use are by New Horizon. You can go to space, on a hot air balloon ride, or to a secret treehouse and many more. (Again, I advise you to listen with your child or least preview them if it’s something new)
In this blog are some programmes I recommend for those moments when you do need to sit them in front of the TV!
Added to that for new vocabulary and French, I’ve started to love Fancy Nancy Clancy.
My favourite puzzle to do with older children is to find the next part of a pattern.
So here’s one for you!
F, T, F, T, T, T, T, F, F, F, F, _____
Message below or contact me for the answer!
My blog on Fruit Pastille maths is completely transferable to anything with lots of colours. So I love to use things we just have around the house too, like crayons!
This can also help to generate information for Bar charts or pictograms.
Head to my blog on Musical Punctuation!
I like to tell a story of a man with no arms who walks around a pond, then lots of flies swarm him, so he walks over the hill, to go home for breakfast. He has two eggs and two sausages.
The picture ends up as a dogs face and children love it!
James Mayhew has written a series of books based on Artists. Why not take your little one to an art gallery and generate stories from what you see?
If you’d like to buy a copy of my book, which has ideas for all areas of the EYFS, head to www.moretobooks.com and click on the amazon link.
Also, very excited to launch the e-book today!
Or if you’re in America:
Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and/or has got my book.
I’d love to read your messages: comment below what your favourite part of this blog or the workshop was!
Love Kat x