On March 17th we set out lots of different activities to engage our children in different ways with stories and books. We moved around the different areas. We talked about characters, settings, front covers, authors and preferences. We looked for adjectives, verbs and said words. We had a lovely time and learnt a lot! Take at look at what we did.
Yesterday we looked more closely at different stories and characters. We looked at the evidence in the books to decide what kind of characters they were. We looked for speech and made speech and thinking bubbles. We wrote direct speech and found lots of alternative words for said. Next week we are going to enjoy some of these activities with our children.
On Tuesday 3rd March we worked as a group exploring stories and language. We had 4 new parents join our sessions! We looked at loads of different books and looked at how they start. We talked about the best ones and why they were good. We looked at character and settings. We looked in books for different adjectives and verbs. We learnt lots of new words. We even wrote our own wonderful story starters! We looked at art works and wrote describing words on them. We had a great discussion about reading. We found out how we can choose more books for our children from school. Next week we are looking more closely at characters then working with our children the week after. Come along!
On Tuesday the parents went to the Whitworth Art Gallery and this time they brought their children. They were aged from Nursery to Year 4. We had a great time helping our children engage with works of art. We identified smells and matched them to pieces of art works. We made soundscapes to go with art works. We looked at lots of textile pieces and wallpapers. We made our own floor art inspired by our own utopias! Lots of families are planning to visit in the holidays.
We worked with Dave the artist. We looked at different artefacts and thought about aspects of our own identity. We developed secret symbols from our experiences and identity. We looked at the symbols in Nigerian Adire fabric. We made our own Adire using wax resist.
We worked with two different artists over a number of weeks. With Dave the artist we made our own books using different techniques and paper with a variety of textures and patterns. We inserted them into our sketchbooks. With Jane the artist we printed using natural objects such as leaves and twigs.
We went to the Whitworth art Gallery on Tuesday 4th. For some of us it was our first visit there. For some of us it was our first ever Time for You session. Novae showed us around the whole gallery. We had a drink and cake in the lovely cafe overlooking the park. We all introduced ourselves and got to know each other a little more. We did some fun activities and hope to use them with our own children next week. We guessed some smells in hidden smelly pots. We matched them to works of art. We used materials to make our own utopia. We are looking forward to bringing our children next week.
We went to Manchester museum. We looked at so many different areas and exhibits, including tiny frogs. We found out about lots of free activities for our children.
We went to Manchester Art Gallery. We played three-way table tennis. We looked at LOADS of different art and craft works. We enjoyed sitting in the mindfulness gallery feeling calm and relaxed. Katy really welcomed us to the gallery. Why not come along on our next trip?
This half term we are focusing on developing language and communication at our own level, especially relating to stories. In the first session we looked at what settings are. We looked at lots of different children's books and described and compared the settings. We really enjoyed this. We had so many great ideas and learnt about engaging our children so sharing books becomes more enjoyable. We also learnt a little about characters in stories. We looked at different art works and how they might relate to different settings. We used different art materials to start to make our own settings for a story. Take a look at some of the things we did.