All sessions at Crafty Monkeys are organised so that children can develop their independence, confidence and skills. I have a wide range of activities and resources, indoors and outdoors. I promote outdoor activities as they positively contribute to children’s health and physical development. My love of arts and crafts means that a lot of our play is based around making something.
I hang my coat and bag on my named peg and take my shoes off and place them on the shoe stand. I have a quick cuddle with Mia and then say ‘good morning’ to my friends whilst Mia has a quick catch up about what I have been doing at home.
I have some breakfast if I haven’t already eaten. I play with my friends. Cuddles and cosy places to sit are always available if I am feeling a little delicate.
I take a short walk across the field or by road if the field is too muddy to drop off older friends. Sometimes we may then drop off younger friends at the Pre-school which is also across the field. We learn a lot on the way, we talk about the seasons, flowers, spot letters, numbers etc.
I have lots of time to play my own self chosen games and I also do lots of short focused activities that help me learn through play. Together we might find something that I am interested in and we research it together. This may include an outing to the library. We always have time to sing, read, dance, do some mark making, maths, role play, build with blocks and lego, create and explore nature etc.
Each week Mia gives us a project to work on. It may be about how plants grow, learning about our planets, multi-cultural festivals or something particular that we are interested in. We work together on our project in the morning or afternoon. Here our learning is more focused.
Whether I am at home or on an outing, I will always have a small healthy snack mid-morning which includes fruit or vegetables.
Outings might include:
Monday – Nature walk at Lulworth Beach
Tuesday – Feeding the ducks and a visit to the library in Wareham
Wednesday – Toddler group in Wool
Thursday – Childminder group in Wareham
Friday – Nature walk in the woods in Wool
I wash my hands and we all eat together at the table. I help prepare the meals and help set and clear the table. We usually play a phonics (linked to Letters and Sounds phase 1) or maths game when we are together at meal times. We also reflect on what we have done in the morning and talk about what we would like to do in the afternoon and where we would like to play.
After we have helped tidy up after lunch, we have afternoon play. Mia plays alongside me and supports me, for example with my language and behavior. Mia pops in some learning along the way.
Afternoon play might include:
Monday – Messy play
Tuesday – Role play and dressing up
Wednesday – Mark making
Thursday – Exploring nature
Friday – Being creative
If I need a sleep, I will lie down in a cosy space and have a nap. If its just a rest I need then we will all lie down and listen to a story CD.
If we didn’t do our project work in the morning, then we do it in the afternoon. Mia encourages us to find things from home that relate to our project so that we can talk about it. The older ones may do a ‘show and tell’. Sometimes Mia sends us home with some activities based on our project to do with our own family.
Before the school run, I help tidy up and then we all sit down together to listen to stories and look at books that my friends and me have chosen. Mia chooses books too, so we listen to lots of different books. I learn to sit and listen and sometimes I enjoy joining in with the story telling.
We walk across the field or by road if the field is too muddy to collect friends from Pre-school or primary school. We play games along the way and listen to our friends stories about their day on the way back.
Whether I am at home or in the park or playing fields, I will always have a small healthy snack mid-afternoon which includes fruit or vegetables.
If the weather is nice then we like to go to the park or the playing fields to blow the cobwebs away. Then its back home for crafts on the table, things to do and explore in the garden and games to play with my older friends. Time flies before tea.
I help put toys away and make everything tidy for the next day. Then I sit together with my friends and we sing songs and rhymes whilst everybody takes it turns to wash their hands ready for tea.
Our daily music and movement sessions might include, for example:
Monday – Dancing with scarfs
Tuesday – Favourite songs and rhymes
Wednesday – Recognising and copying sounds
Thursday – Movement with songs and rhymes
Friday – Musical Instruments
I take it in turns with my friends to help Mia prepare the tea. When its ready we all sit together at the table. I am encouraged to join in with any group games at the table, we talk about what we did throughout the day and any group issues.
After tea, I can sit with my friends and watch TV, or I can look at books, do puzzles or some colouring quietly with a friend until my parents arrive. Mia has a quick catch up with my parents at the door while I put my shoes and coat on and then I say ‘goodbye’ and leave.
Mia emails my diary to tell my parents all about my day – sometimes there are photos on WhatsApp as well. There are often ideas for me to continue my learning at home. Mia then sets up for the next day, thinking about what I have enjoyed and what I might like to do in my next session.
Evenings are also when Mia writes in my Learning Journey file with observations and assessments of my learning and reflects on what I can do and what I might like to do next.
My parents are very welcome to have a look at my Learning Journey file. They can also let Mia know of any achievements and home interests so she can tailor my learning journey especially for me.