Why your child should get messy

Last week, we had our very first Messy Playgroup.

Many of us immediately melt into a cold sweat at the thought of children and mess in the same sentence, as for putting our precious, sweet smelling, tiny little bundles of joy into something messy …. surely not!!20180921_155400

However, many and varied studies have shown that “messy” play can contribute massively to the cognitive and creative development of babies and young children. In fact this type of play can continue to have numerous benefits throughout our entire lives including a great way to relieve stress and tension in adults.20180921_152548

The term “messy” is often seen as negative and therefore undervalued but to give a baby the opportunity to explore, create and combine new materials without a necessary end result is a massive step towards their physical and emotional well being. Without boundaries in their exploration they will develop confidence in their ability, become risk takers in their learning and be happy to try new things with confidence.20180921_160032

Messy Play allows

1. Babies to explore without a focus on making or producing something (so ne pressure to get it right).

2.Babies the opportunity to mould and manipulate new materials.

3. Babies use all 5 senses in the process of exploration, especially the sense of touch.

4. A positive approach to new experiencesand much much more.

This list is by no means exhaustive, messy play can also develop concentration, Problem solving, planning, sharing, response, feelings, counting, creativity, imagination, communication, vocabulary, shape and so on. 20180921_152245

Children at different levels of development as well as children with special needs can all play together as there is no right/wrong way to explore, so barriers are lifted and tolerance and acceptance are promoted.

The benefits of messy play are boundless and over the next few weeks I will introduce more to you but in the meantime why not come along to our next class and see the benefits for yourself?

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This is Me! Entry Point

This week, we have launched into our very first IEYC unit theme- This is Me!

Excitement peeked as we wheeled a white suitcase full of clothes, jewelry, shoes and other items that have been carefully put together  to capture the curiosity of our 2-2.5 year old children. (currently, our oldest child is 2.5 years old). We made our world passports which have now been approved for travel.

This week, we will take a trip around the world to all the countries from which all our children originate. It goes without say that our first stop is to our home and host country, Uganda.

With our children’s ages in mind, we will be focusing more on activities that develop their movement, concentration and language skills in order for them to enjoy and benefit from the unit in the coming weeks.

We have fun theme based activities planned for the next 4 weeks and hope we can take you all on the journey with us.

Here are a few photos of our Entry Point activities.

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Freedom to choose. Why? How?

Hi everyone,

I am sorry I haven’t been able to write a blog post the last few weeks due to the stress of opening the school. We are three days into our first week of school and I must say that we are all grateful that it has been one smooth sail of a week.

Anyway, back to the blog post…

I can do it!

Child-led play for the under 5’s means that ‘the right to choose’ is very much anchored into many toddlers’ values. And over the last few years we’ve seen aspects of this child-led philosophy find their way into national debate on the core school curriculum. We’ve even seen the emergence of a ‘democratic’ pre-and primary school where child-led education is the rule of the day.
So, although that might not be everyone’s cup-of-tea, democracy and democratic values are and have to be present in all aspects of our work with children – through play.

Through play children learn to share, make their own choices and develop their independence

I can do it!

Toddlers like independence and choosing for themselves.  Some small changes in your toddler’s environment can facilitate this while providing practical, fun activities for the child.

Labelling:

Help the child identify where things belong by labelling. Place pictures or photos on the outside of drawers and cupboards within reach. This allows for choice making, showing preferences and builds self-esteem. It also builds early math skills as s/he sorts and matches items. By labelling toy boxes, for example, tidying up becomes a fun activity whereby the toddler feels in control, responsible and capable of completing tasks

Collecting:

Make a ‘treasure basket’ of everyday school items for the child. The basket should be large enough to store a variety of items, low enough for the sitting child to reach into and strong enough to lean on. Many household items are safe for the child to play and experiment with through banging, touching, tasting.  Change the basket contents to vary experiences. Stay with the child to create a sense of security as s/he explores and to ensure safe play.  The treasure basket offers rich, sensory experiences through sight, touch, taste, smell, sound and movement. While the child investigates and explores, s/he develops concentration and learns about cause and effect.  S/he can choose to use the objects in a variety of ways learning to problem-solve while developing hand-eye co-ordination. Always bear safety in mind while choosing objects and check regularly.


 

I hope you found this week’s blog post useful. If you wish to chat to us about our school, curriculum or even just join one of our play groups, please feel free to fill in the contact form below and we shall get back to you as soon as possible.

Cheers,

Claire x