A sunny March saw the pre-schoolers out and about. PE sessions were held outside, the children went out to Kings Meadow and as Easter approached there was an Allsorts Egg Hunt in the village. With Mothers Day, Easter, and St Georges Day there was more than ever to celebrate and the children were kept busy making things. They made vases with daffodils inside, cards for their Mums, and their own shields for St Georgeís Day.
But it was not sunny every day, and by the time April came around, it was not sunny any day. The canopy kept them dry in the decking area where they enjoyed getting messy for their sensory skills session. This involved squishing and mixing such things as jelly and spaghetti. Indoors, the fun continued with Show-and-Tell, which is now very popular. Brightwell School is delighted that the pre-schoolers already feel so confident giving speeches. As April became wetter and wetter, things just got better and better. New waterproof clothes meant the kids could be out in all weathers and they were, making the school children laugh as they jumped in puddle after puddle (for photos see http://www.allsorts.org/). In fact perhaps water was the unofficial theme for April as they also visited Henley River and Rowing Museum. It had rained so much by then that they could have almost gone there by boat from the pre-school, especially as rowing was practised during PE in preparation for this summerís Olympic Games. The theme of the Olympics was picked up at another PE session where the children dressed in their favourite sports outfits to jump around and imagine future glories.
We are sad to say that Lisa McIntyre has resigned from her role of play assistant because of family commitments. We welcome two new members of staff, Karen O'Hanlon and Sarah Stephenson, who are making a wonderful addition to a fantastic team. Please note that Pre-School is now full but places will be available from September with children aged 2+ welcome.
Are you a villager keen to help the development of the next generation ? The pre-school can offer you the opportunity to contribute to play sessions on a regular basis. If you can hold, for example, a cookery or book reading session, or even share a skill with the children, please call 01491 826387.
Finally, the pre-school needs to replace the PC in the playroom. If anybody has recently replaced their computer, the donation of the old one would be gratefully received.
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