At this hectic time of the year, we have complied a list of TOP 5 Presents for Teachers to ease the decision making process and stress of picking a present for your child’s amazing teacher.

We have 4 Early Years Teachers at our setting. Kylie and Dani have been primary school teachers millions of years, and Debbie was an FE teacher in her previous life. So we’ve got the inside scoop on this year’s present ideas.

  1. Alcohol – always a safe bet. I’m going to say that most teachers are drinkers! If you can be bold and ask the teacher what they drink, then you’re safe, or you can see if other parents on the playground know the teacher’s drinking choices. Generally wine is a safe bet. Even if they’re not wine drinkers, they’ll be going to a Christmas event where they can take your bottle to share with the hosts. 
  2. Personalised Gifts – these are always the most sentimental. A parent that takes the time to order you a personalised gift online is someone who appreciates what you do for their child. Nice personalised gift ideas are: tote bags; mugs; baubles for the Christmas tree; and pens. There are lots of websites where personalised items are not expensive ( https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/themes/thank-you-gifts-for-teachers ) 
  3. Candles – These come in all different sizes, smells and price ranges. A great idea for these cold, long, winter nights. A nice smelling candle is always a welcome gift. They range in cost to suit any budget.
  4. Plants – Small window sill plants are a beautiful and bright addition to any home. I still have plants given to me from my students from years ago. Something low maintenance and hard to kill would be best! 
  5. Geek/Nerd/Specialist Subject present – Last year for Christmas Debbie gave me a flint, thermos mug, thermal beanie. All things to use in the forest. I loved the flint! I started mini fires all Christmas day! Specialist subject presents are meaningful as well as useful for the teacher. Specialist teachers love their chosen subjects, so obviously they’re going to love specialist geek presents that match their subject knowledge.

Ok, so that’s our Top 5 Teacher Present Ideas for 2018. 
Obviously teacher’s don’t expect presents. We certainly don’t. Don’t feel the pressure to buy anything if you don’t want to, or can’t afford the luxury. 
This list was just an idea from some teachers to help you decide if you wish you buy something.

http://www.itv.com/news/2018-10-02/kate-joins-youngsters-on-bug-hunt-at-forest-school

Here is a lovely piece about a Forest School in London getting a visit from Princess Kate. She talks about how she hunts for bugs for hours in her garden at home with her children.

I think it’s important for Forest Schools to get the recognition they deserve, and I love how Kate mucked in to help the children. No job is too mucky!!

It’s no secret that we love our Theorists. Here is a BRILLIANT video about Piaget and how children’s brain and language develops.

We have a few children that call us all ‘Mum’. They have learnt that the woman in their life is called ‘Mum’, so they call all women in their lives Mum. This is how they’re assimilating new information, but they need to accommodate this new information instead. We need to recast the correct word/name back to the child so that they can learn new words.

One of my Key Children called me ‘Mum’ for months, I would answer, but say ‘Kylie’ and point to myself before I helped him.

Instead of using baby talk or baby words, use proper language as this is a better model of what is expected of a fluent talker.

The Indoor Generation


Have you seen this video doing the rounds on social media this week?
I saw it last night and I was devastated by it. The shocking truth made me upset by the amount of time we all spend inside.
But then I looked at what we’re doing in our nursery. The fact that we’re outside for 3 hours every morning all year round, and we’re looking to extend those hours. 
It makes me excited to know that the children in our nursery are hopefully going to break this cycle.

Please take the time to watch this video.

The Indoor Generation

 

 

Writing with sticks in the snow

It was a snowy day today! We used that opportunity to expand our children’s experience through writing and painting in the snow. Kids loved this play-based activity and I really enjoyed watching them having fun and being creative.  

Later on today, I read this articleabout Ofsted’s focus on the academic side of education rather than a child led, play-centered approach. 

Here at Wild Adventurers we absolutely believe in the power of child-led play, and children having the freedom to explore and create their own play, greatly outweighs sitting down and doing something someone has printed off a teaching website. 

What do you think about the article? Should we be doing Phase 2 phonics in nursery? Should we be teaching specific academic things, rather than focusing on the whole child and their characteristics of effective learning?

I definitely know where I stand!
Kylie

 

 

What Is Forest School?

Our first ever blog post should be about what Forest School actually is… 
Here is thelinkto the official Forest School website on ‘What Forest School Is, The Misconceptions, The Benefits, The Learning Process, and the Research that backs it up.

http://www.forestschooltraining.co.uk/forest-school/what-is-forest-school/

When Debbie first told me that she was going to turn us into a Forest School, my initial reaction was ‘oh here we go – another fad, hippy concept that we’re going to try out and force the children to endure’. I wasn’t looking forward to being outside in the cold, snow, rain, and wind. Our first ever lesson – was cold and rained the entire time. I hadn’t had the chance to buy appropriate clothing or shoes, so I was wet, my feet were wet and it was really muddy. I don’t remember what activities we did, but it involved fairies and it was wet! That night I went to the outdoor shop and purchased wellies, waterproof trousers and an amazing lined, waterproof jacket! Well, it didn’t rain again for weeks and weeks, but I was much happier knowing that I was prepared. 

The children loved it. No matter what the weather, they wanted to be out. We only had a few participating in the activities to begin with – but slowly and surely they all began to join in. After a few months it became the norm. They were getting faster at getting into their outdoor clothing and they were getting used to falling over outside and creating games for themselves to play using the mud and sticks. I’ve honestly never ever seen learning like it, children who weren’t confident inside the nursery building were speaking in front of the whole group outside. Children were given control over their own learning and flourished. So after 12 months of doing one morning a week – this school year we’ve decided to up it to 3 mornings a week. Debbie has completed her Level 3 Forest School Practitioner training, so we’ve moved on to having a real fire and having the children cooking over it. 
I couldn’t be happier with our setup and the children that have just started coming this school year are finally starting to settle into the routine of getting themselves dressed and undressed, knowing the boundaries in the forest and participating in the forest school experiences that we set up.

Kylie

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