Nursery Blether Time Log – Newest first:
Blether Time Monday 19th March
This week at Blether Time we were talking about initial sounds and alliteration. Our focus was to identify words that begin with the same letter/sound. We started the session by chatting about tougue twisters such as “Peter Piper” and “She Sells Sea Shells”. We then read ABC by Dr Seuss and the children really enjoyed hearing all the silly words. There were lots of giggles today! We then played a game where the children had to identify the correct picture to the initial sound given to them. At the end of the session everyone was given their own name tougue twister to take home and share with their families.
Blether Time Monday 12th March 2018
Today we started Block 3 of Blether Time. This weeks focus was identifying rhyming words. We talked about words that rhyme and read Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson to help us think about rhymes and listen to how they sound together. Bonnie then had a card game for us to play where you had to find the rhyming word to match the main picture and then put your name peg on it. The children participated very well today, especially waiting their turn and not shouting out the answer for someone else. Well done…….everyone!
Monday 26th February 2018
Our focus at Blether Time this week was “to correctly use new and interesting words in our vocabulary” Our story today was “Join in and Play” and we talked about what we can do to join in and make new friends. The new interesting words in the story were “cooperation” and “respect” and we chatted as a group about what these mean and what these look like. Everyone then drew a picture of themselves playing with a friend in our floor book.
Monday 19th February
Our focus this week at Blether time was “I can ask questions, I can give an appropriate answer and I can make a statement”. Bonnie had put a selection of different objects inside a bag for a guessing game. Everyone took turns to choose something and the others had to turn away, not peek and could only ask questions to find out what the object was. With some initial support the children were able to ask questions like” Is it soft?, Where do you find it? What shape is it? or Can you eat it? and we soon discovered the best question was ” What does it do? or “How do you use it?” As it was Pancake day during the holiday week we finished the session by reading “Mr Wolf’s Pancakes” by Jan Fearnley and chatted about our favourite pancake toppings!
Monday 5th February 2018
This week in Blether Time our focus was “What does good listening look like?” Everyone took turns to remember Bonnie’s Golden rules and we played a game called Animal Soundtrack. The children had to listen carefully to the animal sound on the tape and match this to the pictures on their card. Some animals were definitely easier than others!! We then read Alfie and the Big Boys by Shirley Hughes and talked about how Alfie’s good listening skills helped him to help one of the big boys and make a new friend. The children showed a good understanding and recall of the Golden Rules and were able to correctly identify many of the animal noises. Well done everyone!
Monday 29th January 2018
This week in Blether Time we had fun with some action songs! Bonnie had a special rhyme and action song book to show us and the children took turns to pick out an action song to do from Bonnie’s basket. Our focus was active participation within a group and everyone managed that very well!
Monday 22nd January 2018
This week we started Groups 3 and 4 in Block 2 of Blether Time and Bonnie had some different things for us to think about. Bonnie had brought two books to show us, a fiction story book called Owl Babies and a non-fiction book called Tawny Owls. Our focus was to identify some of the differences between them. As a group we discussed that non-fiction books are different because they have titles which tell us what the book is about, use photographs instead of drawings for pictures and they also have a contents page at the front. We also chatted about the way non-fiction books were a good way of finding out true facts and information. We found out a baby owl is called an “owlet”, it’s claws are called “talons” and after the owl has eaten a whole mouse it sicks up what’s left and that’s called a “pellet” – very yucky! Well done on some great listening everyone!
Monday 9th January 2018
This week at Blether Time Bonnie Badger wished us a Happy New Year and we took turns to talk and listen and share with the group the favourite thing we each did during the Christmas holidays. Everyone then drew a picture of their favourite thing. Our literacy focus this week was “to correctly use new and interesting words” and our story was “Cubs first Winter”. Some of the animals in the story went to sleep in the Winter and our interesting word was “hibernation”.
Monday 18th December
Our focus this week at Blether time was “I can ask questions, I can give an appropriate answer and I can make a statement”. Bonnie had borrowed one of Santa’s sacks and put some household objects inside for a guessing game. Everyone took turns to choose something and the others had to turn away, not peek and could only ask questions to find out what the object was. With some initial support the children were able to ask questions like” Is it soft?, Where do you find it? or Can you eat it? and we soon discovered the best question was ” What does it do? or “How do you use it?” The children concentrated and participated well and with some initial support were able to make clear answers and statements in reply to the questions. We finished the session by reading Santa is coming to Edinburgh. Merry Christmas everyone!
Monday 4th Dec
This week at Blether Time our focus was “What does good listening look like?” and “I can remember and explain the golden rules” We started the session by chatting about these and the children were able to remember the golden rules and demonstrate some good listening while listening to this week’s story “Stick Man”. After the story we used sticks and ribbons to make our very own Stick Man story stick. We talked about what happened in the the story and the children were able to re-tell parts of the story, adding a different ribbon for each character Stick Man meets.
Monday 20th November
Tuesday 14th November
We had a second session of Blether Time this week and this time Bonnie asked the children to play pass the parcel with a bag full of animal toys. Our focus was following instructions. Everyone had to listen carefully and wait their turn. The children picked an animal out of the bag and we all clapped out the animal name and had fun making the animal noises. We then used the animals to play an “in, on and under” game with coloured containers. We finished the session by reading Harry and the Dinosaurs Play Hide and Seek where the dinosaurs were also hiding in, behind and under different objects.
Monday 13th November
Today at Blether Time we used Emotion Spoons to think about different feelings. The children took turns to act out that feeling and tell the group about a time when they felt that way and our focus was to speak in full sentences. It was good fun trying out our acting skills and everyone tried really hard. We read the story Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and this also gave us the chance to think about how each of the characters were feeling and why at different parts of the story.
Monday 6th Nov
This week in Blether Time we read ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. Our focus was “Engagement with a Text” and the children did this by re-telling the story using stick puppets. Everyone took turns to pick a puppet from Bonnie’s bag and enjoyed acting out the story. We ended our session by singing “We are rolling like a Pumpkin down the Hill” and “Incy Wincy Spider”
Tuesday 24th October
This week in Blether Time we were thinking about what makes a good friend. Our focus was “Taking Turns” and the children practised their good listening, looking and sitting skills by taking turns to say what they thought made a good friend. The children then drew a picture of themselves with a friend and took turns to tell the group about their picture. Today our story was “Alfie Gives a Hand” by Shirley Hughes and we ended our session with a game of “Ring-o-Roses” just like Alfie and his friends did!