Monthly Archives: April 2017
Learning how to use scissors in early years can be engaging, fun and most importantly a fundamental part of a child's development.
Whilst you scour the internet for teaching ideas and activities to help children with their learning and development, scissor cutting may not be the first thing you think of. However, looking for activities which would teach your child to zip their coat up, catch a ball and in the future even help them learn to drive, well, suddenly activities encouraging this seem a lot more interesting.
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Early Years Development
The EYFS explains that when guiding children through nursery, preschool and reception, the professionals must incorporate these areas:
- COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE
- UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
- ART AND DESIGN.
As a supplier of early years art supplies, we understand how important it is that our supplies help support your work in these areas.
Getting children to use scissors allows them to build up tiny muscles in their hands because they will need to continually open and close their hands to grip. Gripping a pen to write may become easier, and gripping a paintbrush to paint may seem more fun.
A child will also need to hold paper with one hand and cut with the other, which introduces some bilateral co-ordination. This is where each hand needs to do something different at the same time. Can’t think where this could be useful? Try zipping up a coat without some bilateral co-ordination. It also enhances hand-eye co-ordination (helping in P.E to catch that ball I spoke about earlier).
If your child is not ready for scissors, you can get them to tear pieces of paper. If they are not ready to cut paper, children can cut playdough or foam. Using tools or hands to manoeuvre a piece of paper or play dough can help children to understand the way things work a little more, and is a step further into understanding the world.
In the next few articles we will talk about the different tools and scissors available from us and some ideas on how to use them.
Think about all the things you do in your day to life and how many of them involve using your hands and their muscles in a co-ordinated way and suddenly getting children to play with scissors doesn’t sound so silly…
May is here, the years seems to be going so fast! May marks the start of Spring and the lead up to summer. This month we celebrate National Cycling/ Walking month and the end of WW ll
We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!
This month is very busy and is full of great and informative holidays!
1st May Mayday is celebrated as the start of spring and the coming of summer and is celebrated between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. The festivities include things like, morris dancing, crowning a 'May Queen, cake and the traditional May Pole dance. www.maypoledance.com
National Walking/ Cycling Month
1st-31st May National Walking Month is an initiative to get people walking. It is said that we now walk less than we did 20 years ago. So to combat pollution, congestion and many other nasty things National Walking month encourages people to go for a stroll. This year Living Streets say you should take photos and 'Rate Your Walk' http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/
Local Community History Month
1st - 31st May The aim of the month is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate.
Activities happen across the UK and include trips, library exhibitions and local lectures. It is a great way for groups to highlight local history and for local people to get involved. See what is happening in your area via the History.org.uk website.
www.history.org.uk School Headteachers Day 1st of May
Headteachers have a tough job.They have to please a lot of people and that can be hard! So the 1st of May is a day to appreciate your Headteacher and everything they do! We found 17 headteachers appreciation ideas which are perfect to do if you fancy getting crafty!
International Firefighters day 4th of May Firefighters day is a day when the world comes together in recognition of the hard work and commitment made by Firefighters every day! On this day we also come together and thank past and present firefighters for their contributions. http://www.firefightersday.org/
Cinco de Mayo
5th May On May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army overpowered the French at the Battle of Puebla regardless of the fact they had HALF the man power! This played a massive part in stopping future European Countries from invading any of the America's. www.History.com
8th May Victory in Europe Day commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. It is the day that marks the formal acceptance of the Nazi regime's surrender ending WW ll. www.BritishLegion.org.uk
World Red Cross Day/ World Red Crescent Day
8th May The Red Cross provides disaster relief all over the world on a simply benevolent basis. World Red Cross Day remembers and recognises the efforts of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. www.RedCross.org.uk
International Nurses Day
12th May International Nurse Day is celebrated on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, in recognition of all the important work nurses do. There are over 690,000 nurses and midwives working in the UK! www.england.nhs.UK Limerick Day 12th May A limerick is a 5 line poem with the rhyming scheme aabba. This form of poetry was made popular by Edward Lear! https://www.brownielocks.com/kidlimericks.html Fairtrade Day 13th May Agents for Change across five continents will join hand in hand for Fair Trade and the Planet to celebrate World fair Trade Day. Fair traders in the supply chain, joined by consumers, policy makers and advocates, will form human chains in their celebrations to mark their commitment to Fair Trade and the Planet, our route to sustainable development. http://wfto.com/events/world-fair-trade-day-2017 Walk to School Week 15th-19th May This week is there to encourage children to start walking to school! We know how good it is to get outside and go for a walk and what a better way to do that than on your way to school! https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/walk-to-school-week Deaf Awareness Week 15th - 21st May Awareness Week - Deaf Awareness Week is when everyone comes together to recognise the different ways in which deaf people struggle through and then overcome everyday tasks www.deafcouncil.org.uk or www.ndcs.org.uk Amnesty International Day 28th May This is a day to recognise the need to protect human rights around the world. Celebrate Amnesty International day learning more about human rights, how to become more active in human rights causes and write to your politician on human rights issues. www.amnesty.org.uk Spring Bank Holiday 29th May This is a day of for people all around the United Kingdom from work and school