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Exploring Root Ginger

Today we explored root ginger, it was wrapped up in red tissue paper. #ld tried to open the package and couldn’t, I said, “How could you open it, what could you use?” #ld replied, “Scissors,” I say and “What will you do with the scissors?” #ld says, “Snip, snip, snip.” I suggest going to get some, so he walks over to where the scissors are kept. Mrs Riddell gives him a pair of scissors and he brings them over to the mat – carrying them sensibly and safely. He used the scissors to try and cut the paper, when he was unable to cut the paper, he passed the scissors to his friend saying, “‘Ere are.” (PSED, SCSA, +22-36 months, CL, S, -22-36 months, PD, MH, +22-36 months.)

#lha then cut a hole in the paper. (PD, MH, -30-50 months).

#ld holds a small piece of ginger in his hand and Mrs Riddell shows the children how to peel the ginger using a spoon.

#ld says, “Wet. Little one.”

The children spent time smelling the ginger.

Afternoon Pre-Nursery also examined ginger; #erc said the package was, “It’s a present for Santa.” I say, “I wonder what it is.” #erc tells me, “It’s for Santa’s birds. CL, S, +22-36 months.

As the children explore the ginger and learn how to peel it with a spoon, #srw says, “More, I like it.” (CL, S, =22-36 months).

#erc says, “I don’t like it.” (CL, S, =22-36 months).

#alr says, “Smell nice.” (CL, S, -22-36 months).

#alr, #ane, #srw, #ec, and #erc – PD, MH, +22-36 months

The Little Red Hen

For the next two weeks Pre-Nursery will be focusing on the traditional tale, ‘The Little Red Hen.’

Today we talked about the front cover.

I ask, “What can you see? What do you think this story could be about?”

#ld said, “Chicken.” #sh pointed to the hens head and said, “Red.”

I continue, “Where is the chicken, what room is the hen in?” I give the children time to think and respond but they stayed quiet. I say, “I can see a kettle, I can see an oven; what room do we have those in?” I waited again – allowing the children to think about my questions – but they remained quiet so I ask, “Where do we cook?”

#sh says “Kitchen.” I say, “That’s right we cook in the kitchen. I wonder what the hen is making.” #sh says, “Porridge” and #ld suggests a “Cookie” – this is excellent critical thinking. Mrs Riddell suggested that the hen might be baking bread.

Mrs Riddell begins to read the story and #ld repeats the word, “Wheat” and then says, “Woof, woof, woof” when Mrs Riddell points to the illustration of the dog. #sh and #ld point to the cat in the book and say, “Cat.”

One of the illustrations shows the hen digging and there are beads of sweat coming from her head, #sh suggest that the hen is, “Crying.” I say, “I see why you think the hen is crying, those drops look like tears, but look, she’s digging, she’s working very hard, I think she is sweating. Those droplets are beads of sweat because she is digging.” #ld says, “Dig, spade.”

When we look at the illustration of the hen cutting the wheat, #ld says, “Tall, cutting.” He then touches the illustration of the hen taking the bread from the oven, he says, “OW!” I ask, “What happened?” #sh answers, “It’s hot.”

The final page of the story depicts the hen eating the bread, #sh says, “Yummy, nom, nom, nom.”

We have a farm as our small world to support the children’s learning alongside this story.