Understanding the World

Making the most of the daily walk with your young children

Now that we're all having to settle into a very different daily routine it means that we, like most grandparents, cannot spend time with our granddaughter.  So instead of describing activities that I've done with Daisy I'd like to share some of my ideas that Daisy's parents are using at home with Daisy.  I hope… Continue reading Making the most of the daily walk with your young children

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Sharing and Learning from what happens in Autumn

We adults are familiar with the sequence of the seasons and the gradual changes that take place in nature during autumn. As part of beginning to understand the world around her (part of the Early Years curriculum), this year we've started to talk to Daisy about the way trees change in autumn, and to observe… Continue reading Sharing and Learning from what happens in Autumn

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The National Children’s Gardening Week: gardening with pre-school children

"What doing Grandpa?" "I'm going to put some plants in the garden." "My help?" (Daisy's preferred personal pronoun is 'my', as in "my do it") Daisy squatted down next to her Grandpa and while he sorted out the small geranium plants; Daisy grabbed Grandpa's trowel and started to randomly dig in the soil. It didn't… Continue reading The National Children’s Gardening Week: gardening with pre-school children

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How small world animals can inspire early role play

I'm sitting on the dayroom floor playing with Daisy and we are surrounded by her array of small world animals.  I can see a variety of animals from her wild animal collection and her Happyland sets that she's had for nearly a year.  Daisy regularly plays with them in different scenarios including hiding them in… Continue reading How small world animals can inspire early role play

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What to look for in Autumn; a guest blog by Grandpa Smith

Autumn is Grandpa's favourite season so I've invited him to write this - Daisy may be too young to understand the turning of the seasons but she’s not too young to savour the assault on the senses presented by the arrival of Autumn. It is the most sensory of the seasons providing stimulation colour and… Continue reading What to look for in Autumn; a guest blog by Grandpa Smith

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Drop Plop Slosh: the security to explore.

In the car as we drove towards the beach I heard Daisy say to her favourite doll, "Look Baby, look! Water!" Daisy had never been to a sandy beach before so I had that deep warm awareness that I was going to experience our granddaughter seeing the sea for the first time. Our granddaughter is… Continue reading Drop Plop Slosh: the security to explore.

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Discovering insects and other minibeasts

Daisy's interest in minibeasts recently started with a worm, wriggling across the palm of her hand. We'd spotted the worm while Daisy was exploring the compost in the garden.   When we're outside with Daisy we often try to spot the wildlife in the garden and gradually we've been able to show her a butterfly… Continue reading Discovering insects and other minibeasts