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      Despite the wind and snow we have made it in today to open the school. Please be very careful if you make your way in as the roads are a little treacherous and slippery. … Read More

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    Well summer has truly arrived at Monkey Puzzle. The children have been burning off lots of energy out in the playground, enjoying the time in the sunshine all with fun activities that have been planned… Read More

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    Recently I came across a brilliant blog post where the author had made some rather funky cupcake cones for a kid’s party. I thought this would be a fun activity for the children to join… Read More

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    We couldn’t resist posting this!! Its too true….  Thank you Christine for finding it for us….. ‘Twas the night before Christmas And all through the school The teachers were trying To keep their cool. The… Read More

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      Whilst scouring the web for some inspirational montessori information we came across a brilliant informational youtube video talking about the benefits of montessori. It explains the differences between a montessori classroom and the conventional… Read More

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    Easter has arrived and with it has come lots of fun and exciting things for us to do. This week each group have made their very own Easter Hats out of brilliant crafting materials. As we have all… Read More

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      As you can imagine the arrival of Christmas is on every childs mind. The christmas chocolates are in shops, the christmas adverts have begun, and the christmas play rehearsals are well under way.  We… Read More

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      Today we all took part in our Harvest Festival Assembly and had a brilliant time showing our friends the songs that we had learnt about harvest. This year we decided to raise money by… Read More

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      ONCE AGAIN IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR where we have to say goodbye to some of our friends at Monkey Puzzle. We will all hold fond memories of the years we have all… Read More

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      Now that October has rolled around and we have all settled into our new routines we have been thinking of some ideas for those dreaded healthy packed lunches. Getting that variety and choosing the… Read More

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    A couple of our preps were let loose around the playground with a camera today during the Guernsey Air Display and had a great time taking pictures of each other. We think we have a… Read More

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      Please take a note of these important dates for the coming weeks…..   World Book Day Thursday 7th March Bring your favourite book with you to read together in your class Red Nose day… Read More

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      We are in our final couple of weeks of summer scheme and each week we have had a different theme for the children to follow. This week it was the turn of animals. We… Read More

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      As many of you have noticed, there havent been many blog updates for the children and parents over the last week! I was hoping you would not miss me for the week but that one… Read More

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      It is that time of the year again when we fill your diaries with important dates… Please make sure that you have these all written down so that you do not miss out on… Read More

 

It is that time of the year again when we fill your diaries with important dates… Please make sure that you have these all written down so that you do not miss out on anything.

Monday 3rd December 10am               Dress rehearsal and filming of Nativity play for
                                                                      Citrus and Cherry tree groups only

Tuesday 4th December 10.30               Performance of “The Fairytale Land Nativity show”
                                                                      Citrus and Cherry Tree

Thursday 6th December 1.30pm          Harry Bound Room Performance “There’s something special going on”
                                                                       PREPS MULBERRY WILLOW AND APPLE groups only.

Tuesday 18th December                        Christmas Party please see posters in the class rooms

Thursday 20th December                      Term Time children last day before Christmas

Friday 21st December                             Holiday club and final day before Christmas

Thursday 3rd Jan                                    Monkey Puzzle Reopens Holiday club

Friday 4th January                                  Holiday Club

Monday 7th January                              Spring Term begins

 

Please note that this year’s Staff trip to Brighton is next weekend. A back plan is in place should we be delayed by bad weather or broken planes ! Keep your fingers crossed!

 

As you can imagine the arrival of Christmas is on every childs mind. The christmas chocolates are in shops, the christmas adverts have begun, and the christmas play rehearsals are well under way. 

We have all been talking about that dreaded christmas shopping list and how we are going to decorate our parcels this year, because of course it has to be fun and quirky and give that home grown look. Christmas is a time of arts and crafts with glitter galore and paper absolutely everywhere, so what better thing to make than a quick and easy craft that we could use for our parcel decorations this year. We came up with pom poms!!

Pom pom making is a great way to pass an afternoon by or even as a quick filler activity if you have a spare hour or so. We have come across a brilliant way of making these pom poms without having to use the usual cardboard inserts. Instead we have used a fork!!

This is a fantastic activity for the children as it is a quick task that they can fully immerse themselves in and they adore playing with them after. They even make brilliant toppings for those Christmas parcels.

So lets get started.

You will need some wool, a fork and a small pair of scissors.

  • Wrap the wool around the outside of the fork until the ball becomes quite plump.
  • Once you have finished use a shorter piece of wool to wrap between the center prongs to tie the ball nice and tight and to keep it secure.
  • Take the ball of wool off the fork and snip all the loops. Make sure that you catch all of those loops to allow for the ball to puff out properly.
  • Trim the extra long straggly bits to make your new pom pom nice, trimmed and gorgeous.

Now that you have finished your pom poms you can use them for a multitude of things. They make a great finishing touch for gift-wrapping or, combine lots together to make some funky bunting to go around the house.  Very stylish!!

 

Here at Monkey Puzzle, we love to keep the children’s’ creativity flowing by taking part in lots of arts and crafts activities centred around our current topic work. At the moment the children have been learning all about bonfire night and what the ensuing autumnal weather will bring. We have covered everything from the changes in the environment, to daylight savings time, to what animals hibernate during the winter.

Art is a very important subject for us to cover as it allows for the children to think creatively about their environment around them. It is amazing what they can make out of nothing and what a few leaves stuck onto paper with some glitter can make. Talking about their artwork helps them to become more confident in their language and to help broaden their repertoire of words.

Early Education has worded the benefits of practising art with your children perfectly so we thought that we would post their article below for you all to have a look at as well as a link to their other publications.

Happy Reading!

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Today is a big day for everyone at Nursery as we are full of sugary goodness with our bakesale to raise money for Make it Pink Day.

We have been inundated with cupcakes, tray bakes, cookies and cakes ready for us to sell to help make a few pennies for us to donate, so remember to bring those pennies along with you when you pick us up so that we can treat ourselves to something sugary.

Check out the cakes below just to help wet that appetite.

YUM!! 

 

Here at nursery we are lucky enough to get to go on lots of fun outings to learn first hand about our current topics.

This term we have been learning all about Autumn so a trip to the garden centre was on the cards for us.

We learnt all about the life cycle of a plant and the trees and happily went on a walk to see all the autumnal changes that are going on around us.

Check out the pics of our fun day out.

 

Today we all took part in our Harvest Festival Assembly and had a brilliant time showing our friends the songs that we had learnt about harvest.

This year we decided to raise money by emptying our pockets of loose change and donating it to the Salvation Army for them to help buy their Christmas food for the elderly. We are very proud to say that we managed to raise a whopping £335.00!!!!

Check out our photos to see what we did with all this change…

 

Now that October has rolled around and we have all settled into our new routines we have been thinking of some ideas for those dreaded healthy packed lunches. Getting that variety and choosing the healthy options as well as picking foods that we know our children like is hard but it is not an impossible task. We have been scouring the internet for fun and exciting ideas for what we consider fantastic lunch boxes. The finds we have stumbled across are amazing with parents doing everything from popping stickers on their foods, to adding a quirky treat, to using cookie cutters to make the food look more appealing.

According to the NHS a healthy balanced pack lunch should contain

  • Starchy foods such as bread, rice, pasta and potatoes.
  • Protein foods such as meat, eggs, beans and others.
  • A dairy item such as cheese or yoghurt.
  • Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit.

Starchy foods are a great source of energy allowing the children to keep going thought out the school day. Instead of using sandwiches, why not try mini bagels, pitta breads or wraps or just change up your white bread to using whole meal.  Extra yummy!

Children are often fans of food that they can pick up and eat with their fingers so add in a few finger foods such as chopped up veggies with some hummus or breadsticks with low fat soft cheese.

We have come across a brilliant blog by this lady who thinks of some pretty inventive lunch boxes to keep her children on their toes… Check it out at the link below.

http://www.meetthedubiens.com/2011/09/lunch-box-ideas-and-bentos.html

Here are a couple of examples of her bento box lunches…