Welcome to the Ruby & Pearl Classes. This is our first experience
of PreSchool and so some of us may take a little time to settle
in and get used to being away from our Mummies and Daddies.
Our teacher finds that by staggering the times at which we
start on our first morning she is given an opportunity to
meet our parents and settle each one of us in individually.
The majority of us are still wearing nappies, and both
classrooms have their own bathroom and changing facilities. Our teacher
says that when Mums feel that the time is right to start our
toilet training, her staff will be pleased to offer any help
and assistance they can.
When we have all arrived at school and played with all the
toys until everyone is settled in, we go outside and enjoy
playing on the bikes, slides and garden toys for about 20
minutes. We also have our own shaded play area to play in
when it is raining or too hot to go in the garden, and we
also use this area for sand and water play.
After playtime, we wash our hands and go back
to the classroom where we enjoy lots of painting, sticking
and colouring, and fun pastimes such as play-doh, threading,
puzzles and shape sorting toys. We also enjoy learning numbers
with our finger rhymes. After our picnic at about ten o'clock
we have another outdoor play, then continue our crafts and
activities. Our day ends with a short story, and sing-a-longs
to our favourite nursery rhymes.
The Ruby and Pearl Classes have an average of 22 children a day, aged between
21 months and 2 and a half years old. As well as myself there
are 5 assistants in this class, giving an adult:child ratio
of around 1:4. The emphasis in this class is on social skills and
language development, and once the children are happily settled
in we encourage them to share toys and develop friendships.
Lots of creative activities are practised introducing texture
and colours, as well as basic shapes and numbers 1 to 5. We
work on a different theme, such as 'animals' or 'colours',
each term, and this helps the children to develop their vocabulary.