Relaxing, Calming & Stretching… Yoga

We are very lucky to have such a talented and caring team. We are constantly reflecting; looking for ways to improve and enrich the experiences the children have with us. We noticed that before lunch the children were getting a little grouchy… also lovingly known as ‘HANGRY!’ A wonderful combination of being hungry, tired and in need of a re-energise! I’m sure you can imagine the scenario! It was down to one of our wonderful team, who suggested we need to do something to calm them before lunch… read a story? Well no, we have opted for yoga and what a brilliant success it is!

What is yoga?

Yoga has three main elements: exercise, breathing and meditation! Can this really work with children as young as two? YES! Children can safely practise simple breathing exercises as long as the breath is never held. These techniques can greatly help children learn to relax, concentrate and reduce impulsiveness.

Our approach to yoga…

Our approach to our yoga session is fun, creative and stimulates the children’s imagination. We are learning many beautiful yoga postures of animals and nature based objects and will continue to develop this further. We have just had a fund-raiser and aim to purchase some relaxing music to accompany our sessions as the children are so keen to carry on.

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Benefits of yoga with such young children…

  • Builds physical strength by encouraging children to use muscles in new ways
  • Children learn how to move their bodies in different ways
  • Develops co-ordination
  • Promotes body awareness
  • Each posture builds muscular strength
  • Improves balance
  • Familiarises younger children with concepts of right and left.
  • Helps build self-esteem and confidence
  • Increases concentration and focus
  • Develops listening skills and improves concentration
  • Is calming and reduces stress
  • Leads to better health
  • Encourages children’s imagination and creativity
  • Yoga is fun

Yoga is set to stay at Kirkby on Bain Nursery and we know the children have LOVED showing their new skills off at home too! In a world full of over stimulation, I think our children will only benefit from time to relax, breathe and be still for just a few minutes. We are certainly enjoying it!  If you would like a copy of our poses and your child attends our nursery, please just ask and we’ll get them together for you to do at home.

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Music, Singing & Dancing FUN!

If you were to spend the day in our nursery, you would hear a LOT of singing, nursery rhymes, chanting and music! This is not due to  the fact that the staff team wish to be Katie Perry or next winner of ‘The Voice!’ This is in fact due to the HUGE benefits music has on our children’s development.

How does music develop the WHOLE child?

  • Musical activities develop language, listening skills, coordination, concentration, self confidence and memory.
  • Music (particularly with dancing and actions) causes the brain to grow connections across the sections; the more connections, the faster the thinking.
  • Music, singing and dancing supports social skills, respecting others and sharing.
  • Moving, rhythms, rhymes and beats can be used to reinforce learning of other important information. Tapping out the beats of words will help later on with spelling and the more nursery rhymes a young child can recite as a pre-schooler (according to much research) the better the reader and speller they will be.
  • Music and singing allows children to be creative; extending and developing ideas.
  • Music, dancing and singing is FUN and if a child is having fun, then their brain is OPEN to LEARNING!

Due to the HUGE benefits of musical activity; our children have open access to a wide range of musical instruments. They are forever creating their own ‘band’ or song.

We have real microphones available in the ‘Communication Station’ encouraging all kinds of singing and reciting!

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We have open access to a CD player and a range of music CD’s including traditional nursery rhymes, Disney, Traditional music from around the world, pop music, classical and much more.

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We sing, chant, clap, make beats and much more during our daily ‘Tiny Talk’ session. We sing during all our transitions… Action songs where we move the whole body to concentrate on making the links from one side of the brain to another. Songs and chants relating to manners, health, hygiene, tidying and emotions feature. We mustn’t forget our emphasis on traditional Nursery Rhymes and songs.

Our day is rather like a Mary Poppins musical, bursting into song at any given time and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our children LOVE singing, dancing and making music so I’m confident in the fact their little brains are developing beautifully.

Musical experiences are so easily done at home, in the car, wherever you may be and I’m sure you do this already without even thinking much about it… singing, chanting and dancing is not only FUN but also educational for your little ones. To celebrate the wonderful benefits of music, movement and singing, have a listen to this one with your little ones! I bet you’ll all be smiling (and dancing) by the end of it! 🙂

 

 

Speech and Language… how we help

This is the first blog post on our BRAND NEW Kirkby on Bain Nursery Blog; welcome! The aim of this blog is give parents/carers ideas about their child’s learning and development, whether their children attend our setting or not! As a staff team, we are passionate about providing children with the very best experiences so they achieve their potential AND do so in a fun, playful way. There is enough stress to come later on in life without piling the pressure on when they’re in the early years. That said, the early years are the foundations on which all later learning will build. Children of this age soak up new learning like little sponges, so this time is precious, valuable and should NOT be underestimated.

Communication is a HUGE concept and much more than just learning to say words. At Kirkby on Bain Nursery, we’ve had a lot of experience in supporting children with their communication development. This first post focuses on covering ways in which to encourage MORE talk and how this also links to the rest of the Early Years curriculum.  You may be thinking your child is a chatter box and doesn’t need much more encouragement to talk, however… sentence construction, tenses, questioning, answering questions, describing their knowledge, recounting past experiences, widening their vocabulary are ALL skills that ALL children need to develop every day.

Our day begins with a ‘Tiny Talk’ session that covers SO much that we will do another post about that at a later date. This post is simply about our ‘Communication Station.’

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Our ‘Communication Station’ is possibly the most popular and has the HUGEST impact on learning. Full of REAL things to encourage speech… phones, walkie talkie’s, microphones, remote controls, laptops, letter writing! It’s just FAB!

Within this station is the magical element that engages, excites and enthuses even the most reluctant of talkers… REAL STUFF!!

  • REAL phones of all shapes and sizes.
  • REAL walkie talkies.
  • REAL microphones
  • REAL laptops
  • REAL remote controls

Also within this section are pens, crayons, pencils, paper, clipboards as this is another way we can communicate and we have these resources EVERYWHERE so that all children (wherever they are playing) have access to mark making materials.

Phones: As every parent knows, children role play talking on the phone from a very young age.  They don’t even need a phone, a banana, a pencil… anything can be a phone. That said, as children get a little older, their imaginations are ignited when they see a real phone.  Having lots within our setting means the children are constantly talking. Sometimes to an imaginary person and other times to their friend sitting next to them on another phone. It’s FAB!  As well as this, they are developing listening skills, conversation skills and even number recognition. Next to our phones is a phone book. It features all the staff, their favourite characters/toys/pets and one another.  Each photo has a three digit number that they have to dial to ‘get through.’ Simple, fun, effective and not a worksheet in sight!

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Walkie Talkies: Great for those children who are role playing, going on adventures and whatever their imaginations decide. They have to listen to one another to communicate. They also require operating, pressing buttons, sliding mechanisms… all of which are skills we may take for granted but children need to experience.

Microphones: Children love to sing and the microphones enhance this massively.  Even our most reluctant of talkers can’t resist picking one up and singing a tune. Sometimes they aren’t able to use real words but hum and sing tunes they know.  Music is a HUGE part of learning; making links from one side of the brain to the other. There is something quite magical when a usually shy, reserved child picks up a microphone and starts singing their heart out!

Real laptops: Communication is also in written form and whilst we’re not writing about this today, I’m yet to see a child who doesn’t chatter as they tap away on a keyboard. A lovely role play resource and the fact it’s REAL like their parents is just magical for them. Put the laptop and a phone together and they’re transported in to the world of work!

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Remote controls: As well as enhancing role play; ‘arguing’ over the channel they want to watch, they also allow for children to talk about the ‘programme’ they’re watching, favourite characters etc. It is also amazing how suddenly a child recognises numbers when a remote control is in their hand!! TV is NOT a bad thing. Using their interest to engage and excite is a great way to develop talk. I once taught a 4 year old girl who learned to speak FLUENT English over a summer holiday from watching TV.

Hopefully, what you’ve got from this first post is that simple things can encourage  more speech and learning in SO many ways. As Bob Hoskin’s once said, ‘It’s good to talk’ so the more you can encourage this, the better!

Please do have a look through our new blog, particularly our gallery: Have a click on the photographs to see what their purpose is and what the children have access to.

Until the next blog post, please get sharing… Thank you