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Rob6692 last won the day on June 11 2015

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  1. Glitter Ban

    The shcool my mum teaches at recently banned glitter too, for the same reasons. I hadn't thought of it either to be honest, and can't say I use glitter more than a couple fo times a year, but I definitely won't include it on any of my future planning. That being said, I haven't brought it up with my manager (yet)
  2. Off the top of my head, only the Bear Hunt and the Leaf Hunt, but I found a list here: https://www.librarything.com/tag/positional+words
  3. Hello all, I am so sorry I did not get back to this, I got a little bogged down in work and it slipped by. This is the first time I have logged in since my last comment on this thread! In compensaiton, I have attached a few activities plans for books I have used - I hope they are of use to someone. I ended up going with Monkey Puzzle, which was a huge success! I got the children to act out each animal we found (stomping aorund like a big elephant, flying like a bat etc.) which added great entertainment and kept a large group engaged, whilst also drawing in others I also led an activity for the Leaf Hunt (thank you panders!). I changed from my plan a little, sending children on a hunt for different coloured leaves after each obstacle (e.g. everyone find a green leaf!). The Little Red Hen is a bonus one for you all that I did during harvest. NHN Activity Plan (Leaf Hunt).docx NHN Activity Plan (Monkey Puzzle).docx NHN Activity Plan (Little Red Hen).docx
  4. Thanks guys! Leaf Hunt - that could work well, but I fear it's a little too similar to the Bear hunt. I'll have a look at the setting's copy when I get a chance and see how I could do it (I can't remember it if I'm honest!) Stick Man - just read through my copy and I think it would work with children acting as each of the animals/people who take him and then do is says in the book (throw him in a 'river' etc.), but I'm not sure how I could effectively do the latter half? Shhh - I'm unfamiliar with this book so I'll have to check if we have a copy! Picnic - Another I'm unfamiliar with! 3 Little Pigs - ah yes of course! I could definitely work this one! Red Riding Hood - this one too, depending on which copy we have but I'm also not sure if there's too much the children could really do? I've also thought of Monkey Puzzle and someone has mention Zog but I don't have a copy to hand and can't quite remember what his tasks were I'd quite like some less familiar ones (ironic, since I've noted a couple above I don't know) so the children a bit more awe, fascination, and curiosity, but will know the story well by the end of the week.
  5. Hello all, I'm planning for our setting's outdoor environment and would like to lead an activity based on a storybook. I can only think of two suitable storybooks, The Gruffalo and We're Going on a Bear Hunt, but we have used those books already recently and I want to try something new. Does anyone have any suggestions? We are very lucky in our setting and therefore space and resources should not be a problem. Thank you!
  6. Hello all, Thank you so much Rebecca and the rest of the FSF team for giving me the opportunity to share my experiences, I hope readers enjoy my story and find the research topic as interesting I do! If anyone has any questions or would like further information on anything, post on here and I'll get back to you as soon as I can! Thank again, Rob
  7. Research question: From Good to Outstanding and beyond.

    I've opened it up and started but it seems it will take longer than I'd expected so I'll finish it and send it over as soon as I get the chance, probably at the weekend
  8. In all honesty, since it's an informal task and you only need some basic information, I would probably just look on Wikipedia. It will be much quicker and give you all the basics, from which you can go into more depth in the future when you want or need to. Use the grid as a sort of reference frame in the future, giving you an idea of what to look for in future assignments ... for example, if you're ever interested in or required to find out about language acquisition and language development, you'll see from your completed list that Chomsky is a pioneer in the field and you should look at his works
  9. Very low temperature in nursery

    In the setting I work the two rooms with older children in (2.5-5 years) have continued to free-flow inside and outside. As long as everyone is suitably dressed, there is no problem. That being said, I don't envy them much! As for that video BroadOaks, I think I would have to pass too! I don't mind getting my swimming shorts out, and the children I am sure are having a wonderful time, but I would rather not subject myself to those temperatures regardless!
  10. Babies remember their birth language

    yeah - they use rhythm, pitch, and melody to distinguish between the sounds they hear and are able to use this information to classify languages into broad classes as well as generally decipher the language. But they soon become enculturated by their native language and start to give more attention to the types of sounds that are more common in the language they're learning - this results in losing some of their earlier abilities, since they're no longer necessary Fascinating article by the way!
  11. Silent attentive sitting

    I lead a few guided meditations last year at a summer camp with some slightly older children (6-8) at bed time to help them relax and explore their imaginations and minds, as well as for a bit of fun. It worked really well and even the most fidgety children fell asleep much sooner than normal. I can't quite remember what I used, but I searched for guided meditation scripts online, read a few, and then made it up as I went along with what I had read as a backbone. I hope this helps
  12. dissertation help!

    I handed in a dissertation earlier this year based, in part, on communication and language, though I was fortunate enough to already know my focus. Here is the abstract for anyone who's interested (skip next paragraph if you just want to see my recommendations): Music and language are inseparably correlated in infants’ social and cognitive development. Considerable amounts of time and resources have been given to understanding this relationship and what it may mean. Care settings therefore implement music for a variety of observed benefits and educationalists recommend its use in pedagogy, yet little is known about the role music plays in infants’ home lives or how main carers use it in everyday parenting. This thesis explores the aforementioned under-researched topic via six semi-structured interviews with the main carers of infants aged between six and ten months. Thematic analysis highlighted the natural ways in which mothers parent through music to regulate their infants’ emotions, give insight into their infants’ native language, and provide stimulating environments through song and sound. Limitations of the study and potential modifications have been acknowledged, and some recommendations for future research and practice have been made. My recommendation really is, if you have time, wait until something ignites your enthusiasm - it will be vastly more enjoyable, easier, and better conducted if you're writing about something you're passionate about. Go on your university online library and read the abstracts of some articles on C&L, if you find one interesting read more of the paper, such as the discussion and conclusion. Search for what caught your attention and continue the process until you have a definitive subject area. I'd also make notes as you do this since there is honestly, and I speak from experience, nothing worse than remembering a quote or idea but having no idea where it came from, rendering it useless for your thesis.
  13. Love bites....visible ?

    Politely ask for the marks to be covered, either with makeup or clothing. Check your policy to see if it says anything about maintaining smart/appropriate appearances or something similar, it it's vague enough you could use it
  14. If we're throwing out musical songs for activities, I would like to recommend Peer Gynt 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'. You'll probably recognize it when you hear it, but essentially the tempo and timbre changes as the speed gradually increases and more instruments are used. Young children and infants are particularly attentive to timbre and tempo. But anyway, play that and encourage them to move around the room in the same direction (garden might be better) in time to the beat, steadily speeding up as the tempo increases. Towards the end the music breaks a few times, at which point the children could stop each time. Whatever you think might work best and it may take a few tries to get used to, but it should be a really fun and beneficial activity!
  15. Home Visits - Would you go alone?

    That's certainly true but, off the record, you can learn a lot about a child's life by visiting their home. It can give great insight into the child's world