67 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland

September in full swing.

September in full swing.

We are all very busy in Hedley Park Nursery these days. Everyone is in full on work mode and the buzz in the classrooms is fantastic.

Our Asia project is taking shape and thanks to an artistic friend we drew a fantastic map of Continental Asia.  Monday morning we all gathered round to wax crayon in the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the south and the Arctic Ocean in the North. Then painting smocks were donned and together we painted the continent its unique yellow colour.

In Montessori all continents have a colour, and yellow represents Asia. This helps the child connect all the various images and cultural items, books and most importantly the map jigsaw together. Giving the child a linked and unified perspective on each continent and a clear path for later recollection.

Each Thursday the junior and senior classes in the nursery join together for a cookery class. We try to alternate between sweet and savoury, always healthy, fresh and most of all fun! Everyone puts on their chefs hats and washes their hands as every child is encouraged to participate. Last week we voted on Jam Tarts! This is a great store-room treat, with lots of manipulative fun from rolling and cutting the pastry.

First we made the pastry, sieving and weighing are key skills.

Then we greased the tins, little fingers love the minute of these tasks.

Lots of rolling pins were ready once the pastry set.

After the rolling we used the pastry cutter – hours at the playdough table coming in handy here.

And finally spooning the jams and getting a teacher to help us put the tarts in the oven!

Yum Yum! We needed no help eating our jammy creations later on.

This Thursday we hope to try our hand at sushi! It will be great to make our own lunch, and try out new flavours. Hopefully our budding chefs will go easy on the wasabi.

In the senior class our special sound – C is coming along nicely too! We have our tray choc-a-block with Clocks, Cars, Caterpillars, Cows, and Cats! There is still time to bring your special C to class!

Check out our C board.

On that note see you all soon for more Nursery News!

From all the staff & pupils in the “little school”


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