Nursery White Christmas Remembered….

As promised in our last post here’s  a quick recap of what the nursery got up to in the run up to Christmas.  I have to say the pre-Christmas season literally flew at Santa’s sleigh speeds this year,  but our students packed more activities in each day than the elves who load up Santa’s presents!

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The Junior class got the ball rolling with their seasonal tree display.

Winter Tree

Teaching history in the 2-6 age group begins with simple concepts such as what happens in a childs day, the concepts of morning, afternoon, evening and night,  days of the week and of course the seasons.  The seasonal tree takes a prominent place in classroom for discussion and observation with the children.

P-p-p-pick up our penguins!

Continuing on their Antarctic journey the junior students learned about the penguin in circle time, creating penguin art and learning their poem about  Playful Penguins!

Playful Penguin Poetry!

In the Senior class we were busy too, decorating our class for the festive season, making Christmas cards and decorations for home and lots of singing! 🙂

Christmas Cards and Paperchains.

Arts and Crafts are important in the 2-6 age group, creating things to take

Busy making garlands.

home and learning to express ourselves artistically gives the children a confidence in their abilities alongside having great things to take home to treasure. The skills involved in cutting, sticking, stapling, glueing, painting and colouring all develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. The sense of accomplishment in the finished product encourages children to complete the projects they start, these are many of the building blocks to the competent learner and member of society.

Some examples of what we were doing

Advent Wall

Christmas Weaths

Christmas Angels

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course the seasonal theme didn’t end with arts and crafts or music, we began our Christmas counting.

Christmas Counting stage 1

Much like our Halloween counting we had a Christmas stocking filled with items to count from 1-5. As it turned out to be so popular we were all very proficient at 1-5 and I had hoped to move to 6-10 but the weather had other plans and the snow disrupted our progress somewhat.

Discussing the snowglobe

Still we really enjoyed examining and counting our Christmas cornucopia. 🙂  It’s a lovely work and alongside enhancing concrete number skills it added much to our language and vocabulary as we talked about each item and our experience of it. It also calls to the sensorially sensitive child, using our tactile and visual senses to group the items into similar and different items for counting.  The  snowglobe (pictured left) was particularly entrancing to the students.  I’m thinking in the summer we might make glitter globes as these two in the counting were so popular.

And finally once the numbers were laid out and the contents of the stocking examined our work looked like this…

One Angel, Two Snowglobes, Three Snowmen......

Our practical life work also took on a festive aspect, adding cinnamon and nutmeg to the sieving work, scenting the work with a Christmas air. We added glitter to our pouring water, and Christmas pompoms and mini baubles to our transferring work.

A break from festive themed work we were lucky to be given a pre-christmas gift from a mom of one of our teachers. Our wooden marble run!

Marble Run

 

Building this in a team and taking turns running the marbles through the maze was a very popular activity and gave us many learning and laughing experiences.

Taking turns on our marble run.

 

The last Christmas project the Nursery students would like to share with you was our extra large Santa complete with sleigh, reindeer and toys! This took us four afternoons of painting, glittering, glueing, and giggling. We were very proud of it. 🙂 And we hope the man himself visited your house as he was very generous to us all in the nursery! 🙂

 

Santa Claus Came to Town!

 

Thanks for reading and enjoying all our work. Come back soon for a review of our eventful christmas gala production. 🙂 And a host of posts from the big school on their work in the past three weeks. 🙂

Huge thank you from the staff and students of the Nursery!

Hedley Park Blog: 2010 in review

As you may know 2010 was Hedley Park’s 20th Anniversary Year, and as such we thought we’d start a few new traditions to carry us through the next 20!

The blog was one of the new ideas and we are so glad that it became as popular as it did. Daily I am delighted at how many visitors we get and the response of parents and students, past & present to what we are doing and how we are documenting that. So a big thank you from our blog mistress as your enthusiasm via comments and visits makes this such a worthwhile endeavour.

Crunchy numbers

Featured imageHere are a few statistical infobites that WordPress captured regarding the visitors to our blog!

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2010. That’s about 5 and half  747 jets of our blog visitors!

In 2010, there were 16 new posts, not bad considering we began in September! That works out at a post a week, over the 4 months Sept-Dec. There were 152 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 150mb. That’s about 9 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 20th with 94 views. The most popular post that day was The Pink Tower and The Post Office.

Where did they come from?

Our visitors are from all over the world, USA, UK, Saudi and India, all of which reflects the international heritage of our student body. But of course the biggest visitor group come from all over Ireland. This is so encouraging to us and we love to see all your friends, and family visiting. Let them know we’d love to read any comments they may have, or just if they’d like to say hi. 🙂

The top referring sites to the blog in 2010 were

  1. facebook.com
  2. hedleyparkmontessorischool.com
  3. twitter.com
  4. google.com

So thank you for sharing our links and passing our blog to your family and friends.

Some visitors came from online searches,  the most popular terms were

  • hedley park
  • montessori class blog,
  • top montessori school dublin
  • role play in montessori
  • art & craft montessori class.

Top Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

The Pink Tower and The Post Office September 2010
1 comment

2

First Week Back. September 2010
6 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

3

Big School News: Junior Infants September 2010
8 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

4

Hedley’s Haunting Halloween! (Part 1) November 2010
2 comments

5

Big School News: 1st-6th Class Update September 2010
1 Like on WordPress.com,

So now we are back in the swing of the New Year we hope to keep informing, entertaining and enlightening you to the work of your children in our care throughout 2011.

Come back soon for a quick recap on December…. and all the new work we have been doing in January! 🙂

A HUGE thank you from all the staff and students of Hedley Park! 🙂