Today, I returned back to work. It’s been a training day so no kids today. The debate of whether the kids should come back is still going on but we will still be open to vulnerable children and key worker children I imagine whatever is decided. I’ve got a good term ahead of nature topics seeds, nests, beetles and more. Lots I can get my teeth into. Our theme for this week is rain.
There are lots of lovely rain stories for young children but one of my favourites is rain by Sam Usher. It’s part of a series of four books that look at weather through the seasons. In rain, the boy and his grandad put off going outside because of the rain. Eventually, they go out in the rain anyway and have a wonderful adventure. It’s a great story pushing not putting your life on hold because of the weather.
A more recent addition is Felix after the rain. This is more of a metaphorical story with Felix dealing with the death of his grandma and taking on lots of negative emotions. He learns to deal with these emotions and regain his balance.
At some point during the week in my cover sessions, I’d like to look at just listening to the sound of the rain. I reckon we will have some actual rain but if we don’t recordings of rain have still been found to improve mood and it one study arithmetic ability. Although, they do point out the fact that the sound was rain may not be significant. Either way, it’s a calming sound for a calm classroom.
Alongside this, we’ll probably have a go at doing some bottle rainmakers like I did with Alice yesterday.
Very easy craft, One bottle wrapped in masking tape to make it easier to draw on.
We just used felt-tips as I wasn’t looking to spend a long time on it, but you could paint instead.
Alice drew herself, a butterfly and a tree. She is getting more particular thinking about colours for the tree.
It’s nice to make a few filled with different materials for different sounds: rice, beads, pasta, nuts and bolts, etc. Alice was very happy with hers.
And as a bonus today, a rain playlist of songs both positive and negative about rain.