Meanwhile, in Next!

Now, how exciting was this discovery whilst browsing round Next?

A solid wood dice, ok it’s meant to be a doorstop by that just means it should last!

I saw this on a shelf and instantly thought if maths games, counting activities and talking about numbers.

Wish I’d bought it now!

#regretsinlife

Exciting Journey Ahead – Our Hygge Adventure

I was very lucky recently, I mean VERY lucky, and it doesn’t happen often. I entered a competition on the Facebook Page for Hygge in the Early Years, run by the amazing Kimberly Smith, and to my utter amazement I won!

The competition was to win a place on the latest cohort of the Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation scheme. This is such an exciting opportunity for me and my setting to bring some calmness and joy into our practice as we work through this journey. We are aware it isn’t an overnight process so we are taking our time with it and savouring each lesson.

Check back for updates soon!

Sorting and matching

One of my very lovely colleagues brought in a set of graded storage containers she bought from Morrisons and added them to the home corner as a maths activity. The children have to sort them into the correct size with the correct lid in order to put the final bug kid on. It’s kind of a domestic Russian Doll.

I happened to comment how awesome that was, next thing I know I come in to find a set of them in my locker. She knows me only too well!

No idea of the cost as they were a present but worth having a look in your nearest Morrisons!

CPD with a difference!

I’ve just been doing the housework and some CPD at the same time.

Don’t be too shocked, I do do the housework sometimes! However I popped on my headphones and spent and enjoyable time listening to my very lovely friend Kimberly from KSEY Consultancy talking about a variety of topics relating to her specialist subject of Hygge in the Early Years.

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These podcasts are free and well worth listening to, I’m certainly taking the latest one back to my setting and pointing my team in the direction of it. Mop, bucket and duster not included!

Available from:

iTunes

Audioboom

Spotify

Product Feature: Resource of the Week

I’m delighted to be able to partner up with Daniel Larson, AKA Mr Early Years, to feature something from his wide range of downloadable and printable teaching resources.

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This week: An Intervention Pack designed for TAs or other classroom assistants to grab. It includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. Allow the TAs to deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers!
These activities are designed for children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 but mainly focuses on Reception.

Download from here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/intervention-planning-for-early-years-targeted-support-for-finger-gym-numeracy-and-writing-11637546

Product Review – Nursery Nook Mini Maths Kit.

It has to be said first of all that maths is probably one of the weakest areas of my practice, mainly because I’ve never been brilliant at it myself, so when I see something exciting for Early Years Maths I like to know more. Recently I saw these amazing resources in a Mini Maths Kit handmade by James from Nursery Nook I knew I had to have them in my armoury!

First of all in the kit there’s the Babushka Dolls.

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Great for the basics of 1 – 5 as well as ordering. Cute and comical design there are highly engaging for children.

Then we have the Peg Family.

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I’ve got 2 sets of these, one painted and one plain. Again great for the basics of 1-5 (or even 10) and ordering by height.

James also does these in a plain set of 5 if you want to add more to your Peg Family!

The Counting acorns are brilliant too!

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As you can see from the picture I’ve used them to group into specific numbers. You can pair these with written numbers to extend the understanding of number. You can also use them with these mini egg cup holders:

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Wood Slice numbers are great for ordering, written number recognition and counting out.

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And finally there’s the cubes.

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Big and small, numbers 1 to 10 and even pushing off towards 20.

All of the resources have been chosen carefully and crafted by James so you are guaranteed something unique and for a value price of £32.50. If you conisder this against the plastic resources you can buy from the major suppliers you know you are getting true value for money.

Visit James’ website here to purchase: Nursery Nook