Following latest information and guidance, we would like to reassure you all that we remain open and follow current guidelines and procedures. Please email directly at: Mulberrybushmontessori@btconnect.com if you have any questions.

This term our project is ‘Bugs and Minibeasts’

We always love this topic at nursery, what a perfect way to explore our natural environment!
We’ve added some activities to do at home through the ‘documents’ section on your child’s Tapestry accounts-just look for the folder named ‘bugs and minibeasts! (Don’t forget that you can only access the documents section through a browser like internet explorer/safari/chrome and not the app)

Here’s what we’ve been busy doing this term as part of our project:

Here’s a few ideas that we love the look of!

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/04/minibeast-hunt/

Woodland Trust:
The above link is a great site for ideas when exploring nature! We loved the section about bug hunts 😊

Happy 20 years Jo!

Happy 20 Years at The Mulberry Bush Jo!
You are simply brilliant-you are forward thinking, dedicated and amazing at what you do! Here’s to another 20 years 😊

7 years ago…..

7 years ago, Cheryl and I finally graduated with our Early Years Professional Status. It took us a while, but we studied hard (with a glass or two of wine 😉) often taking us in to the early hours of the morning. If we wasn’t studying, we were at nursery…..it felt never ending at some points (it pretty much was-it took us roughly 6 years to complete!) but……we did it! We are super proud of what we achieved, and we continue to thank everyone that supports the nursery, old and new-we always say it, but it never becomes tiresome because we really appreciate it ❤️
Cheers to a few more years (with no studying!) 😉

Welcome to The Mulberry Bush Montessori Nursery.

The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS)
Their Facebook page is continually updating, with help, advice and support for families.

https://www.facebook.com/ColchesterChildFamilyWellbeing/


A message from Carol, our nursery photographer:

Home learning: 

Little and often is the key. Keep it fun and use concrete materials where you can. always start from what they know and give little prompts and clues  and praise to build confidence, introduce next step one little step at a time and don’t move forward to quickly, celebrate their achievements at every stage. 
Literacy: Read and tell stories, sing rhymes and action songs. Talk about the stories and ask what, where, who questions and later why and how  questions around the stories. 
Use puppets where you can, it’s amazing what messages you can get across using puppets as characters and it’s a great way to get them to think and talk about their feelings and behaviour through the puppets. Act out a scenario with two puppets. Ask your child what the puppet did or said, was it a good/kind/unkind/rude thing to do/say? what could it have said/done differently? etc. How did it make the other puppet feel? What could they have done/said? 
PIay I spy using different objects. Once they can hear and beginning to say the initial letter sounds in words, Introduce the letter symbols 2 or 3 at a time and match the objects to the letter (make sure you use phonic sound as in a for apple). As you introduce each letter ask your child to trace each letter (using the correct starting point and direction for each letter) as they say it, this will give them a muscular memory of each letter too. If they struggle to recall it, ask them to trace it with their finger as this may prompt their memory. If your child has good pencil control then introduce writing each letter too. 
Pencil control. Try to ensure your child is holding their pencil correctly, you may need to prompt them to use a 2 finger and thumb tripod grip. Short, stubby triangular pencils help. Broad felt pens help if their pencil control is very weak and using practical activities such as cutting with scissors, tweezers, locks and keys, nuts and bolts, Lego, drawing with finger in gloop, sand, paint, shaving foam etc all help to strengthen the fine motor skills and increase dexterity and coordination so they will then be more confident and willing to have a go at pencil work. Try encouraging them to colour, draw, tracing over simple shapes and pictures and then if they are ready and interested you can introduce pencil control work sheets. Once they have a good tripod pencil grip with increasing control and strength begin to introduce writing letters and forming numbers they know or as they are learning them. Using the correct starting points and direction for each letter and begin to copy/write their name. 
Maths: Counting by rote to 10 and abovefocusing on counting quantities to 10 reliably in a range of ways. Introduce numbers 2 or 3 at a time and  counting the correct quantities for each number, working up to 10 in a range of ways.
Problem solving: ask open ended questions, don’t give the answers but help them to think things through in order to solve simple practical problems. 
Naming simple 2D flat shapes and then introduce basic 3D solid shapes. Jig saw puzzles and construction play.
Play games that help their listening and memory skills such as snap, pairs, Kim’s game, sound lotto, Simon says etc 
Those are the basic skills alongside independence in toileting, dressing etc that will ensure they are confident and school ready, the rest will fall into place if they feel happy and confident. 
Please Don’t worry and feel pressured into ‘Teaching’ your child what you think they should know. All children learn at different rates and at their own pace. Young Children learn best through play, being imaginative, creative and through hands on experiences. Happy, secure, confident well adjusted children are keen and motivated to learn. So make it fun, tune into their interests and motivators and just slip in the learning when they are not looking! 

The following websites are great for activities and games to support your child’s number and phonic development:


www.topmarks.co.uk
 (great number and letter games)
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize(Head to the primary section-year1/p1-some may be age appropriate for you to use! 
www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources(Head to the ‘free resources’ section for some great phonic games)
home.oxfordowl.co.uk(You can explore by age, scrolling down to the activities/free downloads!) 

We have been working hard to finish our snug area, ensuring that we create a calm, peaceful and comfortable space for our children to work within. We hope you like it!

For your information:

We can’t wait to welcome back our old friends, and meet our new ones!
Could we ask that you remember to:

🔹 Ensure that you have a drawstring bag with a spare set of clothing at all times, clearly labelled please.

🔹 Your child will need a coat, hat, gloves in the cold weather and a hat, sun cream and coat (just in case it is cold in the morning or if it rains in the summer (who are we kidding?! It nearly always rains in the summer!) wellies and a pair of slippers for indoors.

🔹 Please make sure that you bring your child’s home link book to nursery each time; this ensures effective continuity between home and nursery.

🔹 Comforters are welcomed if needed, and can be put in your child’s bag.

🔹Toys and special items must stay at home.

🔹 Please continue to regularly check your child’s Tapestry for updates, observations and seeing your child’s progress (if you need any help regarding using Tapestry, please speak to Cheryl or Leander)

🔹 You can speak to your child’s key person at anytime, however, should you wish to have a more in depth discussion, please arrange a time that is convenient.


Songs are a great way of supporting your child’s learning and development! Singing with your child develops communication and language skills, listening and attention, physical skills, mathematical development and much more!
Here are some of our favourites; we will add more soon so watch this space!

Here are some useful links to explore and discover to support your child’s learning and development:

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/?mc_cid=f09b0d1e2e&mc_eid=0f69cef1da
Resources and ideas to support home learning.

https://www.howwemontessori.com/how-we-montessori/activities/
Some lovely ideas exploring Montessori activities and materials.

https://www.essexwt.org.uk/news/WildlifeTV

https://www.home-start.org.uk/news/activities-for-families-during-self-isolation

This is a great website with links to keep your little ones busy.

https://www.ndna.org.uk/NDNA/Community/myNDNA/Activities/all.aspx

A great website with activities to support all areas of development.

https://www.familycorner.co.uk/

Part of the Early Years Alliance, this is another great website with a whole host of information to support your child.

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

This website allows you to download a simple social story to read with your child about understanding Coronavirus.

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Another site which explores talking to your child about Coronavirus and supporting your family’s health and well-being.