This term we have been enjoying using the updated Peep Learning Together Programme. It’s made it really easy to follow any themes and topics that parents have raised in my baby group. In the first weeks I introduced parents to ORIM, and in subsequent weeks we’ve talked about baby watching and Routines: using the Peep group to discuss why the routine helps babies to know what to expect, and to feel secure. Parents spent a lot of time thinking about the question ‘How did you feel before you came to your first Peep group?’. They could then relate that to how their babies might feel about new experiences.
In other Peep groups Autumnhas been a big inspiration. ‘Pick up a Conker and Put it in the Basket’ (sung to any well-known tune that fits, such as Bonnie Bobby Shaftoe) reminds us all of the benefits of getting out and about. Children have had opportunities to explore gourds – delighting in their interesting colours and shapes and feeling their knobbly skins. Autumn sensory play with felt leaves, real leaves, pine cones and pasta not only looked (and felt!) a treat, but kept children interested, and supported our autumn songs.
Early mark making:Our mixed age Peep Group loved using fabric paint... Mums enjoyed getting involved too. This session was supported by singing ‘Ready and… up and down’ which introduces young children to the hand and arm motions needed for making letters.
As always we’ve been reinforcing the importance of sharing nursery rhymes and singing together. National Poetry Day (8th October) gave us the opportunity to enjoy The Owl and the Pussycat as well as The Baby Dance by Ann Taylor:
Dance little baby, dance up high, Never mind baby, mother is by; Crow and caper, caper and crow, There little baby, there you go; Up to the ceiling, down to the ground, Backwards and forwards, round and round; Dance little baby, and mother shall sing, With the merry coral, ding, ding, ding.