Settling In

Settling In

Settling the children in properly is so important! This will just be a quick post to show some of the activities I set out indoors for the children’s gradual admission period this year… 

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Light Panel Play

Colour paddles & shapes

Simple light panel play from Rachel (",)

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Bead Threading

An activity we had out for their initial visit. Some familiarity 🙂

Threading beads from Rachel (",)

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Pegs & Boards

Pegs and boards from Rachel (",)

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Simple Sorting & Counting Opportunity

I’m not actually a big fan of these coloured ‘counters’, but the children like them & I find them useful when the they are settling in. They are rubbery, so quite tactile and the children feel comfortable with the familiar shapes and colours. They don’t really provide any challenge (they are the the standard colours that manufactures use & are consistent sizes & shapes. Much more challenge is provided with natural materials), but that isn’t my aim at this point in the year…

Counting and sorting dinosaur counters from Rachel (",)

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Wild Animals

We had a few wild animals on the cable reel when they came for a visit, and they enjoyed playing with them, so I put these out in the small world area…

Really simple animal play from Rachel (",)

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OHP

Magnetic discs and the gel numbers that were out for their initial visit. I am really wanting them to learn how to use the OHP at this stage. These resources are very visually very satisfying when projected on the wall, and so encourage the children to ‘have a go’… 

Simple OHP play from Rachel (",)

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Water Tray

Simple fish & nets…

Fish, nets and bubbles in the water tray from Rachel (",)

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Train Play

We had the train out for the initial visit, but with a mirror in the centre of the table. As I have less adults present this time (just myself & my TA, rather than an adult for every child), I removed the mirror until I am better able to support the children with safe use.

Simple train play from Rachel (",)

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Simple Dough

As we are training the children to access the continuous provision off the shelves, I provided no additional enhancements for this period…

Simple dough invitation from Rachel (",)

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Linking Elephants

Linking elephants from Rachel (",)

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A big shout-out to all the Early Years teachers and professionals who are settling in new little ones this September – I am officially exhausted! Zzz….

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Thanks for reading!

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– Rachel (“,)

8 Comments

  1. Dear Rachel,
    Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas! I have found them so useful! I am just wondering what is the age group you are teaching is it 3-4 or 4 -5 year olds?

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    • Hi Joanna! My class are 3 & 4. Lots of the things I do can be adapted to 4 & 5 year olds though 🙂

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  2. Thank you again for sharing with us, I will keep these fantastic ideas for when we start with our new groups next year. Here in Australia we have just started our two week spring break before heading back for the last term of the year. We finish for the year mid December. Best of luck to everyone settling new ones in. Where did you get your linking elephants? – I love them.
    Thanks Carissa.

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    • The linking elephants have been in school longer than me, Carissa, so I’m afraid I’ve no idea where they were from. Sorry!
      Enjoy your spring break!

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  3. I always enjoy your way of displaying the activities set out for the children. I’m wondering where I might get mirrors like the stand up ones you have on the shelf with the peg boards??

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    • I have a few of these 3 way mirrors, Nancy. They are dressing table mirrors. Mine were all from charity shops. I guess you could try eBay, but I’m not sure how expensive that’d be?

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  4. I absolutely love your OHP ideas. We just got an overhead projector for our classroom and I can’t wait to start using it! The gel numbers are so much fun! Thank you so much for sharing, Rachel.

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    • Oh, I LOVE the OHP, Rosa! x

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