At Rachel Keeling we understand the effectiveness of working closely with our families to support the wellbeing and learning of our children. Special Books, where learning is documented are a fabulous way to link up what happens at school and at home. Children regularly take them home and can add to them with families and share what they have been involved in at school. At the moment due to our risk minimisation measures, the time families can spend in school is very limited and so sharing information and joy is essential.
A lovely experience that has helped children settle and form relationships has been making playdough to take home.
Children work in pairs with an adult supporting, with the help of a visual recipe to create scented, coloured playdough to share and use at home. The pride and joy in children's and parents and carer's faces is wonderful to see as they leave proudly carrying their batch.
Doing this experience in such a small group is so effective in establishing warm, reciprocal relationships, talk, sustaining attention and in introducing new children to one another.
The children are so patient waiting for their turn to come and relishing it when it does.
What a joy it is to see our children leaving carrying their playdough batch proudly.
When your batch runs out, please make another batch together using the recipe below!