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Hi everyone, Kellie here 🙋 Hope all our Rainbow families are keeping safe and well 🌈

I thought I would pop on and share a few activities I've done with Leah since we've been in lockdown 🏠

Would love to see how everyone has been passing the time and keeping busy, feel free to share your own ideas/pictures in the comments! 😊

Stay safe and hopefully we'll see you all very soon!! ❤️🌈
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Hi everyone, Kellie here 🙋 Hope all our Rainbow families are keeping safe and well 🌈

 I thought I would pop on and share a few activities Ive done with Leah since weve been in lockdown 🏠

Would love to see how everyone has been passing the time and keeping busy, feel free to share your own ideas/pictures in the comments! 😊

Stay safe and hopefully well see you all very soon!! ❤️🌈

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Lol ive no words

Looks brilliant kellie - some great ideas x

Aww brilliant Kellie, looks like Leah has had the best lockdown. ❤️

She’s so grown up Kellie! Such a cutie!

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Spring time is one of our favourite seasons. 🌤🌱🌼🐸🐛🦋🐝

After what seems like a long, dark winter, we get to spend more time outdoors in the lovely weather.

During our time outside, we get to explore nature all around us - plants starting to grow, tiny lambs being born, many insects crawling and flying about and sometimes we are lucky enough to observe the lifecycle of frogs and butterflies!

We haven’t spotted any frogs in our makeshift pond yet, but look at how big the lambs are getting! ❤️ 🐑
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Spring time is one of our favourite seasons. 🌤🌱🌼🐸🐛🦋🐝

After what seems like a long, dark winter, we get to spend more time outdoors in the lovely weather.

During our time outside, we get to explore nature all around us - plants starting to grow, tiny lambs being born, many insects crawling and flying about and sometimes we are lucky enough to observe the lifecycle of frogs and butterflies! 

We haven’t spotted any frogs in our makeshift pond yet, but look at how big the lambs are getting! ❤️ 🐑

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Agree with Emma Mcanespie we miss Rainbow and its wonderful people 😊🌈 Hope everyone is safe and well X

Miss you all 😘😘😘

At the beginning of March we planted some vegetable seeds in the pre-school room. 🌱🥕

First we added water to the soil tablet. We observed how the tablet absorbed all of the water in the dish. Then we noticed something...the tablet was starting to grow taller! We kept topping up the water in the dish once it had all disappeared, which made the soil tablet grow even taller! The soil went all crumbly and when we compared it to the dry soil tablet, it looked completely different!

Once we had finished observing and discussing the changes, we added some soil to a pot and planted the very tiny seeds.

We had to feel the soil in the pots every morning to check if they needed watered. If the soil was dry then they needed a drink. If the soil was wet, then they weren’t ready for a drink yet.

Unfortunately the children didn’t get to see any changes in the growth of the seeds. Maybe you could let them see the pictures of them starting to grow. 🌱🥕
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At the beginning of March we planted some vegetable seeds in the pre-school room. 🌱🥕

First we added water to the soil tablet. We observed how the tablet absorbed all of the water in the dish. Then we noticed something...the tablet was starting to grow taller! We kept topping up the water in the dish once it had all disappeared, which made the soil tablet grow even taller! The soil went all crumbly and when we compared it to the dry soil tablet, it looked completely different!

Once we had finished observing and discussing the changes, we added some soil to a pot and planted the very tiny seeds.

We had to feel the soil in the pots every morning to check if they needed watered. If the soil was dry then they needed a drink. If the soil was wet, then they weren’t ready for a drink yet. 

Unfortunately the children didn’t get to see any changes in the growth of the seeds. Maybe you could let them see the pictures of them starting to grow. 🌱🥕

❗️❗️For parents of children starting primary 1 or nursery in September 2020 ❗️❗️

We have received this information from Education Authority on the notification of placements. The Citizen Portal will be opened on Wednesday 29th April for parents who had applied online to view their child’s placement offer.
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❗️❗️For parents of children starting primary 1 or nursery in September 2020 ❗️❗️

We have received this information from Education Authority on the notification of placements. The Citizen Portal will be opened on Wednesday 29th April for parents who had applied online to view their child’s placement offer.

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Emma Mcanespie Laza Mawell

During March the pre-schoolers did an experiment to highlight the importance of washing hands. 🧼

1-For our experiment, first we passed 1 slice of bread around the group without washing our hands and put it into a freezer bag.
2-Then we all washed our hands and passed round another slice of bread and put it into a freezer bag.
3-For the last part, Ruthie wore disposable gloves to lift one more slice of bread and transfered it into a freezer bag.

Then we displayed the bags so that we could observe the bread each day. The children checked each day and commented that it was taking “a long time” for changes to happen!

Eventually, the children started to notice some changes - “spots,” “different colours,” “mould,” but only on one slice - the slice that we handled with our unwashed hands!

All of the tiny germs that were on our hands contributed towards how quickly the mould spread on the bread. 🦠 🦠 🦠

Unfortunately, the children did not get to see the finished experiment due to going into lockdown.

On Monday 23rd March, one small area of mould was developing on the slice of bread that we touched after washing our hands and no areas of mould on the slice touched using the disposable gloves.

You could try this experiment again at home to let the children see how important it is to wash their hands before eating / cooking and after using the toilet / touching animals / blowing noses / getting hands dirty.

We also discussed how sometimes germs can get into our tummies causing us to feel unwell, again highlighting that good hand washing can reduce sickness. 🤒🤧🤢
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During March the pre-schoolers did an experiment to highlight the importance of washing hands. 🧼 

1-For our experiment, first we passed 1 slice of bread around the group without washing our hands and put it into a freezer bag.
2-Then we all washed our hands and passed round another slice of bread and put it into a freezer bag.
3-For the last part, Ruthie wore disposable gloves to lift one more slice of bread and transfered it into a freezer bag.

Then we displayed the bags so that we could observe the bread each day. The children checked each day and commented that it was taking “a long time” for changes to happen!

Eventually, the children started to notice some changes - “spots,” “different colours,” “mould,” but only on one slice - the slice that we handled with our unwashed hands!

All of the tiny germs that were on our hands contributed towards how quickly the mould spread on the bread. 🦠 🦠 🦠 

Unfortunately, the children did not get to see the finished experiment due to going into lockdown. 

On Monday 23rd March, one small area of mould was developing on the slice of bread that we touched after washing our hands and no areas of mould on the slice touched using the disposable gloves.

You could try this experiment again at home to let the children see how important it is to wash their hands before eating / cooking and after using the toilet / touching animals / blowing noses / getting hands dirty.

We also discussed how sometimes germs can get into our tummies causing us to feel unwell, again highlighting that good hand washing can reduce sickness. 🤒🤧🤢

❗️Throwback to before we closed. ❗️

PE with Joe starts at 9am each morning, on YouTube. A great workout for both adults and children....start burning off those chocolate eggs! 🤸🏻‍♂️🏋🏽‍♀️🤸🏽🏋🏼🤸🏻‍♀️
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❗️Throwback to before we closed. ❗️

PE with Joe starts at 9am each morning, on YouTube. A great workout for both adults and children....start burning off those chocolate eggs! 🤸🏻‍♂️🏋🏽‍♀️🤸🏽🏋🏼🤸🏻‍♀️

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Kids loved joe for about a week til novelty wore off 🤣

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Easter. 🐰 🥚 🍫 🐣 🐇

We have included clues for an Easter egg hunt, but there are plenty more that you will be able to find on google, or you could make up your own clues....have fun. 🥚🥚🥚
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Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Easter. 🐰 🥚 🍫 🐣 🐇 

We have included clues for an Easter egg hunt, but there are plenty more that you will be able to find on google, or you could make up your own clues....have fun. 🥚🥚🥚

After a very difficult decision, I have decided to close Rainbow from today.

I value our children, parents, grandparents and my staff very much, and feel that their safety is of utmost importance during this time.

Thank you to all of our parents for being so understanding, your kind thoughts and genuine concern has been overwhelming.

I would also like to thank the Rainbow girls for all of their hard work and support during the past few weeks.

Please - stay in, stay safe and we will see you all soon.

Hilary and team. 🌈❤️
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3 months ago

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Thinking of you all at this time. We will get back together soon ❤️

Hopefully see you all really soon! Amazing girls 🥰

Keep safe!

Love you all, Hilary you have an amazing team, keep safe and will see you all soon xx

Thankyou Hilary and everyone at rainbow.. this will be the longest break we’ve had in 13 years! Take care of yourselves and your families and hopefully see yous soon xx

Absolutely gutted for you all and the kids RoRo is too young to understand but we will be back very very soon the girls are jst the best bunch and RoRo adores you all Hilary your a strong lady chin up xx

My wee one will miss you all take care everyone sending love to you all 🙂 <3 xx

Take care everyone. We will miss you all! Isla is missing her Finn already! 😂xx

Thanks to all the staff for all you do, hopefully be back soon! Take care ❤️

Take care of yourselves...you are a great bunch of girls ..and can't wait for the day we see you all again ♥️

To Hilary and her wonderful team Take care and stay safe

Thinking of everyone at Rainbow , stay safe and we’ll see you soon xx

Stay safe girls, you are an amazing bunch of girls 😘❤️

Thinking of you all, you are amazing xx

Girls heartbreaking! Please stay safe everyone wee Finn misses all his girls already 💔❤️❤️❤️❤️🌈 see you all on the other side for some serious rainbow cuddles xxx

Love to all of you at Rainbow, keep safe and we will see you back again soon xoxo

See you soon girls.... Thank yous for everything ❤️

Take good care of yourselves and we will see you all very soon 🤗 Xx

Stay safe ladies ❤️ xxx

Take care, and hopefully cu all soon xx

Stay safe everybody ❤️

Thinking of you all Hilary, see you very soon. Take care!

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Thank you to Cathie and Josephine, from Larne library, who called in yesterday for stories, rhythm and rhyme. Our toddlers and pre-schoolers particularly enjoyed learning the new rhymes. 🎵 🎶 📚 ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to Cathie and Josephine, from Larne library, who called in yesterday for stories, rhythm and rhyme. Our toddlers and pre-schoolers particularly enjoyed learning the new rhymes. 🎵 🎶 📚

You can’t have no pancakes on Pancake Tuesday! 🥞

Our toddlers, pre-schoolers and after-schoolers had a busy day of mixing flour, eggs, sugar and milk to make a very tasty treat for snack.

Mixing the pancake batter was tough, but luckily we had lots of helpers. 💪🏼 🥞🥞🥞
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You can’t have no pancakes on Pancake Tuesday! 🥞 

Our toddlers, pre-schoolers and after-schoolers had a busy day of mixing flour, eggs, sugar and milk to make a very tasty treat for snack.

Mixing the pancake batter was tough, but luckily we had lots of helpers. 💪🏼 🥞🥞🥞

❤️ A recipe for love: A spoonful of smiles, a jar of joy, a cup of kindness and a handful of hugs. ❤️

We hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day. 💝

The pre-schoolers spent their morning making yummy shortbread, playing our favourite party games and dancing along to our favourite songs.
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❤️ A recipe for love: A spoonful of smiles, a jar of joy, a cup of kindness and a handful of hugs. ❤️

We hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day. 💝

The pre-schoolers spent their morning making yummy shortbread, playing our favourite party games and dancing along to our favourite songs.

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Rowan must have heard them all singing because he came home today singing Miss Polly had a dolly and ring a ring a rosies x

There was a lot of excitement to see the snow on the hills, but also a bit of disappointment that there was none at Rainbow! ☹️ 🏔

The children did a special snow dance whilst chanting, “snow, snow, come to Rainbow!” 🌨

We couldn’t understand why our special snow dance wasn’t working, but we kept on dancing. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏻‍♂️

Eventually, our magic worked! The hills turned a bit ‘foggy’ and then we could see the snow coming our way! 🤗 🌨

It was great to see their excited faces. 😊. Pity there wasn’t enough to build snowmen! ☃️
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There was a lot of excitement to see the snow on the hills, but also a bit of disappointment that there was none at Rainbow! ☹️ 🏔 

The children did a special snow dance whilst chanting, “snow, snow, come to Rainbow!” 🌨

We couldn’t understand why our special snow dance wasn’t working, but we kept on dancing. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏻‍♂️

Eventually, our magic worked! The hills turned a bit ‘foggy’ and then we could see the snow coming our way! 🤗 🌨

It was great to see their excited faces. 😊. Pity there wasn’t enough to build snowmen! ☃️

‼️Final reminder!‼️

Pre-school applications must be processed by 12 noon today.

❗️Birth certificates must be handed in to your first preference by Thursday 7th February.
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‼️Final reminder!‼️

Pre-school applications must be processed by 12 noon today.

❗️Birth certificates must be handed in to your first preference by Thursday 7th February.

More winter activities in the pre-school room ❄️

⛄️ We have been using transparent cups to build ice castles. During play, the children have to use a very steady hand when balancing the cups. We have been discussing the height and width of each castle and also using comparative language. The Frozen characters added another element of fun as some children acted out parts of the film, whilst some children made up their own stories. We also reflected back to our visit to St MacNissis PS where we got to see this great idea first.

🧊 We have been looking at similarities and differences in pictures, toys and ourselves.

❄️ We dipped potatoes and our fingers into paint to make “snowmen,” “snowgirl” and “snowmummy” pictures.

🥶 Playing with ice makes our hands REALLY cold, but it has been such a fun learning experience. We have learned that water needs very cold temperatures to turn it to ice. We found out that the freezer was much better than the fridge at making ice. We made predictions to what we thought would happen to the ice when brought out of the freezer, to which we discovered that ice does not like warm temperatures! We also noticed that smaller pieces of ice melted quicker than larger pieces and that ice turns back to water.

🐧 The children have continued to develop concepts of size when building icebergs for the winter animals at the dough table. They had to ensure that the icebergs were big enough for the animals to stand on.

🌨 As children have been comparing, they have also been copying and matching - copying some letters within their names, copying pictures when drawing and matching numbers.
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5 months ago

More winter activities in the pre-school room ❄️ 

⛄️ We have been using transparent cups to build ice castles. During play, the children have to use a very steady hand when balancing the cups. We have been discussing the height and width of each castle and also using comparative language. The Frozen characters added another element of fun as some children acted out parts of the film, whilst some children made up their own stories. We also reflected back to our visit to St MacNissis PS where we got to see this great idea first.

🧊 We have been looking at similarities and differences in pictures, toys and ourselves.

❄️ We dipped potatoes and our fingers into paint to make “snowmen,” “snowgirl” and “snowmummy” pictures.

🥶 Playing with ice makes our hands REALLY cold, but it has been such a fun learning experience. We have learned that water needs very cold temperatures to turn it to ice. We found out that the freezer was much better than the fridge at making ice. We made predictions to what we thought would happen to the ice when brought out of the freezer, to which we discovered that ice does not like warm temperatures! We also noticed that smaller pieces of ice melted quicker than larger pieces and that ice turns back to water.

🐧 The children have continued to develop concepts of size when building icebergs for the winter animals at the dough table. They had to ensure that the icebergs were big enough for the animals to stand on.

🌨 As children have been comparing, they have also been copying and matching - copying some letters within their names, copying pictures when drawing and matching numbers.
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