It was a fabulous Friday! We started our day with a music and movement session by dancing to some of our favourite nursery rhymes (Five cheeky monkey, sleeping bunnies, dingle dangle scarecrow, and twinkle twinkle). Then after morning tea, the children were engaged in free play. During this time, the children participated in sand play, building blocks, bottle shakers and bike play. Later for group time, the children were separated into small groups for some fun learning experiences.

Today Affa, Jasmine, and Afroz conducted the group times. During group time, the educators sang nursery rhymes and read books such as ‘Green sheep’, ‘Monster’, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘The Very Cranky Bear’. Reading books to young children helps the children to know sounds, words, and language, and develop their early literacy skills. Not only this, but it also helps children to stimulate their brain cells, ability to focus, develop their cognitive skills, social skills, and communication. While educators were using props during group time, children were encouraged to manipulate the props such as the puppets and share them with their peers. This is helping them to develop their turn taking and sharing skills.

Then we got our mats out, took shoes and socks off and had a yoga session with Affa where the children learnt some yoga poses (dog, snake, and tree pose). Yoga develops children’s balance, concentration and helps them to improve self- confidence and self- awareness.

During the learning centre, the children participated in fine motor sticking the feathers activity. They were engaged in this activity for a good amount of time. While sticking the feather in the sticky tape, children enhanced their fine motor skills. While sticking and pulling the feathers from the sticky tape, children developed dispositions such as curiosity, experimentation, and problem- solving skills. Children were also engaged in ball play where they threw the ball through the tunnel. This play enhanced their hand-eye coordination skills.

They developed range of skills such as cooperation, imagination, and confidence through participating in various activities. Throughout the day children had lots of opportunity for their holistic development.

L.O.: 1.1, 1.4, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.1, 5.4

Have a great weekend!

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