Fit & Funky

Today some children did Fit & Funky. It was lots of fun. We listened well and went through tohe obstacle course, flying like butterflies once we came out of the tunnel (cocoon).

 

Magnet Tiles

The magnet tiles continue to be very popular and children focus for longs period to build different creations. They have to use creativity, hand eye coordination, patience and perseverance to build different things.

 

Show & Tell

Some children brough some items to share with the group after Tima read the story, The Giving Tree.

 

Blocks & Construction

Belian, Thomas and Oscar worked together very well in the Block Corner. They negotiated and discussed all the different parts they would need to create their city.

 

Charlie and Addison were inside building with the connector toys.

 

Drawing

Some of the girls enjoyed drawing, they traced or drew shapes and explored line, colour and mark making.

 

Book Exploration

Torrance engaged with the animal and plants set up after we read the book. This is a great way to extend learning of concepts in stories.

 

Sorting with Bears

Today we explored numeracy and pattern making as the children sorted coloured bears. We made 1-1 patters (eg blue, green, blue green) and also counted the number of bears.

 

 

 

Hello, Crimson families. This morning, the children discovered sad news. Our loving guinea pig, Cookie, has been taken to heaven.

 

So, we decided to have a goodbye party during our Learning Centre time. We gathered in the yard and said farewell to Cookie one by one. The children expressed their feelings verbally and non-verbally, saying that they were very sad or showing sad faces. Afterwards, we discussed life and nature. His passing was sad, but he taught the children something very very important. We hope the children will remember what they have learnt through this sad experience.

The fact that we talked about nature – and in connection with that, we decided to clean up our yard. Children worked together to collect fallen leaves and put them in the compost.

 

In the afternoon, we drew a picture for Cookie, a guinea pig. While drawing they talked about their memories of him. And they prolifically said they were sad.

 

The children had a meaningful time and learnt important things today. See you tomorrow!

 

Happy Birthday Oscar!

Today we celebrated Oscar’s 5th Birthday! We sang Happy Birthday and gave Oscar 5 big Birthday claps! We shared yummy Birthday cake at afternoon tea.

 

Our Environment

We enjoyed the beautiful sunshine today! We talked about the environment today and how we need to look after nature so that we have a healthy planet. The children shared lots of ideas about how we can look after the environment, like putting rubbish in the bins and walking instead of driving. We also talked about recycling and putting paper/cardboard, and containers in different bins. The children helped clean up the yard, we raked leaves and put them in our compost for the worms.

 

Gross Motor Games

We played some group games where we had to work together and problem solve. These games build resilience and sometimes not everyone wins or gets a turn, but we talk about the importance of giving everything a try.

 

Drawing

Drawing and art/craft is still popular. The children did some drawing with Shoko and continued making Mother’s Day presents.

 

Dramatic Play

Some of the girls had fun with the dolls house. They dressed the dolls up and gave them names and voices.

 

Meanwhile Nicholas and Oscar were Police Officers. There were lots of emergencies!

 

Threading

Some children showed excellent fine motor skills and hand eye coordination as they threaded beads.

 

Science – Magic Milk Experiment

The children love Science experiments and today was no different. We talked about what we were going to do, the ingredients we would combine, and discussed what we thought might happen. We put milk in a shallow bowl, added the different coloured dye and the soap, and … tuddah!!! It amazes the children every time to see how the colours all swirl around and mix together!

 

Mother’s Day

We continued working on our Mother’s Day presents and talking about what we love about our Mums.

 

The children showed excellent fine motor skills when threading the beads on to the string.

 

Blocks

Addison and Beveen worked together in block corner, making a big tower and balancing the blocks very well!

 

Books & Drawing

Book and drawing were popular today, the children sat together and shared time reading stories. Some children enjoyed the drawing table and they love to tell each other what they have created.

 

Home Corner

Playing ‘Mums and Dads’ in the Home Corner was popular today. The children cooked dinner and then hopped in bed and said “good night”.

 

Puzzles

Some children showed good problem solving skills, using trial and error to complete some tricky puzzles.

Group Time

Today at group time we read ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’. The tale concerns a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers in to thinking a wolf is attacking his flock. When a wolf actually does appear, the villagers do not believe the boys cries for help, and the flock is destroyed. The moral of the story is that liars will no be rewarded; even if they tell the truth, no one believes them. We talk about the importance of telling the truth and the children shared their own ideas.

 

We have also been exploring other fairy tales including Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. We read the story and then the children had the opportunity to play with the figurines representing Snow White and all the dwarves.

 

Maddie also held a group time inside, reading a story to her friends and pretending to be a teacher!

 

Scales

Levi and Leonardo played with the Monkey Scales today. We have been exploring lots of early math concepts, including weight. They added different things to each side to try to distribute the weight evenly, and we talked about one side being heavy and one side lighter.

 

Blocks

Some children worked together in block corner, making a stage and watching performances.

Meanwhile, the magnets are still very popular and some of the children built a tower then experimented with removing the blocks to see if it would still stay standing.  The spaceships have been popular and the boys spent some time making buildings for the ships to park in.

 

Fit & Funky

We had fun with parachute and making a train today. This is great for our cognition as we follow instructions, gross motor, social skills and practicing turn taking.

Today we continued with preparations for our mother’s day presents. The children extended their creativity and pre writing and letter recognition skills as the children practiced finding letters to form our Mums names.

Some children did some threading which was tricky because the beads are small and the string is not solid. Well done for persevering to make the patterns with the beads.

Isaac, Leo and Levi had fun making a house together with the magnets. What great team work!

Oscar and Thomas made a tower in the sandpit with the waffle blocks, exploring measurement and heigh.

Children practiced their fine motor cutting skills as they cut around their hand prints. They all show they’re able to hold the paper with one hand and keep it stable to cut along straight sections, or manoeuvre it to get in to the trickier areas. Great problem solving skills!

Children had cards with a number of dots on them and were encouraged to place the number of pegs around the circle correlating to the number of dots.

Eddie spent lots of time hammering shapes in to the corkboards. It takes lots of hand eye coordination to hold the pin and hammer at the same time. We counted the number of different shapes.

Shadows

Today we talked about our shadows. Daniel read a book called ‘My Shadow’ and then we made our own shadows. We discussed when we can see a shadow and the concept of light. This was a hands on science activity about light and shadows.

 

Playdough

The children worked together to make some dough today. They sat around the table and took turns to pour the ingredients in and mix it all together. They then enjoyed moulding the dough and creating different things!

 

Magnet Tiles

The magnetic tiles are still very popular and today Thomas, Jeffrey, Isaac and Charlie worked together to put them all together and make a space ship. They had some tiles that could open to act as doors and said, “this is where the space ship parks”.

 

Free Play

The children spent time drawing and some made flags, the then were in the sandpit the children made a ship with a flag. Home corner was popular, using leaves and bark to pretend it is food and cook up lots of yummy things. Blocks were also popular and some incredible buildings were made!

 

ANZAC Biscuits

Today we made ANZAC biscuits. We talked about the recipe and ingredients required, then sat around the table. The children helped measure out the ingredient and add different ingredients to the bowl. We took turns stirring and then placed the mixture on to baking trays. Cooking experiences are a wonderful way to explore maths concepts such as quantity, scientific concepts (actions lead to a reaction/outcome) and social skills. It was so fun to eat the yummy biscuits when we were finished!

Making Medals: Cutting Circles

We used the story ‘Anzac Day’ to facilitate the children’s understanding of this special day. We talked about how some soldiers received medals to commemorate where they fought in the war to defend Australia’s freedom.

The children showed perseverance and commitment to their learning as they traced circles, cut them out, and then hole punched and decorated them and added the ribbons.

 

Writing

The children have taken an interest in letters, and to follow up on this, the children were provided the opportunity to write the words ‘Anzac Day’.

Children showed their developing fine motor skills and an early understanding of letter recognition and pre-writing/writing skills. They are learning how to master the shapes and lines of letters and we continue to work with them to build on letter formation by lifting the pen between lines.

 

Three Little Pigs

We continued with the project on the Three Little Pigs. We read the story the Three Little Pigs and then the children had the opportunity to engage in play related to the concepts in the book. We set up the story, pigs, the wolf and houses, and the children could explore and sequence the story themselves.

In this story we learn new descriptive vocabulary via the use of repetition, as well as concepts such as safety, perseverance and that “hard work pays off”. We encourage children to understand and use figurative language within a familiar story, and for children to make inferences and predictions within a familiar story. Preschoolers begin to be able to re-tell parts of the story using language from the book and can make comments/respond to questions.

 

Sensory Trays

The children enjoyed using different utensils to scoop and explore the rice and rosemary trays. The rosemary also invoked our sense of smell and we explored sensory development, fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, problem solving, and mathematical concepts.

 

Free Play

Free play was busy today with children drawing, in the sandpit, playing in home corner, making a city for the cars and people in block corner and building with the fine motor connector toys.

ANZAC Day: Lest We Forget

We have been talking about ANZAC Day and how it is special for everyone in Australia. The children were included in discussion that allowed them to think about why it is important to remember our fallen soldiers.

We read the story ‘Only A Donkey’, by Celeste Walters and Patricia Mullins. The story is about a donkey, who is teased by the other animals on the farm, especially the bull! Then one night the donkey has a magical dream. The following morning, they all set out on an amazing journey. This story weaves in the heroic ANZAC legend of Simpson and the Donkey and it a wonderful way to build children’s awareness of this important day in Australian history.

We looked at pictures and talked about how, in parts of France where our soldiers were, beautiful poppies covered the fields, and therefore became a symbol of respect for our fallen soldiers.

Today, the children made some of their own poppies; painting them by using the red poppy as a reference.

 

Fit & Funky

Some children had Fit & Funky – they had lots of fun following instructions and listening well! They used wants to make movements and actions to the music.

 

Pin Boards

Joey, Leo and Dominic, used the screw driver to attached different shapes to the pin boards. This uses lots of skill, fine motor development and hand eye coordination.

 

Playdough

The children enjoyed an ANZAC twist on the playdough table today. They did their usual work, moulding and shaping the dough, and also had rosemary to smell whilst they created things. We also did a poppy themed dough table and the children used red and greet dough to make flowers. Lots of fine motor and cognitive skills were needed to replicate the picture.

 

Whiteboards

Whiteboards are a wonderful reusable tool for writing and drawing. Some children made poppies, some wrote letters of their name, and could wipe it off and keep practicing other things! It was also a lovely social time as children sat together on the mat.

 

Connectors/Blocks

The children love spending time in the Connector Building Corner. Nicholas spent lots of time making a road with connector toys for the cars to drive along. What great commitment and perseverance. Henry and Charlie made different vehicles with Mobilo, whilst Charlotte, Isla and Alice made houses for their toys with the blocks.

 

Sandplay

The sandpit is always popular and is a great place to facilitate sensory development, coordination, spatial awareness and social skills. Some children used the digger and trucks to create construction play whilst others uncovered a slithering snake!

 

Magnets

Charlie, Henry, and Beveen worked together to make a tower. They problem solved together and showed great team work.

We put lots of the parts together that Charlie had made (as the bottom) and Thomas and Belian made at the top and Charlotte added some extra pieces and we made a castle! What great collaboration!

The children were busily engaged in lots of learning experiences today.

Making Medals: Cutting Circles

It takes time and practice to learn how to cut with scissors. To be able to use scissors, small muscles and movement, the hands need to strengthen and develop. Cutting is a complex task that requires many systems to work together efficiently to produce an accurate finished product. Regular practice is a must before cutting skills are acquired.

Cutting with scissors requires the skill of hand separation, which is the ability to use the thumb, index, and middle fingers separately from the pinkie and ring fingers. This can be challenging for a child as their hands are small.

The children showed perseverance and commitment to their learning as they traced circles, cut them out, and then hole punched and decorated them.

 

Sensory Trays

The children enjoyed using different utensils to scoop and explore the rice and rosemary trays. The rosemary also invoked our sense of smell and we explored sensory development, fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, problem solving, and mathematical concepts.

 

Three Little Pigs

We read the story the Three Little Pigs and then the children had the opportunity to engage in play related to the concepts in the book. We set up the story, pigs, the wolf and houses, and the children could explore and sequence the story themselves.

In this story we learn new descriptive vocabulary via the use of repetition, as well as concepts such as safety, perseverance and that “hard work pays off”. We encourage children to understand and use figurative language within a familiar story, and for children to make inferences and predictions within a familiar story. Preschoolers begin to be able to re-tell parts of the story using language from the book and can make comments/respond to questions.

 

Building with magnets

Belián and Thomas worked together to build with the magnetic blocks. They were very focused and were able to build a rocket ship.

Charlie and Henry were inside with the magnets and also worked with the magnets inside. Charlie matched colours and made squares, whilst Henry matched shapes and found the triangles.

 

Patterns

Dominic, Beveen, Leonardo, Oscar, Emmeline and Isabelle explored making patterns with the rocks today.

 

Fine Motor: Drawing  & Threading

Henry, Elaria, India, Isla and Charlotte did some drawing. They practiced their fine motor skills and creativity whilst exploring lines, colour and shape to create their work.

Romit thread some paper on to a pipe cleaner. It took lots of perseverance, problem solving and excellent hand eye coordination.

 

Home Corner

Iris, Alegria and Charlotte had fun together in the Café. They made cakes and had Babycino’s together! Dramatic play is wonderful for social skills and allows children the opportunity to explore real life roles in a safe environment.