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Term 2 - Week 10 - Family and Culture
This term the children have been learning about families. It was great to hear about all the different families in our class. The children shared where their family comes from, what languages they speak, what they like to eat together and places they like to go as a family during show and tell.
We had a fabulous time trying all the different foods from around the world at our International Lunch on the last day of term. It was lovely too see some of the children get dressed up in traditional costumes. We love that Phoenix represents such a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
Term 2 - Week 10 - Gardening in Kindy Blue
During the last week of term Doris and Sam from Bunnings came and installed some lovely vegetable gardens in the Kindy outdoor area. The children had a great time helping put the beds together, filling them with soil and planting a range of vegetables. We would like to say a big thank you to the ladies from Bunnings for their time and generosity. Bunnings supplied the garden beds, soil and seedlings and gave us lots of seeds so we can continue working in the garden next term.
We have had a great start to the term with lots of exciting things happening!
This term we have started our new Talk 4 Writing story – ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children have practiced retelling the story each day and have taken part in some oral language activities linked to the story. We have made porridge and some yummy bears using rice cakes, blueberries, bananas and peanut butter. In these oral language sessions the children are asked a series of blank level questions that range from simple to more complex. The children are also encouraged to explain and talk about what they are doing during the activities.
The children have been exploring 2D shapes for the last couple of weeks. They have sorted shapes, practiced drawing shapes, made shape pictures and some beautiful 2D shape dream catchers.
We have started out phonological awareness program ‘Cracking the Code’. It is wonderful to see their confidence grow in identifying initial sounds and syllables as they take part in the games.
We have also begun our social emotional program ‘PATHS’. So far we have covered compliments, basic feelings and friendships. The children have really enjoyed taking part in these lessons and get especially excited when the puppets come out to play! Each day we chose a ‘Star of the Day’ as a part of the PATHS program. This person receives compliments from their teachers and classmates, they then have to think of a compliment for themselves. These compliments are recorded and sent home with your child. There is a space for family members to add a compliment to the list too.
Last week we began looking at families. The children have loved sharing their family photos with the rest of the class. We have been discussing who is in each family, how families can be the same and how they can be different. We are currently making peg doll families with each child to display in our classroom.
Thank you to all the mums and nanas that came to our Mothers Day afternoon tea. The children loved having you in to take part in the different activities and spoiling you with massages and yummy treats!
Term 1 - Week 7
This week we have been exploring the sense of SMELL. The children have been playing lots of ‘smell and guess’ games and making ‘smelly potions’. We have been talking about the nose and what smells we like/ don’t like. The children used smelly paints during outdoor time and some of them painted some beautiful flowers that we picked from the garden.
The children have been loving the block corner this week. We have filled the play area with lots of fun materials (shells, stones, cars, animals). Taking part in play allows the children to develop language skills, solve problems, build friendships and use their creativity and imagination. We love play!
In Talk 4 Writing we have changed our story of ‘The Enormous Watermelon’ into ‘The Enormous Tomato’. Ask your child to retell you these stories at home.
We have been getting fruity this week! We made some ladybird’s with apples and sultanas and we also made some delicious fruit kebabs during oral language activities. These learning experiences also help make little fingers nice and strong.
On Wednesday we got to have frozen yogurts and watch the story of ‘Ferdinand the Bull’. This was a special treat as we filled our class jar with stones. Children get to put stones in the jar when they show positive behaviours (sharing, being kind, helping to pack away etc.)
A big thank you to Michael and Ivana our parent helpers this week. We loved having you!
It has been lovely catching up with parents to chat about the individual needs of your child. I look forward to catching up with more of you next week.
Term 1 so far . . .
All About Me
This term we have been covering the theme ‘My Self’. The children have been taking part in activities that focus on the body, individual likes and interests and the five senses. This term your children will bring home an ‘All about me bag’. Please help your child collect a few of their favourite things to share with the class. We are sending home four bags a day so don’t worry if your child hasn’t received the bag yet. So far the children have been loving sharing their special things with their classmates.
The children have been having lots of fun in the doctors surgery set up in the home corner. The doctors have been busy fixing broken bones and sore tummies!
Sense of Hearing
We have been taking part in lots of listening and sound making activities. We went on a sound walk with our big listening ears and heard lots of different environmental sounds. We made a class book about all the things we could hear which is displayed on the bookshelf in our classroom. We have also been listening to different musical instruments and making our own. We have had lots of fun playing them and singing lots of nursery rhymes.
Each week we look at a different colour. In a few weeks time will begin to experiment with mixing colours together!
This term we have been looking at same and different and sorting objects into groups. We have been sorting by colour, size and other various attributes. This week we will begin to focus on number recognition and counting.
Talk for Writing
Talk 4 Writing has begun and the children are really enjoying it! We are learning the story ‘The Enormous Watermelon’. Old Mother Hubbard left a watermelon in our class that we got to cut up and eat. It was very juicy and delicious!
Sense of Sight
This week we have been exploring the sense of sight. We went on a scavenger hunt to look for different things in the garden. We found different coloured leaves, feathers, bugs, foot prints and lots of other exciting things!