We had so much fun at kindy this week and love being here but now it’s holiday time YIPPEE!
Who would ever think that doing a load of washing could bring so much joy and interest.
Enjoy the holidays and your children even more.
Term 4 -Tuesday 11th October.
Time flies when your having fun but it is a different story when teaching the concept of time to kindy children.The children have been learning the days of the week and months of the year. Children love singing so every morning we sing the days of the week- learning is always fun when music or rhyme is involved. We are learning simple concepts such as day and night, morning, noon and night, yesterday, today and tomorrow. We will also cover a basic daily routine-wake up,breakfast, school morning tea…………It is however a hard concept for the children as time is not something the children can touch, feel or explore.
LOOK WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO………
This week the children have been exploring their own shadows, along with shadows of other objects that they have found outside. We have been looking at and exploring how a shadow’s shape,size position and appearance change.
Happy Father’s Day.
This week the children have been very busy preparing for Father’s Day.On this day we celebrate the love and dedication of fathers, step fathers, guardians,father-in -law, uncles and grandfathers and thank them for being our teacher, carer, friend and role model.They have loved every minute of secretly making cards and gifts for Daddy or that special father figure in their life -whoever it may be. This special day provides the children with an oppertunity to express love and respect for their fathers. This sentiment goes a long way in strengthening a father-child relationship and consequently in the emotional development of a child.
Initial Sound Awareness.
This term the children have begun our Initial Sound Awareness Program and we are focusing on your child’s ability to isolate sounds that they hear on a daily basis. Children need to be able to isolate the beginning sound of a spoken word in order to understand, learn and remember letter sounds.Listening-Yes! You can teach a child to listen. The skill of listening is required for children to be better able to recognise sounds (phonemes) in words that they will be introduced to. The best way to teach beginning sound isolation is to model beginning sound isolation and we do this every morning during our mat session.It has been fun thinking of words that begin with our first sounds M L and S.
A reminder that we have our excursion tomorrow to the Fremantle Library please dress your child in comfortable shoes for the walk. Due to our excursion we ask that your child not come in book week costumes .Thank you for your cooperation. We are looking forward to our first adventure 🤗
On Wednesday 24th of August the kindy children and teachers will walk to the Fremantle Library to celebrate Book Week 2016. We will spend an hour there between 10am – 11am. We are all very excited and are looking forward to our first BIG adventure.😊
Maths Focus -Opposites
This week our maths focus was opposites.Opposites are one of the most important basic concepts that a growing child can learn.Opposites help children in learning how to describe different things.Opposites are pairs of words that have different meanings and are part of basic concepts or building blocks that children need in order to follow directions, engage in classroom routines and provide descriptions. Understanding these concepts is important so that children can be successful with listening, speaking, reading ,writing and maths.
Children learn from growing things
The children have had lots of fun with the growing of our seedlings. Gardening is educational and develops new skills including:
- Responsibility – from caring for plants
- Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
- Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown (if we have success we just may be able to use our veges in a cooking activity)
- Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
- Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
- Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
- Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork
- Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
- Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from.
Fun in in the garden.
In this age group children show high levels of curiosity and enthusiasm for technology.This creates an environment where the children are not afraid of the technology, which provides excellent learning opportunities. Over the past weeks the children have been learning some very basic skills
- I know how to hold my iPad
- I know how to walk with my iPad with both hands holding it
- I know how to turn my iPad off completely
- I know how to turn my iPad on when it is turned off completely
- I know how to use the swipe control on the screen
- I know how to use one finger on the swipe control
- I can press the home button
- I can take a screen shot
Eventually iPads will give the children a way to share what we are exploring and discovering-taking photos.I pads are amazing tools and when the time arrives they will be used to deepen the children’s understanding of the concepts they are learning about. The children will then be able to capture and share their learning experiences.
The overall goal is not to use iPads for every activity, but to create an environment where the iPad can be used when appropriate to enhance the learning experience.
Friendships and Fun.
This week we continued our maths focus on positional language. Rosie’s Walk was our book of the week which introduced some new words such as past, through, across, around and over.We took our learning outside to see and experience what the words really meant- an awesome obstacle course also provided some challenges in understanding these words as well as using our bodies to carry them out.
Gross Motor Skills.
Gross motor (physical) skills are those which require whole body movement and which involves the large (core stabilising) muscles of the body to perform every day functions.
Gross motor skills are important to enable children to perform every day functions, such as walking , running, and skipping, as well as playground skills (e.g.climbing) and sporting skills (e.g. catching and throwing) These are also crucial for everyday self-care skills like dressing yourself. So this week we took every opportunity we could to practice, practice practice.
There is always so much to investigate and explore .
This Monday the children will bring home their first shared reader -please enjoy this experience with your child.