Thinking Outside The Square.

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This week the children have loved spending time in our DIY Store.The children have had plenty of time to explore, experiment and try out their ideas.Our aim this week was to guide the children to seek out specific pieces required to make a specific item (a robot) rather than to select and join items without necessarily planning or wishing to make anything.

Box construction provides opportunities for the children to explore scientific and mathematical concepts while they combine boxes and other craft materials together into three dimensional structures.As this process unfolds skills for problem solving, investigating, applying and reflecting on learning are developing.

Being imaginative and creative is fun.

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Book Week is a great event for children to celebrate their love of reading, characters and authors.Our visit to the Fremantle Library for storytelling was both exciting and enjoyable.We walked to and from the library and the children’s behaviour was perfect.You all would have been so proud of your little darlings I know we all were!


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Library Visit

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 🤗

Library Visit.

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.😊

Almost Spring

Maths Focus -Opposites

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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.


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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.
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Fun in in the garden.

Growing and Learning.

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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

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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.

Outdoor Fun.

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Friendships and Fun.

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Outdoor Learning

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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.

 

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There is always so much to investigate and explore .

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This Monday the children will bring home their first shared reader -please enjoy this experience with your child.

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Always Busy.

Maths Focus-Positional Language.

Using and Understanding Positional Words.

We use positional words all day long in our classroom however these words need to taught for mathematical success.This week the children have been introduced to these words through hands on games and activities. Movement, outdoor activities and exploration as well as music and dance will all be a major part of the children’s learning  as positioning words relate closely with actions. The ability to follow directions correctly depends on understanding these words, so like any skill positioning words need practice and repetition.

Please practice these words at home

  • in
  • on
  • under
  • beside
  • next to
  • through
  • behind
  • over
  • in front
  • between

 

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Science

Science helps children to explore their natural sense of wonder about the world so this week we all decided to try our luck with some planting. Watching plants grow is fun and educational as well as creating excitement and curiosity.Hopefully growing plant seeds over the coming weeks with the children will teach them how nature works,to  take responsibility in caring for something and an interest in environmental sustainability and pride in themselves for the results they achieve.

By encouraging them to think critically and inquisitively about what they encounter throughout our day, we can help them develop the kind of critical thinking and curiosity they need to be our very own little scientists.

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Sport.

Mondays : are now going to be our sports day (simple fun  skills such as throwing and catching a ball, games using gross motor skills, leaping, running and jumping etc)to help strengthen the body and prepare for future skills such as writing. Please sports shoes/joggers, track pants/shorts and t-shirt would be suitable.

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Below is an App for fine and gross motor skills. The cost is $14.99

Essential Apps for OTs by BinaryLabs, Inc.
https://appsto.re/au/0ci02.i

 

 

Hello Term 3

It was great to see the children return this week with happy little faces and eager little minds.We are all looking forward to an enjoyable and busy term. We are also extremely happy to have Mrs Hemmings back in our class and the arrival of two new students.

Naidoc Week.

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Naidoc Week is an important time as we acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognise the contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to our country and community.This week we played a game called Koabangan.

Koabangan was a finding object game played in the early 1900s by the Kokominni boys of north Queensland.The object commonly used was a goanna claw, but other objects were also used. For our equipment we decided to use a variety of different objects instead of  a goanna claw.  The children sat in a circle with their heads low and hands over their faces. Then a player had to hide the item in a designated area and the other players had to find the item in a set time. Whoever found the item got the next turn. The children had a lot of fun.

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Term 3 Overview

Kindergarten Term 3 Overview

 

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Fabulous Fifty!

Mrs DeFaria would like to thank the parents and the children for helping her to celebrate her birthday in style. Mrs DeFaria loved everything about her special day-especially her  princess crown and exquisite cake. It was a lovely way to welcome back a new school term.

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Happy Holidays!

End Of Kindergarten Term.

The second term has come to an end and it has been one filled with lots of investigation, play, exploration and fun.The children have worked so hard with their learning and it is wonderful to see all the progress they have made.Please take the time to look over your child’s Learning Journal with your child and talk with them about their work and make them feel proud as they really do deserve lots of praise for all their effort.However please return at beginning of next term to complete with more work samples.

OUR LITTLE TREASURES

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*Students return to school on Tuesday July 19th.

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Happy and safe holidays to you all- enjoy your precious children.

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