THE SUN CHANGES EVERYTHING!
The emphasis within this module is on the influence of the SUN’S energy on a child’s everyday life and how the SUN’S energy creates changes.
We have a class mascot called FREDA the frilled neck lizard, who introduces us to Reptiles and their need for the SUN’S light energy.
We have researched the REPTILE family and noted their characteristics and need for the SUN’S energy to hunt for food and escape from predators.
We are following a sequence of activities to investigate the power of the SUN.
We identified how we warm and cool our bodies, what we know about the SUN, SUN safe behaviours and conduct simple experiments to investigate how a range of familiar objects can change if left in sunlight.
Our reptile Park has been a very popular spot in Kindy as the lizards, snakes, turtles and crocodiles have adventures in the habitat we created for them.
Look out for all of this and our Observational Drawings Of Freda , along with other learning experiences at OPEN NIGHT Wednesday of Week 9 of term.
Hope to see you there!
Welcome back everyone to our last term in Kindy!
We’ve dived right in and had lots of fun finding out things and being with our friends.
Confidence levels have been high as explorations and experimenting began as soon as our doors opened!
Our “Little Scientists” work area has been very busy with everyone trying out different ways to move water, building water pipes, pouring
with all kinds of containers and sharing our ideas about the properties of water.
There have been some perplexed faces when the water didn’t go through the pipes as expected and “wooshed” out of a different place instead!
Thank you to our families who helped us to collect a water sample over the holidays to bring to Kindy.
Samples were taken from wide ranging places, such as the sea, lakes, Canning River, creeks, ponds, rainwater, waterfall, Murray River, tap and swimming pool.
One of our families collected a sample from a lake in Kalbarri where the water is PINK!
We looked carefully at all the samples collected and noticed that that the water was not all blue!
We thought about the colours of the body of water our sample had come from , then made a painting using those colours with water colour paints.
Then we cut out a water drop and painted it with water from our sample bottle.
You can see from the display of our paintings that you can see a multitude of colours in water in the environment!
We were so excited to host a playdate for all our Dads, Pops, Grand dads, Grandpas, Uncles and Mums for Father’s Day.
It was great fun to play Lego and Mobilo, build collage and play dough, go birdwatching in our dramatic play bushland, use the sandpit and generally have a super time together!
Thanks to all our special visitors for coming along…we hope you felt very loved and appreciated!
LIFE ED VAN
We were so lucky to be invited to participate in a visit to the LIFE ED VAN that was visiting the whole school last week!
The unit topic on Belonging and Connecting” connected very well with our own Growth Mindset Unit in our Kindy Programmes.
Harold the Giraffe shared his videos about the choices we can make that help others and allow our own hearts to grow, through being kind, helpful and generally treating others with care.
We shared with the class something or someone we are grateful for in our lives as we placed a token in a bucket, such as our parents, our families, our brother and so on.
We played games wth a tiny Harold as we worked together holding all the way around a large piece of fabric like a parachute, to give the little puppet some jumping fun in the middle!
Then as we were leaving the van, we could pat and thank Harold for sharing his ideas with us!
Thank you to all our families for helping us with our BOOK WEEK costumes! they looked truly fabulous and the Pre-Primary children enjoyed our parade as we announced which character we came as from our favourite story.
Thinking of books, thank you to our families for also sharing our “Read To Me” stories with us each week
and to Mrs Taylor for swapping them over every Monday- she is a book champion!
Remember to share a book with someone every day!
“PLAY FOR LIFE”
“Bodies, Balls and Brains”
We have begun our Wednesday gross motor programme with ‘Play 4 Life’.
We have been having great fun participating in activities and games, as well as dance and music and movement activities.
Practising these skills helps with our listening and processing, along with developing strength, balance, movement and the correct use of equipment.
Wednesday is our favourite day of the week! 🙂
This term our morning stations have a MATH focus.
Most of us are adept at finding our group and starting our activities as soon as we have put our name up.
We have tried…
Threading beads of varying colours, sizes and shapes.
Some clever kids even threaded according to a pattern they made!
Playing Dominoes, matching the number of spots.
Finding the shapes to match the Geo Shape block patterns.
Making towers of Unifix cubes to match the numbers on the mats.
Stacking Donuts to match the number tiles.
It’s a good idea to CHECK and recount your stack to be sure it is correct.
How many ways can you show a number?
We line up all the ways to match the numbers 1-10.
Using coloured pop sticks to copy the pattern cards- trickier for us than you might think!
Roll the dice and place that many marbles in the dish- can you fill it to the top?
Read the number and place that many stickers along that line to make a stairway.
Playing Dominoes by matching the numerals.
Most days we also practise ordering numerals 1-10 in a number line.
We try to remember to use words like “…move in between…” or “…goes after…” or “…is more than…”
to move incorrect numbers to the correct place.
We always have to read and CHECK that we have the numbers in the correct order.
Then we have to find answers to tricky questions like “Which number is between 5 & 7?”, “Which number is one more than 8?”, “Which number is one smaller than 3?” , “Which number comes after 7?”.
ST EMILIE’S WEEK
During St Emilie’s week we read all about St Emilie to learn some special things about her life and how she looked after others who had little by way of food, education or medical care. She dedicated her life to the service of others, that they may gain strength and experience God’s message of love.
We read our school prayer and viewed both the statue outside the church of St Emilie and the stained glass window inside the church.
We met up with our Year Three Buddies to chat and share the colouring of beautiful Mandela designs.
St Emilie would have been proud of the way our buddies were so kind and nurturing of us and our efforts to colour inside the lines!
Thank you St Emilie for showing us the way to care about and share with others.
Thank you God for our wonderful buddies who are so generous to share their friendship with us!
FINE MOTOR STATIONS
This term we have been using FINE MOTOR STATIONS on arrival at Kindy each day to strengthen our finger and hand muscles.
We have really enjoyed trying different equipment, materials and procedures each morning .
It has helped with our organisational skills as we have had to learn the three clues that show us which station we are on each day:
1. Check for the Australian Animal mascot for my group over the term.
2. Check for my name on my group for the term.
3. Check for the people I work with at stations every day this term.
Usually who ever arrives first in the morning is able to demonstrate to the others in the group how to follow the tasks.
These stations really test our perseverance and concentration as we repeat the tasks or practise what we are trying to teach our brains and our hands and fingers a number of times each session.
It also helps us to slow down to be able to carry out a task well.
For example, you can’t put tea leaves into miniature tea sets with tiny teaspoons accurately if you let your hands rush and pour the leaves on top as if you were using a shovel!
Slow and steady wins the race!
Practise makes perfect!