In Kindy through our work with children, we are building a respect and valuing of Australia as a diverse nation and an ancient land that has been cared for by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for many thousands of years.
Reconciliation requires a commitment to reflecting upon what we can do to contribute to building a more tolerant and just society and sustainable environment to support children to understand, respect and value diversity.
The Kindy children have been engaged in listening to traditional Aboriginal stories, understanding the significance of the colours on the Aboriginal flag, learning about Bush Tucker, viewing Aboriginal artworks and exploring Aboriginal music and dance.
‘Together, we can foster a sense of belonging
Together, we can create and access culturally safe spaces and places
Together, we can learn from the past as we forge the road ahead
Together, we can nurture and care for Country
Together, we can walk the path of reconciliation.’
Play helps children build a ‘play code’, which is an innate willingness to play with other children. This code includes learning how to take turns, how to share, and how to win and lose with a degree of grace.
Parents and educators need to help children resolve conflicts by making them aware of how to manage different wants, needs and emotions.
Here in Kindy we see the benefits of rich play experiences every day!
Pre-writing skills are the fundamental skills that children need to develop before they are able to write – such as holding a pencil, drawing a picture, copying shapes, letters, numbers and colouring in. Pre-writing skills allow a child to be able to effectively hold a pencil and use it confidently to produce legible handwriting.
What are the building blocks necessary to develop writing readiness (pre-writing)?
Hand and Finger Strength – Using play dough, squeezing tweezers and pegs, and singing and acting finger play rhymes can all build strength.
Crossing the Midline – is the ability to cross the imaginary line down the centre of your body. It is important for reading and writing, and many school activities. Try dance moves where arms and legs cross the body, painting at an easel using only one hand, passing a pair of socks from hand to hand repeatedly, and around the body, around the legs, swapping hands as you go.
Bilateral Integration – using two hands together with one hand leading. Try opening a jar, cutting paper, threading, doing up zips and buttons.
Upper Body Strength – a child’s neck and trunk need to be stable to support the other limbs and prevent fatigue. Try laying on the tummy using arms to move on a scooter board, practice ‘Dead Ant’ and ‘Superman Poses’ for the count of 20.
Object Manipulation – Children need to be able to effectively use their toothbrush, hair brush, crayons, spoon and fork, hold and move pencils and scissors. Encouraging independence will give children a lot more practice at using their hands with growing efficiency.
Pencil Grip – Encourage your child to hold their pencil in a way that allows their hand and fingers to move freely and easily when writing or drawing.
We integrate the further development of these building blocks for pre-writing skills throughout our Kindy days. Over time, when these basic skills are automatic, the brain can concentrate on higher order composition skills as children become writers.
We hope you can enjoy sharing time with your child using play dough, singing and acting out finger rhymes, painting, pegging, zipping, doing up buttons, cutting, drawing, colouring in and practicing Superman and Dead Ant poses at home, to build on what we do at Kindy!
Children have a natural spirituality, in Kindy we nurture an awareness of God and the wonder of life by providing a range of experiences which will develop each child’s sense of wonder in God’s presence in creation.In the early years each child is invited to interact with an environment rich in learning opportunities. Spiritual, social and emotional growth are fostered as children learn about God’s love for them and as they show respect and care for others.
To develop religious awareness in the early years, the learning environment provides opportunities for children to:
- wonder in God’s presence and creation
- explore God’s creation
- engage in human experiences that relate to religious concepts
- engage in role-play that helps develop their religious awareness
- recall and retell scripture stories
- see modelled how to relate with others in the way Jesus taught
- be introduced to simple rituals and symbols – Baptism
At Saint Emilie’s we have wonderful outdoor play spaces to enhance our learning. The children have space to explore, discover, experiment and develop their gross and fine motor skills while being active and healthy.
In early childhood we value frequent and regular opportunities to explore and learn in our outdoor environments and natural play spaces. We recognise that young children learn best through physical and sensory experiences.
Our outdoor spaces and natural bushland provides a play space to give children contact with the natural world and unique opportunities to engage with nature, the weather and the seasons. The children learn to understand and respect nature and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants and lifecycles.
When you take children outside regularly you see the JOY, WONDER and EXCITEMENT that they experience when they engage in learning in their outdoor environment.