In RE we shared stories and books to learn about the Water Cycle.
We are amazed by God’s awesome design for providing water in our world, through rain, streams, waterfalls, rivers and the oceans and the power of the sun creating clouds for more rain!
Water is so important to people in every day life, for drinking, bathing, cooking, recreation, growing our food, caring for animal life and just having splishy, splashy fun!
We enjoyed using our bathing centre to give our baby dolls baths to keep them clean, healthy and happy!
Our usual play dough table was taken over by ooey, gooey blue Ooblick, such slippery, drippy fun!
We made it by mixing blue water with cornflour, stirring it with our hands.
When you try to grab it with your hands it feels hard and then it suddenly goes all soft and melts through your fingers like water!
Water is important in our Church family too, in the Sacrament of Baptism.
We made a small “Church” in our dramatic play area where we could role play Baptising our baby doll, using a font and jug, oil, special candle, white clothes and a special prayer.
We also visited our St Emilie’s church and saw the statue of St Emilie at the front of the church, showing her caring for children as she did in her life.
We blessed ourselves with Holy water as we went inside and sat on the pews to say prayers of thanks to God for being part of His family.
We saw the Baptismal font and special candle used to Baptise people joining God’s church family at St Emilies.
Our Science Investigations continued as we explored and learned about shadows.
We went on a shadow hunt around the school and used an over head projector to create shadows on a white board.
We discussed our findings about shadows and decided from our experiences that they are formed when the light from the sun, or another source, is blocked by an object and the shadow is created in the shape of that object.
We also modelled day and night using a globe and the over head projector. We found that as the Earth turns the sun shines on one side to create day time and when it turns away from the sun it turns into the shadow created by the earth itself to become night time.
Our investigation this term began with the question “Is The Grass Still green At Night?”.
We set up a special tent in the classroom which is designed to block out light. We also placed a big piece of green, fake grass in the base of the tent. We had a variety of torches that we could use inside the tent.
We had to try to answer the question about the colour of the grass as we played inside the tent.
Our class discussions revealed that the grass is black at night! You need a light source, such as a torch, to see the green colour of the grass!
PYJAMA DAY AT KINDY
What a funny thing to do- wearing Pyjamas to school and eating breakfast with all our friends and teachers!
There were so many great designs, patterns and colours in all 29 different sets of PJ’s worn to Kindy that day!
We enjoyed yummy cereals and Milo drinks, a story about “The Cat’s Pyjamas” and a song about “Wash Your Face With Orange Juice”!
So much fun!
Our Teddies had a great time when we lined them all up from tallest to shortest!
Thanks to our families for helping us get dressed up in our cozy PJ’s!
We have had a very busy term, enjoying the company of our friends, trying out new things to learn and now we need a rest and time to stay in our PJ’s a little longer in the mornings!
Enjoy family time together over the holidays and we’ll see you all bright eyed and bushy tailed in Term Three!
We have enjoyed many aspects of God’s Creation at Kindy.
We planted our garden bed with Green Pea, Sweet Pea, Rainbow Chard and Poppy seeds, along with flower seedlings. Our seeds have all sprouted and are quickly growing stems, leaves and tendrils as they enjoy the sunshine and rain that God has sent. Stay tuned for news of yummy vegie cooking coming up next term from the bounty we hope to harvest!
God made many plants that we enjoy as foods.
We used pestle and mortars to grind herbs and spices that our families use in cooking our meals.
The aromas we released as we ground the little leaves and seeds was delicious!
our fingers and hands certainly had a good workout from all the grinding!
THE SCIENCE OF DAY AND NIGHT
Our Dramatic Play area became an Australian Native Animal Rescue Centre for some weeks.
We would “Drive” our rescue vehicle to the bush find Australian animal puppets we found to have injuries or feel ill.
We brought them back the centre for treatment from our vets and nurses.
This team worked tirelessly to rehabilitate these injured animals with bandages, medicines, special foods and cuddles so that they could be released back into their habitats.
We studied a print of a painting made by Vincent Van Gogh called “Starry, Starry Night”.
We looked for light sources in this night time painting and noticed that the big tree in the fore ground was black, not green.
We then made our own night sky pictures using Scratch paper and wooden tools to show the rainbow colours under the black coating.
Did you know that Vincent wore a hat with candles around the brim so that he could paint such art works at night time?
Vincent Van Gogh also studied sunflowers and made many, many paintings of them.
Sunflowers follow the path of the sun throughout the day.
We closely observed sunflowers too and created our own black pen and water colour paintings of their stems, leaves,
petals, stamins and petals.
PRE-WRITING / FINE MOTOR
Our Peggy Lego pre-handwriting programme is complete.
We have used small found objects to lay over various lines we learned from our programme, drawn onto a large table top.
The little pincer actions we use to pick up and place each object on the lines helps to make our fingers and hands strong.
It’s great fun to do this with friends too!
Kindy learning is such great fun!
Just a reminder to Kindy parents that you are warmly invited to a one on one 10 minute opportunity to debrief your child’s SPEECH AND OT REPORT this Wednesday the 15th June, between the hours of 8am to 10am in the school hall with either Kathy (Speech), Benita (Speech) and/ or Angeline (OT).
This is a valuable opportunity to ask questions, to clarify and to discuss whether your child might benefit from some early intervention.
The code is included on the letter that was sent home to you with the Report.
Thank you to all the lovely ladies who came along to our Kindy Pamper Morning.
It was a fabulous opportunity to enjoy Nail Painting, A Hand Scrub and Massage, Bracelet Threading, Sharing Stories, Drawing and Hand Prints on a Poem.
The children so loved pampering and taking care of all their special visitors as a way of saying ‘Thank You” to all of you!
We have begun our Kindy conversations about Looking After God’s World- His Creation!
Thank you to all our families for helping the children collect natural items that have been made by God.
We all enjoyed sharing our treasures with our friends and wondering how God knew to make such a variety of beautiful, colourful and purposeful items for our world!
We have begun our “10 Minute Oral Language Game”programme, which has been lots of fun!
We have to name all the pictures used in the game, then play “BINGO”, matching the picture cards with those on our individual game board.We need to concentrate and listen carefully during the game so we can place a counter on our board if our pictures come up!
So far we have played games about foods and clothes we wear.
PEGGY LEGO PRE-HANDWRITING
We have been practising the movements of “Tall Man, Tall man, starts at the top, pulls down and stops”, drawing the action in sand first, then using crayon on the easle and washing the paper with dye.
We have been making towers and talking about “Tallest, Shortest, Longest,Middle Sized” and putting our towers in order of size in our MEASUREMENT activities.
You can practise the skill of ordering items according to size and length at home with us too!
How about putting items on the dinner table in order, or toys as we play, or the family socks before they go in the wash…lots of learning opportunities!
As you have probably noticed we have been practising ordering numerals from 0-10 each morning and we are getting very clever at this skill!
The maths table is always popular too for making and matching collections, matching numerals and counting.
We keep practising our hand and finger strength skills by tracing patterns from pattern cards into sand with marking tools.
We also practise writing our names each day.
Stay tuned for more fun and learning opportunities next time!
We have been learning about the life of Jesus in our Lent and Easter RE programme.
When Jesus grew up He was a Teacher, telling people everywhere about God’s love and how to show love to everyone.
We have shared Bible stories about Jesus choosing His Disciples who helped Him teach about God, Jesus blessing the little children and Jesus showing the power of God’s love when we are scared in the story of Jesus calming the storm.
We use props like Godly play figures to retell the stories with our friends.
We can teach like Jesus too when we are kind, sharing, prayerful and do as Mum and Dad ask us.
We’ve had great fun with COLOUR and SHAPE through playing SNAP games!
We have pretty fast reflexes to place our matching cards on the table before our teachers do, so that we can win the pile of cards!
Our hand and finger muscles have had a good workout as we roll play dough into little balls and place them on the rainbow mat.
We practised being little carpenters as Jesus did by tapping little nails into the shapes on cork boards.
Our creative side came out as we drew with chalk on the blackboard fabric and then used brushes and water to paint over our designs!
Freda felt like a real celebrity as she posed for us as we made OBSERVATIONAL DRAWINGS of her showing all her characteristics.
We had to concentrate very hard to look at her very carefully and draw the shapes we could see that made up her body. We used black pen to draw and water colour paints to colour her body.
Our investigations into how THE SUN CHANGES EVERYTHING saw us conducting experiments in the sun.
We know that the sun gives reptiles energy to survive and we found out that people can use the energy from the sun too!
We filled a SOLAR SHOWER with cool tap water, put it outside in the full sun for the day and HEY PRESTO! the water was heated from the energy in the sun shine! What a great idea if you need a warm shower and you are not near a bathroom!
We also put SOLAR LIGHTS outside in full sun for the day to see if the sun’s energy could power the SOLAR CELLS on the top of the lights.
HEY PRESTO! We put the lights into shadow boxes in the afternoon and they lit up!
How pretty they would look in the garden at night!
The sun really does have ENERGY that people can use!
Looking forward to seeing all of you at THE SCHOOL FETE this Sunday
and at OPEN NIGHT Wednesday 23rd March!