Thank you to all Families who were able to come along and share in the children’s learning over Term One.
The children were beaming as they “Taught” their family members all about different aspects and particulars of the classroom displays.
At long last our families had the chance to meet Freda the frill necked lizard.
Many of our visitors had heard of Freda and had actually thought she was a real lizard, such was her fame!
But alas, she is our Science mascot for this term’s topic “The Sun Changes Everything”.
We made Observational Drawings of Freda. She posed for us as we looked very carefully at her to capture her characteristics with black pen and water colour paints.
THE SUN CHANGES EVERYTHING!
As families moved into the wet area they enjoyed reading about our Science experiments!
We had filled a Solar Shower with cold water, placed it in the sunshine for a day and hey presto- the water was hot at the end of the day!
Our families had helped with one of our experiments- they added water to a container holding some dye, put it in their freeze, then brought it to Kindy.
We stacked the large ice blocks on top of each other to create an ice berg!
We had set it up outside in the sunshine and watched throughout the day to see what changes would occur.
The ice slowly melted away due to the power of the sun to leave teeny tiny ice blocks by the end of the day!
We all know what happens to chocolate if we hold it too long in our fingers- ooey gooey!
We broke up a chocolate bar , placed some on three plates, then put one plate outside in the sun, one in the shade and one inside to see what would happen.
We found the chocolate in the sunshine melted really quickly, while the chocolate in the sun did not. The chocolate we left inside did not melt at all!
The energy of the sun strikes again!
Did you know that you can put Solar Lights outside in the sunshine for the day and the sun’s energy will power up the cells to make the lights work when it is dark?
We tried it- how awesome!
Before leaving our Science display families were able to look at pictures of our Kanyana Wildlife Rescue incursion.
We were so lucky to touch and find out about animals from the Reptile family, which we had been finding out about!
We also met a Tawny Frogmouth and 24 year old Elle the Echidna! She was so cute, using her long tongue to eat her food and then sniffing our shoes with her long snout!
We brought in photos of ourselves as babies and then drew and painted pictures of ourselves now that we are big KIndy kids.
We have changed so much and have learned so many things!
We even tried writing our names too!
Did you know that God made all of us, even our Teachers and He knew our names before we were even born?
We have been learning about Jesus’ life from when the angel Gabrielle told Mary she would have a baby and His name would be Jesus, to His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
We have a big map that shows where He was born and all the places He travelled to teach people about God’s love over His life.
Our families also found out about the Maths activities we have been practising at Kindy.
We have been making and counting collections, reading numerals, sorting materials according to various attributes, subitising with dice and cards and learning number through nursery rhymes!
Whew, we have been busy!
Thanks again for sharing all this learning with us!
See you next time!
Phew! There’s so much to do in Kindy Blue!
We have had a busy, happy, teary, smiley, giggly, fun start to our Kindy year!
We have been busy finding out about each other and sharing lots of things about ourselves too.
Thanks to our families who helped us bring our baby photos to school for our Guess The Baby session!
We tried to guess which of us matched the baby photos and then we would tell everyone something about ourselves.
How amazing that God knew us before we were even born! He gave us our Mums and Dads and He is so happy to see us enjoy our days at Kindy now!
We have been thinking about how much we have grown since we were babies and how much we can now do now that we couldn’t do before.
Things like holding drawing tools well to be able to draw on wooden stencils that we think look like us…
…then we put all of our stencils together to make a model that shows all of us learning and playing together at St Emilies school!
We can draw and paint pictures of ourselves too. It might look easy but you need to look carefully at yourself in the mirror and try to draw what you see on the paper…there’s lots of information to think about. Then you have to learn how to use water colour paints and brushes to bring the drawings to life. It all takes lots of good listening, watching, thinking and concentration and SUPER BRAINPOWER!
We have also been learning how to get on with others, practising friendly talking and behaviour with other children, how to look, listen and think at mat time and activity times, how to be patient and wait our turn and how to do things for ourselves.
We are learning to be a member of our class, the Kindy year group, our Early Childhood block and our school.
It takes a long time to grow a St Emilies’ child but we’ve set out on the right foot!
It makes our hearts grow when we can help others to do a job…
…or we take the hand of someone who is feeling alone and put a smile on both of our faces!
Thank you to all families who came along on Wednesday evening to our Information Evening for 2017.
Your attendance was greatly valued and we hope you received some positive messages from our leadership team and class teachers, to assist you in helping your child/ren have a successful and happy year ahead.
Please take some time to read through our Information Booklet.
A WARM WELCOME TO ALL OUR FAMILIES FOR 2017!
We hope that families and children are just as excited, ready and hopeful, as we, as educators are, to begin this new journey together!
Please find below some wonderful videos, links and tips, to discuss and share with your child, in preparation for transition to Kindergarten.
To view this whole video and listen to the childrens’ reading of the text “Starting School” by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker, use the following link:
We are going to have a fantastic year ahead, full of new adventures, fun & learning!
We can’t wait to get to know all the special children in Kindergarten…very soon!
Welcome back to Term 4!
Please click on the link below for our Term 4 Programme Outline.
Our Dad’s Playdate was great fun!
Some of our Dads had to stay at work today, but we were thinking of you and sending love and best wishes your way!
Our Dads were so generous, playing with everyone!
We enjoyed so many great activities together on a beautiful, sunny day- Lego building, toothpick and noodle construction, play dough, drawing, painting, stories, building, sand play, ball play…
Scroll through some of the fun filled photos of our morning!
Best wishes to all our Dads for a happy Father’s Day!
MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
We have been busy practising our skills in FINE and GROSS motor development, to gain greater control and confidence with our body management and hand and tool control.
When we move through a course with equipment we need to listen carefully so that we remember how to use each piece of equipment. We also need to remember to slow down and practise the skills in sequence and correctly, or we could end up hopping when we need to jump two feet together, or forget to collect an item with the tongs to place in the bucket, or end up at the back of a different team when we have finished our turn! 🙂
Our Mum’s and Dad’s have been so helpful with practising our ball skills when they visit on roster! Thanks everyone!
Tracing over straight, curved, zig zag lines and sharp corners helps our hand strength and tool control. We need to remember to hold our pen correctly with our forearm on the table for better control. We also need to concentrate and follow the lines carefully so we can manipulate the pen around tricky corners.
We have also practised our scissor skills, remembering to keep our thumb pointing to the roof as we cut, so we don’t turn the scissors over. Holding and turning the paper as you cut is quite a skill too as is remembering to open and close the scissors so that they cut the paper on the lines- sometimes we are in a hurry and try to push the scissors through the paper instead and our efforts are torn.
ICT – INFORMATION and COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
We have been using the “BOOK CREATOR” app on the IPads to capture, create and reflect on our learning over our Kindy days.
We have been learning to use the tools in this app to take and use photos, draw and use the keyboard to create text on the pages we have designed.
It can be tricky learning to hold the IPad steady while you take a photo, making sure you capture the image as you want it, then resizing the image and moving it on the page for best results.
You need a steady hand when creating a drawing or making arrows to label your work on the screen, moving your finger slowly and carefully.
Writing text takes lots of brain power as you think of what you would like to say, then listen for the sounds you can hear in the words you want to use, then selecting the letters you need to write those sounds. Phew…such super brain power at work!
It’s all great though when we share our thinking with our friends on the Apple TV and see how they have used the tools to capture their Kindy learning.
We would love to see all of you at
OPEN NIGHT Wednesday 14th September
to share our learning in the classrooms and school hall with you!
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!