We have been integrating writing opportunities into our morning Fine Motor Groups. This week the children had to respond to a question posed by the teacher in our Thought Bubble. Children are encouraged to talk, draw, write and share on their journey to becoming more confident and flexible writers.
You can help by encouraging children to write for a range of relevant and meaningful purposes at home – creating shopping lists, letters and cards to family and friends, writing emails, keeping a holiday diary, labelling items and photos and leaving notes.
Give children opportunities to read aloud their writing attempts. Listen and focus on the message that they were trying to convey. If children are encouraged to express their meaning and are acknowledged, they will be more inclined to attempt to write.
Provide a quiet place for your child to write with lots of writing materials. Leave notes and messages for each other and engage in writing games. Write together and have FUN!
Role play is a very important part of a child’s development in the early years as it provides them with the opportunity to develop their imagination, to build confidence, and to develop communication and problem solving skills. Our role play area provides spaces, scenarios, props and the support children need to explore real life and imaginary worlds!
Imaginative play also promotes children’s intellectual development, improves social skills and ignites creativity! It gives children an opportunity to ‘play-out’ events that they have observed or experienced in real life.
Our Pre Primary role play area has been transformed into a Medical Centre and it is a very busy hub in our learning environment. In fine weather we open our folding door to provide indoor – outdoor play with both classes.
Oh the wonder of childhood!
Our Pre Primary class was really excited to engage in our first session of ‘Balls, Body and Brains’ in Week 3.
The ‘Balls, Body and Brains’ sessions this term will provide the children with another opportunity to develop their fundamental movement skills through games and activities.
The series of indoor and outdoor experiences assist in developing perception, fine and gross motor skills, listening and memory training. We had lots of fun!
The 28th of July was the 100th Day of School! The children have been counting each day of school in Pre Primary and we made it to 100! The children enjoyed a fun day of activities celebrating the number 100.
We invited Mrs Thuijs to be our special guest to count to 100 on our number chart and have the very special job of putting a star on the number 100. Mrs Thuijs put the 100th cube on our 10’s cubes and we counted by 10’s to 100. She placed the 100th marble in our marble jar, it was a big ‘Tom Bowler’!
We made ‘I Am 100 Days Smarter!’ crowns and we had lots of fun completing counting activities to100.
Do your recognise these lovely old folk? We used the ‘Age Me’ App to change our faces to look like we are 100 years old! The funny photos made everyone giggle!
The highlight was our lovely afternoon tea that we shared together. Thank you to the parents for organising ‘100 Things on a Plate’ for us to eat, what a spectacular party table!
Yay! It was a great day!
At St. 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 – active play.
Our 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 life cycles.
Outdoor environments are a platform for creative play and the development of the imagination and problem solving skills. The outdoor environment offers children opportunities for freedom and movement through physical activity and promotes a sense of well being.
Outdoor spaces provide for hands on, sensory learning and MESSY = FUN!
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.