PMP is a programme which aims to develop the children’s perceptions and understandings through movement and motor experiences. Perceptual-motor activities require children to use their brain and body together to accomplish tasks.
To perform well in the classroom, children must do many things that require their mind and muscles to work together as a team. All communication skills — reading, writing, speaking, and gesturing — are motor-based abilities. In learning to write, a child must not only know the alphabet and understand how words are formed by combining letters but also translate that knowledge into action by gripping, moving, and stabilising a pencil while using perception (sight) to adjust her or his movements in order to create the correct pattern. In order for the child to learn, the mind and the body must work together. Participation in perceptual-motor activities enables children to develop body control and encourages greater effort in all areas of the curriculum.
Pre Primary classes conduct weekly PMP sessions on a Wednesday morning. We rely on parent volunteers for our group rotations. Thank you to all parents who have volunteered their time to assist in this valuable programme. It would be great to have two parent volunteers each Wednesday morning. Come along and join in the FUN!
Oliver Hogan in PPB
and his very excited Mum and Dad
now have a brand-new beautiful. bouncing, baby sister
Miss Paino-Povey our PPB teacher
about the wonderful name they chose
the baby has been named…
How very special
and what a happy and blessed time for the Hogan family!
Love and best wishes to you all!
The Pre Primary Gold children have been very busy engaging in fun, ‘hands on’ activities to explore new concepts and consolidate our knowledge across the learning areas. In Week 5 our ‘Letter of the Week’ was the letter P. The children have been enthusiastically participating in a ‘Letter Hunt’ at home and we created a great display of things that start with the letter P in our classroom. Thank you to parents for supporting our learning and making important links between home and school. This week we planted herbs and vegetables in our garden bed to create our own ‘Edible Garden’.
Along with the fun of getting dirty, gardening helps children learn valuable lessons about patience as they wait for vegetables to grow and responsibility, as they see how necessary their care is to the success of the garden. Over the year we will build an understanding of where our food comes from, see food when it’s pulled from the ground and notice the similarities and differences from our garden vegetables and produce from the supermarket.
Preparing our garden bed
Looking at our seedlings and smelling the herbs
Planting the seedlings in our garden bed
We made the letter P into a Pink Pig, printed our name in play dough, popped Popcorn and decorated paper bags with the letter Pp and pictures of things that start with P!
Printing our names in play dough
Language experience activities, such as popping popcorn and gardening, involve planned and purposeful ‘doing and talking’ together, which is followed by writing and reading about the experience. These activities help young learners to make sense of their world by taking part in, sharing, and discussing authentic experiences they have shared together.
The Pre Primary children have made a great start to the year. Settling into a new classroom with new friends and teachers, adapting to the routines and rules and attending school full time can be challenging. We have taken it in our stride and are engaging in lots of fun learning experiences. We welcome Jayden, Luke and Teyla and their families to PPG at Saint Emilie’s, we love having you as part of our class group.
This week the Pre Primary teachers have been busy conducting PIPS testing with the children individually. It is a tool for teachers and schools to test what the children arrive at school with and what they gain throughout the year in terms of Phonological Awareness, Reading and Maths. We conduct PIPS testing in Terms 1 and 4, it provides the teacher with a ‘one to one opportunity’ to build an individual profile for each child.
There was much excitement on Tuesday when Mr Cogger filled our creek in Pre Primary. We are so lucky to have our beautiful bush area for the children to play and explore. Please remember to send in crocs or gumboots so your child can explore the creek and engage in water play.
Exploring the Creek
Our letter of the week was the Letter ‘S’. The children are building and consolidating their letter and sound knowledge through engaging in fun activities.
Painting with Spaghetti
Forming the letter S in sand
The ‘Letter of the Week’ will be displayed on our notice board outside our classrooms. Remember to reinforce our focus letter and have some fun engaging in learning at home.
Read more about linking into our learning below.
Letter of the Week
Thank you to all the parents who attended our Parent Information Evening in Week One. Mrs Airey and I are really looking forward to getting to know you in the coming weeks.
Please find attached the Pre Primary Information Booklet outlined at our Information Night.
If you have any further queries please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Booklet 2015
We have been discussing the season of Advent and thinking about special times when we have had to wait to share love, laughter and gifts with our families.
We are developing the understanding that we wait during the special time of Advent to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. We have been interacting in learning centres and are having fun preparing for the exciting events in the coming weeks!
Reading the Christmas Story and drawing the Nativity Scene
Making our Christmas Boxes
Role playing in our classroom ‘stable’
Books to share
Our Pre Primary garden is a place where the children can dig, plant, play and learn all at the same time!
Growing our own food is a fun way to educate each other about healthy eating and to reinforce the wonders of nature. We have built a veggie patch, planted a fruit tree and cultivated a herb garden for the children to grow edible crops. Having the opportunity to harvest, prepare and eat our own home grown produce has given the children a real sense of accomplishment and an appreciation for our food.
Vegetable gardens provide children with an opportunity to grow a variety of delicious produce in all shapes and colours, all year round.
We have grown a range of different vegetables – some salad greens, vine vegetables and root vegetables. We have watched them germinate and grow at different paces.
The children prepared the garden, planted the seedlings and watered and cared for our growing crops.
We were very excited when it came to harvest time and enjoyed cleaning, preparing and of course eating our delicious produce!