The children in the 'Rainbow Room' were invited to study their reflections in a mirror then capture what they saw on paper. Children develop their own self IDENTITIES in the way they see themselves and also in the way others relate to them. Some noticed little details like freckles on their nose, eye lashes, teeth, the glasses or earrings they were wearing, and hairstyle.
Literacy is an important aspect of children’s development and at St Luke’s we love to offer and participate in a wide range of literacy based experiences. These experiences include more than just reading books; we also enjoy acting out stories, engaging in felt board stories and expressing our own ideas through dramatic and imaginary play, construction, drawing, painting and playdough.
During the first few weeks of our program, we ensure the children feel safe, secure and supported in the preschool environment. Through this, the children have been developing a sense of belonging and developing friendships.
As we are sure you have all noticed, over the holidays we had The Tradie Lady in to construct a new playground area.
Watch the link that school a to z have produced. The video presents clear expectations of kindergarten.
Wow! It’s crazy to think that Term 4 is almost here. It is sad for us to have only one term left with some of you. We are all very thankful for you all of our wonderful families and thank you for entrusting us with your beautiful children.
Currently at Preschool we are looking at ways to reduce, reuse and recycle at meal times as well as look at healthy eating. This past week we have encouraged families to send food in containers that can be reused rather than sending the food in cling wrap and packaging.
Over the past few weeks the Friday children have been engaging in an obstacle course based on the tv series “Ninja Warriors”. This has provided the children with opportunities to watch, discuss and draw favourite parts of episodes where the challengers compete with each other to complete a challenging gross motor outdoor obstacle course.
Being an early childhood educator I'm regularly asked the question "Is my child ready for school?" How do you know when a child is ready to make the transition into a formal educational setting?
During term 1 & 2 this year the children had been busy designing the new water play areas. The process took many weeks for the designers to get the design the children had hoped for. The children and staff couldn’t have been more excited to unveil the water features during week 1 of this term and start using them. I have noticed so many of the children asking their parents to come and see.
This term at preschool your children have been involved in many learning experiences focusing on literacy and mathematical concepts. I have put together a brief summary of these areas and what you can do at home to support your child’s learning.
This term at preschool your children have been involved in many learning experiences focusing on gross and fine motor skills.
Have you seen your child develop in skills over the term? They could show you through;
Today Noah brought a watermelon to preschool that he had grown with his family! The children were excited to learn from Noah about how watermelons grow from seeds and develop on vines. He also taught us how to tell when they are ripe and ready to eat.
The first stage is simple scribbling. This is the typical output of a two or three-year old and – no surprises here – this is not really about the result on the page! Instead it’s all about the enjoyment of the process. The more kids scribble, the more fun they have. And if they are using paint, then it’s even more fun. It certainly has been in our house! All the while they are tuning their motor and pen skills, enjoying the process and effect of changing colours and paints, and generally having a ball.
The Children at St Luke's Preschool love caring for the environment and helping to plant and grow fruit, vegetables and many other plants. This week both the Sunshine Room and Rainbow Room were very busy creating new areas to explore and foster.
The Rainbow Room Children have been working hard together to collect different fruit seeds. This week, after drying them out, they have planted them as an experiment to see how they will grow. They're going to be monitoring the progress and look forward to producing their own plants.
At St Luke's Preschool we value the role of play in children's development, exploration and learning. The Early Years Learning Framework (produced by the Australian Government), describes the benefits of play in the following way.
"Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. When children play with other children they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings. Play provides a supportive environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning." (EYLF, Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2009)
We have many discussions and read advertising proclaiming a school readiness program. This can lead to us to become very confused and develop a desire for our child to have skills that we believe are a must for school. Early Childhood Australia has published a wonderful document highlighting the skills needed for the best school start.