- November 28, 2017
Welcome to the weekly news round up for The Infants' Home.
One family from Gorton House pre-school invited all the children who were leaving for ‘big school’ to come together for a picnic at Ashfield Park. The families enjoyed a great afternoon of food, cake and games including cricket, frisbee and ball sports. Children were very excited to see each other outside of The Infants' Home, and happy to see their teachers also join in the fun. A big thank you to Ed and Emma for organising this event.
Gorton House children and families enjoy a picnic in the park
The Arts Studio in Robinson House is a place for artists to express meaning, to explore creative possibilities and to engage in sensory and kinaesthetic experiences. The arts studio is intentionally designed as a studio where the creative arts can be explored. Children have opportunities to create their own work, to learn skills with teachers and peers and to work with groups to create art, dance, music and performance. The arts studio has the specific purpose of being arts focused as well as being a meeting place for planned groups which can be teacher, child or collaboratively initiated.
Art has been chosen as an area of focus because:
(left) Robinson House dramatic play
Chlidren in Rigby House have been enjoying water play, which creates opportunities for children to have fun with their friends, as well as many opportunities to learn, including:
Rigby House water play
The infant children in Murray House continue to show interest in animals. Children developed their own game, calling out "Hide! Hide!" as they hid animals and then enjoyed finding them again. The story book 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?' as well as dinosaur and bird flash cards further stimulated the children’s learning; they pretended to be dinosaurs, birds and/or bears by making loud or soft animal sounds, whilst re-enacting and openly expressing their characters through play. The infant children are learning to develop awareness and understanding of the rules of the game, which helps to support their curiosity, cooperation, persistence, and enthusiasm to learn. Through play experiences, the development of literacy and language skills were also encouraged by helping children find words to describe sizes and identify colours and animals. This play also supports children's sense of identity in helping them to develop the social and emotional skills to partake in role plays and be creative in themselves.
Recently the children in Johnson House Toddlers have been very interested in investigating silkworms and discussing their life cycle. To pursue their interest, children had the opportunity to engage in a felt board story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. The children are familiar with this story, so could transfer their learning about silkworms to the life cycle of a caterpillar. The children were active participants in the learning as they took turns to sequence the story.
Johnson House toddlers explore silworms(left) and enjoy a feltbook story of 'The Very Hungy Caterpillar'.
Children in Johnson House Preschool have embraced popular culture and the hold it has on children, and were able to deconstruct some of the myths and assumptions around it. Children were able to see the value in using an eclectic range of research avenues - from print-based to digital resources - to help them learn about outer space, evolution and the extinction of dinosaurs. They have also expanded their physical developmental program with the integrated educator and occupational therapy group on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the AFL clincics and through practicing yoga.
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