- November 10, 2017
Welcome to our weekly news round up of happenings at The Infants' Home.
Robinson House preschool have been implementing their transition to school plan this month, visiting local schools to gain an insight in how "big school" works and the locations of key spaces such as classrooms, toilets and playgrounds. Working alongside the local school contributes to the opportunity for developing warm and trusting relationships, enabling children to form secure attachments to other childhood professionals, whilst providing a secure base from which to take risks and explore their environment.
“I worry about kindy…because I don’t see Thi-my (Educator) anymore and I don’t know who my teacher is or any teacher”
Ivy-Jane, aged 5
“When I start school…I will feel happy because I will have new friends, and we can make games up”
Joel, aged 5
Next year…I will go to big school and my brother is there…and there is a room that has books all around the walls”
Honey, aged 5
“Did you know that at Ashfield school I have to go to the BOYS only toilet….so no GIRLS…”
Huckleberry, aged 5
‘‘Having my child at Robinson House preschool the year before school was very important. Getting her into to a daily routine and learning to go to group times, story sessions, and lunch times has definitely assisted in her preparation to school. And being in the local community we have 3 other kids from her preschool that also attend the same school….’’
Michael, Father of Sally
At the end of the year at Johnson Preschool, children leaving preschool are provided with the opportunity to have their vision tested before they transition to school. A community health nurse will work with the children to ‘test’ their eyes. In keeping with the practice of empowering children with a sense of agency and and control over things that impact them, educators have worked with children to process how the vision screening will happen - using play to practice for the event. Some children made a letters board which they then used to test their eyes, covering one eye at a time and calling out the letters.
Educators and children alike have been learning about dragons at Gorton preschool! Children were engrossed in imaginitive play, centred around mythical dragons, when an educator tuned into this interest and extended on it by talking to them about both mystical dragons and the real life dragons that exist today. Children learnt about water dragons from China, and Komodo dragons from Indonesia. After becoming fascinated by this information, the children created a 'dragon's cave' from clay, leading to rich and imaginative conversations as they played with dragon figurines in the cave.
Did you know….
Komodo dragons are the largest living species of lizard. They can reach 3 metres in length and weigh up to 70 kilograms. They are carnivores who like to eat pigs, deer, snakes, fish and water buffalos. Adult komodo dragons are cannibals (eat their own species), and 10% of their diet is made of newly hatched Komodo dragons.
At Rigby house, children have been conducting scientific experiments using sultanas and mineral water - learning about the world using their senses. Prior to the experiment, children sampled the fizzy water and sultanas - with many requesting "more!", and focusing on the sound of the gas escaping from the bottle when it was opened. Once they had placed the sultanas into the bottle, they observed the bubbles surrounding the sultanas as they bobbed up and down, with many children exclaiming "ooh!" and "aah!", "they're dancing!" and "Up! Down!". Simple activities like this enable young children to practice scientific concepts such as observing, predicting, communicating and sharing ideas.
Murray House infants have been transplanting seedlings grown in the Murray House garden into The Infants' Home community garden. Once the seedlings had grown and become stronger, they needed more space to grow. A group of children followed Jung (educator), each holding a watering can. They excitedly ran towards the gate and looked forward to checking on the seedlings. Taking turns to water the garden, they carefully aimed the water to wet the soil near the roots. The children are developing awareness in how to nurture the plants, moving carefully to avoid standing on the seedlings, and placing small stakes to train the beans.
Murray House toddlers have been observing Jacaranda flowers as they fall onto the ground. Some children picked up the flowers to have a look, showing curiosity. The children collected the flowers and placed them into a basket with other natural materials they had found such as green, red, yellow and brown leaves, pine leaves, twigs and bark. Once the basket was full, the children were invited to create collages with these found materials, and children discussed how the flowers got the purple colours, and why some leaves are green whilst the ones dropped onto the ground are brown.
Johnson House Toddlers
Children at Johnson House Toddlers have been very interested in counting, also practicing counting up to five in Spanish. Educators built on this interest by introducing a few counting games in English and Spanish. In a further challenge, they made a number line with Very Hungry Caterpillar stacking number blocks. With support from the educators the children were very confident counting in English and then Spanish numbers.
Family Day Care
During the Northern Beaches Family Day Care playgroup, children had the opportunity to listen to the story of the Rainbow fish through a felt story. Educators provided a curiosity basket with objects depicting the ocean to inspire the children and bring the story to life. This allowed the children to become personally involved in the story, developing their expressive and receptive language skills. The children then became interested in re-telling the story themselves, using the felt board.
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