- April 6, 2018
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Children at Gorton House preschool have been learning about the human body, poring over reference books with their educators, asking lots of questions about body parts and what they do, and relating this knowledge to how their own bodies work.
Children are engaging in role play, pretending to be doctors and patients, healing pretend illnesses and injuries. Educators have added more books about the body and led discussions on how our choices (e.g. to eat nutritious food, exercise, wear protective clothing or equipment such as helmets), can help to nourish and protect our bodies.
Children then traced around their bodies and drew in some of the body parts that they had shown such interest in. Medical resources were added to the children’s space to support their hospital role play, which is expected to continue for some time.
Toddlers at Murray House have also been engaging in role play, playing roles of Doctor and patient. Educators provided some equipment to facilitate this, including gowns and stethoscopes. Children looked after their ‘dolly’ patients, putting on their doctor’s gown and placing the stethoscope on the doll’s chest, and gently patting the doll. Some children expressed that “dolly need medicine”, showing awareness and knowledge that medicine can help to make people better.
Infants at Murray House have been playing with puppets, using them to sing nursery rhymes and mimicking the sound of animals while copying the movements of the puppets. The children’s favourite songs were Five Little Ducks, Five Cheeky Monkeys, and Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star. This experience fostered language development through singing, rhyming and discussions about the play.
Johnson House pre-schoolers have been creating slime, using a powder that magically transforms into a gooey slime when water is added. It is non-toxic, environmentally friendly and lots of fun!
Sensory enhanced tactile learning experiences are essential for brain development because when a sense is engaged, neural pathways are being created to assist with further learning. This experience also offers the children to be part of a social experience where they communicate their likes, their ideas and their enjoyment of what is happening.
At Rigby House, volunteers from De La Salle College Ashfield have helped to put together planters and helped to fill them up with soil. Educators and children have been busy planting, with babies and toddlers practicing using their ‘slow and gentle hands’ as they admire the plants that grow. Learning about plants is a great opportunity for the children to learn about mathematical concepts such as short and long, near and far and compare the sizes of the leaves.
At Robinson House, Early Childhood Teacher Sarah has been doing some science experiments. After reading the book Who Sank the Boat? Children tested out the concepts of weight and sinking.
A group of children and educators formed hypotheses around the whether various objects would be heavy or light, collecting different objects and then taking turns to place them on the scales. Children discussed how items were balanced, and expressed surprise that a ball that looked soft and hollow was actually heavy.
This activity enabled the group to continue to explore new science concepts and broaden their understanding of balance, and the process of cause and effect. The children would like to explore other liquids and sand in the scales.
For Harmony Day 2018 all the children and educators at Randwick Family Day Care Playsession were invited to participate in a discussion and collaborative art project.
The children and educators discussed concepts such as ‘why do we hold hands?’ ‘who are our friends?’ and ‘how can we all work together?’. This was a wonderful opportunity to explore belonging, the relationships that we have with others and how our actions can make others feel that they belong too.
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