- May 4, 2018
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Caring for the environment is a strong element of the educational program at Johnson House. The children have been interested in watering the garden, recognising when the plants may need water and also engaging in conversations about the various fruits and vegetables which are growing. This activity helps to embed a range of learning opportunities based round caring for the environment, taking responsibility, learning where food comes from and working together on a mutually enjoyable experience.
Children at Johnson House Toddlers have been investigating what Ladybirds look like. The children discussed the features of a ladybird and discovered that they have 6 legs, and wings that allow them to fly. The children discovered that the ladybird has wings like a butterfly. Following the discussion, children shared the story The Bad Tempered Ladybird. After the story, the children drew a ladybird and discovered that a ladybird is red and black and has black spots.
Katie, an educator at Robinson House, had observed that children were showing interest in hiding under furniture or moving it around to build a cubby house. Katie facilitated the children’s play by suggesting some ideas and encouraging them to use their imagination. Working together, Katie and the children constructed a cubby house using a long piece of fabric from Robinson House, a sheet brought in from a child's home, a tall wooden cupboard and some tyres with a tray placed on top. Once the cubby house was finished, the children climbed underneath the material to hide, laughing and talking amongst themselves. Katie brought over some instruments for the children to explore while in the cubby house: tapping sticks, symbols, a Tamborine and spools for a drum. The children played the musical instruments, sharing and taking turns with their peers, and singing songs. This activity helped the children to feel a sense of belonging to a group, use their imagination and benefit from an open-ended learning experience.
To combine the children’s interest in cooking and develop awareness of and commemorate Anzac Day in their program, Murray House children have participated in an Anzac biscuit baking experience. All of the children used their senses as they touched and smelt the ingredients as they mixed them together. Some children preferred squishing the mixture with their hands, other children enjoyed tasting the mixture. The children responded “mmm” as if they liked the taste.
This sensory play helped to develop the children's' vocabulary with some new words such as Anzac, recipe, coconut, flour etc, and describing words such as soft, hard and size.
Children at Rigby House have been learning how to use the recycling bins, learning that blue is for cardboard and paper, red for general waste and yellow for plastic.
Sustainability education enables educators and children to promote a sense of responsibility, show respect for the natural environment, be active participants and bring about enquiry and social change.
Paige (speech pathologist) and Simone (Director of Allied Health and speech pathologist) would like to give a huge thank you to all who came by to have a chat with them as part of Autism Awareness month on Monday 30th April. Congratulations to Barry Yu and his family for the closest guess of how many jelly beans were in the jar! The actual number was 274.
For those of you who couldn’t make it on Monday, here are some great websites if you would like to know more. This information might not be directly relevant to you but it is very likely you will know someone with Autism and you can potentially share these resources with them. The Hanen website below has great information not just for Autism, but also for supporting language and literacy development in children. If you have any concerns about your child’s development (not necessarily Autism) please discuss these with staff at The Infant’s Home. They are there to support you.
Are you, or is someone you know looking for childcare? The Infants' Home currently has vacancies across all age groups and is enrolling now. Call today on (02) 9799 4844 to find out more, or see here.
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