- July 20, 2018
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The children in Johnson House have been busy reestablishing the worm farm. We were lucky to be able to initially share some worms from the farm in Robinson House and now feeding and checking on the worms have become part of our daily routine. The excitement continued when we were very lucky to receive a donation of additional worms from one of families. The children took turns to use their hands to gently scoop up the worms from the box and then carefully put them down in our worm farm. After we put all the worms in, we engaged in a discussion about what worms like to eat and how we continue to care for them as well as their role in helping the environment.
The group at Northern Beaches Family Day Care play session have recently been investigating snakes and reading about Warnyarra the Rainbow Snake. A small world snake play experience was set up for the children to explore. Annabelle then took this interest over to the long sheet of paper that was placed in the hall for the children to draw on. Annabelle drew a long snake on the sheet which we then counted was 15 footsteps long!!!
This was a great way to connect the children’s interests through a range of learning areas as we explored snakes through storytelling, literacy, art and numeracy.
Children in Robinson house continue to extend their learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture. This week, they explored the Aboriginal Dreaming story of Emu in the Sky. This story encompasses the children’s fascination with space and Aboriginal Dreaming stories. This is the story of an emu that was sent to live among the stars and if you look closely you can see it in amongst the Southern Cross. Emu in the Sky has inspired their art and imagination.
In the past few weeks, the children in Murray House Infants have been exploring pizza making through pretend play using variety of media (play dough, sand, and cut out pictures). After many discussions about favourite ingredients, children began to work with real food items such as capsicum, pineapple , olives, tomatoes, mushroom, and rice cakes for the base. Many learning opportunities were observed as educators and children talked about food shapes, colours, and textures. The children have been encouraged to use their senses, as well developing language skill as they listened and followed the steps to create their own pizza - coating the base with tomato paste, chopping the veggies, etc. The best part of the experience? Eating their creations of course!
Children in Gorton House have taken great joy in their journey to create a new veggie patch with educator Russell. They have been planting herbs (rosemary, parsely, mint) and veggies (lettuce, broad beans, carrots) and taking advantage of all the learning opportunities that gardening can provide: the lifecycle of plants, how weather and the environment can affect plant grow, difference textures of different plants and how these expand our sences, and how to care for and nurture growing things. They greatly look forward to watchig their plants grow and produce tasty tid bits for nibbling on.
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