- July 27, 2018
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Some of the children in the toddlers room have been showing interest in “fixing” things with tools. Educator Karen brought out the tool box for children to explore the tools: screw driver, hammer, pliers, etc. They observed with interest as Karen explained that she was using the screwdriver to undo the screws so that they could replace the batteries for the leaf blowers. “Just like Mate’s” one of them exclaimed. Mate was our maintenance officer who often came to blow the yard at Murray House and the children often associated his presence with the sound of leaf blowers. They also had a pleasant surprise this week as Mate came to visit them! The children gave Mate a hug and announced to each other, “Mate is here! Hello, Mate!”
It is really lovely to see the connection that our children have with educators and staff at The Infants’ Home, all play an important role in our daily routines.
To extend on the children’s interest in sensory play, children in Johnson House preschool were invited to try to mix sand and shaving cream together this week. Before the experience, the children were encouraged to put clean sand into a big tray and then put the big tray on the table in the yard. After that, the children started their mixing process. The children also used words, such as squishy, squashy, and squeezy to describe the texture of their mixture. Sensory activities, in addition to being fun and interesting for babies and young children, encourage children to explore and investigate. Furthermore, these activities support children to use the ‘scientific method’ of observing, forming a hypothesis, experimenting and making conclusions.
Sensory activities also allow children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information, helping their brain to create stronger connections to sensory information and learn which are useful and which can be filtered out.
To continue to celebrate NAIDOC Week, the children had the opportunity to choose to participate in several learning experiences this week. The children were very eager to share the story “Dunbi The Owl “and were able to recall the learning from the previous day about Dunbi and his feathers.
The children also discussed the poster, to celebrate NAIDOC Week and the pictures on it. The children discussed the 'mummies’ and 'grandmas' they could see and the colours and flags. The children also pretended to be all the animals in our story ' Kangaroos Can Hop'.
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