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Kookaburras News

July 2017

Pre-writing skills are the fundamental skills children need to develop before they are able to write. These skills contribute to the child’s ability to hold and use a pencil, and the ability to draw, write, copy, and colour. A major component of pre-writing skills are the pre-writing shapes. These are the pencil strokes that most letters, numbers and early drawings are comprised of. They are typically mastered in sequential order, and to an age specific level. These strokes include the following strokes: |, —, O, +, /, square, \, X, and Δ. Pre-writing skills are essential for the child to be able to develop the ability to hold and move a pencil fluently and effectively and therefore produce legible writing. When these skills are under developed it can lead to frustration and resistance to the writing task. This can then result in poor self- esteem and academic performance. Sonya demonstrated the mark making process to the group (i.e. pre-writing lines and strokes) and then individuals were able to experiment with copying and forming their own pre-writing lines in some sand trays.

Children are naturally inquisitive and want to know about the world around them, so we have been providing them with science experiences to challenge their thinking and engage them. These experiences (i.e. the Floating Lemon and the Dancing Sultanas) have encouraged individuals to question how or why things happen. Sonya did an experiment with the class to see if a lemon could float or sink. It was placed in water first, then individuals were encouraged to try to push it under the water, we made the water salty, and finally we removed the skin from it. Only to discover the same outcome – a lemon can ONLY float. “Dancing sultanas” was a follow up experiment – sultanas were placed in a container with vinegar and Bi-Carb soda the sultanas started to move and rise up to the top of the container some sultanas stayed at bottom once we added more.

We were able to involve the community by arranging a visit from Mitchelton Library (i.e. our guest was Pam the Librarian). She briefly explained her role and the operation of our local library. Pam shared three books with the group (two of which focused on the activities of birds). Some children were able to enter into the library’s competition making a seagull and designing a person. This work will be displayed in August in the library. We are hoping this will be a monthly occurrence as the children really enjoyed having someone else reading stories.

Finn’s mum Shelley came and did a power point presentation about her occupation – Project Manager for SEQ water. The children were all very interested asking lots of questions at the end. Prior to Shelley coming Finn gave us clues so that the children could guess what his mum did when she went to work, she works in a jungle near a train station far far away!!!!! The children loved the information bag that Shelley gave them all especially the drink bottles that were in them. Thank you so much Shelley for coming in to share this with us.

We would love more parents to come in and share what they do at work with the children, or come in to read a story with the children so if you have a skill that you can share with us or play an instrument, you are very welcome to do so.

Sonya, Sharon & Leonie

June 2017

There has been lots of collaborating in small and large groups, children investigating and building projects with various sized blocks and experimenting in the sandpit, where they have been role modelling real life experiences. They have been builders, plumbers, foremen, project managers, tilers, painters, firemen and jockeys. Children’s voices “we are bosses, roof men, diggers, helpers, submarine people and horse girls”.

Literacy
The dramatic learning space has given the children the opportunity to be imaginative and creative. We had a cafe/shop/restaurant and again various occupations were acted out. This has supported children to engage in pretend play with peers by taking on related roles and associated language. Menus, shopping lists and recipes were written and illustrated this allowing exploring and engaging with literacy in personally meaningful ways.

Some children have made their own books which we read at group time enhancing confidence and interest in reading. Educators borrow books from the library so we have discussed what happens at the library. Many new songs have been sung – we will post up the words for you so you can sing them at home too, a lot of the songs are sung to very familiar tunes.

The children have loved looking at poems especially funny ones.

Numeracy
We have set up a curiosity table providing resources for investigation such as scales, measuring tapes, clock, cash register, money, dice and numbers. They have been able to explore cause and effect, problem solve and look at height, weight and time. During mat time the Educators can research, challenge and investigate in order to help the children find solutions and learn about what they are interested in. This time also gives us the opportunity to reflect and question their knowledge on prior learning. We have a floor book displayed on the lockers so please take the time to read it.

A Lingua support worker (Ming ) has been visiting our room on Mondays where she has been teaching the children about the Vietnamese culture, words and songs.

We have now set up a Dentist called “Smiles Are Us” where we have been looking at dental hygiene, healthy food and junk food.

Future Direction
We will be looking at Occupations and would love for you to come in and talk to the children about what it is that you do when you go to work. Henry’s Mum, who is a Doctor, and Charlotte’s Grandad, who is a Dentist, have recently been in to to talk to us

We are looking at what objects float. The children made objects that they thought might float and will be given the challenge where they will test this in the water trough, we will then follow on testing what objects sink.

Our Dental surgery will be continuing.

Pam from Mitchelton Library is coming to read stories and do craft with the children on Tuesday, 18th July at 10.30am.

We post “Our Learning Journey” on Storypark daily and we would appreciate your input in the form of comments or feedback. This is a positive way to ensure learning is meaningful.

Most importantly the children are having fun whilst learning !!!!!!!

Friendly Reminders
• Please return your background questionnaire.
• Please name all belongings.
• Please read the day sheet and in the comment section, if you have wet items, please collect these form the container in the laundry.
• Please take home all your children’s belongings each day.

Sharon, Sonya, Leonie & Laura

May 2017

Our Learning Journey for May
During our dramatic play we were Prince and Princesses, this lead to conversations about what is a boy’s name for a Prince We looked at the names of the British Norwegian and Swedish Royal families. We expressed our selves creatively by designing our own crowns and dancing to classical music. We watched a video of ballet then the children practised doing this too.

Recycling has created lots of interest Miss Sonya brought in her recycling truck explaining all about what we can recycle. A group game of Recycling Bingo was fun as the children started making up their own rules so everyone was a winner. A big thank you to all the parents who are bringing in items for our recycle station.

A stem challenge was planned to encourage children to work with a partner. They used the lego to build a bridge to each other and this led onto the building and designing of boats which they did inside and outside. They worked in small groups using all different types and sizes of blocks with lots of negotiating and planning during this.

Investigation/Science experiment: We intentionally planned to extend on the children’s learning by following up on a response made from Tynan (when we did the Freddie the Fish story). The story was a hands-on enactment of how Freddie’s water became polluted. We investigated how to make his water more healthy with a simple water filtration system.

Future direction: Our aim is to continue to develop the children’s literacy skills. This will be approached in meaningful based ways by exploring menus, shopping lists and recipes.

February 2017

A brief outline of our Learning and Development for the month of January:
• We have been working on the development of our Living and Learning environment. This has involved team consideration of the following questions:
– What do we want to achieve?
– How do we intend to arrange the space?
– What elements and features in the physical environment will invite open ended interactions, spontaneity, risk taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature?
– How will we facilitate and encourage social encounters, interactions and respectful relationships?
• We have been fostering secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships; with the introduction of the social games and friendship stories (such as, Rainbow fish). Furthermore, we are encouraging a sense of belonging with an ongoing self-portrait project.
• We introduced the group to the concept of “Have you filled your bucket today?” This method focuses on encouraging positive behaviour as children identify the reward of expressing kindness and appreciation on a daily basis. Our intention is for this to be ongoing model of our Kindergarten program.
• We investigated the need for re-application of sunscreen with the Silly Sausage experiment. Our next step is to demonstrate the importance of adequate hand washing by facilitating some germ growth on a slice of bread.
• We are aiming to strengthen the children’s appreciation and understanding of Indigenous people by setting-up an ‘Acknowledgement area’. In addition, the children have used small stones to represent their knowledge of the Aboriginal flag. In this interaction with children, the educator focussed on responding to the children’s ideas and intentions, and building on the intellectual quality of learning experience, by outlining the symbolic meaning of each colour.
• We have introduced ‘Edwina’ (our classroom companion) to the group and she has commenced her home visits.

Our evident interests:
• Small group games, such as: Jack be Nimble and Doggie, Who stole your bone?
• Exploring natural elements such as: seed pods, leaves, flowers etc. and engaging in scientific investigation (such as – the Silly Sausage experiment and looking at a model of the Human skeleton). In addition, we are experiencing the sensory elements of materials (eg play dough).
• Gardening, construction play, painting and drawing.
• Creating their own marble run with loose parts.
• Happy Feet and Gingersport engagement.

Future direction for the month of February, in our Kindergarten room:
• We will value the children’s interest in cooking and gardening (with planned experiences).
• We will discuss, share ideas about the establishment of an Indigenous garden and a vegetable patch.
• We will continue to add more natural elements and loose parts to the indoor space.
• We will encourage the children to apply and reflect on their learning (with the use of our Floor book).

Sonya, Paula & Leonie

September / October News

kooks-pic3A brief outline of our Learning and Development:

September:
• We have been working on the development of secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships; with the introduction of the Yarning circle process, social games, stories, Show & Share, and the ongoing self-portrait project.
• We are aiming to strengthen the children’s appreciation of Indigenous people by doing an ‘Acknowledgement to country’ at the commencement of our Yarning circle. Furthermore, some individuals have made a ‘Talking stick’ to pass around during these sessions and to signal when it is a participant’s turn to speak.
• We introduced the group to the concept of “Have you filled your bucket today?” This method focuses on encouraging positive behaviour as children identify the reward of expressing kindness and appreciation on a daily basis. Our plan is for the process to be ongoing part of the Kindergarten program.
• We investigated the need for re-application of sun cream with the Silly Sausage experiment and the need to drink water throughout the day with the Flower-power science. In addition, we have demonstrate the importance of adequate hand washing by facilitating some Germ growth on potato slices.
• We have introduced ‘Edwina’ (our classroom companion) to the group and she has commenced her home visits.
• The children were offered an opportunity to dress-up as a pirate character in recognition of ‘Talk like a Pirate Day” and Captain Rob (the happy pirate) visited the centre. He introduced the children to the language of a pirate and encouraged them to stay safe around water, with the following key messages:
– Swim between red and yellow flags (so a Lifeguard can keep watch for you), and
– Remember to apply your sunscreen (to avoid getting sunburnt).
• We have introduced letter sounds with Jolly Phonics – a child centred approach to teaching literacy through actions for letter sounds.
• An educator has worked with a small group to allow input for the design/creation of a flag for the entrance space.

October:
• We have focused on building muscle control and strength, for writing preparation. This was instigated with play dough, slime, woodwork and cooking experiences.
• We have been responsive to the children by utilising their ideas to create a stimulating environment that will foster imagination and small world play.
• We have discussed, shared ideas and revisited the establishment of a Chicken coop.
• We have continued to add more natural elements and loose parts to the indoor space.
• We have engaged in creative movement experiences that focus on the development of fundamental movement skills, such as balancing, catching, throwing and kicking.

Our evident interests:
• Small group games, such as: Duck, Duck Goose and A-Tisket, A-Tasket.
• Exploring natural elements such as: seed pods, leaves, etc.) and engaging in scientific investigation.
• Gardening, Construction play, painting and drawing.
• Music and creative movement activities.

Until next time

Sonya W, Brittany, Miesh & Erin

August News

kooks-croppedOlympics – After the first week of the Olympics, we decided to have our own Blackwood Street Olympics. We spoke to the children about the types of Olympic Games and what they had seen on television then we watched some on the computer. Over the week we had a different event for each day. There were egg and spoon races, sack races, games of tug of war and many more.

Making Sushi! – We have had many conversations about sushi and Japanese foods. At the end of the month, we made sushi with the choice of cucumber, avocado and tuna as the filling. Afterwards, we got to eat our sushi rolls. The children loved the experience so much and have asked to do it again which we hope to do.

Exploring money! – As we have had some great fundraising for the Down Syndrome Association, we have looked closely at money and exploring the numbers, colours and shapes. A shop was made in the room with many items available for them to purchase. We used cash registers and pretend money to role play as a shopkeeper. This was a big interest of the children’s and we look forward to where this interest goes next.

Looking forward, a sneak peek into September
• The Father’s Day Afternoon Tea on 2nd September in the Kooks and Brumbies playground.
• A new teacher starting in the Kookaburra’s room. Sonya will be commencing on Monday, 5th September 2016 as the new Early Childhood Teacher in the Kookaburras room. Sonya holds a Bachelor of Learning Management (Primary), Provisional Teacher Registration and has completed the Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care).

Housekeeping
• Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child of a morning, we will reapply it before we come outside in the afternoon.
• We ask that your child brings a named water bottle and that this is taken home DAILY to be washed.
• If you have not already, could you please bring in a 6”x4” family photo. Alternatively, you are able to email one in to kookaburras@blackwoodstreetchildcentre.com.au and we will print it out.
• Please remember to pack a spare set of clothes for your child and check it is weather appropriate.
• Please encourage your child to keep their hat in their bag when they are not using them. The old hat rack is only for spare hats and Brumbies. If your child has forgotten their hat, please look there for a spare.

Until next time

Rachel, Brittany, Miesh & Erin

July News

Kooks 1aPyjama Camp-in Party
At the beginning of July, we had our positive choices pyjama and camp-in party! The children had worked very hard together as a class and achieved the reward of a party. The highlights were resting and having activities in the tents and playing the donut game! We look forward to filling another jar and creating another enjoyable experience with the children.

Learning about difference
Last month we started exploring difference as we assisted Lisa Mitchell fundraise for the Down Syndrome Association. We have enjoyed many stories regarding difference and have developed an understanding that we are all different but on the inside we are all the same.

The Letter ‘I’!
Continuing on from the letter ‘C’ writing experience, we next chose to look at the lower case letter ‘I’, as it also makes part of the base to many letters. As we have practised the letter ‘C’, it feels only natural to master the lower case letter ‘I’ before giving the lower case letter a try. Once again to begin, we discussed the three components being the tree, branch and dot (tree – page margin, branch -page lines and dot – (bird nest) direction of writing, left to right). Everyone did a great job and could recall what the three components were.

Looking forward, a sneak peek into August –
• Exploring some of the fun events the EKKA has to offer.
• Celebrating the Olympics and have some friendly competition with the Brumbies to receive some medals.
• Hopefully filling up our positive choices pom-pom jar.
• Book Week is 22nd to 26th August so come dressed as your favourite character and bring along your favourite reading book to share.

Housekeeping:
• Please pack a jumper (with sleeves) for your child as it is now cooler.
• Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child of a morning, we will reapply it before we come outside in the afternoon.
• We ask that your child brings a named water bottle and that this is taken home DAILY to be washed.
• If you have not already, could you please bring in a 6” x 4” family photo. Alternatively, you are able to email one in to kookaburras@blackwoodstreetchildcentre.com.au and we will print it out for you.
• Please remember to pack a spare set of clothes for your child and check it is weather appropriate.
• Please encourage your child to keep their hat in their bag when they are not using them. The old hat rack is only for spare hats and Brumbies. If your child has forgotten their hat, please look there for a spare.

Until next time,

Rachel, Brittany, Miesh & Erin

June News

Kooks (1) smlThe letter C!
We have begun learning our letters and the first letter is ‘C’, as it is the base of many other letters such as the letter e, a, g, d and q. To begin, a vertical line and a horizontal line were drawn, called a tree and a branch, and this tree and branch represents a page margin and lines in a book. A bird (dot) was added to sit on the branch, which demonstrates the direction we write in, teaching them to write from left to right. The children were given the option as to which of the three materials they wanted to use.

Learning about difference
Lisa Mitchell (Wombat’s room educator) is currently fundraising for the Down Syndrome Association and we were invited to get involved as the Kookaburras have previously participated in “Facial Palsy Awareness Week” and “Wear Blue for Autism Awareness Day”. Some books have been purchased about Down Syndrome and they will be read in the upcoming weeks to allow the children to have a better understanding of what Down Syndrome is and answer any questions they may have.

Becoming independent!
To encourage self-help and encourage the children to become more responsible for their own routine, we have created a sign of what we need before we go outside. The sign has the words in clouds with a picture of each item – sunscreen, jumper, shoes, hat and drink bottle. There is also a sign of the 5 things to come inside – hat, drink bottle, shoes, jumper and listening ears.

Looking forward, a sneak peek into July…
• Looking into more letters and numbers to learn about and to practice.
• We are looking forward to our positive choice pyjama and camp-in party!
• Fundraising for the Down Syndrome Association and about difference.

Housekeeping:
• Please pack a jumper (with sleeves) for your child as it is now cooler.
• Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child of a morning – we will reapply sunscreen before we come outside in the afternoon.
• We ask that your child brings a named water bottle and that this is taken home DAILY to be washed.
• If you have not already, could you please bring in a 6”x4” family photo. Alternatively, please email one to kookaburras@blackwoodstreetchildcentre.com.au and we will print it out for you.
• Please remember to pack a spare set of clothes for your child and check it is weather appropriate.
• Please encourage your child to keep their hat in their bag when they are not using them. The old hat rack is only for spare hats and Brumbies. If your child has forgotten their hat, please look there for a spare.

Until next time,

Rachel, Brittany, Miesh & Erin

May News

Kooks 2‘Positive Choices Rewards’ Jar
As we filled the ‘positive choices rewards’ jar … Our Party Pom-Pom Jar!!! … we celebrated with Superhero Parties!! which spanned over three days to ensure all children were able to enjoy the celebrations.

Creation wall
In the room, not all the children are interested in doing art work or displaying it in the room. To allow all children to have their creation displayed, we have made the cupboard doors a creation wall. The children make something that has meaning to them and have it displayed on the wall.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
A huge thank you to all the mothers and grandmothers who were able to attend. We hope you enjoyed the activities set up such as the nail polish station; hairdressing station; bracelet making station and the crown making station.

Getting a Fish Tank
Brittany bought a fish tank and set it up. Before setting up, we spoke about what fish need and we also spoke about the rules of the fish tank. We estimated the number of jugs of water we needed then we counted as we filled the tank. The children watched on as we set the ornaments and the filled the tank with water.

Talking About Healthy Food and Unhealthy Food
Rachel recently brought in some toy food for the home corner. We took the opportunity to discuss whether the food was healthy or unhealthy by using a piece of red and green cardboard with red being the unhealthy sometimes food and green for the healthy regular food. Once everyone had a piece, we went around the circle and took turns to ask the children if the food they had chosen was healthy or unhealthy.

Looking forward, a sneak peek into June…
• Naming the fish in the room
• We look forward to filling our ‘positive choice rewards’ jar… Our Party Pom-Pom Jar!!! Party number two will be a pyjama party which will be lovely in this chilly weather.

Housekeeping:
• Please pack a jumper (with sleeves) for your child as it has become cooler.
• Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child of a morning, we will reapply it before we come outside in the afternoon.
• We ask that your child brings a named water bottle and that this be taken home regularly to be washed.
• If you have not already, could you please bring in a 6” x 4” family photo. Alternatively, you are able to email one in to kookaburras@blackwoodstreetchildcentre.com.au and we will print it out for you.
• Please remember to pack a spare set of clothes for your child and check it is weather appropriate.
• Please encourage your child to keep their hat in their bag when they are not using them. The old hat rack is only for spare hats. If your child has forgotten their hat, please look there for a spare.

Until next time,

Rachel, Brittany, Miesh & Erin

April News

Kooks pic 2 SAM_0768 smlHighlights of this month in the Kookaburras room:

Autism Awareness day:As a Centre, we encouraged our families to come dressed in blue to participate in the awareness day on Tuesday, 5th April! Our educator’s also inflated blue balloons for the children to enjoy in our room… this was a delight to all our kkookaburra friends. We spoke about why we were wearing blue and about how each of us were different. It was great to see many of our Kookaburra and Brumby friends dressed in blue for World Autism Awareness Day. The children in the Kookaburras room are all getting along so wonderfully and it is nice to watch how they play, interact, and have fun together in our room.

 

Community Herb Garden: In the room, we are further exploring sustainability in the room and what we can do as a class for the environment. As a class, we have started a Community Herb Garden and offering fresh herbs for the Centre’s community. We are encouraging the parents to be a part of the garden by bringing seeds or clippings and also allowing them to take herbs to use at home. In our courtyard, Brittany has recycled a pallet and created a hanging garden or shelf. It has been painted and some extra wood has been added to create some shelves. The pallet has now been attached to the fence in the Kookaburra’s Courtyard. We then as a class collected milk bottles from afternoon teas and morning teas and Brittany cut them into size to fit into the pallet. There were some plants, seeds and clippings (mint, oregano, marjoram, tarragon, Thai basil, chives, dill and bay leaf) donated to the Centre which needed to be planted into the milk cartons. The children have taken turns to plant and care for the plants over this last month. When the seeds start sprouting, the Centre’s community is welcome to have some herbs to take home. At the end of the day, the children are encouraged to use their left over water from their water bottles to water our garden. In the room, we are speaking about different ways we could be more sustainable.

ANZAC Day: The children continued with their learning relating to ANZAC day and their interest in cooking through preparing ANZAC biscuits for baking. Prior to the activity we had a sustained conversation in regards to our servicemen and women who help to keep us all safe.  We had a discussion about the origin of the ANZAC biscuit.  The children had fun learning that ANZAC biscuits were special food for soldiers because the rolled oats in it is healthy and the biscuits have a long shelf life so that the soldiers do not go hungry while on the battlefield. We had a discussion about and the importance of washing our hands before and after preparing food and researched the recipe. The children then washed their hands and formed a circle around the table.  Brittany read out to them the recipe and showed them all the ingredients which Rachel helped us to organise. The children had fun passing around the ingredients to have a look.  We also explored numerical concepts of weight and measurement and had a discussion about more and less quantities.  The children had fun actively taking part in scooping, pouring, and mixing in the ingredients to form the biscuit mixture.  The children enjoyed rolling the mixture into balls then patting them down in their hands to form the biscuit shape, before placing them onto the tray to be baked.

Mother’s Day Preparation: The children have been busy making their Mother’s Day presents and wrapping them for their mothers. The children are excited to give their mums their presents and we hope they enjoy them.

Looking forward, a sneak peek into May…

  • We have filled our ‘positive choices rewards’ jar… Our Party Pom-Pom Jar!!!… We will celebrate with Parties!! spaning over three days Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th to ensure all children are able to enjoy the celebrations
  • Mother’s day afternoon tea! on Friday, 6th May

Housekeeping:

  • Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child of a morning, we will reapply it before we come outside in the afternoon.
  • We ask that your child brings a named water bottle and that this is taken home regularly to be washed.
  • If you have not already, could you please bring in a 6”x4” family photo. Alternatively, you are able to email one in to kookaburras@blackwoodstreetchildcentre.com.au and we will print it out for you.
  • Please remember to pack a spare set of clothes for your child!
  • Please encourage your child to keep their hat in their bag or in their locker when they are not using them. The old hat rack is only for spare hats. If your child has forgotten their hat, please look there for a spare.

Until next time,

Rachel, Brittany, Miesh & Erin

March News

Kooks 3aThis month in the Kookaburras Room

On March 3rd, the children from our Kookaburras and Brumbies group supported Facial Palsy Awareness Week by face painting only half of their faces. We spoke about why we were only painting half of our faces which lead into many conversations about how we are all different.

In the room, we have introduced six jobs for the children to assist around the room. The Kookaburras have enjoyed taking on these roles in the room and working with another person to get their job done. Bill donated his doll’s house that his grandchildren have grown out of. The children enjoy exploring the doll’s house. Last month, we had planned to make our ‘Mini Kookaburra dolls’ for the children. We have finished making them and they are labelled with their first and last name. These have been used in the doll’s house as they role play as themselves as well as used for table placements. The children have also been looking at the letters in their second names as well as their friend’s names.

During March, the children enjoyed many of the Easter activities. We had an Easter Egg Hunt which we worked together with the Brumbies to collect the eggs hidden in the playground. We loved the footprints the bunny left while we were resting and he even left a half-eaten carrot! They have made their own baskets and other Easter crafts.

Looking forward…..
April 5th is Autism Awareness Day. Please send your child in something blue or with something blue to kindy.

As our positive choices party pom-pom jar is nearly full, we are looking forward to having our pyjama party with the children. The date is to be announced.

Housekeeping:
• Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child of a morning, we will reapply it before we come outside in the afternoon.
• We ask that your child brings a name water bottle and that this is taken home regularly to be washed.
• If you have not already, could you please bring in a 6”x4” family photo. Alternatively, you are able to email one in to kookaburras@blackwoodstreetchildcentre.com.au and we will print it out for you.
• As the weather is still quite warm, we may be having more water play outside, please remember to pack a spare set of clothes for your child.
• Please encourage your child to keep their hat in their bag or in their locker when they are not using them. The old hat rack is only for spare hats. If your child has forgotten their hat, please look there for a spare.
• Parents be advised that we have taken away the water bottle bucket to encourage them to carry their own water bottle during transitioning times. While outside, they sit on the table by the bubbler, while inside the bottles are on the shelves beside the lockers.
• When dropping off in the morning, please ensure they have their hat and water bottle before coming out to play.

Until next time,
Rachel, Brittany, Miesh & Erin

February News

Kooks editedThis Month from the Kookaburras Room…

The Kookaburras have been sharing camping experiences and all that that entails with the Brumbies. We have had a lot of changes in our room with the departure of Jeannie and me (Rachel) joining. We are welcoming new friends. Our favourite moments have been enjoying Jeannie’s goodbye party with Brittany and toasting marshmallows with the Brumbies and changing our room around. I told the children I was doing the Spartan Race at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, 27 February so we all decided to make our own Spartan course in our playground. Lastly, I brought in a new kitchen and some dress ups for us to play with, which we have been loving in our new indoor home corner.

Looking forward…
Tuesday, 1 March, Ocean Life is coming out to visit us so we can explore ocean creatures. We have been busy preparing our room by creating sea creatures all of our own. We have been reading wonderful stories with different sea animals. The children wanted to decorate our room for Ocean Life by creating their own sea creatures, their choices were jellyish, stingray, fish, crocodiles, turtles and an octopus. Building on the children’s creativity we provided them with coloured paper, paper plates, pencils, recycled materials, collage material, sticky tape and scissors, they provided the rest. The children have had a lot of fun transforming our classroom into the beautiful Deep Sea.

Feel free to come and check it out!!

Rachel, Brittany & Erin

January News

Kooks 3 sml“Welcome” to The Kookaburra Families

First we’d like to welcome our Kookaburra families into our class of 2016. We would also like to welcome Claire into our room. This month we have been settling your wonderful children into their new environment. All the children seem to have engaged well with their peers and educators already and have been enjoying new experiences. These experiences have included:
• Movement and Music; • Writing their names; • Construction with a variety of materials; • Jolly Phonics.

Although the children have been involved in the above activities our main focus is working on the children’s social and emotional wellbeing. A lot of the children have been talking about their holidays and what they got up to. Some of the children shared with their educators and peers that they experienced going camping with their family members.
Furthermore we aim to extend on this by combining with the Brumbies and making our own little camping experience out in the outdoor play area. We will be focusing on the outdoor materials that are available to us such as the trees, leaves, and mud that the children can use their imagination to incorporate their learning. To link the children to their natural environment we will introduce them to a well-known story book called “The Music Tree” which incorporates the outdoor environment.

Things to remember in our room:
• Please put on your child’s sunscreen in the mornings
• Remember to put your child’s hat on
• Remember to label all their clothes
• Check the Parent File

Kind Regards

Jeannie Prangell – Early Childhood Teacher
Brittany Vella – Lead Educator
Miesha Elms – Educator

December News

Farewell to the amazing, fun loving and creative children in the Kookaburras room and we wish you every success in “Big School” and beyond.

Our last month together has been incredible where we have enjoyed the delight of the Children’s Christmas Party where the Kookaburras belted out “Six White Boomers”. It was wonderful to see such confidence. This month also saw us celebrating birthdays and enjoying lots of indoor and outdoor games. Using the Queensland Museum resource boxes as provocation we have learnt about hats from different nations, frogs and their life cycle

An important milestone was our beautiful and meaningful graduation ceremony. To hear your voices singing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” brought tears to our eyes. Then when you each came up confidently to collect your graduation certificates we could not have been prouder.

It is lovely to reflect on the year with happiness at all of the fun times, learning, wonder and silliness that we all enjoyed.

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We cooked some recipes from home,
We created artwork made from foam.
We climbed up high on the fort,
Oh, the things we were taught.
We sang and quite often we danced,
We loved dressing up and we certainly pranced.
Stories were always quite fun,
I love you and will miss everyone.

Thank you for an amazing year and best wishes to each family for a Merry Christmas.

Victoria, Bella, Kerry & Sue

November News

Kookaburras have been delighted with the new green grass in our playground. With the storm season here, we have been mindful of children who have fear of storms. We are working on ways to help them gain some control over those fears through understanding of weather and its elements. We enjoyed laying on the grass and looking at the clouds and what we could see from that aspect. Children shared their ideas about the shapes of clouds and what they could tell about the weather.

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Our focus in October continued to be “Our Community”. Children gained knowledge about work, jobs, communities and services through socio-emotional play, stories, discussions and visits to our classroom. Thank you so much to Mark for visiting with the ambulance and providing insight into the role of an ambulance officer and the importance of first aid. We were also delighted to be visited by Martin who brought along a post van, postie motorbike and his friend the post box! The children learnt so very much from these visits and talked about both of them for days after.

Literacy and language was built into this learning through our library play, hairdressing price list, police, post office, ambulance and library signage. Children made lists, wrote notes about ill patients and wrote and posted letters and post cards. Kookaburras learnt mathematical concepts such as weighing parcels, using clocks, measuring the length of each other, using money to purchase items and supplying change. Children incorporated information technology in their play through the use of the classroom iPads into their play as props in the post office, ambulance station and library.

We have also been learning about celebrations. We have discussed different celebrations from our culture and around the world. Children were keen to investigate a Halloween celebration. Our celebration incorporated a pirate theme, games, prizes, dressing up, baking and dancing.

Some parents have spoken to me about their child’s social emotional learning, in particular resilience. Resilience and the ability to regulate their emotions are important for children’s school readiness. We have been working on increasing children’s resilience by playing games, especially games where not everyone gets a turn to be leader or play a principal role in the game. We have also increased the difficulty in a variety of play based resources to encourage children to make a few attempts at experiences prior to asking for assistance. Encouraging children to organise and manage their own belongings.

November sees the Kookaburras continuing to work on their preparation for prep next year. We will enjoy some more lunchbox days, have uniform days, share information, discussion, images and stories about starting school. Parents will have an opportunity to make an appointment with me to discuss their child’s Transition Statement. Further information to follow.

We will practice songs for the Christmas Party on Saturday, 28 November and the Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, 9 December.

Thank you so very much to those families who joined Bella at the Working Bee, we really appreciate your assistance. It was great to see how magnificent the grounds and classroom are looking after the work that was completed. Thank you!

Please remember that “Show and Share” is a learning experience. Please do not send toys for show and share as these are very one dimensional. Items from nature, photos, books etc are always very welcome. Thanks for your assistance.

Victoria & Bella

October News

Hello Kookaburra families,

We have enjoyed a very positive month as we commence our transition to school. Children no longer have a sleep and instead enjoy a guided gradual relaxation and a visual relaxation experience. If you feel that your child requires a sleep please send along their sheets and we will find a quiet place for them to rest.

Children have also begun to make their own lunches. This has provided us with an opportunity to discuss school lunches and healthy food. Some children have raised the topic of recyclable materials and others have discussed cling film, plastic bags and their environmental impact on sea creatures.

This month we enjoyed creating and playing Post Office. This provided us with opportunities to discuss postage, its costs, what can be posted, post cards, bags, boxes, envelopes and places we could post to. We enjoyed posting items into our post box. Children used numeracy skills to weigh parcels, pay for postage and buy stamps. Literacy experiences included writing letters, writing names on our envelopes and looking at parcels and reading who they are for. We were able to use our geography skills to look at the World and Australian maps to see the origins of letters and where we could address letters to.

This month we have commenced ‘Transition Statements’ for children’s transitions from Kindergarten to School. The children have contributed their thoughts to these statements and have drawn pictures to demonstrate their ideas.

We are looking for Halloween ideas including simple decorations and dressing up ideas that the children can complete. Although Halloween is an American celebration, the children in our class have already been discussing it and look forward to celebrating.

Children suggested a library as part of our town, children have made library cards, library signage, somewhere to sign out books, places to read and have talked about their own library experiences. As an extension of this we are now planning an excursion to our local library.

Housekeeping: Please could you bring a named water bottle into kindy, we have a plastic water container that we will bring inside and out that is our water station. Please ensure that your water bottle is take home each day and washed.

Please don’t hesitate to come and chat with Bella or Victoria about anything concerning your children’s learning and developmental needs and interests. We appreciate all your input and feedback, thank you!

Victoria & Bella

 

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We enjoyed a wonderful month practicing our Circus McGurcus and creating circus acts. A big thank you from all of the Kookaburras to Jedda’s mum, Rene, who taught the children some real circus moves and poses and even loaned us a special crash mat. Our performances were very well received, there was applause for all of the amazing acts. Thank you to all of the wonderful Kookaburra parents who sent their children in amazing costumes.

The circus provided an opportunity to make posters, tickets and think about items to sell in our circus shop – toffee apples and fairy floss were made (pretend). In these ways we were using literacy and numeracy in meaningful ways that assist our learning.

We have also been looking at recipes from families. We baked a Chocolate Crunch Finger Slice that my family enjoy. The children loved this recipe and it was so very simple to make.

A big thank you to all families who have sent along recipes to share, please understand that we have limited cooking facilities and that some things such as deep frying are unsuitable to undertake with the children. We can however put these recipes into our family recipe book that we hope to share at the end of the year.

The loans from Queensland Museum, every fortnight, have been a great success. Thank you to Lucinda’s mum Jennifer, for collecting and returning these. Recently we have borrowed some amazing dioramas on Penguins and Arctic and Antarctic life. If there is anything that your child is particularly interested in please let us know. We currently have items that begin with ‘A’ – apron, avocado, amethyst.

Housekeeping:

**  Please bring a named water bottle into Kindy, we have a plastic water container that we will bring inside and out that is our water station. Please ensure that your water bottle is taken home each day and washed.

You are welcome to borrow your child’s portfolio to read the teacher observations that they contain. This is a good way of gaining insight into their Kindergarten experiences.

Please don’t hesitate to come and chat with Michelle or Victoria about anything concerning your children’s learning and developmental needs and interests. We appreciate all your input and feedback, thank you!

Michelle & Victoria

July News

Galang Nguruind hau Kookaburra families,

This month we celebrated Naidoc week. We explored a Corroboree dance, where we had turns taking on different parts of the Aboriginal honey bee dance and some of us played the didgeridoo. Along with the didgeridoo, we read dream time stories, set up indigenous music experiences outside and did some paper bark art work.

This month the children have really engaged in hairdresser socio dramatic play, it has been a fantastic opportunity to build on their communication and social skills. They have decided that they want to work on a circus next and they are in the process of planning and preparing for that. The children are keen to perform to the other children and parents too!

We have been exploring sign language and other diverse language greetings in the morning. Children have been requesting greetings from a range of countries and then singing a welcome song in that language.

Thank you for all the wonderful recipe contributions to the Kookaburra recipe book. We are attempting to use a recipe each week to bake and the children are enjoying this group experience.

We have also been measuring our length and weighing ourselves and comparing these recordings to earlier in the year to see how much we have grown! Children have been recording their hair and eye colour and their favourite colours.

Many children are enjoying the new mobilo. They have been designing rockets, vehicles and ramps. There has been great excitement and fun designing BMX tracks outside with the children and then even more fun riding on them.

Housekeeping:

  • Please can you continue to bring in labelled drink bottles and take them home each night to be washed.
  • Also please remember named bed sheets and take them home to be washed at the end of your child’s week.

Please don’t hesitate to come and chat with Michelle or Victoria about anything concerning your children’s learning and developmental needs and interests. We appreciate all your input and feedback, thank you!

Michelle & Victoria

June News

Hello treasured families,

This month we were fortunate to have Wyn’s dad visit to teach us some soccer skills and provide us with a class set of soccer balls! We have been able to enjoy ball skills and play and will continue to include this as part of the curriculum.

We have been collaborating on making a ‘shop’ and the “Hairdresser” won the vote. This has been a wonderful way of incorporating literacy, writing skills and pre-maths skills into our play in a meaningful way. We worked together on lists of things we would need, we have set out price lists for different services and we have made appointments as well as doing hair.

We will be sending home a cookbook that we have made and would encourage each family to paste a favourite family recipe into the book. If we are able we will make the recipes at Kindy.

The museum pieces this fortnight were international clothes. The children have delighted in trying on the clothing from different cultures including a berka and a sarong and an array of headdress.

Housekeeping:  Please could you bring a named set of sheets to Kindy in a clearly labelled bag. This will assist your child in preparing their bed for rest time. We continue to enjoy a relaxation and visualisation session as a class each day.

Please don’t hesitate to come and chat with Michelle or Victoria about anything concerning your children’s learning and developmental needs and interests. We appreciate all your input and feedback, thank you!

Michelle & Victoria

May News

Galang Nguruind hau Kookaburra families,

This month we had a visit from Aunty Brenda and she taught us about the Corroboree dance. We had fun at the Mothers Day afternoon tea and enjoyed singing to our audience who were able to attend – thank you to everyone who was able to make the occasion. We have been enjoying the artefacts from the museum.

Welcome to Anastasia, I hope you have lots of fun being a Kookaburra this year!

We have been brainstorming rules for our inside and outside area’s and we made posters of our rules and have put them up to remind us of how to keep our kindergarten environment a safe and friendly, caring place.

This month we have been looking at the letters ‘n’, ‘c’ and k’ through Jolly phonics action songs and book and our mystery bag show and share. Please keep bringing in mystery bag items, thank you. Children have been working on correct pencil grip, writing their names and recognising the letters in their names. We will continue to work on writing as part of children’s school readiness.

Children have also been working on other areas of school readiness including their social-emotional regulation and how to develop friendships. At this age children become hurt when a friend does not want to play with them. This is when teaching staff provide support in coping with the hurt and working with the child to find alternate playmates. To encourage children to develop their friendships we find it useful to encourage play experiences in small groups of two or three. As part of a smaller group children can develop a sense of social awareness and can feel safe enough to speak up. The imaginary world of pretend play is very important as a way of learning about other’s feelings and how they react. For this reason, rich imaginative play experiences are offered every day at kindergarten.

 

We want to include cooking with children as a part of the curriculum, so please assist us by sharing recipes from home that we can make with children and add to our recipe book.

Sadly, our much loved Gold fish Gravy pasted on to a new Gold fish tank in the sky, so we would love if someone could donate a new fish – it would be very much appreciated.

Thank you Jennifer for offering to courier our museum artefacts fortnightly – it is much appreciated. Thank you Nathan for the non-treated wood you donated. Thank you to Kelly and Bradley for donating pipes for sand and water play.

Housekeeping:

  • Please could you bring a named water bottle into kindy, we now have a plastic water container (PINK) that we will bring inside and out that will become our water station.
  • Please ensure that your child has a bucket style hat for play every day.

Please don’t hesitate to come and chat with Michelle or Victoria about anything concerning your children’s learning and developmental needs and interests. We appreciate all your input and feedback, thank you!

Michelle & Victoria

April News

Hello Kookaburra families,

We have welcomed our new teacher, Victoria, to the Kookaburras room and the children have enjoyed her awesome range of songs and stories that she has been sharing with us. We have been enjoying a lot of indigenous music, songs and stories as part of our days together.

This month we have been looking at the letter ‘p’ through Jolly phonics action songs and book as well as our mystery bag show and share. Please keep bringing in mystery bag items this month starting with the letters ‘p’ and ‘i’.

Thank you so very much to those families who joined us at the Working Bee – we really appreciate your assistance. It was great to see you and I think that you will agree that the grounds and classroom are looking much better for all of the attention.

Could all families please send along a simple recipe for us to cook and share? There are pages for recipes above the sign in desk. The children enjoy contributing to the program and just love to cook.

Sadly, our much loved goldfish “Gravy” passed on to a new goldfish tank in the sky so we would love if someone could donate a new fish for us to care for.

Victoria, Michelle and other educators and families attended the ‘Let’s Talk’ Developmental Hub evening. One of their Speech Pathologists talked to us about typical early childhood development, what to expect and what we can do to foster a child’s development. They offer a $40 screening which includes a short report based on them visiting the Centre and observing a child based on a concern parents may have or to check that their child is on track. Please feel free to come to talk to Michelle or Victoria about this service if you are interested.

We have started receiving loans from Queensland Museum every fortnight and we can make requests. If there is anything that your child is particularly interested in please let us know. We currently have artefacts around dinosaurs and insects so if you have anything from home to share related to these interests please bring them in. We need regular helpers to pick up and drop off our museum artefacts fortnightly on a Wednesday from the Queensland Museum Loans Office at Hendra. A notice will be put up in the Kookaburra Room to which you can add your name if you are able to help. This can be treated as a job towards your working bee levy.

Housekeeping:  

  • Please could you bring a named water bottle into kindy as we now have a plastic water container that we will bring inside and out that will become our water station.
  • Please remember that “Show and Share” is a learning experience. Please do not send toys for show and share as these are very one dimensional. Items from nature, photos, books etc are always very welcome.

Please don’t hesitate to come and chat with Michelle or Victoria about anything concerning your children’s learning and developmental needs and interests. We appreciate all your input and feedback.

Michelle & Victoria

March News

Welcome Kookaburra families,

 

Welcome to Tyler, Cooper and Ethan who have joined the Kookaburra room – I hope you have lots of fun with us this year.

 

This month we are learning the letters ‘a’ and ‘t’ – we have learnt a bit about Thailand and explored the difference between the African and Asian elephants as well as making some elephants out of clay. We have been having fun with pirate play, making maps, treasure hunts, pirate stories, pirate socio dramatic play, stories and songs. We have been exploring our feelings through stories and have been describing what makes us feel certain ways. We have explored an African folk tale about the friendship between a snake and a frog.

Aunty Brenda came to visit the Centre. Aunty Brenda is an Aboriginal elder who visits schools and child care centres. During her visits the children learn about indigenous artifacts and aboriginal stories. Aunty Brenda will be coming to visit the Centre once a month and we have many art and craft projects planned.

 

Children are really enjoying the mystery bag show and share. We have found that the roster was not working so please bring in a mystery object any time, just limit it to one a week so we don’t get too inundated thank you. Please keep talking to us about what your children are interested in at home and we can include this in our program.

 

Housekeeping:

 

v  Please bring a named water bottle into kindy as we now have a plastic water container that we will bring inside and out that will become our water station.

 

Please don’t hesitate to come and chat with Michelle or Jess about anything concerning your children’s learning and developmental needs and interests. We appreciate all your input and feedback, thank you!

 

Michelle & Jess

February News

Thu 19 Feb 2015, 9:15 AM

Welcome Kookaburra families,
This month we have been having some fun with the letter ‘s’. We have been learning our ‘s’ jolly phonics song, group games and exploring Spain together as well as dancing the flamingo! We had fun making mango chutney for Valentine’s Day – we hope you are all enjoying it! We had a real pirate come to visit us, leaving behind a treasure map, so we went off on an adventure and found some treasure in our sandpit. We have also had fun making pirate ships, dressing up and pretending to be pirates and playing with our new treasure box. We have been exploring our feelings through role play and stories and discussing what we can do with feelings.

 

Children are really enjoying the mystery bag show and share. Please take note of the roster on the notice board where you sign in to see when your child has their turn. For the rest of this month we will be looking at the letter ‘a’ and looking at Africa. Please bring in artefacts from Africa you may like to share with us. Please no toys for show and share, photos, books, artefacts or things that your child is interested in or has made, thank you.

 

Housekeeping:

v  We are looking for some small boxes (smaller than a shoe box) for our collage activities.

v  Please check parent files regularly and also the artwork files which are located in a box next to the lockers. Please just take the art home and leave the file thank you. collage activities.

v  In the mornings please make sure shoes are left in your child’s locker or in the blue bucket outside the Kookabura’s room and that they have sunscreened and a hat for outside.

v  Please also ensure that your child has spare clothing and that it is all named please.

v  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CLOSE ALL DOORS IN AND OUT OF THE KOOKABURRA’S ROOM AT ALL TIMES TO HELP ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL THE CHILDREN.

 

Please don’t hesitate to come and chat with Michelle or Jess about anything concerning your children’s learning and developmental needs and interests. We appreciate all your input and feedback, thank you!

 

 

Michelle and Jess

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