What we have been up to in the Wallaby room….
The month of May saw the Wallabies celebrating our amazing Mums with Mother’s Day. We created vases for presents as well as expressing why we love her through words and drawings. We also enjoyed a special Mother’s Day breakfast with our Mums. It was lovely to experiences our Early Learning Centre with you and this is important for the Wallabies in building a sense of community amongst their peers and families.
We have being exploring our creativity and focussing on process art, opposed to art that’s main goal is the final product. Art is a valuable tool that encourages the Wallabies to learn about and explore their environment. Art motivates children to explore, make decisions and most importantly express themselves creatively. We looked at different types of art such as; photography, clay and pottery, mural painting, painting to different music tempos and portrait and landscape paintings. It has been wonderful to embrace our children’s creative talents.
We are fortunate to have had some new Wallaby friends join us in our room.
We are enjoying the exploration of new friendships and dynamics in our play.
We are using this opportunity to focus on being kind to our friends, using gentle hands, kind words and practicing how to be an inclusive community.
On Mondays we have Miss Natalie, who is an Occupational Therapist, visit with us. She facilitates activities that will assist our Wallabies in achieving their developmental milestones. Miss Sheryl visits with us on Wednesdays and together we learn dance routines, practice balancing and forward rolls on the gymnastics mat.
With the weather becoming cooler please ensure a labelled jumper is placed in your Wallabies bag as well as the usual sun hat and water bottle.
Miss Janelle, Miss Tatiane and Miss Raquel.
What we have been doing in the Lorikeet Room…..
We have been incorporating split group times (as well as having our large group times) to focus on our different ages in the room and their different interests.
Blue Lorikeets (2-3yrs) have been looking at Letter Land. We have had the CD playing while looking at the different letters in the book along with a picture that goes along with the songs. From this we are able to start to make the sounds of the different letters which will prepare us for when we move into the Wallaby room.
Red Lorikeets (18m-2yrs) have been looking at the different animal books which they have shown a strong interest in. In play with our friends we have started using different animals with natural resources along with the farm house. We especially liked looking at all of the farm animals and making the different noises that they make.
What we have been up to in the Echidna Room….
What the children have been up to
May has brought us a busy month of learning, self-discovery and creativity. The Echidna children worked hard in the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, and what a hit it was. We had many beautiful mum’s attend our breakfast and spent some quality time playing with their children at Kindy. Over the month of March and April the Echidnas explored their self-help skills with feeding and hand washing. They picked up the hand washing very quickly and are now able to predict routine meal times based on their hand washing routines and transition times.
Moving on into the month of May the next big focus has be on building our social and emotional skills. Coming in to the toddler years the Echidnas will be faced with many moments where their emotions and social skills will be exercised and starting to recognise and label some basic emotions will foster this development. Over the past few weeks we have started to introduce some new words in to out day, such as ‘feeling frustrated’. We will continue to build on our feelings and emotions vocabulary as the week’s progress.
Each week the children inspire a program that is designed to foster their interests, learning, and needs. To help make our weekly program more child centric, we would love you to please let the Echidna educators know of anything exciting that has or is happening; it could be a trip to the zoo or a visit from relatives abroad; whatever it is, we want to know.
Coming in to winter the mornings and nights are colder and darker, please pack (labelled) warm clothing and shoes for outdoor play periods. Thank you to all the parents who have been labelling their children’s belonging. We really appreciate it.
Olivia, Elise, Paris and Karen
What is the Wallaby and Koala Room I hear you say? What a great question! We’ve put together a great insight into what life in the Wallaby and Koala Room is like at Oxford Falls ELC. Our Wallabies and Koalas share a classroom and have individual programs and daily diaries.
Firstly, the Wallaby and Koala Room is named after our cute mascots -Ken Koala and Willow Wallaby
Today we welcomed the newest members of the Oxford Falls ELC family… 1,000 live earthworms! That’s right, we now have a worm form that the kids can love, nurture, and get messy in. It’s a great tool that lets kids of all ages observe the worms as they go about their amazing daily business. A great opportunity to learn more about a worm’s importance in our ecosystem. A worm’s burrowing action and feeding habits (worm composting) enriches the soil and helps plants grow healthy and strong. Our Worm Farm will allows the kids to see right into the wonderful world of worms, a world that is usually hidden in the secret depths of the undergrowth, making learning so much more fun!
So, why did we want to start a worm farm? (more…)
Do you want your children to make the same mistakes with money as you did? Naturally, you want your children to learn from the mistakes that you made when you were young. If you learned the value of saving your hard-earned money the hard way, you should teach your children about the value of saving and budgeting money. (more…)
Chores are a great way to teach your kids responsibly and the value of money (we’ll talk more about this next month).
But what chores are important for your children to learn, and what are they capable of doing? (more…)
Cloud dough is silky and moldable and it takes just three ingredients to make. It’s an amazing sensory dough and heaps of fun for the kids!
Best of all, it’s toddler-safe. Check out this easy coloured cloud dough recipe. (more…)
To my Mummy & Daddy.
This is what I did today at Oxford Falls Early Learning Centre.
When I arrive at ‘school’ in the morning I’m super excited to see all of my teachers there waiting for me, smiling and ready to give me a big, warm hug. This really makes me feel safe and happy.
Starting your child in school is a big deal, and feeling confident in your child’s readiness is something that all parents struggle with, regardless of how socially comfortable or academically, if you like, ready they seem. This is why it’s so very important to arm your children with as much ‘school nouse’ as you can before they enter big school. This is where preschool comes in.
Preschool isn’t just daycare. There’s a big difference, but the two can work happily side-by-side in preparing your kids for the future. Everyone agrees that attending a high-quality preschool will prepare your kids sufficiently for their first year at school, and beyond.