Do any of you have empty big glass jars at home? We’d like them for containing our pencils, etc. Examples of large glass jars are coconut oil, pickles, sauerkraut, to name a few.
Dear families and friends, here is how we spent our last day of the week in Kindy:
Julia talked about her birthday party tomorrow. She’s really excited about it. Her dad will be doing some magic tricks, her mum will be blowing up balloons, but just of dogs and flowers and nothing else. Julia said there will be food and cakes as well.
Miss Qiu talked to the children in K1 and K2 about the cold weather. Frankie said her mum and dad got her a new conditioner that went on the floor to make sure her room was nice and warm. Miss Qiu noticed some dryness on Elizabeth’s hand. Elizabeth compared this to Miss Qiu’s hand that was starting to split due to the cold. Milana asked what ‘split’ meant, so Miss Qiu explained. There are so many spontaneous opportunities for picking up new vocabulary!
Transition song: Down by the station
Range: We did the racing game and the zombie game.
Julia: I won, Miss Qiu! And Angus won too.
Range: I won before Jonah. Because I’ve got Nike.
During Arakan, we had a lockdown practise. Our friends did us so proud by quickly and quietly making their way to the lockdown area and softly answered when the roll was being taken.
Group time 1:
Teacher’s helper: Milana
Every day, Miss Qiu swiftly goes through all the children’s names cards and separate them into those that are here today and those that aren’t. This is a pre-reading skill and is performed without any pressure on the children to know everyone’s names. In this way, the children will soon recognise all their friends names by sight. They will look at the shape of the entire word, the length and probably the first and last letters as well.
Good morning song: Good morning dear Earth
Letter of the week: ‘s’. We went through the sounds ‘a-s’ and looked for items on the ‘s’ card. On some days, we revise the letter sounds, and on others, we practise tracing the lower-case letters in the air with our finger tips.
Transition: recognising numerals. Some children are working on single digits, double digits and reading numbers in their hundreds.
Group time 2:
Today, we sang a couple of new songs with Miss Qiu. First up was our new good morning song. Feel free to ask your child about this at home. It’s got a calm, beautiful sounding tune. Then, we sang ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’. We adjusted the speed and sang it at a normal pace, a little bit faster, faster some more, super fast, then slow. Jonah found this quite funny.
Question of the day: What would you like to paint if you were to do a painting?
Mason: I want to paint a rainbow
Zoey – Aboriginal
Julia – Aboriginal painting
Range – I want to go into the rainbow area
Angus – grass and the sun
Jonah – Can I just play with the cars.
Eden – A flower
Mylene – a rainbow
Milana – unicorn
Hendrix – rainbow
Frankie – flower
Elizabeth – unicorn
Connor, Hendrix, Jonah, Range and Honey made ‘time zone’ with the blocks. They used blue bottle caps as the ‘ice’ for the hockey game.
Mason brought out the yoga cards, while Angus, Eden and Mylene copied him. They even meditated. It was adorable to observe!
Frankie, Elizabeth, Lily, Julia and Zoey and Milana painted with water colours. There was nothing on the agenda today, so the children painted according to their creativity and imagination.
Frankie told Miss Qiu that her middle name is J-a-e and that her barbie has pink hair. “I can spell my brother’s name – R-o-c-k-y. My cousins’s name is baby Henry.”
Hendrix approached Miss Qiu to ask for help with his gloves. Miss Qiu guided him to do it on his own, and he succeeded! Succeeding in small self-help tasks like these provide the children with a little boost of confidence in their ability to do things on their onw.
Transition: Packing away song Tick tock, goes the clock.
Final group time:
Connor shared his dangerous animals books with all his friends. We will start learning about animals as of next week. If you have any animal books at home, please bring them in.
Thanks everyone for a great week.