Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Our New Tadpoles!

This week saw some new arrivals at preschool in both the Kangaroo/Bilby room and the Koala room. We have been supplied with some tadpoles from ACT Frogwatch!  We will care for these tadpoles over the course of the term and look forward to observing the changes they go through as they turn into frogs.  The children will be involved in numerous learning experiences to support them in the development of their knowledge of these fascinating amphibians, which we are sure they will enjoy sharing with you at home.

The children were involved in the setting up of the tadpole tanks and took great delight sharing the knowledge they already have around tadpoles and frogs.  They have also started wondering about the tadpoles and the changes that they will go through.  Some of the wonderings we will be exploring over the next few weeks include:

  • How do tadpoles breathe under water?
  • How do frogs make their sounds?
  • How do tadpoles turn into frogs?
  • How do frogs use their back legs to swim?
  • What do frogs do under water?
  • Why do frogs have webbed feet?
  • How do tadpoles legs grow?
  • How do tadpoles grow from the small dots in their eggs?

Please feel free to come into the classrooms and have a look at our tadpoles tanks over the term!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Fraser's Awesome Art Show!!

Fraser Primary School's bi-annual Awesome Art Show is on this weekend (Friday and Saturday).  Our pre-schoolers will have some of their creative visual artwork on display!  We would love to see you over the course of the weekend, enjoying all the artistic talents we have here at Fraser!  A sausage sizzle and raffle will be held as part of the Awesome Art Show as well.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Social and Emotional Learning

This term, the Kangaroos and Bilbies have been dicussing our self image. We have talked about, and celebrated our individuality, all the things that make us special.

Books we have read include:

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Here are some of the wonderful attributes the children like about themselves:

Koalas Social and Emotional Learning Term 3 Week 9

As part of our Social and Emotional curriculum, the Koalas have been talking about ways that they can change their thinking to help them to become even better learners.  This is called having a growth mindset.  The children have looked at a series of images and discussed how they can view challenges in a positive way.  At Fraser, we believe that developing a growth mindset should assist the children in becoming more effective learners, developing greater resilience and increasing their willingness to take calculated risks in order to reach their full potential.  A place mat with these images and associated language will be sent home with your child so that you can talk to them about their learning.  Listed below are  some stories that you could read with your child to support them in developing a growth mindset.

Growth Mindset Images and Associated Language

Books that Promote a Growth Mindset

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
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How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
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The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubenstein
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Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still by Karlin Gray
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