Sunday, 13 May 2018

At the end of last term we had a visit from the The Little Left Lane Outreach Theatre Show – who performed‘The Grumpy Little Worm who Didn’t Like to Share.’ It was exciting having people coming into the school and do a play. We learnt about the grumpy worm who was getting pushed out of his underground house by a big plant and he had to find a new hole to live in. The children were able to move around and grow like the plants and wriggle like the worm. It was very interactive and fun to watch.






Tuesday, 8 May 2018

What's planned for preschool this term?

This term we will continue to work with preschoolers on developing oral language skills. The children will be provided with opportunities to take turns and conversations and express emotions in communication and play. In our prelit program we will focus on phonological awareness and oral language development through story book reading. We will support children to use longer more detailed sentences and to correctly use pronouns such as he, she, they, I, you, his, her. Children will practice following 3 step instructions and sequence familiar stories correctly.

Storytelling Clipart


Numeracy activities will focus on counting forwards and backwards,  in additon to recognising numerals 1-10.  Other learning experiences will involve classifying and sequencing objects. We will also investigate shape and play maths games involving matching and counting. 

Kids Playing a Board Game Clip Art - Kids Playing a Board Game


At the library, the preschoolers will view the Children’s Book Council of Australia short-listed titles in the 2018 Early Childhood Book of the Year category. We will be reading the books and picking our favourite one. In August during Children’s Book Week we will find out the winning title and honour books.

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The social skills we are continuing to build on this term are turn taking, sharing, showing respect for others and  co-operative play. Our explicit teaching experiences will focus on self-management, developing self regulation, resilience and self-motivation.

Children

Through our Fresh Tastes program children will understand that diffferent foods help their bodies to go, grow and glow. They will learn that go foods (carbohydrates) give us energy to run, play and jump. Grow foods have lots of protein and calcium to help build strong teeth, bones and muscles. Glow foods are fruits and vegetables that contain vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy. During the term we will grow, prepare and taste some of these foods. 


Low GI Food List - Delicious Food Ideas

We will continue to extend and enhance fine and gross motor skills through a wide variety of play experiences. 

Wondering what you can do at home to build fine motor skills?

Let your child try this.........

Finger Strength and Isolation:   
  • doing up buttons and zips
  • finger Rhymes, such as Incey Wincey Spider
  • using tweezers and tongs to pick up objects
  • sqeezing droppers
  • using stickers                                                                            
  • drawing in shaving cream or wet sand
  • peg up clothes
  • lift up flap stories
  • using sticky tape 
  • sewing/threading activities
  • building with peg boards, paper clips, golf tees
  • peeling fruit, for example mandarins 
  • using spray bottles to water plants
Hand Strength:
  • squeezing wet sponges
  • action songs and rhymes involving tapping and clapping
  • clay, play dough
  • scrunching paper
  • hole punching
  • washing dolls clothes and wringing them out
  • lacing and tying
  • cutting, mixing, squeezing, rolling when cooking for example making pastry
  • hammering 








Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Week 5

A busy week was had by all last week. Carolyn and I would like to thank all those who made it in for interviews. Your children are growing and developing everyday and it is such a sense of fulfillment for us to watch and be able to have input into this occurring. If you didn't get to catch up with one of us please drop by and make an appointment.

The children have been busy learning how to break into play situations. This is a particular focus for all groups at the moment. With the children settled in they are now ready to extend their friendships and learning how to discuss and ask to play with different people is a big skill to learn. We foster this with specific modelling in group and one on one situations as well as online tools which can demonstrate in a different medium the same points. Books are also fantastic and another way of learning. We try to reach the children in various ways because we know everyone learns in a different way.





Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Week 3

Another great week is almost at an end and what an eventful week.  The children are really starting to find their feet at preschool. Beginning to make new friends and learn how to react to differing situations.

We have discussed Chinese new year making fried rice as in our previous post. The Kangaroos and Bilbies have made lanterns and the Koalas and Echidnas have made kites enjoying the good luck of the colour red.


Last night we had our Welcome BBQ, it was wonderful to see so many families come out to meet and mingle in the Fraser environment.





Sunday, 18 February 2018

Cooking at Preschool

We have begun to investigate multi-cultural festivals and decided to cook fried rice, to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Here is our fabulous recipe, which can be adapted to individual tastes.


 
Ingredients:
5 cups cooked rice
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
2 eggs (optional)
1 cup peas/beans
1 cup corn
½ carrot, finely diced
shallots
200g cooked bacon/ham chopped(optional)
Soy sauce to serve (optional)


1.   Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan.
2.   Add the carrot and spring onion and lightly cook. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
3.   Heat remaining oil in the pan.
4.   Beat eggs in small bowl and add to pan.
5.   When egg is almost cooked add the cold rice and mix together.
6.   Add the thawed peas and corn and carrot and spring onions.
7.   Heat through and serve with soy sauce.


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Gardening Green Thumbs

This week we have busy caring for our vegetable garden. We have pulled out our potatoes and then steamed them. The preschoolers who chose to taste them said they were delicious, even asking for seconds!

We have now planted pumpkins, sunflowers and a variety of herbs.

We can't wait for them to grow.




Week 1

What a wonderful week we had to start the year. Lovely new faces all eager to start their schooling life.  We are learning about sitting on a mat and using our listening skills. We met lots of new people and are learning how to explore together. We have played inside and outside learning how new equipment works and exploring wonderful environments.  I hope all the families involved in Fraser Preschool have a wonderful journey throughout this year.


Coming up we have our welcome BBQ next Wednesday night (21st) from 5.30 - 7pm I hope to see lots of you there to meet and mingle with. 


I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have welcomed me into the Fraser community with open arms. I look forward to a very productive and happy year.