Pre-Prep Readiness for Snakes (Jomgwongs)
Since the beginning of the year the children have grown both physically and intellectually as they have successfully passed through each phase of their developmental milestones.
In terms of growth in group times; children are more engaged and contribute more readily to discussions; simple rules are now being incorporated in to group games.
In terms of fine motor; we are witnessing more intentional drawings with shapes and clearly articulated descriptions; and
Gross motor; when using the trikes the children are using the feet to peddle instead of pushing along the ground.
Our exciting new nature inspired, Bush Kindy program launched this term.
Bush Kindy provides the freedom to use their imaginations and whole body experiences in new and challenging ways, creating opportunity to connect in meaningful ways to our local natural ecology, indigenous culture and seasonal changes.
Resilience is still one of our core programs which we constantly fine tune and adapt.
“Empowering Our Youth” Aboriginal Inspired program accelerated through Naidoc week, which provided more tactile stimulation, through their local environment.
Ready for Pre Prep
We have focused on the following skills in readiness;
- Harnessed sitting still on the mat,
- continued practice of letter recognition;
- rote counting ( correct sequence without a number to an object);
- pincer grip;
- scissor cutting and
- social and emotional development
Bush Kindy provides children with a welcome change from their familiar routines.
During our Bush Kindy session the children observed changes to the bush and wildlife in the area.
They explored with physical activities such as digging, constructing, negotiating uneven ground, climbing on logs and rocks, as well as other fun activities like making mud pies.
The nature inspired program compliments the sustainable practices already in place here at Bright Kids and it teaches the children respect and responsibility for their local environment.
Since our last quarterly blog, we have introduced a new coping tool to our resilience program..
In the beginning, the children struggled with applying the learning when emotions were bubbling, but within three months we are seeing the children refocusing much easier when upset and pivoting much faster.
The new element consists of four steps;
STOP: directing in a calm and supportive manner,
BREATHE: slowly breathing in through your nose, hold and breath out through your mouth (try counting while breathing in and out)
SQUEEZE: squeeze your hand muscles by clenching or squeezing a ball,
COMMUNICATE: encourage your child to show or communicate with words what is upsetting them.
‘Have You Filled A Bucket Today?’
is a story book as well as one of our core resilience tools in our resilience program.
The foundation of this tool is the idea that we all carry an invisible bucket (heart) that contains our feelings. When our bucket (heart) is full, we feel uplifted and joyous. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who is kind and helpful to other people. When we demonstrate love through our actions, it fills the receivers heart with joy. By doing this, they are filling other people’s buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time.
The opposite of a bucket filler is a bucket dipper. This is a person who’s actions and words impact another to the point of sadness.
As the children grasped the concept we were able to support their critical thinking by questioning more specific actions that defines a behaviour choice as a bucket filler or dipper.
Kindness, thoughtfulness, helping hands, caring, attentive attributes over the course of the day, generally earn them an incentive ‘Bucket Filler” sticker. These children make for wonderful role models with expressing how they feel and making good behaviour choices.
We discovered in a classroom environment, that encouragement to grow and flow in fun ways evokes sense of self.
It helps children take accountability for their choices to learn from them and it helps them understand their WHY.
Empowering Our Youth
Empowering Our Youth with our Aboriginal inspired program.
NAIDOC week provided a native inspired opportunity, exploring natural materials with our rainbow serpent painting.
After mixing some natural clay with water and creating a thick brownish paint the children put their hands into the bowl and hand painted directly onto the paper.
what else did they do with natural materials? refer to experience in the photo.
How to do clay painting at home:
- Clay (found at your local Bunnings for under $10 in a variety of colours).
Mix a small amount of water to a 100gms of clay to achieve a thick consistency.
In the photo i chose for this blog, we can see young Izayah using the natural materials to create his own imaginative experience.
When I asked Izayah about his activity first he replied telling me “he was building a fire” and then later explained he was building a home for the animals.
Natural materials have an amazing sensory benefit with;
- Different textures;
- Colours; and
They provide more tactile stimulation for children to help them improve their hand/finger awareness and coordination.
With guidance the children are learning all about their local environment and their sense of “Being, Becoming and Belonging”
Theorist Luther Burbank, (an American horticulturalist and botanist)
“Any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.”
He is referring to mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hay fields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets.
That’s all from Mr John, Miss Coby and the Jomgwongs for 2020.
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