We have grown so much since our last blog in the Sea Turtles (Pingin) room
We wanted to take this opportunity before we welcome in the New Year, to share our exciting last few months.
Whether it’s learning vocabulary, pronunciation or problem-solving activities, children will find a lesson engaging when it integrates easy text, images, videos and/or audio files.
- Firstly, We are delighted to introduce our new teacher Miss Georgia.
- Two Bachelor qualified teachers working together to deliver the finest quality program.
- Joined by two educators
- Our new and improved Interactive White Board takes center stage.
- Engaging children with a focus of teamwork and working autonomously
- Building confidence with public speaking or group activities
- learning through life experiences
- Appreciating and honouring our culture
- Learning to be mindful on a whole new level
LITERACY AND PRE-WRITING ACTIVITIES WITH INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD
- Greatest benefits of using interactive whiteboard in Sea Turtles room is that it allows us to save lessons for later playback and/or review.
- We can schedule for specific learning tasks like labeling parts of a picture and matching words with their respective meanings.
- Children can understand how to handle naming tasks quite profoundly as the images are displayed right in front of them.
- Use of video footage in teaching can also trigger children to think outside the conventional classroom environment.
- It’s creative and fresh perspective to learning, which can lead to children contributing in their ideas in learning sessions.
- Including text, images, audio and video in a presentation allows everyone, including those with learning disabilities, to enjoy our lessons.
- It helps children with hearing impairment to benefit from visual presentation.
- Those unable to see partially or completely can also learn more about a given topic using audio presentation.
Overall, the use of interactive whiteboard in Sea Turtles room ensures the learning needs of every child are met sufficiently.
And children love it, especially when they get the interactive pen in their hands and start writing their own names or drawing different shapes that we already know.
LEARNING NUMERACY THROUGH SENSORY PLAY
Children love counting activities that we incorporate in almost all our activities.
Creative counting makes counting fun. We created ‘sand hands’to allow stillness and increase children’s focus. Children can’t hold their fingers still while counting and sometimes forget which number they are at, so we created extra hands by filling plastic gloves with sand, creating firm fingers for us to count. This was a big hit with the children.
Apart of our weekly routine, every Monday morning, children create their own playdough, each week different colour.
It’s beautiful to see children engaged and feeling proud that they have created something for their friends to use and learn.
Playdough has so many benefits as a learning tool and has been on our learning list of activities almost every day as it strengthens children’s hand muscles and develops hand-eye coordination.
It also calms them down and encourages them to keep developing their sense of imagination and creativity.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Running our Resilience program throughout the entire centre allows us to push our program to the next level of learning.
Lately we have focused on activities surrounding personal space, which is an important one as our little people transition to the big wide world of formal schooling.
What are safe and unsafe hands and learning about knowing how to keep distance and respect individual’s space.
There were many fun games we involved in our learning process as this topic is so wide.
Children learnt about our community, what community is and who are community helpers.
Through the Unfortunate bush fires a few weeks ago, we were able to utilize the life learning skills and teach about the severity and dangers.
We focused on doctors and nurses, firefighters, police officers, etc.
We incorporated counting with community helper’s vehicles that we laminated as pictures, children got to learn which number to call if something goes wrong at home and what to do if there is a fire.
There were many discussions about how to look after pets that have no home and so we got an idea to start collecting our own Pet Donation Box.
Thanks to all of you wonderful parents and children, we have managed to collect many useful things we will be able to take to an animal shelter.
I believe this experience gave children a sense of responsibility, kindness and compassion as they were able to realise, we all can contribute to our community lives and help each other out.
Resilience books with a message
One of the topics that we focused on was ‘nobody’s perfect’.
We read a unique story that explained in a child friendly way that we are all different and unique and that everyone has good or bad days.
Children loved this topic and at the end were able to show their drawing skills with the help of a mirror to express who they are.
‘Be who you are’ was the name of the activity and children said: ‘Sometimes messy, sometimes sad but always happy when seeing our family and friends’.
Another important topic for children was bullying and we extended it for two weeks as this is something children might face more next year when going to a big school.
‘I’m a buddy not a bully’ or ‘Peacemaker’ were bracelets we created to be reminded of being a good friend, recognise if someone is a bully and how to stand up for yourself and your friends.
MOVEMENT, YOGA and MARTIAL ARTS
As children regularly practice yoga in our room, mastering new poses and creating a flow between their body and mind helps builds confidence.
Even a simple step like a child being able to touch their toes after practicing each week, creates the feeling of achievement.
Yoga in our room allows every child to move at their own pace which helps mastering a pose to feel important and special and removes any kind of competition or comparison.
Kids yoga improves flexibility and increases blood flow, which in turn can help reduce the risk of injury during other physical activity.
We always finish our yoga with a nice meditation, squeezing stress balls or using our meditation pebbles.
Martial arts are on our schedule every Thursday and it helps to teach children the art of self-discipline.
All too often, children are accustomed to getting what they want when they want, there is no delayed gratification.Martial arts teach restraint and patience.
Learning a martial art is a full body workout not only for the body but the mind as well and our children love to practice it.
They feel very proud and confident at the end of each session.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
We have been running our Indigenous program “Empowering our Youth” every Thursday, honouring our Heritage and uniting our children as one.
Our Indigenous Thursdays are always very creative, either with our artwork that we often display on room walls or singing and playing on musical instruments.
Children love to listen to Aboriginal Dreamtime stories we read and discovering diversity.
We have learnt new words such as Galah for a parrot, Biladurang for a platypus and all the weather words for the sun, the moon, rain and the clouds. Indigenous song ‘Taba Naba’ is one of our favourites and we sing it with beautiful hand movements.
We have been using our talking stick while sitting in a yarning circle taking turns and holding space for others while they speak as part of our circle time routine.
We have been practicing Aboriginal counting and other words we know already, such as bunji for a best mate, jar jum for child, pingin for sea turtle and so on.
In our last few weeks of learning before christmas festivities got under way, we focused on native Australian animals and getting to know everything about emu, koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, kookaburras. How they look like, where do they live and what they eat.
Thank you for a wonderful year of learning.
Happy New Years from
Miss Vesna, Miss Georgia, Miss Caitlyn and Miss Jen