What’s been happening in the Little Fish (Burranan) room, since our last post?
Different stages for different ages.
There is never a dull moment in our room.
As Educators, we get to enjoy and observe the greatest milestones out of any other age group.
Social interaction, believe it or not begins with our bubs. It occurs through group play, waving hello and goodbye, learning to use manners such as “please” and “Thank you”, happily separating from parents, mirror activities and singing songs.
Puzzles, pop ups, playing peek-a-boo, art activities and craft also help the children experience different textures and materials and stimulate creative and cognitive development.
The first 12 months are amazing because so much happens.
There are a number of milestones that each baby will reach through their development, in a completely natural and continually surprising way.
In the first three months your baby develops strength in their neck and arms with lots of tummy play, they learn to open and close their fists and move their arms and legs when excited.
At 4-6 months they are learning to reach out and manipulate the world around them. They are mastering those amazing tools…their hands!
At 6 – 12 months they are on the move and you’ve probably been noticing a lot of big changes.
You may be amazed at how fast your baby is turning into an independent little person who is mobile, plays, giggles and communicates in their own unique language. You should be getting a sense of your baby’s personality by now – quiet or outgoing, calm or adventurous. An you no doubt have noticed that your baby already has a few favourite books, stuffed animals, toys, songs and game
As we have different age groups of babies in the little fish room, we have been working on their individual development applying some fun and appropriate experiences, to encourage them reaching their developmental milestones. This month we are documenting crawling, rolling over, sitting up, tummy time, pulling up to standing position, walking with walkers, balance, walking without assistance and self-feeding skills.
In our room, we program for each child individually. We do this by observing each child, documenting their actions and abilities, their strengths and what challenges they are ready for. The activities we plan are developmentally appropriate and goals are set for the child to achieve.
Speaking of setting appropriate goals, all our children are progressing as individuals and as a group collectively and on track with the gold coast developmental health check list. We mentioned documenting crawling etc well, we now have a clever little crawler, two of our bubs are learning to sit up unassisted, holding their bottles and eating more solid food. We have children learning to pull themselves to standing position with the aid of furniture, walking in walkers and first steps were taken unassisted. Yep! We are just as proud as the parents!
We also celebrated three of our children turning ONE 😊 yeewww
SELF HELP SKILLS
As the children get older and transition from the high chair to the table we have been encouraging the children to learn how to feed themselves using cutlery, washing their hands and faces with face washers and packing away after meal times. The children love to be independent and do things without educators’ assistance, by starting this in the little fish room it also helps the children become ready for transitioning into the Dolphin’s room. Don’t let them fool you at home, they are very capable little humans. Allowing them to self help, forms solid foundations for confident, successful children, because it’s not what we give our children, it’s what we do for our children that create successful adults. And by doing, we mean encouraging, supporting, empowering.
The beauty of our children being different ages is their sleep times differ, this gives us the regular opportunity to work one on one with the children and do multiple group times throughout the day. We learn body parts and facial expressions through mirror play, read stories and nursery rhymes with lots of hand actions, encouraging the children to follow along with the actions. We also learn about colours through flash cards and objects in the room and we count and teach animals with hand puppets and sounds.
FINE MOTOR THROUGH ART
To provide a sense of the weather, we have started a weather wheel inside our room to expand on weather changing with some great involvements from our little friends.
We are learning about different weather changes and we have applied our fine motor skills to create some interesting art for our weather wheel. Children have enjoyed making clouds, rain drops and umbrellas to decorate our weather wheel. Throughout this fun-loving , exciting activity, children are developing their fine motor skills, learning to hold paint brushes, by practising the pincher grip.
Shape sorting, eating independently holding cutlery, painting, play dough and grip toys all increase fine motor and manipulative development.
GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
With a lot of the children progressing with their developmental milestones and learning to walk we have been exploring our gross motor skills both on the veranda and out in the big yard.
The children have been exploring a range of different activities on the veranda to stimulate gross motor development, such as the balance beam, sea-saws, walkers, stepping stones, catching a ball, running races and riding bikes.
Out in the big yard the children really get to challenge themselves, climbing up and down the fort, sliding down the slide, climbing in and out of the sandpit and climbing through the tunnel, allowing the children to explore the big yard gives them great confidence, builds their independence and develops resilience by being brave.
We have been very busy over the past few weeks with three fun events in centre.
We celebrated Naidoc week, which gave us the opportunity to extend on our cultural teachings, State of Origin, which opened up games of ball skills and fun bantering between teams and Pyjama Day, who doesn’t dream of spending the day in your pjs and hanging out with all your friends.
Acknowledgment of country
Naidoc week celebrations was the perfect introduction, in engaging in a variety of experiences, immersing our little fish bubs in our cultural background.
Starting with creating some dot painted fish using red, yellow and black paint, sand art drawings, trying to draw indigenous symbols, stone paintings, sand art, creating the aboriginal flag through collage with red, yellow and black paper and hand prints.
Singing and dancing to aboriginal songs preparing for a group performance enabled us to practise hand movements and co-ordination. Listening to tunes “Inanay” and the wiggles version of “Taba Naba style” repetitively, not only embedded the words for the children but for us as well. Nothing like going home and still singing the tunes, some songs are just so catchy.
Children are never too young to learn hand-eye coordination and hand movements and dancing is a fun way of developing gross motor, coordination, memory and confidence. We joined the older children for a special performance of ‘Inanay’ and I have to say, our little friends rocked it and stole the show.
Until next month, that is all from Miss Nadia and Miss Roshin