Sea Turtles Blog #1
What’s been Happening in the Sea Turtles (Pingin) room in February and March?
Welcome, I’m Miss Vesna, I have my Bachelor in Education, currently studying the bridging to Early Years. I also hold my Cert IV in yoga and take pleasure in teaching this program here, which we have integrated into our Kindy Pilot Curriculum.
We launched our new ‘Empowering Our Youth’ Indigenous program and continue to empower our children through educating with a grit and growth mindset with our specialised Resilience program.
According to Nerang Alliance, for the past four years, Bright kids received the highest results in preparing children for formal schooling. We achieve these results year after year because our programs are unique and seamless.
Literacy Made Fun
Learning is all about Our state of mind and getting involved. We teach in innovative, imaginable ways to engage the children.
We are essentially creating our own unique Alphabet song with every letter we recognise and write each week.
We engage in letter and name recognition in innovative ways with palm sized pretend chalk boards, writing in the air, writing on backs, finding our names for lockers and on the mat.
Our related stories are Narrative driven to incorporate the 8 indigenous ways of learning.
By the time we approach table activities to concentrate on pencil grip and participate in actual writing, the children are excited and keen to put into practice, what they have learnt.
Strengthening our fine motor skills this month has been practised through pinching clay into pots, threading, puzzles, painting, colouring in and various other art activities. Children are all at different stages with their pencil grips and writing but at this early stage, that’s perfectly normal.
It’s all about building solid foundations not how quickly they can do something or how much they can memorise.
One of our highlights this month was reading all about the Gruffalo and painting our own Gruffalos in anticipation of the real Gruffalo coming to Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife in April.
He and his friends will help children explore the sanctuary with many fun activities. Here is the link for more information:
Learning Numeracy Through Sensory
We have explored numeracy through many wonderful sensory experiences throughout different activities this month.
Using cotton balls and coloured discs for counting, magic sand box writing, dot painting hand prints, making playdough and rolling into balls to match the number and mixing colours in milk and counting with droppers.
Working with shapes, patterns and lastly, number tracing.
We officially recognise numbers up to 9. Of course, a lot of children know more numbers but as a group we are taking small steps to give children time to really engage and recognise all the numbers collectively. There is a difference between memorising and consolidating.
Social And Emotional Development
Our Resilience program is predominately rolled out on a Tuesday but essentially embedded throughout the entire curriculum.
Miss Honey is the certified facilitator of this program. We have loved having her join us, bringing with her many great ideas to connect with children and bring them together as friends and individuals.
This program fundamentally teaches children how to recognise and normalise their emotions whilst developing emotional intelligence.
Our yoga on a Tuesday purposely compliments our resilience program. This is where children connect with their own body, learn the flexibility of yoga movements through different imaginative stories and ending every session with a relaxing Shavasana. We take this quiet time to think about all the beautiful things that make us happy.
We have focused our Gross motor skills, this month on intentional obstacle courses in the big yard and balancing beams in the sustainability yard. The children enjoy free time yard play with bike riding, ball sports, sandpit play and running, every afternoon after rest time.
The children often share their interests and ideas throughout the week, and we engage collectively as a group, in many spontaneous activities to develop these ideas.
Role playing is a fun way to learn and enhance useful skills in a child’s development. It helps them make sense of their environment. Which is why the girls, when given the opportunity of free time play, flock to playing hairdressers, cooking delicious meals in home corner and shop at the supermarket with baby. For the boys it’s more around lego and building spaceships and rockets and flying around the room.
Acknowledgement Of Country
As a collective, we are all very excited about the launch of out new indigenous program “Empowering our Youth”. Honouring our Heritage and uniting our children as one.
Respectfully sitting in a yarning circle with a talking stick, teaches children delayed gratification in taking turns and holding space for others while they speak. Next month we will be ready to make our own talking sticks to bring home.
We learn a new word every week and now we are ready to move onto numbers 1-5 as well.
If you hear your children say ‘Jingeri’ it means hello. ‘Pingin’, which means sea turtle , ‘Bunji’, which means mate or best friend and Jarjums which mean children.
Until our next blog, our one encouragement, is to colour in with your children.
It develops focus and practises their pencil grip.
Miss Vesna and Miss Lisa