Whats been happening in the Snakes room in February?
Room Blog #1, 2019.
Firstly, a warm welcome to the Jom-Gwong room, we have an exciting year ahead.
Starting with the launch, of our Acknowledgement of Country, ‘Empowering our Youth” program. This program will be embedded throughout our curriculum, so you will be hearing and seeing the Aboriginal dialect Yugambeh throughout the entire centre.
The first word you will often see is, Jom-Gwong, which means Snakes and if you hear your child say Jingeri, they are saying hello to you.
We will be preparing for our future learning, as well as extending further on what we learned in the dolphins (gowonda) room, last year.
Will be broken into two sessions; our first session will focus on greeting our friends with Jingeri as we mark the roll, as well as a letter, number, shape and colour recognition for the fortnight. So far we have learnt letters A,B,C. Numbers 1,2,3. Shapes Heart, Square and Triangle and colours Blue, Brown, Red and Purple.
During this group time, I will begin to focus your children by asking them to sit still on their bottoms with legs crossed and hands in laps…. Good luck, I hear you say. Well, we have to start somewhere and it will become second nature for the children while sitting on the mat.
For our second group time, about 10 minutes in length, we will discuss our mornings play, focusing on some of the good and poor choices made during our free play. We love rounding out our group time with a story or two, using the strategy of the Aboriginal 8 ways of learning pedagogy Framework, where Story telling is conversational and engaging.
We have now began the foundations of our resilience program by discussing our invisible happiness buckets and sharing how we feel. We begin teaching resilience in this room as we feel it’s never too young to learn life skills surrounding our feelings, understanding them, regulating them and how our choices can impact on others.
(keep an eye out for our parent seminar later this year on the resilience program)
Importance of State of Mind
The Environment and Our state of Mind is everything, when it comes to retaining knowledge.
Learning through play helps develop children’s brains through imaginative, innovative, whole body experiences because we don’t learn through consumption, we learn through creativity.
Extending learning at home, engaging families, helps to consolidate teachings and is key to sustainability. Ask your child to teach you what they learnt that day.
We are consolidating the Alphabet letters at the moment, through the mystery, mobile letter box. The box is placed in a child’s locker for them to find upon leaving that day. The children are asked to find an item at home that starts with the letter coinciding with the letter of the week and place it in the box. During group time, the following day the child shows their friends what they found.
The lockers are adorned with the children’s photos, so they feel a sense of belonging and accompanied with their name for name recognition. We encourage you to aid your child to find their name and ask them to recognise the letters in their name.
Fine and Gross Motor skills
Fine motor activities in this room are enhanced through pincer grip art activities.
The children are loving the climbing challenges on equipment for balance and ball catching for hand and eye coordination.
That’s all from Mr John and Miss Sally
See you next month for another exciting update on our learning.