Lemons

 

 

 

 

 

Lilly has been watching our lemons grow for a long time.  Today was the day we got to pick the lemons from the tree.  We made Lemon Delicious Pudding with them and enjoyed it for morning tea.

Measuring

 

 

 

 

 

This we there has been some general talk about measuring.  We have shown the children a way to measure and compare using blocks as an informal unit of measure.  The children could count the blocks to see who was taller.

Painting Technique

Hunter painted a ‘Rainbow Muddy Puddle’.  He used a technique popular with ‘Impressionist Painters’ by putting blobs of colour side by side so that the eye can mix the colours (called juxtaposition)  Of course Hunters blobs are on a giant scale – but the effect is still the same.

We have mounted this painting and encouraged Hunter to share his technique with everyone.

Loose Parts

 

 

 

 

 

We had icy pole sticks and pegs in our World Tray for some ‘Loose Parts” play.  The children made a dog, horse and lots of abstract creations.  Play with these loose parts develops our imaginations and fine motor skills.

Fossicking for Opal

 

 

 

 

 

Mitchell has just been on a big holiday and spent a night at Coober Pedy in an underground house.  He did some fossicking for opals.  We had a bag of rocks the children could fossick through.  We googled opals so we knew what we were looking for.  Unfortunately we only found some white ones.

Good Mood/Bad Mood

 

 

 

 

 

Following on from the story about The Bad Mood and the Stick, we painted some mood clouds and added happy and sad faces to them.  We made a list of things that make us in a ‘Bad Mood’ and ‘Good Mood’.  Here is the list:

BAD MOOD:

When I don’t get to play Gameboy/video games.

When someone makes me angry.

If no one plays with me.

When I don’t get ice cream.

When someone pinches me.

When someone messes my house.

When I don’t get enough sleep.

GOOD MOOD:

When I get ice cream/special food.

When someone gives me a hug.

When people play with me.

When someone smiles at you.

When I have enough sleep.

When someone lets me play my Gameboy/Video games

When I see flowers out.

When I go on holidays.

Sleeping in.

 

We also had a discussion with the children the impact of getting ‘things like food and playing on Gameboys all of the time to turn a Bad Mood around.  Thinking about what makes us feel good or bad and verbalise these events is important in helping children cope with feelings.  It is important that children recognise that they have the power to turn a “Bad Mood’ around.  See if you can guess which event puts the teacher in a “Bad Mood’!!

HIPPY Blankets

HIPPY Blankets

HIPPY is a two year, home base early learning and parenting program for families with young children. The program is designed for 4 and 5 year old children. The HIPPY program is run through RDHS and we have two local co-ordinators – Jayne and Marnie.

 

Benefits for Children

HIPPY provides your child with a structured, education-focused program that lays the foundations for success at school. You teach your child literacy, numeracy and language skills as well as physical skills so they are school-ready and develop a love of learning that lasts throughout their lives.

HIPPY benefits your child by:

  • encouraging a love of learning
  • maximising their chance of enjoying and doing well at school
  • promoting language and listening skills and developing concentration
  • building self-esteem and confidence in learning
  • improving relationships between parents and children.  Over two years (in the years before and after starting school), HIPPY children work through weekly or fortnightly packs of play-based, educational activities with their parents and family. They are encouraged to ask questions and try new things, developing their confidence and passion for learning, which enables school-readiness. This week the children and their families made Tie Blankets. Great for a snuggle in this cold weather.
  • You are supported to shape your child’s learning opportunities around their strengths and interests; and to bring learning off the activity pack page and into the world. We call it ‘Everywhere Learning’: parents take HIPPY activities to everyday situations or in places, encouraging other family members to get involved.
  • The HIPPY approach is based on evidence that children’s earliest and most powerful learning comes from their family. This evidence shows that encouraging literacy and numeracy in early childhood sets children up for success in learning throughout their lives.
  • You are supported to shape your child’s learning opportunities around their strengths and interests; and to bring learning off the activity pack page and into the world. We call it ‘Everywhere Learning’: parents take HIPPY activities to everyday situations or in places, encouraging other family members to get involved.

    This week the children and their families made Tie Blankets. Great for a snuggle in this cold weather.  Thank you to Jayne and Marnie for organising this activity.  We love our blankets.

An Interesting Book

Here is a book Mrs Gayle found at the Mobile Library.  In the story the little girl is in a bad mood because she can’t have an ice cream.  The ‘bad mood’ is depicted by a cloud following over her head.  Throughout the story the ‘bad mood cloud’ shifts onto other people.

It illustrates well how being in a bad mood can affect other people around you.  We had a talk about what ‘being in bad mood’ means and talked about things that could happen, or have happened, to put us in a bad mood.  Learning to identify and label feelings is important learning.

Mobile Library

 

 

 

 

 

We went to the Mobile Library for the first time this year.  The children met the librarian, Rod and got to borrow a book.  Rod read us a story.  We all have forms to fill in so that we can have our own library cards next time they visit.