Potato Masher Painting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks to our community members (Ann and Hazel)  we have a variety of different potato mashers at Pre School.  This week we did potato masher painting.  Even those children who don’t normally paint really enjoyed this activity.  We tried it flat on the tables and also at the easels.  The results were some great paintings to wrap our Father’s Day Gifts in.

Pebble Patterns

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We have been exploring pattern with glass pebbles and small stones this week.  A white sheet was the perfect background for our work.  Cobi worked on this activity for a long time and very carefully worked on her design.  Some children just piled the pebbles up and some just liked to feel the smooth finish.  Our aim to to get to a stage when we can fill the whole sheet with patterns.  We will work on it again  next week.

Transition Visit

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChildren’s transition to school has implications for their learning and development – both at the time of transition and into the future.  With this in mind our Pre school has developed a transition program with Manangatang P-12 College to ensure children arrive for the first day of school confident and happy.

During Term 2 we had the school children visit us at Pop-Up Adventure Play for three sessions.  This week we went to school for a story and a play outside.  We will continue to make visits to the school during fourth term to ensure we are ready for the transition.  Also in fourth term we will welcome the school children to come to Bush Kinder with us.  Forming relationships with others before we make the transition will help us fell confortable and welcome when we finally get to school.

Spring is Coming

After a particularly cold winter we are welcoming the warmer days that remind us that it will soon be Spring.  We have also noticed the wattle trees flowering and the African daisys on the nature strips around town are also in bloom.  At Pre School this week we planted some pansys, beetroot. cauliflower, onions and broccoli in our garden.  We pulled all the dead bits off our strawberry plants and evern found some fresh strawberries hiding.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Visual Motor Skills

Visual Motor Integration (sometimes called Eye/Hand Co-ordination), this is the ability
to control hand movement guided by vision. A child who is
challenged in this area has difficulty coordinating body movements
in response to what he/she seeing.

This week we used icypole sticks to focus on this area.  We had to look at a pattern and copy the shapes and match the colours.  Developing these skills is necessary prior to learning to read.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The skill areas affected in this domain are vast. Eye hand
coordination affects our ability to color, draw basic
strokes and pictures, solve mazes and dot-to-dot
pictures, write by hand, catch a ball, bat a ball, create
art, put a puzzle together, tie our shoes, build with
blocks, thread a needle and use scissors to name a few.

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