As a part of our curriculum we like to integrate with our community as much as possible. This week we visited the residents at the hospital agiain armed with games. We spent and hour playing games with them and it was so much fun. Activities like this teach us compassion and understanding for others.
Today we had an Open Day at Pre School. We had lots of expereicnes set up both inside and outside for the families to enjoy.
The children enjoyed inside activities of cutting and pasting, painting, play dough, kinetic sand, animals in water, blocks and farm animals, pretend play in the shop and cars.
We enjoyed a morning tea of fruit, cheese, biscuits and dip.
Outside we had water in the sandpit, painting, and pretend play in the creek bed, obstacle course and balls.
Transition for every stage of life is easier if we go about it in a gentle way. Settling children into Pre school is much easier when they come for visits with families first. We love it when they don’t want to go home. This means they will be all the more keen to visit us again. Transition visits are also an opportunity for teachers to get to know the children and their families long before they enrol. This is why we encourage visits with the playgroup each term.
Teacher are always looking for inspiration and last week I found some at the National Gallery of Victoria in the form of an exhibition for children.
Tromarama have built a house inside the Gallery, and everyone’s invited over to play. Inspired by ordinary homes, this one is a little bit extraordinary – everything inside has come to life! Come explore Open House: Tromarama for Kids.
Contemporary art collective Tromarama, comprising three artist friends, capture the excitement of interacting with new technologies to transform everyday experiences into artworks. In Open House, familiar domestic scenes from the kitchen to the courtyard are embellished with spectacular displays of furnishings and interactive experiences to delight and surprise children as they venture from one room to the next. Inspired by the interior of a typical Indonesian home, Open House features panoramic screenings of the artists’ stop-motion films and enables visitors to experiment with stop-motion animation through a multimedia app, creating short films that can be shared with friends and family.
There is a free animation app called Tormaramix and it is very easy for children to use. On Tuesday we got a collection of small toys. Some used LEGO and some used dinosaurs and some used cars to make a small animation. We were able to email our work to the children’s homes to share with their families. On Wednesday we animated our names and numbers. Here are some samples:
On Thursday we had a family night at Pre School. The children helped prepare food for the families and we had games for everyone to play. After tea we toasted marshmallows and played in the dark with glow sticks. Family Night is an opportunity for parents who are working to come and see what their children are doing at Pre School. The children act as hosts for the night and are very proud to show their families around ther centre.