Today we had another Transition to School day for next years Preps. The children visited the office, Art room and the P/1 room. In the Prep room we played games an played on the iPads. WE heard a story about a working dog. Dur
ing the next four months we will make four more visits to the school and experience different parts of school life.
Last Wednesday we went to Green Lake with the Sea Lake Pre School Community for Night Bush Kinder. We had a BBQ for tea and we loved running around with our torches. Ron (Koorie Educator) told us some stories and painted faces with ochre. Bron told us some star stories from the Boorong people. Thank you to all the families who came and to Mrs Gayle for driving the bus. Thank you to Sea Lake Pre School for being welcoming hosts.
We have been learning to sew with hessian and wool. This is a challenge for some and we need to learn to put the needle though on the same side as the wool.
For Father’s Day we made cards and Chocolate Truffles. Marnie and Megan helped us put the gifts together before Bush Kinder. Father’s Day is a celebration of all the things father’s do for us.
To complement our Bush Kinder program – we have natural playdough, seed pods and branches to make habitats for the native Australian animals.
In our first week of Bush Kinder we became familiar with the site and the boundaries. We revised our safety knowledge around snakes, spiders and fire. The children had fun climbing everything. Steven found a bouncy branch and lots of fun was had bouncing up an down. The children sat someone at the base of the tree – with the ‘controls’ – the controller even had a seatbelt! Willie (Koorie Educator) came and there were lots of discussions about tracks and recognising the different animals by their tracks. WE had a fire and the children got to cook marshmallows. We went for a walk and we will gradually do longer walks throughout our Bush Kinder program.
Lily and Elise made soup for their tea party today. The soup was water with plastic blocks. They had the table set beautifully!
The three year olds had fun creating with playdough and seedpods today. The three year olds are starting to move on from parallel play now and it is lovely to see the start of new friend ships forming.
Lynn (HIPPY Co-ordinator) and Jayne (HIPPY Tutor) came to Pre School this week and showed us how to make no-sew, tie rugs. The children got to make one each to take home and we made one for Stevens new baby (DJ). The Mum’s came in to help us. It was a fun afternoon and we all slept warm last night. Thank you Lynn and Jayne for organising this.
Brendan Kennedy is an Aboriginal Artist from Robinvale. He came to Pre School and told the children stories through his paintings. We can have stories told to us, read from books and also told through art. We learnt and Emu Song and Dance in Aboriginal Language. Boy emus and girl emus have different dance moves. Then we got to colour in some emus. Brendan also brought in some Aboriginal tools to show us. Brendan will be visiting on a regular basis for the rest of the year. This is a nice lead in to our Bush Kinder experiences occurring at the end of the term.