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:
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
After having baby Xavier in for a bath with his Mum and sister – they children were all keen to have a go at bathing our dolls this week. The dolls were wash, dried and redressed all ready for a play.
We have been talking about telling stories in sequence with the four year olds this week. A story has a beginning, middle and end. The children had a go at sequencing picture cards and then telling the story.
Some of the children told the story, then sequenced the cards.
Some of the children sequenced the cards and told the story.
Some of the children self corrected their sequence when their story didn’t make sense
And some of the children went from right to left instead of left to right. All interesting observations for a teacher!!
We have been playing with toy money in our supermarket for two weeks. This week we did some play with real money. We did some money sorting, looked at coins through a magnifying glass and talked about the prints on the money.
One of the children is expecting a new baby and there has been a lot of talk about babies among the children. We asked Lisa and Zoe if they could bring baby Xavier in for a bath at Pre School. The children enjoyed seeing this. The experience compliments our learning about the names of body parts and how we keep ourselves clean. Next week we will have some fun bathing the Pre School Dolls. Thank you Lisa, Zoe and Xavier.
In our garden our leafy green vegetable are flourishing. We have to water them if it doesn’t rain – but if it rains we can leave them grow on their own. Our lemons are ready to pick and we will cook with these next week and finally today we noticed that our crocuses have burst through the soil. We should have some pretty flowers soon. Is Spring on it’s way already?
We have had some fun exploring SNOW at pre school this week. The children had an esky full of snow to play with for the day. (Thanks Tim) They were able to touch it and taste it. We added the polar animals to the experience. We took the snow outside and watched it melt in the sun. WE read a story called a Snowy Day and we have had some fun (and improved our cutting skills) with some snow related craft work. Snow is cold!