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Hello everyone and welcome to FUN-tastic Friday! We started our fun today during outside morning play time. Miss Livia played a game of dragon chasing with some of our friends in the outdoor classroom space, whilst Miss Donna pushed some of our friends on the giant swing. As it was quite warm, we came inside a little earlier than usual, had a big drink of water, followed by a yummy morning tea consisting of pineapple, rockmelon, blueberries, orange and raisin bread. Following on from this, we played with a variety of different activities.

Jamal chose to play with the wooden train tracks and trains where he was later joined by Maia and Ollie, Harley donned a pink ballet outfit, whilst Ivy donned a multi-coloured tutu as they played in the wooden cubbyhouse, William made a pillow jumping obstacle course for him and Harley to play with together (great initiative William!), and Harvey enjoyed building tall towers with the soft foam blocks. Maia and Ollie enjoyed a colourful shape-matching game, as did Harvey, Harley and Ivy. Kaylee wanted to do some cutting and pasting, and was quickly joined at the table by Ivy, William and Harley. We love concentrating on cutting and pasting in the Pre-Kindy room and are very sensible with our scissors!

Playdough is always a popular choice in our room. Today, Ollie and Ellie made big crabs and jellyfish with wiggly sticks and sea shells added to their dough.

Miss Donna introduced all the children to a group board game entitled “Tummy Ache”. This game provided a great opportunity for the children to explore, compare and contrast (visually and vocally) appropriate and healthy food choices. Zahra made a particularly awesome effort to distinguish well between healthy and unhealthy food choices to put on her “plate”. The game was also a wonderful way to encourage turn-taking and sharing among everyone.

Games such as this can be linked to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) in the following way:

Learning Outcome 1.4 – Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Learning Outcome 3.2 – Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.

Learning Outcome 4.1 – Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, persistence and reflexivity

Learning Outcome 5.1 – Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

Learning Outcome 5.4 – Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

Funky Feet dance class with Miss Jeni was thoroughly enjoyed by all our friends today, including Ivy, who found the confidence to join in for the first time. We are so proud of you Ivy! We are also very proud of Ellie who has really taken Ivy under her protective wing; supporting and guiding her throughout the dance class and in the classroom. It is so lovely to see our friends being kind to each other.  Jamal is also very much enjoying dance classes and has really settled in well with all our Pre-Kindy friends.

Until next week everyone, please enjoy your weekend, and the time you spend with family and friends.

Much love, Miss Donna and Miss Livia xxx