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Hello everyone, and happy Monday! This morning we had a lovely start to the day with sunshine and sand and water play outdoors. Ellie, Kaylee, Zahra and Ivy made lots of pots of stew with leaves, bark chips, sand and water. We also practised our ball skills, with Ollie, Marlie and Zander doing very well at lining up the ball on the ground and attempting a big kick!

Following on from our Acknowledgement of Country at group time, we learnt a new song entitled “Hello to all the children of the world”. This gave us a great opportunity to learn to say/sing “hello” in many different languages.

We also had one of our favourites today – Yoga with Miss Hayley; especially enjoyed by Arlo (who got into a stretching cat position), Harley and Asher – lots of great breath work too.

Today our friends also engaged with the following play-based learning experiences:

  • Zander, Ollie and Marlie practised their puzzle completion skills. The benefits of children working on puzzles is that the task increases hand/eye coordination. In addition, completing a puzzle, even the simplest of puzzles sets a single goal to achieve. Children must think and develop strategies on how to achieve this goal.  This process involves problem solving, reasoning skills and developing solutions which they can later be transferred into their personal/adult life. Overcoming the challenges involved in solving a puzzle really provides a sense of achievement and pride, and boosts self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • In dress up corner today Ollie, Marlie and Ellie staged a super-hero battle against a very scary dinosaur (Asher) – it was Pre-Kindy’s version of Game of Thrones! 😊
  • Creating a group time collage: placing patty pans and other assorted materials onto a big piece of bark that Miss Donna found in the park. Harley, Ivy, Kaylee and Zahra shared all the materials very politely and cooperatively, with the end result looking extremely beautiful! It was a great group effort, with the children discussing where to put the patty pans and which colour to choose
  • Loose parts consisting of small cardboard tubes, small wooden pegs and stretchy reptiles provided a good opportunity for the children to use their imagination and create their own “stories”. Arlo, Ellie and Asher were very focused on putting/pulling their reptiles in and out of the tubes and placing pegs around the rims of the tubes.
  • Such a lovely day! Please enjoy the blog and pictures of your child’s day here at Pre-Kindy. Enjoy your evening everyone.Love from Miss Donna and Miss Ana XX