Good afternoon everyone – here we are again on a mild and mellow Monday!
Today ten of our friends we here at Pre-Kindy, including Ivy, Harley, Ellie, Kaylee, Zahra, Ollie, Marlie, Asher, Zander and Arlo. We spent a lot of time today outdoors and involved ourselves in playing with the emergency transport vehicles and the large road/city map. As the children looked up into the sky to see a helicopter passing overhead, Kaylee exclaimed, “Look! I’m playing with a helicopter too!” Asher and Ivy put lots of their emergency vehicles on the wooden fire station and pretended to be rescuing people together.
In addition, today the children enjoyed drawing on small whiteboards with their whiteboard markers. Zander drew a big wiggly snake after we discussed the snake park near his home. Harley also mentioned that he saw a green tree snake on the weekend. Zahra drew lots of circles on her whiteboard, and Marlie drew a picture of her mum. Shortly after, Ellie, Marlie, Arlo and Ollie turned the large foam whiteboards erasers into mobile phones and sat around the table talking to each other.
Playdough was especially enjoyed by Marlie and Arlo today. Both children used a variety of plastic body parts and accessories to make aliens, monsters and snowmen out of balls of dough – very creative! By contrast, Ollie used the dough in conjunction with small matchsticks and mini cookie cutters – from this he made lots and lots of lollipops for all our Pre-Kindy friends to pretend to eat – great sharing Ollie!
Other play-based experiences enjoyed by your children today included:
- Home corner kitchen play
- Playing with the baby dolls
- Cutting, tearing and pasting coloured paper and placing it on white paper
Hygiene practices – in the centre we are strongly focussing on communicating good health behaviours, such as covering coughs and sneezes with the elbow (doing the “dab”) and washing hands. One of the best ways to keep children safe from coronavirus and other diseases is to encourage regular handwashing, for at least 20 seconds. It doesn’t need to be a scary conversation. You can sing along to one of your child’s favourite songs to make learning fun. For example, the Wiggles have a very good handwashing song. The link is attached here for you to open in a browser
- At home, develop a way to track how regularly your child is washing their hands and find ways to reward them for frequent/timely hand washing
- Other strategies include using puppets or dolls to demonstrate symptoms (sneezing, coughing, fever), and what to do if children feel sick (if their head hurts, their stomach hurts, or if they feel hot or extra tired etc.)
Please enjoy today’s photos and blog. We hope you all have a safe and happy evening. Take care!
Love Miss Donna and Mr Ginner XX