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Happy Thursday everyone!

This morning we welcomed our friends Hudson, Nayla, Toby, Dominic, Luca, Nikora, Parker, Alia, Archie, Lachie, Hunter, Henry, Lincoln, Rumi, Isabelle, Tua, Zahra and we also welcomed our new friend Aria who will be joining us on Thursday’s. Welcome Aria!

Our friends spent their morning outdoors with their friends from Pre-Kindy. Whilst outdoors, our children found their enjoyment in exploring their playground and participating in free-play. We enjoyed reading stories on the grass hill, utilising the bike track to race our scooters and bikes, creating towers with building blocks and creating sand-castles in our underground sandpit. Soon after, we made our way too the door of our classroom for progressive morning tea and group-time. Just before, morning tea our children sat down with Miss Alicia to read a story that was based upon the concept of saying sorry. Currently, we have been educating our students on the act of feelings and what they mean. Children who learn how to understand emotions in themselves and others are better able to regulate their own responses to strong emotions.

Just as our morning tea was complete, we then made our way to the tables for a kinetic sand sensory experience. Miss Alicia gathered two black circular containers and filled them up with super blue kinetic sand for our children to pull, squeeze, press and grab. Along with plastic funnels and play-dough equipment for our children to get creative with. Not only does this experience allow our children to get creative and socialise but the sand increases sensory awareness, develops hand eye coordination and fosters creativity, as it can be used to create a range of shapes and objects.

Whilst this experience was occurring, we had a cutting experience for our children to participate in. Throughout this activity, educators would guide children on how to hold our safety scissors correctly and attempt to cut different shapes and objects. As these two table-top experiences where occurring, we then allowed our children to enjoy free play. Providing our children with the chance to enjoy free play allows our children to stimulate their curiosity, imagination, creativity and social skills. We as educators are able to create observations and incorporate what our children are currently interested in into our programming/learning. Today our children found their interests in free painting, magnetic play, cognitive number puzzles, home corner role play and playing sleeping lions in our tipi. Shortly after, our Arikan teacher Mr. Tim arrived for their sports lesson. Our children slipped on their hats, shoes and sunscreen for their weekly sports lesson. These experiences allow our children to work on their physical development whilst socialising with peers.

Overall, we have had just quite a relaxing yet fun-filled terrific Thursday. We look forward to seeing you next time. Thank you 🙂

Miss Beck, Miss Aaliyah & Miss Alicia.

NOTE: Don’t forget that tomorrow is Red Nose Day! Please come dressed in all crazy Red with a dollar coin donation to support grieving families and save little lives.