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Hi Families! It’s fabulous, funky, fantastic Friday! yay!!

We began our day with bikes, sandpit play, songs and climbing today, the children had lots of fun and were playing so nicely and quietly, we then transitioned inside to wash our hands with a name recognition game, then once we were in the bathroom, we sung our hand washing song and it was time for morning tea! We decided since they had been playing so nicely outside that we would go outside again while the weather was nice for more of a play and we decided to do our learning activities outside.

Today to carry on with our sensory activities, we filled the trough with shaving foam and food colouring! The children all got the chance to play with the shaving foam and mixing the colours together, we made a blue and a red half which then got mixed into a lovely purple! the children loved seeing how the colours melted together. Some of the toddlers were unsure at first but quickly saw how much fun it was and joined in too.

The children absolutely loved this activity, and it was so nice to see so many grinning faces. We even had our friends from Toddler two join us with our learning activity today as they were outside too. We will have to do this activity again sometime perhaps with some bugs and maybe some sequins or glitter in it! (apologies if your toddler comes home a little bit smurfy, we may have added too much blue food colouring🤦🏼‍♀️). Outside we also made some play-dough and put some new lavender oil for a fancy nice smelling play-dough for today.

We are continuing on reading stories with our friends at the moment, today Miss Steph read “The Very Itchy Bear”, “Hamish the Highland Cow” and “The Magic Hat”. The children are loving stories and will always sit down engaged and listening to the books being read. Here are some nice quotes. “There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller. According to the Department of Education and Early Childhood development, reading to children 3-5 days per week (compared to 2 or less) has the same effect on the child’s reading skills at age 4-5 as being six months older. Reading to them 6-7 days per week has the same effect as being almost 12 months older.

We have been doing conversational reading at kindy, following the 3S strategy – See, Show, Say. Here is a great resource from the University of Melbourne on conversational reading: https://3a.education.unimelb.edu.au/assets/3a-public/downloads/3A-Conversational-Reading-Booklet.pdf 

We hope you had a fabulous, funky and fantastic Friday just like we did!

Lots of love, Miss Danna and Miss Steph xxx