Mrs M's Pre- Kinders

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I can hardly believe we are already into Term Two !!! Where is this year going?????

I was happy with our start to the term, some children were a little apprehensive but soon got into the many activities planned especially for our special mothers for Mother’s Day.

A special welcome to Amelia Pratt who has  happily joined our class.

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Term Two Overview

Overview Term Two

This term we will be exploring and identifying colour and shapes in our world. Below is an article I found , “Why Colours and Shapes Matter” by Ellen Booth Church. Former Professor of early childhood, a current educational consultant, keynote speaker and author.

Have you ever wondered why most early childhood programs teach children their colors and shapes early in the year? Why not letters and numbers? Why not cats and dogs? It’s because color and shape are two very noticeable attributes of the world around us. When you look out your window, you may not be saying it … but your mind is noticing and identifying the green trees, brown rectangle buildings, square windows, and blue sky. Color and shape are ways children observe and categorize what they see. These very recognizable characteristics encourage children to define and organize the diverse world around them.

These first teachings in preschool and kindergarten are basics that your child needs to know before she learns the “other basics” of reading, writing, and math. Understanding color and shape is a tool for learning many skills in all curriculum areas, from math and science to language and reading. For example, when your child learns to discern the similarities and differences between colors and shapes, she is using the same skills she needs to recognize the differences between letters and numerals.

When young children are asked to mathematically sort objects (such as leaves, rocks, shells, or keys) they usually use the most obvious attributes of color and shape, plus size, to categorize the items. When your child plays, he uses sorting and classifying skills as he observes similarities and differences of color and shape, makes comparisons, and organizes this information into piles. This seemingly simple process (that we use every week when we sort the laundry or find things in the grocery aisles) is the foundation for living in a mathematical world. Sorting by color and shape prepares your child for the future application of these skills in making graphs or searching for a book at the library.

The Importance of Color
Color is one of the first ways your preschooler makes distinctions among things she sees; color words are some of the first words she uses to describe these things. You have probably heard the pride in your child’s voice as she names the colors of the balloons at the store checkout, or her delight when she realizes that a banana and pear are different shades of yellow. Helping you fold the laundry, she may naturally start sorting the socks into piles of different colors while exclaiming, “Look what I did!” These are all perfect examples of how children (and adults!) use color as a means for defining and organizing the world.

But there is much more to your child’s understanding of color than “knowing his colors.” While it is important for him to know the names of the colors, it is just as important for him to know what to do with them. You can help by inviting him to notice many shades, hues, and tints. Make up names for these colors together, such as lemon yellow or apple red. You will be helping him use color as a means for creative thinking and language. Invite him to use descriptive language as he tells you how one green is different from another. One 4 year old I observed proudly said, “That green is dark like a Christmas tree and this one is light like celery!”

Introduce your child to the world of shades and hues by giving her some paint swatches to explore. She can sort them into different color piles, match similar colors, and create a sequence or “color train” of hues from light to dark. Bring out the glue stick and she can cut and paste the colors to make monochromatic collages of yellows, reds, blues, etc. Find more games and activities about color.

The Power of Shape
We all use shape as a way of identifying and organizing visual information. Very early, your child begins to make a connection between familiar objects and their shapes. Changes in these can be surprising. For example, at first he may not want to eat round waffles or square cookies. But once he experiences this new shape information (and finds out it is still delicious!), he can easily integrate the new shape into his pantheon of shape knowledge.

When your child explores different shapes, she is using one of the most basic educational processes: the observation of same and different. This concept provides her with a basic process that she will be able to use in observing, comparing and discussing all she sees and encounters.

Play shape-sorting games with simple household items. Put a collection of objects on the floor and invite your child to sort them into different piles — for round, square, flat, or rectangular items. Then ask him to go on a treasure hunt around the house to find one more thing that can go in each pile. You will be asking him to apply what he has learned in sorting the shapes to the greater world around him.

Take a shape walk around the neighborhood. You might want to focus on one shape at a time. This will help your child match the shape to objects in the environment, and to notice same and different. Give her a cardboard circle to carry as you go on your “circle walk.” You can also take a shape walk looking for all shapes. Carry a clipboard and a piece of paper with the basic shapes drawn on it. Every time your child finds one of the shapes, she can draw a tally mark. Which shape did she find the most of? Find more shape and size activities.

Shapes are also symbols. Not surprisingly, the early recognition of shapes relates to your child’s ability to read symbols otherwise know as letters. Capital letters are made mostly of circles (or parts of circles) and lines. The first step in understanding letters is the ability to know the difference between a circle and a square or rectangle. Provide your child with lots of paper and crayons to experiment with drawing lines and shapes. Don’t worry if they are not perfect at first. It is most important for him to get the “feel” of the shapes in his hand before it is perfectly represented on paper. This shape drawing will naturally lead to writing letters. Take the letters of his name and help him see the shapes inherent in them.

Of course, where would the world of art be with out color and shape? Explore your favorite picture books together with an eye for color and shape. Great authors to explore include Leo Lionni and Eric Carle. Help your child see the way the artist has used colors and shapes to create. Bring out the paper and paints (or markers) and encourage her to create her own art in the style of her favorite illustrator!

 

We are going to be very busy over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre Kindy Updates

I am so sorry that we haven’t uploaded new posts in our blog. Our WordPress subscription has lapsed and we need to re subscribe in order to load photos and videos. I assure you we wil be up and running as normal soon. 

 However we have been very busy. Grandparents Morning Tea was such a great success and enjoyed by all. 

The children have been practicing recognising their own names and numbers. 

They have enjoyed learning about their five senses and experiencing sensory activities using different mediums. 

We made salt names where I wrote their names in glue and then the children sprinkled salt over the letters. Finally using  eye droppers of different coloured food colouring, the children watched the colours run through the salt. This activity encompassed so many aspects. We used our sense of sight and touch, we had to use our fine motor skills to operate the eye dropper and we were able to observe the effects of water and salt. We also spoke about the letters of our names and how they are formed. Did we use a sideways pattern, tall man / short man or curved pattern?

Many Christmas activities are being planned for the next few weeks and hopefully we will turn the center into a winter wonderland.

We are looking at having a Pre Kindy Christmas Party on Thursday, 8th December, further   details will be given soon.

Can you believe we are into term four 😳😳 The last  term before our little ones proceed into Kindergarten !!! 

We will have a very busy term this term starting with a Grandparents and Friends Day on Friday, 28th October from 10am to 11:30. If grandparents or special friends would like to attend, please reply before Friday 21st October cry completing the RSVP Slip, or by emailing the office at admin@stpatsfremantle.wa.edu.au. Grandparents are encouraged to come into the Pre Kindy class between 10am to 10:30am, to play and interact with the children. Then they are invited to attend the Morning Tea and Choir  Performance in the Undercroft Area.

In the following weeks the children will be learning about their five senses. We will be discussing and experiencing how the five senses help

​us figure out what’s going on around us and help us decide whether to enjoy or not enjoy an experience: our eyes help us see, our ears let us hear, our hands help us feel, our noses let us smell, and our tongues help us taste things. We will give opportunities for the children to think about times when his/ her senses helped shape an experience. How did the senses help ? Was it the things you saw? The things you heard? The smell? Something that tasted good? 

I will introduce news and encourage children to talk about how their five senses strengthen their everyday experiences.

This week we explored the sense of sound as  we played a listening game where a child hid and the others had to find him/ her by listening to the direction where the child was blowing a whistle. And the bell game, where they had to guess  who was ringing the bell. We went on a sound walk and explored the many sounds around the playground. ​

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We also used our sense of sight and touch when we used puff paint to make a rainbow painting. 

Mrs J put our paintingss in the microwave and we watched it puff up.

Our Portraits 

Over the past two weeks the children have been very busy painting their individual portraits. Mrs J and I drew around the children and included all the details of what they were wearing that day. The children then painted themselves paying extra attention to their hair and eye colour. They also told me what they especially liked doing at Kindy or Pre Kindy. 

We love dressing up  😊😊     

       Happy holidays everyone 😘😘

Pre Kindy Sports 

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We hope all the dads enjoyed their special day on Sunday and the presents so lovingly made by your cherubs. We had so much fun making the ties, cards and paintings of our super hero dads. 

Dress up day celebrating book week was exciting. Thank you Mrs  Peris for organising such a fun week and Book Fair. We have been so busy learning and experiencing new concepts. In maths we have been exploring patterns and numbers. Singing number rhymes and playing with teddy bear counters help consolidate the concepts learnt.  In literacy we are concentrating on the children’s comprehension of stories and developing language and listening skills. 

We are also learning about our body and what makes everyone so special and unique.

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Making Dory cakes.




Next term we will be introducing news time which will give the children confidence in speaking and listening to their peers. Can you believe it will be our last term in Pre Kindy !!!!!!!!!! 

Five Little Ducks 

Hi everyone 😀 my family and I had a wonderful holiday in the USA !!!! 

I’m very glad to find our little class growing with two new students;  a very big welcome to Luca and Nami and their families. Thank you so much to Mrs Minciullo and Mrs J for doing an awesome job teaching the children’s  whilst I was away. 

We have been very busy making Father’s Day presents, cards and wrapping paper. The children are very excited and can’t wait to share this special day with their dads. 

Mrs Minciullo taught the class the number rhyme ” Five Little Ducks ” while I was away.

We had fun dramatising the song with props and attempting to sing along.☺️☺️

We will have this video on the smart TV at tonight’s Digital Open Night.We hope  to see you all there as it’s a great opportunity for our school to showcase the children’s use of technology in their everyday learning .

Making rainbows

I can’t believe we have come to the end of Term Two !!!! The children have really blossomed into confident and involved learners. Rainbows was the underlying outcome for our last week of colour recognition. First thing on Friday morning I had placed the coloured teddies on the mat for the children to explore and sort creatively. The boys had been playing quietly for some time and then they eagerly called me to see what they had made. They were so proud to show me the rainbow they had made using the teddies. ​

We then proceeded to paint our own rainbows on the glass door. 

 We love having visitors and we love showing them our creative art work. 


We have had a fun term  exploring and identifying colours and shapes and we are looking forward to an exciting new term full of new adventures. 

Caden was really proud of his Duplo creation. Well done Caden 👍.
I  will be taking some long service leave next term and travelling to America for a family holiday. I am leaving the children in the capable hands of Mrs Minciullo and Mrs J. Hope to see you all in week 5. 

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