Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Fun and learning at preschool


The last couple of weeks have been super busy and fun. Lots of social learning has been going on both inside and outside. We have had a nutrition focus learning about Go, Grow and Glow foods. Ask your children about them and see if they can tell you what is in each category and what those foods do for you.

1. GO foods: GO foods give us energy (carbohydrate) to run, play and jump. GO foods are grain foods, like rice, oats and barley, and foods made
from grains such as bread, pasta and wholegrain cereals

2. GROW foods: GROW foods have lots of protein and calcium to help build strong teeth, bones and muscles. GROW foods mostly come from animals such as beef, lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt. They also include nuts and legumes

3. GLOW foods: GLOW foods are fruits and vegetables that contain vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy. GLOW foods are all the colourful foods


The children have been making healthy plates of food or lunch boxes to try and tempt them to eat more of the food rainbow. Some of the children have also made healthy faces made up of bread, cheese, cucumber, tomato, capsicum, alfalfa
and sultanas. They were then able to try the food and eat what they wanted off their plate.



Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Week 4 at Fraser Preschool



Another wonderful week has flown by at Fraser Preschool. The children are really feeling a sense of belonging now at preschool. They are settling into their social play and are learning to interact more and more appropriately. Having a sense of belonging is so important as they are then able to focus on other important areas of learning whether it be social or academic. Some of the growth in their social development can be seen in the many ways they play. We have camping happening outside and cooperative building inside. Children can often be observed just sitting and chatting.

This week we also had the Nutrition magician come and talk to the children about everyday foods and sometimes food. You could ask them what they think are in each category. He did this while doing some very good magic tricks. He performed for over an hour and the children were glued to the spot.



 




 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

At the end of last term we had a visit from the The Little Left Lane Outreach Theatre Show – who performed‘The Grumpy Little Worm who Didn’t Like to Share.’ It was exciting having people coming into the school and do a play. We learnt about the grumpy worm who was getting pushed out of his underground house by a big plant and he had to find a new hole to live in. The children were able to move around and grow like the plants and wriggle like the worm. It was very interactive and fun to watch.






Tuesday, 8 May 2018

What's planned for preschool this term?

This term we will continue to work with preschoolers on developing oral language skills. The children will be provided with opportunities to take turns and conversations and express emotions in communication and play. In our prelit program we will focus on phonological awareness and oral language development through story book reading. We will support children to use longer more detailed sentences and to correctly use pronouns such as he, she, they, I, you, his, her. Children will practice following 3 step instructions and sequence familiar stories correctly.

Storytelling Clipart


Numeracy activities will focus on counting forwards and backwards,  in additon to recognising numerals 1-10.  Other learning experiences will involve classifying and sequencing objects. We will also investigate shape and play maths games involving matching and counting. 

Kids Playing a Board Game Clip Art - Kids Playing a Board Game


At the library, the preschoolers will view the Children’s Book Council of Australia short-listed titles in the 2018 Early Childhood Book of the Year category. We will be reading the books and picking our favourite one. In August during Children’s Book Week we will find out the winning title and honour books.

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The social skills we are continuing to build on this term are turn taking, sharing, showing respect for others and  co-operative play. Our explicit teaching experiences will focus on self-management, developing self regulation, resilience and self-motivation.

Children

Through our Fresh Tastes program children will understand that diffferent foods help their bodies to go, grow and glow. They will learn that go foods (carbohydrates) give us energy to run, play and jump. Grow foods have lots of protein and calcium to help build strong teeth, bones and muscles. Glow foods are fruits and vegetables that contain vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy. During the term we will grow, prepare and taste some of these foods. 


Low GI Food List - Delicious Food Ideas

We will continue to extend and enhance fine and gross motor skills through a wide variety of play experiences. 

Wondering what you can do at home to build fine motor skills?

Let your child try this.........

Finger Strength and Isolation:   
  • doing up buttons and zips
  • finger Rhymes, such as Incey Wincey Spider
  • using tweezers and tongs to pick up objects
  • sqeezing droppers
  • using stickers                                                                            
  • drawing in shaving cream or wet sand
  • peg up clothes
  • lift up flap stories
  • using sticky tape 
  • sewing/threading activities
  • building with peg boards, paper clips, golf tees
  • peeling fruit, for example mandarins 
  • using spray bottles to water plants
Hand Strength:
  • squeezing wet sponges
  • action songs and rhymes involving tapping and clapping
  • clay, play dough
  • scrunching paper
  • hole punching
  • washing dolls clothes and wringing them out
  • lacing and tying
  • cutting, mixing, squeezing, rolling when cooking for example making pastry
  • hammering 








Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Week 5

A busy week was had by all last week. Carolyn and I would like to thank all those who made it in for interviews. Your children are growing and developing everyday and it is such a sense of fulfillment for us to watch and be able to have input into this occurring. If you didn't get to catch up with one of us please drop by and make an appointment.

The children have been busy learning how to break into play situations. This is a particular focus for all groups at the moment. With the children settled in they are now ready to extend their friendships and learning how to discuss and ask to play with different people is a big skill to learn. We foster this with specific modelling in group and one on one situations as well as online tools which can demonstrate in a different medium the same points. Books are also fantastic and another way of learning. We try to reach the children in various ways because we know everyone learns in a different way.





Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Week 3

Another great week is almost at an end and what an eventful week.  The children are really starting to find their feet at preschool. Beginning to make new friends and learn how to react to differing situations.

We have discussed Chinese new year making fried rice as in our previous post. The Kangaroos and Bilbies have made lanterns and the Koalas and Echidnas have made kites enjoying the good luck of the colour red.


Last night we had our Welcome BBQ, it was wonderful to see so many families come out to meet and mingle in the Fraser environment.





Sunday, 18 February 2018

Cooking at Preschool

We have begun to investigate multi-cultural festivals and decided to cook fried rice, to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Here is our fabulous recipe, which can be adapted to individual tastes.


 
Ingredients:
5 cups cooked rice
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
2 eggs (optional)
1 cup peas/beans
1 cup corn
½ carrot, finely diced
shallots
200g cooked bacon/ham chopped(optional)
Soy sauce to serve (optional)


1.   Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan.
2.   Add the carrot and spring onion and lightly cook. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
3.   Heat remaining oil in the pan.
4.   Beat eggs in small bowl and add to pan.
5.   When egg is almost cooked add the cold rice and mix together.
6.   Add the thawed peas and corn and carrot and spring onions.
7.   Heat through and serve with soy sauce.