Spending time outside playing has many positive effects on young children’s emotional development and builds their confidence too!
Life Ed Australia visited St Emile’s this week and the Kindy children got to meet Harold the Giraffe. The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting Harold and helping him to choose healthy food items for his lunch box. Harold also discussed with the children the importance of exercising and taking good care of our bodies.
Food for thought for our parents (pun intended) ….
- There is a connection between ‘what’ we eat and drink and our long-term health outcomes, not to mention how well we perform at school (and in life).
- Developing brains need healthy, low fat, low sugar, low salt foods.
- Lunchboxes should be full of plenty of fruit and vegetables, eggs, sandwiches, cheese, yoghurt, tuna, etc as opposed to expensive and nutrient poor snack foods.
- While treats are acceptable every now and then, please find creative ways for developing good eating habits while children are still young – this is a gift you give for life!
- Remember the healthy diet your child enjoys today, paves the way for lasting health into adulthood.
It was a fun and amazing learning experience and has inspired us to learn more!
In Kindy, we have been learning about sustainability. The children have been looking at ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle. We have been learning about the types of everyday household/classroom items we can recycle and items we can reuse and turn into something new.
After reading “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis the children brainstormed different ideas on how we could reuse some large boxes. The children all had the opportunity to vote on what they would like to transform these boxes into. We collected and recorded this data using a picture graph.
Soon after we voted we set to work making our wonderful ideas come to life. This was lots of fun… almost as much fun as playing in the boxes once we had finished constructing, painting and putting on the last final touches.
We have been discussing ways that we can care and look after our world. The children have been exploring the impact of land and water pollution and have been empowered to develop a responsibility to care for our environment.
Each year Australia acknowledges National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories and cultures, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. In Kindy, we have been deepening our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As a class we discussed how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are Australia’s First People. We talked about the Whadjuk people, the traditional owners of the land we learn and play on each day when we come to school.
The Kindy children explored different cultural aspects of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, such as storytelling through song and dance. We watched Hunter from Playschool dance like an eagle as Matthew played his didgeridoo.
We read the text, “Welcome to Country” by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy and admired all the beautiful Indigenous artwork throughout this story.
We ventured outside to play an Indigenous game called, ‘Gorri’. Before playing our game, we came together to share an Acknowledgement of Country. We thanked the Whadjuk people for the land we learn and play on.
Here is the land,
Here is the sky.
Here are my friends,
And here am I.
We thank the Whadjuk people for the land on which we play and learn.
Hands up, hands down. We’re on Noongar ground.
Following all these learning experiences, we made a footprint display, Kindy Mob Walking Together. It symbolises our unity and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Together we walk on Country.
On Friday the Kindy children had a school incursion. Bunnings supported us with our sustainability project and helped us to develop our Kindy vegetable patch and sensory garden.
Hands on experiences help children to better understand the lifecycle of plants, the process of gardening and where their food comes from.
Thank you Bunnings for educating, assisting and donating to our sustainability project.
Over the past four weeks we have been learning all about God’s wonderful creations. We have been on a ‘wonder walk’ through the Pre-Primary bushland to observe and wonder about our world. We found feathers, sticks, leaves, insects, birds, trees, puddles and many more wonderful creations. We wondered why God made some things soft/spiky/colourful. We wondered about God and how He knew what to make. We wondered what God was like to make such a wonderful world and talked about our favourite creations.
Nicholas- God made snakes and trees and the sun and the moon and apples and food. I like the grass God made.
Theodore- God made lightning and people. God made the moon next to my house. I see it at bedtime.
Mia C- God made butterflies, the world and rainbows. I love God and I love the flowers and trees He made. God is the best.
Kiana- God made the trees and flowers. He made people, butterflies and the water. God made the sun and the water and the land. He made people. God made the whole world.
Through play-based learning, the children have been encouraged to wonder and grow in their understanding and love of God. We have been singing creation rhymes/songs, thanking God for all His wonderful creations through prayer, and sharing stories from the Bible, such as the Creation story (Genesis 1) and Casting Nets (Luke 5:1–11). The children have been reflecting on how Jesus teaches people to love and care for God’s creation.
Thank you God for such a wonderful world!
In class we have been discussing God’s wonderful creations and seeing as Mother’s Day is almost upon us, we have paid special attention to the creation of our lovely mothers. Through classroom discussions and sharing stories we have come to realise that we all have very special mums who we love very much!
As a little thank you for all that mums do, we have been busily making some gifts for mum to treasure.
It is hard to express in words just how much our Mums mean to us but the Kindy’s tried their very best! Here’s what makes our St Emilie’s Kindy mums so wonderful…
KINDY BLUE MUMS
Aaliyah- She lets me go to the playground with the whole family.
Caleb- I like my Mum. She plays trains with me. She hugs me and she kisses me.
Grace- Her like painting and her likes to take me to the playground. Her like playing with me and I like playing with her.
Arlo- I like my Mum. Mum plays Hide and Seek with me.
Chenoa- My Mummy does the best cuddles and the best kisses.
Theodore- Mummy takes me to the park. I draw with Mum.
Henry- My Mum takes me to the beach, and we build sandcastles.
Rosie- Mum takes me to the park sometimes and I play with my Mummy. I love my Mum.
Adi- Mummy, she cooks chickens and fishes and Mummy, she makes the Christmas tree.
Kiana- My Mum tickles me and puts sparkly nail polish on me and she kisses me goodnight.
Tereza- My Mum takes me to the shops and her puts nail polish on me.
Lily- Mummy gives me hugs and I like stomping with mum.
Alaska- I like playing ‘Babies and Mummies’ and Mum gives me popcorn.
Mayra- I like when my Mum plays games with me. Sometimes she plays Sequins and Chess with me.
Indiana- I love Mummy when she makes me popcorn for my movie. My mum wears beautiful rings.
Richard- I love my Mum because she helps me make dinner. I love Mummy cuddling me. She cuddles me when I fall over.
Mia E- I like Mummy when she helps me find my toys all the time. My Mummy always gives me treats.
Nicholas- Her so strong. Her can carry me.
Huda- I love Mummy.
Anna- My Mum is really special. She makes dinner.
Ayla- I love to play with Missy and my Mum. Mum makes pasta and I like eating pasta.
Gabriel- I love Mummy. She gives me lollipops. Mummy loves to play with me.
Gabrielle- When we go to sleep, my Mum gives me a kiss. When it’s night time my Mummy hugs me. I love my mum.
Mason- She gives me hugs in the morning and Mummy kisses me in the morning. Mummy plays dinosaurs with me.
James- My Mum loves me. I like to play Hide and Seek with her. Her so nice. Her gives me lots of cuddles.
Mia C- Mummy gives me hugs. When I get hurt, she puts a Band-Aid on my leg. I love giving her hugs and kisses.
Cayden- Mummy gives me a flying motorbike and police car. My mum gives me presents. I love my mum.
KINDY GOLD MUMS
Taj – I love my Mum, we play Spiderman
Abdullah – I love my Mum she buys me Lego toys.
Rabbhjyot – I love my Mum, we do drawing together.
Aivreen – I love my Mum she gave me brand new shoes.
Jonbjorn – I love my Mum, she cuddles me.
Jett – I love my Mum, she gives me ice cream.
Zara – I love my Mum, she takes me to the park.
Oluchi – I love my Mum she hugs me.
Joanna – I love my Mum, she plays with us.
Elizabeth – I love my Mum, she cooks our food.
Audrey -I love my Mum, she takes me places.
Jack D – I love my Mum, she gives me banana bread.
Lylah – I love my Mum, she helps me brush my teeth.
Anna – I love my Mum we colour in together.
Savreen – I love my Mum, she cooks for me.
Seb – I love my Mum, she cuddles me.
Tahlia – I love my Mum, she makes sandwiches for me.
Hannah – I love my Mum, she cuddles me.
Chloe – I love my Mum, she makes toast for me.
Jack S – I love my Mum, because she is my favourite.
Lisa – I love my Mum, she loves me so much.
Brodie – I love my Mum, she likes Dockers and I like Dockers too.
Marcus – I love my Mum, she gives cuddles.
Fletcher – I love my Mum, I love her so much.
Emily – I love my Mum, she makes me happy.
Mackenzie – I love my Mum, she cooks for us.
Cora – I love my Mum, she gives presents to me.
Evana – I love my Mum, she always plays with me.
During the season of Lent, we have been thinking about the great sacrifice that Jesus made for us. We have already written Lenten Promises and prayers, and displayed these across our classroom and in the front office.
We have now started to take a closer look at the Easter Story. We retold the story on our iPads, and will now use this as a plan to create a whole class Stop Motion video using lego! We are working in small groups to film individual parts of the story, and while this is happening, we have also been rehearsing for our upcoming STATIONS OF THE CROSS assembly. We’ve had to learn our lines and practise our scenes ready to begin filming next week.
Here are some sneak peak photos – and stay tuned for the finished products very soon!