Sunday, 28 April 2019

Dear Parents - pencil grip information

I wanted to share some information with you about the terminology I use when helping Kindergartens with their pencil grip. 

Please read.

Teaching correct pencil grip. Help your child learn to hold a pencil correctly.

How to Hold a Pencil or Crayon

To teach the correct way to hold a pencil, you can have the child pretend his/her dominant (writing) hand is an alligator.
Open and close the alligator’s mouth – and show that the alligator is hungry and wants to eat the pencil!

How to teach a child to hold a pencil correctly

Now that the alligator is holding the pencil in his mouth, place the pencil on the bottom jaw of the alligator,and close the alligator’s mouth on the pencil. 

Proper way to hold a pencil

As the alligator eats the pencil, he doesn’t like the taste of the pencil, so he puckers his lips. 

How to hold a pencil correctly: The alligator trick

He puckers his lips and curls his jaws in the shape of an ‘o’ – and clenches the pencil in his teeth.

Hope this helps if your child is practising their pencil skills at home .  

I also thought this post was pretty cute too. Please have a read about those tired feelings your children will be experiencing after a day at Kindy.

Thank you

Miss Horrocks

Welcome back to TERM 2


Welcome back to Term 2! Another 10 weeks full of play, learning and laughter with friends. 

Hope everyone had a happy and safe Easter break! But it's time to get back to Kindy to learn and grow together with another busy term ahead. 

Doors open per usual at 8.45am.  

Everyday your child will still need- 

- A hat ( please return) 

-  Drink bottle

-Small cushion ( please return) 

- Separate container with fruit and healthy snacks for morning tea. 

- lunch box 

- Running shoes on sports days:  Wednesday for Kindy Red and Thursday for Kindy Blue. 

- Don't forget to put your name down for parent help. Your very welcome to choose a morning time slot from 9-11am  or 11:30-1pm on your child's day.   

The first few weeks we are focusing on Mother's day, having a teddy bear's week , exploration with colours and shapes and beginning our alphabet letter sound programme. 

A note will be going home to save the date for our Mother's day morning in Kindy. This will be held at the start of Week 4 to give all our wonderful Mums a bit of notice. 

Your child is going to see some new spaces inside Kindy. We have a florist shop set up, a hair salon and a yoga station ( we want to  learn  how to spoil our Mums). 

We also have our favourite constants that we never want to change: building and loose parts area, fine motor tuff tray, play dough, drawing and collage centres.   

The Speech Therapy assessment will be under way in week 2 as well as the Brigance Screen. Both of these assessments are crucial in gathering data on your child's oral language, physical and cognitive development for their age. 

BUT WAIT THE MOST EXCITING THING IS STARTING and the children have been waiting with anticipation for it to finally begin... 

Keep watching this space for your child's chosen day and what parents can do at home to help prepare your child to tell news. 

I will see you all soon.

Miss Horrocks. 

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Under the sea Weeks 5-7 and a big Welcome to Maxwell

After reading the  story" There's a Commotion in the Ocean" the Kindies designed their own under water picture. The children were able to tell their teachers what their favourite sea creature from the story was.

I like the stingray- Beau

I like the Seahorse- Kai 

I like the shark- Wyatt

I like the stingray and dolphin- Liam 

I like the turtle and whale- Emma 

I like the cuttlefish- Mackenzie 

I like the humpback whale- Ned

We had to use many interesting words such as seaweed, coral, sand, waves, gills, ocean and the deep water when talking about and designing our pictures.  

Making the water pattern was the fun part...

Rainbow Fish 

This week we have also been learning to be kind  like  the Rainbow Fish. The Rainbow Fish  needed a little help first to know how to be a nice friend.

As a class we talked about... 
-The best present to give a friend is to be kind.
-Sharing is caring.
- It's ok to feel sad and mad sometimes but it's not ok to hurt someone.  

We made rainbow fish and shared our shiny scales.

Sea creature sensory tuff trays for exploration: 

The children even created their own game to see if the sea sponges would stick on the wall. Some of the children decided to make their own pictures with their sponges.  Imagination is a powerful tool!  

Seaweed  spaghetti   fun  

A big welcome to Maxwell and his family to Kindy Red. We are so lucky to have a friend like Max come join us. 


 Learning our 1:1 counting principle

Rainbow names

Rainbow Science experiment with sun and water 

God made special me and I can look after my body: 

I love how the children's drawings were all individual.  

Who Sank the boat by Eric Carl 

Learning about the properties of air, water and different weights.

We had many mini scientists on this day to help solve the problem. 

All the Kindies sank the boat...

Fun with learning our syllables and beats (parts) in our words. First we had to do say many sea animal names then we played a game using gems to record how many beats each picture word had.

We have  many clever Kindies stepping into their early literacy learning already! Who would of thought we could do it whilst we play.