Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The children had fun learning about various Australian animals this week. We started by introducing the letter “k” and its sound on Monday, along with its vocabulary (koala, kangaroo, kookaburra, kite, king, kiwi, kick). On Tuesday we introduced the typical Aussie animals; our older children were able to recognise all of them and the younger ones just a few. We spoke about koalas, kangaroos, kookaburras, wombats, echidnas, platypuses, emus, dingoes, crocodiles, sharks, snakes, thorny dragons, cockatoos, possums and bilbies; about how they look and behave, where they live, what they like to eat, etc. We had the opportunity to review our letter and topic of the week for the children who attend our centre’s program on alternate days.
During the week the children coloured pictures of Australian animals, made hand-printed koalas and freehand drawings, as well as free-style paintings.
Older children chose to do a lot of math and language work this week with the metal insets, sandpaper numbers and letters, counting with Seguin’s Teen and Ten boards in conjunction with the Golden Beads and did tracing, writing and cutting practice, as well as worked on freehand writing their own name; as you can imagine, the educators were very proud of them! Our younger students found the practical life area to be very interesting, so they’ve been spending a lot of time in it and worked on enhancing their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills by pouring grains and liquids, transferring with ladles and spoons, threading beads, lacing and polishing a shoe, grinding dry bread into crumbs, kneading and moulding playdough, pinching with tweezers and thongs, screwing nuts and bolts, hammering tacks and zipping a dressing frame. The sensorial area was quite popular, too, where they chose to build with the pink tower and brown stair, as well as learned about dimensions with the help of cylinder blocks and coloured knobless cylinders.
Our returning students have been very helpful with the newly enrolled children; they took the newcomers by the hand and showed them around our classroom, lead by example on how to use various materials and tidy up, how to sit and participate during our circle time, etc. The newcomers have become more settled and started exploring their new environment by showing interest in activities that are new to them, as well as some that they are familiar with already. The younger children like to look up to our older ones, mimic their behaviour and thus learn from other children, not just educators, so we’re hoping for the new kids to fit in very soon.
The heat wave seems to be over, so we’ve been playing outside on Thursday and Friday. Hopefully next week the temperatures will be more reasonable, so we can enjoy more outdoor time. We’ve also welcomed a volunteer to Mozart Class; Miss Aline comes from Brazil and has Montessori experience.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
- Ms. Janet, Miss Anna, Miss Aline and Ms. Julija