Dear Parents and Caregivers,
This week we’ve been learning about Australia because of Australia Day. We’ve introduced the letter “a” to the new children and everyone had the opportunity to trace it. The older children already knew what is the sound of A and what starts with it. We spoke about the Australian and Aboriginal flags, and some children chose to paint the Aussie one during art time. While learning about States and Territories with our continent puzzles, a few children mentioned they had relatives around Australia, especially in NSW and Victoria. We spoke about native people and children observed their dot painting and boomerangs, so today many kids chose to work with puzzles depicting traditional Aboriginal life, made boomerang dot painting for art and read stories about Australian animals. Animals are always a popular topic, so by children’s interest, we will be learning about Aussie animals next week.
Many new children joined our class this week for the first time. They’ve had the educators’ and older children’s help to settle in and I must say they’re doing quite well when it comes to new routines and activities. They had a trial at soccer on Wednesday and loved it, so if you’ve received the Ginger Sports flyer, please feel free to contact them directly. Same goes for Happy Feet on Tuesdays (this week we were closed, so we skipped the lesson, but next week everything will be back to normal).
It’s been interesting to watch the new children use our materials; we’ve shown them the optimal way how to use them, but afterwards they were free to figure out on their own how to work with them. We’ve been emphasizing how important it is to share and wait for each one’s turn, how to be polite and gentle with each other, as well as what is fair and what isn’t. Please reinforce these concepts at home, as well, whenever you have a chance. As Maria Montessori would put it, “Every opportunity is a teachable moment!”
We wish you all a good (and dry) weekend!
- Ms. Janet, Ms. Chantelle and Ms. Julija