From the Director
We would like to welcome all the new Families who have joined us since our last newsletter. It has been lovely getting to know you all and assist both you and your children with the sometimes-daunting transition into Child Care. Our educators endeavour to connect with all children so they feel a sense of belonging and so far we have had great success.
Classrooms are on the hunt for Recycled Materials. We are in the depths of discussing sustainability and would love to ‘Reuse Reduce and Recycle’ any materials available. Our older children are enjoying playing shops with food boxes and containers. The toddlers are looking for similar materials to use at a ‘making table’ and all classrooms are planning to contribute to a Recycled Garden Project.
The project will aim to use second hand materials found around the backyard or in the shed that are waiting to be loved again. Things like old plant pots, pavers, tiles, plants, cuttings, pebbles, bricks, wood, logs, tyres, piping and cable reels are much sought after. Old pots, pans, kitchen utensils and tools would also be handy to assist us in designing a Music Wall in our Recycled Garden. So, if you have any items hanging around don’t forget ‘One Persons Trash is another Person’s Treasure!’ and we would appreciate them.
One of our Grandparents has kindly donated his time and skills to build us a chicken coop. We are hoping to have it delivered in the next week or two so we can start planning our new Family members.
Sending out the usual reminders………
Please remember to pack hats. If your child has no hat, they will be asked to remain under the veranda whilst playing outside. As the weather cools down we are happy for you to supply beanies
and suggest maybe packing one of each so children are dressed appropriately for a variety of weather conditions.
Check your child’s spare clothes. We suggest to have a couple of changes, and once again as the weather cools down please ensure the spare clothes are weather appropriate.
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Recipe from the Kitchen………
Beef Stroganoff is a favourite at the moment. Try it at home.
2 Carrots, chopped
1 onion, finely diced
100 gms mushrooms, sliced
500gms diced beef
2 400gms crushed tomatoes
1 300gm tub of sour cream
2tbsp gravy mix
Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in pan, add teaspoon of garlic, onion and beef. Stir on high until onion is soft. Add carrots and mushrooms.
- Once carrots have softened, add crushed tomato, paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil.
- Slowly add gravy mix, whisking it in as you go.
- Place on simmer until thickened. Add sour cream and stir until fully combined.
- Serve with rice.
Children are practicing their Practical Life skills forming lots of independent attributes and
feeling proud of their achievements…….
They explore their senses through various constructed experiences………
And have been busy gardening. Digging, planting, watering. They even have little daisy’s growing
Blue Jays have been super busy taking care of their environment and ensuring everything is clean and healthy.
They have been working on their negotiation and compromising skills through working together, playing group games and taking turns in their outdoor environment.
And designing some fabulous new creative games and activities to keep busy and stimulated…….
Blue Jays have been spending more time in the smaller yard and experimenting with indoor/outdoor play to widen children’s choices. They are exploring different colours after celebrating Green for St. Patrick’s Day and Orange for Harmony Day. There has been lots of discussion about where they see different colours and the colours of a rainbow. Blue Jays will now start looking at ‘Eating a Rainbow’ and healthy food choices.
The Canary Educators have started introducing a ‘Letter of the week’ which has prompted interest in writing using various mediums. Some children have shown interest in their name and the letters within their names, and like to practice writing them.
They have continued on with weekly cooking experiences and have enjoyed participating in creating everything from biscuits and cakes to spring rolls and dumplings. The aim is to grow some herbs and vegetables to use in their creations in the coming months.
Dinosuars have sparked an interest within the classroom leading to discussions about the various dinosaurs and what ‘extinct’ means. Children helped create a Dinosaur Land in which they added plants, wood, bark, grass and water. They then expanded by adding cars, roads and buildings to modernise their land.
The Canary children are all very interested in one another and enjoy group experiences on a daily basis. We often find that it only takes one child to ask one question or make one comment that then prompts a class wide research. Like the day all the boys said ‘Boys don’t do Ballet’ only to discover they actually do and were very keen to try. Another instance came after reading a story about Tigers and someone asked ‘where do they live?’, and then there was the day they found a huge cockroach and eagerly researched the parts of it’s body and drew pictures of it. It is in our best interest to follow children’s enquiries and we have so much fun when they take the lead.