The wheels on the bus

Imaginative play provides an opportunity to children to practice and develop their language and social skills by being with and talking to other children. It increases the development of problem solving and self-regulation skills. With toddlers we were sharing and discussing how we get to Amigoss from home. Using pretending play, we made a bus on our room where each child passed the tunnel and payed the fare with their opal card. Let’s go! said the driver.


Let’s make a road!

With some foam pieces, we were learning about the differences of land transport. We could see the function of the rubbish truck, ambulance, police car, taxi and more. Children were working in group for the same goal that was build the road for every car in transit. This experience helps to develop finger muscles and cognitive skills by thinking and matching the different piece as a puzzle. We had so much fun!


Jam’N’Jive music sessions

This week was our first music session with Jam’N’Jive! The children had so much fun making productive noise while they learned some basics about music, dance and beat. In these sessions, the children learn about international music, rhythm, beat and tempo, and the art of performance, through rhythm sticks, tambourines, triangles, drums, shakers, scarves and ribbons, puppets and a variety of other musical instruments and tools. The sessions run every Tuesday in June, between 3.00pm and 4.00pm for toddlers and for preschoolers. Please remember that these sessions are open to everyone, even if your child does not attend on that day. The only thing we ask is that if you come on a day that your child does not attend, you stay in the centre with your child while the session is happening. Thank you!


Aboriginal stories

As we have just been through Reconciliation Week, the children have been talking about getting along, including the reintroduction of Sorry day and its purpose in 2008. The children have been looking for items they may deem to be similar to Aboriginal artefacts and artworks they have seen, and many can recognise the Aboriginal flag. We took this opportunity to use our Aboriginal symbol story cards, and each child was encouraged to peruse the cards and make comments or ask any questions they had. We chose a few cards we liked, and recreated them onto earth coloured papers. We were then encouraged to tell our story, and we are working on the elements of a story, such as beginning, middle and end, with some details. Have a look at our wonderful and thoughtful stories, they are on display in the preschool classroom. Telling stories helps children’s development of imagination, text awareness and memory recall.


Canada memory game

Today we used our new memory cards to play a game of memory. The cards have mages from Canada on them, and children practiced taking turns, enhancing their focus and their memories. This game helped to reinforce the facts we have learned about Canada in a fun and engaging way.


Board games

The preschool children have been playing some board games this week, and learning about sequences, turn taking, one to one counting and improving their hand-eye coordination and accuracy. They have also been working on their concentration skills, sticking to a task long enough to achieve a pre-set goal. The caterpillar game is a great way for children to learn some early reading and mathematics skills, and to challenge themselves in a friendly but mildly competitive environment.


Canada leaves

Today we decorated our Canada leaves with drawings of the things we have learned about Canada. This experience aided concentration skills, fine motor and imagination development, and processing of new facts we have learned. Our drawing detail is improving!


We explore textures, watercolours, and fragrances

In babies’ room, we are working on flowers and insects, and this week, we had activities where babies were able to explore with different materials, textures, colours, and insects.