We’ve been to Peru,

Read stories too,

Alpacas and llamas,

Not in our pyjamas!

Growing a big family tree

Come here and you can see!

 

THE GERMS IN OUR HANDS. BREAD EXPERIENCE

Washing your hands is one of the most important ways of reducing the risk of transmitting disease, and it’s also the easiest. Trying to prove to kids why hand-washing matters can be tough because they can’t see germs and us begging them to scrub up just fades into the white noise of adults telling kids to do a million different things every day. That’s why we decided to try an experiment with two slices of bread. Hoping it gives kids a visual to help them understand why washing their hands makes a huge difference in trying to stay healthy — during flu season, and always! -. With our hands visibly “clean” after sports class, we took 2 slices of bread from the kitchen and sat down in a circle. We passed around one of the slices so everyone could touch it and pass the invisible little germs to it. After, we placed the two slices (touched and controlled) in different plates and covered them up with some film. We are going to keep track of the rotting process they suffer. Eventually, the touched bread will be rotten first.

 

A GIANT LLAMA

On Monday, the preschool children engaged in making a giant llama from recycled materials. This included using the saw to cut the cardboard tubes for legs and using scissors to cut the strips for the llama’s coat. The children showed that they were able to work together on a common experience to achieve a group goal. Working together well is something we are trying to foster in the classroom so that children are able to help each other when needed and show compassion and care towards one another.

 

TODDLERS’ FAMILY TREE

Each year, over a hundred thousand people and hundreds of organizations celebrate National Families Week, Australia’s annual celebration of families. This week is a time to celebrate with family, make contact with extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family life. In Amigoss we celebrated it creating our family tree in the toddler’s room. Parents have been collaborating bringing us pictures of children’s families, which also helps to set up and calm down the child’s emotions. It’s a way to promote inclusiveness and create a strong relationship with families.

 

ALPACAS WITH MARACAS (NSS)

This year we participated again in the NSS (National Simultaneous Storytime), where schools and preschools across the state all read the same book at the same time, on the same day! This is exciting, because it encourages a sense of oneness for children, and helps them to learn that they are part of a wider community and world. This year, the book was called ALPACAS WITH MARACAS (by Matt Cosgrove), and we gathered everyone together to read. Afterwards, we danced and played maracas, which was very exciting and good for building strong muscles and coordination. Then we had the chance to make our own alpaca, using a printed image and rainbow water colours, soft white fluff, or rough brown wool. This was so we could make the alpacas that featured in the story, with a creative twist. Most children chose to paint their alpacas rainbow!
Later, we were able to watch a video of someone using Auslan to sign the book, which the children were fascinated with since we have been learning some sign language in our daily routine.

 

RECYCLED LLAMAS

This week we worked on making some llamas out of recycled items such as boxes, patty pans, medicine cups and cardboard tubes, among other fantastic open ended items. The only instruction given to the children was to see if they could create a llama, and then they were set free on the large pile of recycled materials. Making different animals and objects from recycled materials encourages creativity and ingenuity, as well as teaching children about the importance of reusing or conserving materials so that we do not always have to have something new and shiny. We had a great time and were very creative, check out what we made in the preschool classroom!

 

WHAT COLOR DO I SEE?

Continuing with the topic of the month, Children are learning about parts of the face. This morning, we discussed about what can we do with our eyes, where I got a response such as see colours, our friends and parents. Children are developing cognitive skills, recognizing colours and remember it as English and Spanish.

 

MY BODY

Today with toddlers and some pre-schoolers we reinforced all our human body. We watched a video in Spanish related to the parts of our body and what we can do with them. After the video, each child had the opportunity to choose a color and raw themselves on the floor. This experience helped children social skills, mixing the group, where the biggest one supported the little one in the drawing. Also, children develop independence and autonomy, being able to choose the color that they want.

 

TODDLERS’ GROUP TIME

Within the daily routine, Toddlers are having group time before each mealtime, this time, they were singing, dancing and expressing their feelings through different songs in English and Spanish.  These experiences help them to develop their social-emotional skills and their gross motor