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Weather Gnomes
I do love the holidays as it gives me some time to catch-up on the projects I have in my craft cupboard. I find creating handmade items is so relaxing and very rewarding. I've had these Weather Gnomes on my to-do-list for so long. We are learning about the ...

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Teaching Phonological Awareness, Syllables and Phonemic Awareness
As the year goes on, I am becoming more aware of the importance of Phonological Awareness and Concepts of Print to the Prep child. Phonemic awareness was my focus for term one and as I look at my reading data - I'm glad it was! There are still children havi...

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Writing Provocation
Want to get the boys writing? Just add Spider-man. This was a huge hit today. I actually have boys signing up on the waiting list to use this little writing space. I added a Spider-man figure from Kmart, some party cups to hold the pencils and pens, a stick...

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Kitchen Science Chemistry Lab
As part of our investigations into matter and what things are made of, I set up a little Science lab. I included ingredients from the pantry for the children to measure, mix and observe. Each week I add new ingredients to sustain interest and provoke new in...

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Exploring Shadows
We have been learning about the sun this week. The children have been fascinated to explore and investigate this topic. They particularly enjoyed tracing their shadows with chalk on the concrete at various times throughout the day and were so excited to tra...

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Science Wind Tunnel
As part of our Science Unit on The Weather, we investigate wind.  The wind tunnel is is one of my favourite learning experiences. I make the tunnel from a piece of poster laminate sourced from our school library. You could get a piece from anywhere that lam...

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Reading Area
The children were not using our reading area as much as i would have liked. When I asked them why, they said they would like it to be a little more cosy. I found this large net at Ikea, added a lamp and a couple of super soft throws... It's a very inviting ...

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Birds and Feathers Investigation
My Preps have been collecting feathers for a while now.  They will love this investigation area. Magnifying glasses to encourage "looking closely". Ink drawing of feathers pinned up near our bird nest. I love this hessian tree from ZART Art. The limbs are w...

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Creating a Peaceful Environment using Lighting
I strongly believe the classroom environment to be the third teacher. This year my focus has been on creating a peaceful and welcoming environment for us all to discover and learn in. Soft lighting, natural materials and quiet, private work areas are helpin...

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Desert Felted Play Mat
I've been busy making this felted play mat for our upcoming Weather Unit. We learn about how the weather affects our environment. This small world play should encourage some investigations into our Australian Desert.
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