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Jennifer Rolph
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Last Tuesday, Campbell preschool visited Allen Main Preschool for our teddy bears picnic day. The children were very settled and happily explored the environment with some new and familiar faces. We practiced our Christmas presentation together, shared mealtimes and playtime with our teddy bears and enjoyed an icy pole at the end of the day. A great time was had by all!
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07/12/2018
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The children have thoroughly enjoyed the block space this term incorporating STEM blocks and other items to enhance their constructions.When children reach 3-4 years of age, they make enclosed areas with the blocks, they may refer to the area as a house, a cage, or a play area. They are working on their spatial skills as they figure out how to configure the blocks to close the area in. A later stage of building is patterning and symmetry (ages 4–5) children move on to the early representational stage, which is starting to create structures they are familiar with in their daily lives. Finally, creating more complex structures with intricate details, which is the later representational stage of block building.
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07/12/2018
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One of the programs offered on our excursion to the National botanic gardens was focused on habitats. We enjoyed exploring the base of an uprooted tree, a waterhole for the Gippsland water dragons and we saw an active bee hive in a gum tree branch. We were encouraged by our tour guide to think about what creatures lived where as we explore the paths through the gardens...we thought we also saw a snakes tail disappear into the bushes! We were very amused by the bottle tree which looked like and upside down pair of legs wearing underpants!
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10/11/2018
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During our term 4 excursion to the National Botanic Gardens in week 4, we were delighted in meeting and being responsible for these little bush creatures! We learned that they were made from Australian native plants including bottle brush and banksia trees.
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10/11/2018
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We have been enjoying sharing our meal times outside under the mottled shade of the trees. The children seem to be more relaxed, taking in the sounds of our local birds!
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10/11/2018
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We have returned to term 4 with great enthusiasm by constructing a scarecrow to scare away the bunnies from eating any of the herbs and vegetable seedlings in out garden! The hardest part was stuffing in the straw and trying to make the scarecrow stand up straight! We asked the children to name it but we ended up with simply Mr Scarecrow!
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24/10/2018
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We had a lovely Children's week visit to Campbell preschool where we reconnected with our Dolphin friends! Thank you to Miss Emma and Lina for being so welcoming and hospitable! We learned a new song about a lizard, participated in a shared drawing and sing a long activity and met Lina's special friend Bingo the dog! The children enjoyed the many experiences on offer anticipated the teddy bear's picnic visit we are hosting here at Allen Main preschool in week 7!
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24/10/2018
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As part of building awareness of the Aboriginal and Torres strait islander cultures, we have studied the patterns and symbols illustrated in Indigenous artworks and rock paintings. We used these desert art symbols to practice tracing, copying and creating sand paintings. The children were given an opportunity to select the desert symbols that they liked, paint over the design with glue and then shake coloured sand over the glue to produce an effective sand print.
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24/10/2018
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During term 4 we are exploring aspects of the Aboriginal and Torres strait island cultures. After reading Dream time stories including the Rainbow serpent and When the snake bites the sun, the children enthusiastically shared group paintings together. They practiced painting patterns like those found in many Indigenous art works and were fascinated by the Dream time stories and their meanings. The children used their problem solving skills to work through complex puzzles depicting aspects of the Indigenous cultures.
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24/10/2018
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This term, the children have been very curious when learning about egg laying creatures. This interest began from observing a bird nesting in a nearby tree in the preschool playground. To support this learning we shared books and brainstormed how many animals we knew laid eggs. We learned the meaning of 'Oviparous' and have enjoyed saying this word! Carol found a book written by Eric Carle called 'Mister seahorse'. This story shows other sea life and how they carry and care for their eggs. carol gave the children a seahorse stencil to decorate after sharing this lovely story. Look at our beautiful seahorses!
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26/09/2018
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