Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events & General Reminders

  • Preschool Concert Date- Wednesday 5 December. 12 noon. More details to come

  • Kids Into Kindy is held weeks 1-6. The Kookaburra class will attend
  • tomorrow. Please send a raincoat if rain is threatening

    • Magician Show- Wednesday 21 November. Payment due as soon as possible. This is only for children who attend that day

    • Please remember to pack spare clothes (weather appropriate) as the weather is warming up and we will have more water and mud play

    • Just a friendly reminder that it's a good idea to place an ice pack in your child's lunch box. The weather will be warming up soon and lunches are not refrigerated. Afternoon tea is placed in the fridge, so no need for one in there

Outcome 1 : Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Children have a strong sense of identity.
  • Children feel safe, secure, and supported
  • Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self- identities
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Let's Go Dance

The children on Tuesday were absolutely delighted to be supported in their desire to have an impromptu 'disco". The Kookaburras joined the Pelicans in their room for a fun dance and the children decided whether they wanted to be a dancer or in the audience. Chairs were arranged so the audience could be close to the action. Some children chose to be at the front leading the dance, while others were happy to fine tune their rhythmic skills at the back or in the middle of the group.

This experience was child initiated and supported by the teacher with some very fine dance moves shown by the boys and girls. The "traffic dance" shown by Mrs Nicol was a favourite and challenged even the most coordinated dancer. A congo line was formed with Mrs Dickson at the lead and managed to go quite a distance between both the preschool rooms. Of course, no disco would be complete without "Eye of the Tiger" along with "the floss" and Mrs Steinmann as DJ certainly ensured the 4/5 year old musical expectations were met. It was a lot of fun and it was good to see all of the children participate fully in the spontaneous disco.

  • Children feel safe, secure and supported
  • Children approach new safe situations with confidence
  • Children engage in and contribute to shared experiences
  • Children show interest in being part of a group

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

  • Children respond to diversity with respect

  • Children become aware of fairness

  • Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Sunflower Seeds

Mrs Royston brought in a packet of sunflower seeds. We talked about the picture on the front and what we could do to help them grow.

Mrs Royston asked the children various questions about how a seed grows. It took a while to find the correct answer, until Ella figured out the answer- the roots are what grow down into the ground.

Easton said, "The stem grows up."

Mia said, "They have leaves."

Emilia said, "The flower grows on top."

Later, the children were able to plant their own seed into the soil in the cup. We will now be able to watch and see if they grow.

  • Children investigate and explore ideas
  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children explore, infer and predict in order to develop an increased understanding of the interdependence between people and plants

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

  • Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

  • Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one setting to another

  • Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

Still Plant Drawings

Mrs Royston placed some fresh lavender in a jar in the middle of the table. The children were encouraged to try and represent the lavender in their own drawings. It was amazing to see the efforts lots of the children made to make their picture look life like.

Now that we've tried one type of flower, we can attempt different ones.

  • Children follow and extend their own interests with enthusiasm
  • Children persevere and experience the satisfaction of achievement
  • Children transfer knowledge from one setting to another