April & May 2016
Dear Parents & Guardians
Autumn is now well and truly upon us, and the weather has been very unpredictable! We would like to ensure that children are dressed appropriately at all times, warm or cool. In order to make sure that children are prepared for any weather conditions the most appropriate would be to send them in pants and t-shirt with shoes and socks - and send a jumper along for the cooler times of the day.
~ CGELC Staff
Here's a brief look at what we have been up to in the past couple of months
TALKING ABOUT TIME
We learned about the concept of time including it's various aspects - such as the difference between day and night, the different clocks and ways of telling time, the way the sun forms shadows which can be used to tell time.
We did a lot of interesting activities with the sun and the shadows and noticed how the sun changed position in the sky right throughout the day, and also how our shadows were on different directions and different lengths at different times of the day.
We went outside to trace our shadows on the paper.
We went out at different times through out the day to see how the position and length of our shadow had changed.
We confirmed our observations by using paper, a cutout cardboard person and torch light to see how the position of the 'sun' affects the direction and size of the shadow.
WIND, WIND ENERGY & WIND SPORTS
We also made some practical things such as a kite and a wind sock which we were able to use outside in the wind to see how they work.
We danced waving our windsocks in different directions and seeing how the pieces flapped up at the back.
We also experimented with the parachute producing slow wind movement watching it float down, and moving it really fast to see what a strong wind might create.
Aria held her little helictopter seed which she made. When you throw it up in the air, it slowly floats down.
Vinara blew on her hand to feel the wind she could create.
Miss Jodie used the fan to demonstrate how the wind sock allows us to tell the direction and speed of the wind.
ALL ABOUT AUTUMN
We discussed the change in trees and leaves turning from green to red , yellow and brown.
In Bana Murra Yung we discussed the animals patterns and plants which ripen in that season.
We listened to an interesting felt board story about the golden orb spider. We also learned about what they like to eat. In the season of Bana Murra Yung they catch their food in their strong webs.
George used his fine motor skills in sticking on the spikes of the hedgehog.
These are the autumn hedgehogs we made!
We used leaves as stencils to create interesting art work.
We made our own lillipilli branches using pink playdough to make the berries. This fruit ripens for eating in the season of Bana Murra Yung.
We practiced threading for craft making the web of the golden orb spider.
This year we really took the time to understand the true meaning behind the Easter holiday. It was a huge sacrifice made by Jesus' Christ when he gave his life in order to grant salvation to human kind.
We learned about a few different traditions which take place over the Easter celebration.
We baked some special unleavened bread, which we were able to enjoy for afternoon tea along with some red grape juice in representation of the sacrifice of Jesus' earthly body.
We also had a fun Easter egg hunt. We got to go out in the school play ground and find the yummy chocolate eggs hidden all around!
We hunted for some Easter eggs outside in a special Easter surprise!
We made some special unleavened bread over the Easter period.
We pressed and rolled out our own special uneleavened bread ready to be baked in the oven.
WHATS TO COME :
7 April - World Health Day . We'll take some time on this day to discuss the importance of health and learn some tips on how to maintain our own health.
13 April - Sinhalese New Year. We will learn a bit about the traditions of the Sinhalese New Year.
25 April - Anzac Day. It is important to remember the sacrifices that have been and are being made to protect our country.
8 May - Mothers Day. Of course we all love our mommies so very much, and we want to take this opportunity to show them that. We'd love to invite all families to join us for a special mothers day tea on Friday, 6 May 2016. Please join us at the centre from 4pm and bring along some nut free eats to share.
We're also arranging a special incursion from an AMBULANCE during May! The date will be confirmed closer to the time.