Banksmeadow Preschool

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

Happy Holidays

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday and we are looking forward to seeing you back at Banksmeadow Preschool in October.

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

Smoothie Making

Children participated in strawberry smoothie making on Thursday. They were able to make the connection between raising money for our Australian farmers and the ingredients which were used for the cooking experience. The group have a good understanding of where the products come from and could explain where the milk comes from along with the yoghurt and also the strawberries. While the anticipation of the smoothie taste test was exciting, there were mixed reactions to the actual flavour of the smoothie. It seemed that the children were expecting the smoothie to taste more like a strawberry milkshake. Due to the mild natural sweet taste as opposed to an artificial sweet flavour the boys and girls varied in their opinion of the nutritious drink.

There were many and varied comments make about the smoothie....

Lua......"the drinks are really cold.... it doesn't taste like mum said she wants to try some"

Ruby....."I don't like mine, I saved it for my mummy"

Daniel..."so it's strawberries, yoghurt and that was all??....and milk"

Harper...."it tasted different to milkshakes because it has real strawberries"

Kenji...."this is feeling better and better"

A conversation followed where Aiden, Remi and Ezra were trying to figure out what the tiny things in their drinks were.

Ezra.."I see these little things"

Aiden..."it's bubbles"

Ezra.."no it's little things off the strawberries....he got one on his finger"

Miss Mandy asked, "what do you think those little things are?"

Ezra replied, "don't know but I bite it"

Remi said, "when I drink I can see's a part of the strawberry... they are everywhere inside the strawberry".

Ezra replied, "I have those as well....yeah....I don't know what it is but I saw them on the strawberries, I've got strawberries at home".

Later in the day we showed the children the stem of the strawberries and the top of the strawberries which were cut off for the smoothies. The children had a close look at them and identifies the tiny things in the drinks as being the SEEDS this didn't seem to fit with their current knowledge of where we usually find seeds.

After this discussion we decided to plant the top of the strawberries in the vegetable patch which the children thoroughly enjoyed. Hopefully after the holidays they will see the "fruits" of their labour.