The room has been buzzing with lots of activity. The children had the dentist visit last week and in preparation we spoke about how we look after our teeth by brushing them regularly and eating a good diet.
‘Lollies are a sometimes food’ remarked Isabella
‘Milk is very good for you’ said Linus
‘So is yoghurt’ said Kayla
The feedback forms have just been distributed into lockers for your perusal.
Over the next week the children will watch in excitement as the tiny chicks tap their way out of the shells and dry their feathers in the warmth. Once dry they will carefully be transferred into the brooding box where they huddle together under the heat lamp to keep warm. After two weeks they will grow in size and strength and the children will be able to handle them gently and nurse them in their arms and laps.
Reading and writing are not natural skills like walking and talking. Children begin learning these skills and dispositions from birth. The influence of your family within your community context will determine their literacy learning. In practical terms this means that it needs to be naturally incorporated within our lives. For example when we need to communicate a message we can write a note or card, make a sign or draw a picture; when we need to remember something we can write it down to remind us later like a shopping list; include literacy in the daily environment – have books, magazines, newspapers, pens and paper accessible, listen to story tapes; play together with other children and communicate our thoughts and feelings; play imaginatively alone with puppets and figures; enjoy stories together; sing together; dance together...
Rest time is important during long days so the children are able to rest their minds and bodies without any distractions. It will continue right up to the end of the year, however in fourth term the time will be dramatically shortened in preparation for school. Many children are already heading off to school orientations/visits, school is not too far away and many of you might like to discuss ‘school readiness’ with teachers.
The beginning of something new generally holds lots of excitement from children and family members however, the new experience also often carries with it some level of healthy anxiety or apprehension.
Children often have family members and other adults speaking in excited tones about starting school. However, starting preschool or school can be quite daunting for young children, no matter how excited they are.
Sometimes, children about to start school often make comments such as, "I would rather go back to preschool"!!
To assist your family and particularly the child who is about to start this new venture here are some simple points that you may find helpful.
School preparation and transition are the next steps after readiness for school has been determined.
There are a number of strategies to help you, the parent/carer, provide a positive start to school for your child in the lead up to school commencement.
School preparation does not require a major effort and in fact the simpler and more relaxed the whole process is, the easier and more relaxed it will be for your child.
So avoid doing the big count down from 100 sleeps to school starts!!
You’ll all be over it by then.
Preparation for transition and starting school happens more through the incidental and the everyday experiences that we give children practise in, rather than commencing a rigid set of strategies that actually detract from where they are currently.
In the year before a child is due to start school, providing additional opportunities for children to practice some “independent and self help skills” is a useful and reasonably easy process to introduce at home.
Strategies that can promote independence and self help skills:
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Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona