Hi everyone and welcome back for Term 4!
We can’t believe our kinder year is closely coming to an end and many of our children will be either staying for another special year or transitioning to formal school. Many of the children’s teachers will be coming out to observe and see your child in their kindergarten environments so please make sure we know where your child is attending. The transition reports are under way which are written to inform school teachers about your child’s development and personal information which will help them settle into school.
The areas of interest for the first few weeks will include ‘colour mixing’ and painting with fine line brushes, patterns and shapes, letter recognition, colour recognition (twister) and some detective work outside using clues, microscopes and pictures. We are going to look more closely at school readiness by giving children more roles and responsibilities around the room, getting them to do more things independently, and letting them make more decisions.
If you’re concerned in any way about your child’s not writing or reading......don’t be! Kindergarten is all about being a ‘child’ and learning through ‘play’ it’s laying the foundations for formal schooling, setting them on the right path so they have the confidence and maturity to take on new things. We will be talking about school with the children in preparation for the changes.
We will begin ‘show and tell’ as part of group times where children can bring items/information to share with their friends once a week, each child will have an allocated day (list near the sign in book). Please avoid bringing in ‘toys’, we like to hear about family news, events, places you have visited or photos.
The sun-smart policy is now in place. All children need to have sunscreen applied each morning and hats for outdoor play. We are not encouraging ‘spare’ hats for hygiene reasons and will only use them as a last resort (leaving a hat over the week) is more practical.
Parents are wondering about the continuation of ‘rest time’ in the afternoons. Rest time will still occur because its part of our routine and it’s still important for children to have ‘time out’ and have the opportunity to rest their minds and bodies. However rest time will be shortened and there will be opportunities to do more activities.
Thank you to all to all the parents who came to the working bee on Sunday, helping to tidy up and clean our outdoor areas. Our biggest and most important kinder clean up is at the end of the year on December 19th.
Please remember we have Grandparents or bring a special friend day on Monday 27th October.
We would like to welcome Sam who has just started with us
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona