Week 7 comes to an end! (with a correction)

Here we go folks, we are on the home stretch!

Only three weeks to go and they sure are going to be busy ones!

This week we had some new furniture delivered to our classroom. I had a little army of removalists who all pulled together to help organise our delivery.

 

How lovely that we could release a couple of butterflies from our enclosure back to nature this week.

We did some special butterfly art and made and wrote special wishes for the butterflies to take with them. Here’s hoping that they come true.

On Monday, Mrs Hedger will again be in the class as I complete the Australian Development Census Survey along with the other Reception teachers. This is a DECD requirement for all Reception teachers this year.

Have you returned your swimming forms? If not, please do so as soon as possible.

It might be a good idea to help your child be organised for swimming in week 9 by:

Asking them to dry and dress him/ herself, or at least have a try.

Teach your child how to dry his/her hair.

If you purchase new goggles for swimming week, let your child wear them in the bath before swimming week so that they can get used to them.

Do you drink instant coffee or Milo? We are looking to collect large metal coffee or Milo tins with lids if you or your workplace have any.

Perhaps you have a baby who uses formula if so we will take your tins with the plastic lids.

Both 01 and 02 will be collecting tins, hope you can help us out. It is a big task as we will need 46 tins altogether!

Another week comes to an end! Week 6 News.

What a busy week we’ve had, yet again in 02.

It was great to have Mrs Sloan in the class for the first five weeks. In her last week, she took over the majority of the teaching role. My job during this time was to observe her teaching, give feedback and ultimately write her final report.

The past week we have been revisiting our classroom rules and routines, writing about our beautiful Nature Gardens and revising the sh and ch sounds as well as partitioning numbers to ten.

Swimming notes came home on Thursday. Hope you found them. I have been advised by a parent via email that the dates at the top of the form are incorrect. Please refer to the dates further down the form. Swimming is in Week 9..

Independence Day in Doolette went well on Thursday morning. It is great to see our little people organising themselves for the day, doing their morning jobs and coming into class independently.  Independence Day will be held at the end of every fortnight from now on, usually on a Friday unless there is a short week.

I will not be in class on Tuesday after the long weekend, as I am writing reports. Whenever I have a planned absence/meeting day I will endeavour to have Mrs Hedger in the classroom for consistency. As a result sight words will not be checked until Wednesday of this week.

 

 

 

 

Another week ends!

It’s been another great week in 02.

 

⭐️ We had a lovely week of Nature Play. Unfortunately we didn’t really get any rain, other than a few drops on one of the days. It was great to see that the children were organised for rain by bringing along a change of clothes just in case.

⭐️ As we have a week of Swimming coming up in week 9, I am hoping that your child knows how to dress him/herself. If not, you have a few weeks up your sleeve to help them develop this skill in readiness for swimming week.

⭐️ Thank you to everyone who sent along flowers on Friday morning. We put them all together and were able to make two very large bunches of flowers for our student teachers. We presented one bunch to Miss Ester in 01 and the other to Mrs Sloan at the end of the day as a way of saying thank you and goodbye. Needless to say they were both very surprised and pleased with the flowers and cards that our classes made for each of them. Mrs Sloan said that there were so many flowers, her bunch was heavy. The children will miss both Miss Ester and Mrs Sloan and are excited that they will both be joining us on our Wild Imaginations Nature Play Excursion in week ten.

There will be plenty happening in the coming week.

⭐️ Mrs Hedger will be taking the class and following our program on Monday as I will be report writing.

⭐️ There will be no school on Friday for students, as we have a Pupil Free Day and staff will be be undergoing training and development off site.

⭐️ There will be no fruit sharing again this week, due to the four day week.

⭐️ If your child has show and tell on Friday, refer to seesaw for the topic, please send it along on Thursday.

⭐️ As I will not be in class on Monday, I will check sight words on Tuesday morning, please remind your child to put their blue book in the basket on Tuesday of this week.

 

 

 

Stuff from the week that was..

⭐️ We’ve had yet another busy week of fun and learning in 02.

⭐️ We celebrated The National Simultaneous Storytime. Children all over Australia stopped at 10:35 on Wednesday morning to enjoy the same story.

⭐️ We have been looking closely at our plants and seedlings, talking about and recording their growth.

⭐️ We are continuing with our Science Inquiry into Weather and Nature.

⭐️ Nature Play returns in the coming week, so there will be no show and tell. Please refer to my seesaw post for details.

⭐️ We are waiting patiently for our chrysalises to hatch and reveal some more beautiful butterflies.

⭐️ We’ve looked at simple graphs and continued our work in partitioning in Maths.

⭐️ We are enjoying Dance lessons with our little buddies in Karen’s year one class. We are working on a few dances as well as learning to skip.

⭐️ We also visited the Book fair. Hope you found your child’s wish list. Purchases can be made between 8-6pm Monday and Tuesday of this week. You are under no obligation to make a purchase.

⭐️ Thanks to those parents who have volunteered to help with supervision on our week ten excursion. We need to finalise numbers soon, so please let me know if you are interested and have the appropriate paperwork.

⭐️ On Friday we experienced some problems with the internet and could not access show and tell photos that were sent to me via email. We will try again on Monday.

 

 

 

The Latest Gossip!

We had a lovely week of Nature Play this week. We prayed for rain all week so that we could splash in the puddles and were rewarded on Friday morning. We all, teachers included had a great time splashing in the mud, puddles and the creek in our wonderful Nature Garden. As the amount of rain increased, we decided to come back to class early. We are rostered for another week of Nature Play in our Garden soon, watch this spot for details.

I hope that you found our excursion notice that came home on Friday. We are very excited about our first upcoming Reception excursion in week ten. Please be aware that this will take place no matter what the weather and we suggest waterproof clothing for any child or adult attending.

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”

This week we have been very busy, here are a few of the things we have been working on

  • We continued to look at quantity in Maths.
  • We partitioned numbers.
  • We cared for our plants/seedling.
  • We used labels in diagrams.
  • We blended three letter words.
  • We began an Inquiry into Nature and The Weather.
  • We went to our first disco and had a ball!
  • We enjoyed Nature Play and some Nature Art.
  • We began our work on digraphs, sh!

Here are a few reminders, for the coming week.

  • If you have not returned your Entertainment Book, could you please do so asap.
  • Please let me know if you’d like to attend our excursion and have the necessary paperwork (DCSI and RAN) as soon as possible so that we can coordinate numbers.

 

 

 

 

The Latest Gossip in 02

To all of our wonderful mums who do so much for us.

 

 

 

 

This week we will be participating in our first Nature Play session for the year.

 

On Monday morning we ask that your child wear long pants, his/her gumboots and rain jacket to school ready to join in the fun and explore the Nature Garden behind the Grange building. We will have Nature Play if the weather is fine or if there is light drizzle. We will not go in heavy rain.

Nature Play will run Monday to Friday of the coming week. Due to Naplan testing in nearby buildings, we will have to vary the times that we can play in the Nature Garden so that the older children are able to be successful and are not distracted by our noise during Naplan.

Why Nature Play?

The obvious answer is that it is fun and kids love it. There has been a lot of research into children playing in nature over the last ten years and the results are very promising. Here are some of the findings;

Children who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often. Mud, sand, water, leaves, sticks, pine cones and gum nuts can help to stimulate children’s immune system as well as their imagination.

  • Children who spend more time outside tend to be more physically active and less likely to be overweight.
  • Children who play in natural settings are more resistant to stress; have lower incidence of behavioural disorders, anxiety and depression; and have a higher measure of self-worth.
  • Children who play in natural settings play in more diverse, imaginative and creative ways and show improved language and collaboration skills.
  • Natural, irregular and challenging spaces help kids learn to recognise, assess and negotiate risk and build confidence and competence.
  • Children who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other.
  • Bullying behaviour is greatly reduced where children have access to diverse nature-based play environments.
  • Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder are reduced after contact with nature.

All of these findings from The University of WA are very positive indeed. So, please help us all to be organised on Monday morning by arriving dressed for Nature Play. Please make sure that you send along school shoes for afterwards to change into. We start at 9am, so don’t be late!

 

Back to school gossip.

Welcome Back!

What a great first week we’ve had in 02!

The children all settled back into our classroom routines with ease.

This post will be a long one, so I hope you can sit back and enjoy a cuppa while you read it.

This week we have been lucky enough to have Mrs Sloan in our class helping us with our learning, she will be with us for four more weeks.

We have been working in our Animal Groups with our friends in Room 01 and have done some fabulous work around partitioning in Maths.

What is Partitioning? 

Partitioning is knowing that a given number can be made in many ways ie. 4 and 1 make 5, 3 and 2 make 5, and that 1 and 1 and 1 and 2 make 5 and so on. Partitioning numbers will be part of our learning in Maths throughout the term.

Here is some important information to get the term underway and to help us all be organised.  

😊 Sound Books did not come home on Friday.

😊 This week families were given an Entertainment Book. If you’d like to purchase this book, payment can be made at the office, to me or online. If you do not wish to purchase it, please return to the classroom in its envelope and I will mark you off my list.

 

😊 Now that the children have been at school for a term, we would like to plan some excursions for our Receptions, so far we are attending the swimming pool for water safety lessons later this term.

We will need helpers to accompany us on such events. If you think you would like to help us out with supervision, you will need a current DCSI screening and RAN Training. As the screening can take some time (weeks) to complete, it would be a good idea to begin the process now. Both the RAN and DCSI are valid for a couple of years, so once you have them you won’t need to reapply for a while. Please make inquiries at the office if interested. We cannot take parents who have not undergone this process on excursions with us.

I hope you enjoy planting a seed or cutting with your child over the weekend. Please remind your child to return their pot and plant on their sharing day this week. Hopefully, everyone will be able to share some information about their plant. We have lots of learning activities planned around these plants and are looking forward to observing and recording their growth.

The Mother’s Day stall will be held on Thursday and Friday of this week. Children will be able to purchase a gift on these days. The stall will visit classes and gifts are usually around the $5 mark. More information to come.

The show and Tell topics for the term will be posted on See-Saw throughout the term as needed to avoid confusion.

Some very important news!

😊 Our Library Day has changed. This term Library day will be on Thursday. Please remind your child to return their book every Thursday so that he/she can get a new one.

😊 This Friday we will be holding our first Independence Day for the term. Kiss and drop at the double doors.

😊 It is great to see that everyone is getting back into the routine of doing their reader every night.  I also hope that children are revising their sounds on the days that sound books are sent home. It is really important that your child follows the arrow when tracing their sounds with their writing hand.

You may be wondering why we ask that your child continues saying and tracing these sounds. Well, we need to commit the sound and letter formation to long-term memory, this will enable your child to be a better writer as he/she will not need to stop and think about the sounds they’ll just reproduce them automatically resulting in more fluent writing. Reading too will be easier and more fluent if sound recognition is automatic. Please remind your child to bring their sound book and sight words to school daily for learning.

When I listen to your child read during a reading assessment I look for the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding that print contains a message.
  • Left to right reading.
  • Finger pointing.
  • Phonological awareness; alphabet knowledge.
  • An understanding of what a letter, word, sentence is.
  • Blending of 3 letter words.
  • Sight word knowledge should be automatically (within 3 seconds) transferred to the text.
  • Use of taught reading strategies. Look at the picture and first sound.
  • Comprehension; understanding what has been read and answering questions about the text.

Have a great weekend,

See you Monday.

 

 

 

It has been a very busy first term and I’m sure that you will agree that the school holidays are very much needed by your little people. I hope that you are able to have some time off from your work to spend with the family.

Over the holiday period, it would be great if you could continue to spend some time each day on your sight word and sound book routine with your child. We have now learnt all of the single letter sounds and after the holidays will be looking at digraphs (more information about this next term).

The children have had a great term of learning and developing an understanding of our routines. There will be very few changes if any to our timetable next term with a few additions, more information to follow next term.Your child’s show and tell day will remain the same for the coming term. Our topic for week one next term will be holiday news. Mrs Sloan, our student teacher will join us every day for the first five weeks of the term as part of her teaching practicum. We will be going swimming later in the term. It looks like we have another busy term ahead of us folks.

Thanks everyone for your support this term, I’m looking forward to doing it all again next term. Here are a few highlights of your child’s first term in 02.

 

School resumes on Monday, 30th April.

Enterprise Day… and end of term stuff.

Well folks the big day is almost here.

Firstly, thank you for your generous donations, we are happy to take any others on Monday morning if need be.

Secondly, we hope that parents are available to sort and wrap the goodies on Monday morning, perhaps Tuesday morning as well.

Thirdly, we are in need of newspaper to help with the wrapping. Could you please send some along on Monday morning if you have any.

Here is a brief outline of the day itself.

😊 Learning in class until 12:oo.

😊 We eat lunch at 12:00. Sausage sizzle orders will be collected. If your child is not having a sausage sizzle please send lunch as normal. There will be no lunch orders as the canteen on the day.

😊 Parent helpers please arrive at the class around 12:10. If you are driving, please read the parking signs.

😊 The school yard will become fete like atmosphere and groups of adults will take children around the yard to visit various stalls.

😊 A siren will sound  to pack up stalls, clean the yard  and return to class. I will meet children on the stripe.

😊 Children will share their experiences and remain in the class until hometime.

😊 Children will be dismissed at the stripe as usual.

⭐️⭐️  On the day your child will need to have the following; spending money in a named purse or wallet. I will collect money in the morning of Enterprise Day to keep it safe until the fun begins.

The recommended amount is between 2-10 dollars in coins if possible as this will be easier for children to handle.

⭐️⭐️ Children will also need a named plastic carrier bag to carry their loot on the day. Please send this along in the morning so we can be organised.

⭐️⭐️ Uniforms  must be worn on the day along with a school hat. The forecast so far looks like it’s going to be a warm one so you may like to send along some sun cream.

😊 A map and further details should be coming home this week prior to the day.

⭐️⭐️ I am happy to answer any questions you may have….just ask me.

🎈 Now for other news. This is the last week of school and hasn’t the term gone fast. Please ensure that your child returns their Library book on Tuesday. There will be no borrowing this week.

🎈 I will be collecting readers on Thursday of this week,  readers will not be coming home for the holidays.

🎈 As Friday is the last day, there will be an early dismissal on Friday. We will go home at 2:10.

We have a big week ahead of us.

 

 

 

Happy Easter, Enterprise Day and a Few Requests.

We have had another great week of learning in 02.

It will be very nice to have a few days rest, the children are starting to get tired.

This is a long post, so I hope you are able to sit back with a cuppa and read it all carefully as there is a lot of information that you will need to know for the coming two weeks.

This week we managed to cram a lot into a short week.

As part of our ongoing work R-7 with our school Maths Co-ordiator Tamra Waye, we have begun developing a series of specialised Maths activities for reception children to participate in.  Tamra worked with us this week and will be visiting our class to support this work over the next two weeks.

This week, we also worked with our big buddies, we worked in our animal groups with 01 children, the children enjoyed having Mrs Booth work with them on Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. We said goodbye and farewel to one of our class mates who is lucky enough to be travelling around Australia for the rest of the year. We all wish him and his family safe travels and are awaiting our first postcard or letter. We also went to the Library, computer room and specialists teachers.

Wow, what a week!

Now for my list of request….

😊 Request number 1.

Whilst enjoying yourselves at home this Easter, it would be great if you and your child could have look around, in the bottom of toy boxes and other hidy holes for small unwanted toys for Enterprise Day. Our donation tubs have a few things in them but nowhere near enough.

As we have mentioned previously, we do not want people to go out and buy items for the our Lucky Dip stall. Our prizes will be sold for 20 and 50 cents. Basically, we are looking for bits and pieces that your kids don’t want anymore. For example, the free toys that come with a happy meal, unwanted story books, etc. The more donations we have, the more money we will be able to collect.

😊 Request number 2.

Hopefully, most if not all parents will be able to pop along on Enterprise day and enjoy it with their children. Bring your toddlers, grandparents and anyone else who is available for a fun day. It would be helpful if parents could let me know whether or not you can make it on the day, you can send me an email to let me know.  If you are unavailable, your child will team up with another family.

😊 Request number 3.

Enterprise Day money.

As part of our learning for Enterprise Day we will be looking at the various coins that we use in Australia. You can help your child with his/her learning by sending along the following by Wednesday of this coming week.

Every child will need a named snap lock bag , containing one of each of the following Australian coins. Over the week we will be handling money, looking closely at each coin, talking about its value, describing coins, and talking about looking after money in readiness for Enterprise Day. The coins will stay in the classroom in my care and will be returned at the end of term.

😊 Request number4.

What do you do with your empty cereal boxes, biscuit boxes, tissue boxes, old cards, magazines, bottle tops? I’m happy to take that stuff off your hands.

We would love it if you could stick those items into a bag and bring them to school. We need your recycling for making and construction activities. Not just once, we’d love if you could keep sending stuff along all year.

😊 Hope you enjoy the long weekend. 😊