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Lesson Plan – Name and Confirm

Purpose:

The purpose of naming is to actively build upon language skills and expanding upon vocabulary.

When repeating the child’s words it is to show that you acknowledge, respect and value their idea and therefore valuing them as a person.

 

Koharu was sitting on the swing and had asked Ms Alice to give her a push. Ms Alice replied by saying, “Swing, push Alice.”

Koharu is building upon her language skills and is at the stage of putting words together to form a sentence.

Nature Study & Biology

 

We started this year by looking at planet earth and its elementsLAND WATER AIR. We learned about the elements through discussion, the 3 jar demonstration and picture cards.

  • The children sorted and classified animals into the places and spaces they lived in.

 

 

  • We then focused on one element at a time starting with ‘water’… the ‘wet season’.
  • We investigated and explored water animals.  Turtles and fresh water fish and the children’s favorite frogs and tadpoles. The children explored Animal Life Cycles and investigated the different parts of their body. It was fun comparing their body parts to our own body parts.

 

  • We were lucky enough to have a tank full of tadpoles in the class room and the children watched them every day in their transformation to frogs.

 

 

  • We also did some experiments with sinking and floating. The children enjoyed finding objects from all over the playground to put in the tub guessing whether it would sink or float then watching the outcome when they put their objects into the water.

Air Animals: We looked at birds and insect. Jacob loved spending the afternoons in the garden searching for insects, taking photos of them to hang up in the room.

Montessori Purpose – To give children an understanding that different classes of animals have different parts. To extend children’s vocabulary by introducing correct scientific names of animal body parts.

LAND: now we moved on to land.  We are looking at plants and flowers coming up to mother’s day… Spending our afternoons panting flower seeds, watermelon, passion fruit and bean seeds. We have been slowly watching them emerge from the soil.

 

We are now looking at trees learning their different parts and the importance they play in our lives. We will explore how we can help look after and care for them particularly our tropical rainforest.

 

Purpose – To give vocabulary and understanding that plants are made up of different parts.

EYLF: 2.4 – Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.

New Zealand cultural curriculum

This week we continue with our cultural curriculum exploring children’s timelines and those with cultural backgrounds from New Zealand. We have two families at out center from New Zealand.  We are learning about the traditional dancing, songs, art, tribal designs and food with the support of parents & families.

When learning about the Hakka, Harry was fascinated by the movement of the dancers. Jacob was intrigued with the tribal markings. Tane’ wanted to know more about the customs. All of the boys agreed that they would love to learn the dance moves. Jacob said he would love to learn to play the ukulele and Nevaya said she loves listening to the music. Harry was eager to paint a tribal mask because he said it would like to become a warrior like the men in the dance clips. Noah and joseph thought the concept of cooking food underground was amazing. Once they entered the playground they ran straight to the sandpit dug a hole and lined the hole with rocks and food to cook.

It has been an interesting week with many aspects explored, appreciated and admired from this culture.  Thank you to the mums and their support and curriculum.

 

Kalan’s Timeline

Today Kalan celebrates his third birthday. Kalan’s mum has designed a poster of photos that depict Kalan’s daily life. At group time Kalan had presented his poster to the group. He held the pointing stick in his left hand as he pointed to each photo and described it in-depth of his activity. Kalan was excited as he told the group about the activities that he and dad do at the skate park, at home and at the Lakes. Dad was very proud as he watched on from a distance. Dad then sat with Kalan to blow out the candles on the birthday cake.

 

 

Children’s Day

We are continuing to learn about Koharu’s cultural background. This week we are looking at Koharu’s timeline and how many times she has travelled around the sun to reach the age of two. During group time Ms Alice is demonstrating that the globe needs to travel around the sun two times so Koharu can reach two years old. Koharu celebrates a special Japanese event which is ‘Children’s Day’.  Ms Alice is working collaboratively with Koharu’s mum who demonstrates resources and time to teach us about this special day.  This special day is a celebration for children to be strong and determined like the carp that is the symbol for the children’s day kite.

Ms Alice is teaching a lesson about the Japanese Children’s Day special event. The carp (fish) represent the number of in your family. It is a special day for children to celebrate happiness.

Jacob was intrigued and had followed up on this interest by painting a carp template to make a carp pole.

Archer is matching the coloured counters to the same coloured carp.

Easter Celebrations

At Kidscape we are celebrating Easter through art-n-craft; storytelling and games.  Easter to us means that it was Jesus died and resurrected from the dead. The symbolization of the Easter egg is the tomb opening and a new beginning.

We created Easter Bags that contain our Easter decorations and Easter eggs. We made Easter cards for our loved ones.

We read fun Easter poems to match the rhyming words. We used the moving alphabet to form the Easter words.

We played Easter games such as the egg hunt, spoon and egg race and Easter egg cooking in home corner.

 

Japanese Cultural Curriculum

This week we begin our cultural learning about the country of Japan. The reason being is that we are exploring the cultural background of Koharu.

Joey, Bailey, Lachlan and Koharu are all taking interest in the cultural curriculum project table that has been set up by MS Alice. The table has four Japanese activities set out. The first activity that Joey is exploring is the Japanese ornaments. The second activity that Lachlan is working on is a puzzle with different Japanese people wearing different costumes. The third activity that Bailey is working on is the Zen Garden. The forth activity that Koharu is working on is a matching activity.

This interest is followed up at group time when Ms Alice teaches a lesson in origami folding. After the group time session MS Alice teaches Joey and Abigail to make origami puppy dog faces.

Harmony Day

Today we celebrate Harmony Day by recognizing each other’s differences and similarities in comparison to our own abilities, characteristics, interests and physical appearances. Our similarity is that we are all at Kidscape today. Our differences are that we may be working on different lessons and we may be wearing different clothes and we may even be playing with different people or maybe the same people.

The similarity discovered by Euleila and Tane’ is that they are leaning about construction shapes whereas the difference being is the activity that they have chosen to enhance their skills. Nevaya’s activity is different from Euleila and Tane’ because she is learning about fractions.

Euleila and Harry are sharing a similarity for counting but they are working on different counting activities.

The similarity that Sophie, Abigail and Tane’ all share is language skill building. Sophie is learning phonetic sounds. Abigail is refining her letter recognition skills. Tane’ is forming three letter phonetic words.

We have learnt today that we have similarities that we share that attract us to friendship. We have also learnt that we have differences that may be only unique to ourselves.

 

EYLF 2.1.2: Demonstrate increasing awareness of the needs and rights of others.

EYLF 1.2.5: Recognize their individual achievements and the achievements of others.

 

Practical Life Skills – Pouring water

Pippa is increasing her skill building in practical life skill activity water pouring. Pippa has demonstrated that she is able to manipulate the cups to pour water back-n-forth from one cup to the other. Pippa is noticing that she has to place the top cup over the top of the bottom cup to pour slowly and directly over the top of the cup in order for the water to fall into the bottom cup.

EYLF 4.2.5: Manipulate objects and experiment with cause and effect, trial and error, and motion.

Practical Life – Broad Stair

Jacob is engaging in a lesson of ‘broad stair’. This means that Jacob is learning to use visual discrimination of dimensions of the board stair Jacob is learning that the dimensions are increasing by thickness.

EYLF 5.2.11: demonstrate an increasing understanding of measurement and number using vocabulary to describe size, length, volume, capacity and names of numbers.

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  • Lesson Plan – Name and Confirm

    Purpose: The purpose of naming is to actively build upon language skills and expanding upon vocabulary. When repeating the child’s words it is to show that you acknowledge, respect and value their idea and therefore valuing them as a person.   Koharu was sitting on the swing and had asked ...continue reading >

  • Nature Study & Biology

      We started this year by looking at planet earth and its elements; LAND WATER AIR. We learned about the elements through discussion, the 3 jar demonstration and picture cards. The children sorted and classified animals into the places and spaces they lived in.     We then focused on one ...continue reading >

  • New Zealand cultural curriculum

    This week we continue with our cultural curriculum exploring children’s timelines and those with cultural backgrounds from New Zealand. We have two families at out center from New Zealand.  We are learning about the traditional dancing, songs, art, tribal designs and food with the support of parents & families. When ...continue reading >

  • Kalan’s Timeline

    Today Kalan celebrates his third birthday. Kalan’s mum has designed a poster of photos that depict Kalan’s daily life. At group time Kalan had presented his poster to the group. He held the pointing stick in his left hand as he pointed to each photo and described it in-depth of ...continue reading >

  • Children’s Day

    We are continuing to learn about Koharu’s cultural background. This week we are looking at Koharu’s timeline and how many times she has travelled around the sun to reach the age of two. During group time Ms Alice is demonstrating that the globe needs to travel around the sun two ...continue reading >

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