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ELC Communication Notes

ELC Communication Notes
Term 2, Week 7

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Library
Thursday
Friday

General reminders

Winter Uniform
It has been so wonderful to see the children arriving in their winter uniform this past week.  The uniform provides a great opportunity for children in the ELC to feel part of the College and as a way to assist in the preparation for starting Kindergarten.  If you still require some items please contact the Uniform Shop via email at [email protected]

Preschool Caterpillar Room learning:
The children in the Caterpillar Room have been focusing on all types of transport for the past couple of weeks.  This project started as children were often seen building roads as part of their play and then finding various types of vehicle to drive on the road.  This project has seen children identify different types of transport and discuss how we get to school.

The children have also been interested in the vegetable garden and finding bugs crawling among the leaves.  There has also been an interest in self-portraits and looking at the artist Van Gogh.  Some children have also been learning how to write their names and forming letters.  We have used different mediums for this including flour, sand and playdough to form letters.

Prep Papillon Room learning:
The children in the Papillon Room continue their project in artists and exploring the different concepts in visual arts.  The children looked at Wassily Kandinsky 'Colour study: Squares with concentric circles' which allowed children to discover contrast and shapes.  This was reinforced by using the book Elmer which features contrast and shapes to form the body of the elephant.

The children have also been spending a lot of time working on their play of The Story of Joseph.  Children have been practising their lines and working on props for the story.  It has been wonderful to see this play come to life over the past few weeks.

Prep Mariposa Room learning:
The children in the Mariposa Room have continued their project on Africa looking at the people of Africa.  This has also led into how African people live and the food they eat.  The children enjoyed a few cooking experiences making Zimbabwe cookies using sweet potato and Kenyan doughnuts which were truly delicious.  These doughnuts are called Mandazi.  The children have built an African hut in their room which they enjoy spending time in and using their knowledge of African culture.

The children have also been looking at the story of Joseph in the Bible and have put together a verbal timeline of the events from his life.  The children put together some illustrations of the events showing what happened to Joseph and have displayed this in their room.

Prep Burudyara Room learning:
The children in the Burudyara Room have continued their learning about dinosaurs from the past few weeks. They shared their questions about how dinosaurs grow, what do they eat and how dinosaurs have different characteristics.  It has been fantastic to see their play in this area develop as their knowledge of dinosaurs continues to grow.  From the interest in dinosaurs, the children then started to talk about volcanoes which inevitably meant that we needed to create one!  This was a very exciting experiment for children to be involved in.  The children have also asked the question, "Who is God" which has started a wonderful journey of discovering all the words we can use to describe God - powerful, perfect, forgiving, with us, love, protects us, never changes.  I'm curious as to see how this question evolves over time.

Semester one reports
The Semester One reports will be sent out at the end of this term.  Please note, however, that children who were absent from the ELC for four weeks or more during Covid-19 will receive a brief developmental summary instead of a full report.  Children who have recently commenced at the ELC will not be receiving a report or summary although are welcome to book a Student Progress Meeting (SPM) in early term 3.  If you have any questions regarding the information in your child's report or summary please don't hesitate to contact one of your child's educators.

Upcoming Events
View all upcoming activities on the College Home Page. Click here to read more.

Kind regards,
Mrs Suzi Scott

 

Historical Communication Notes, Term 1, 2020

ELC Communication Notes
Term 2, Week 3

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Library
Thursday
Friday

General reminders

Winter routine
The ELC has now moved to the winter routine for the children in all rooms which allows outdoor play to be in the middle of the day. We will commence our day in the Caterpillar Room before moving to our own rooms between 8:30 - 9:00am. For children in the Mariposa and Papillon rooms, your bags are kept in the dining room lockers and then brought over when we separate for the day. Children will then unpack their bags, finding their lunch box and water bottle. Children's bags will be back in the dining room around 4pm for the end of the day. Our team of educators are happy to help you out if you are stuck with where to put things.

Social distancing

With the majority of our families and children now returned to the ELC, it is more important than ever that we enforce social distancing in spaces where adults congregate. There is a sign on our front door outlining that only two adults are to be in the front foyer at any time. Please wait outside if there are already two adults in the foyer. Educators will collect children from you in the dining room and take them through to their room. This is to limit the amount of adults moving around the spaces. Educators will also bring your child back to you in the afternoon. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Carpark / Arriving during College hours
The McCulloch street gate is locked between 9:15am and 3:15pm to limit access to the College through the front entrance.  If you arrive during College hours and the gate is locked, short term parking is available through the Regent street gate.  Please leave a note on your dashboard "Collecting my child from ELC" so that College staff know where the owner of the car is!

Winter uniform
The colder weather has certainly arrived and this has prompted children to arrive in their winter uniform. Due to the nature of the past few months, a few of our families are yet to order their winter uniform. Winter uniform will be expected to be worn by every child by Week 6 (Queens Birthday Long Weekend). From this date, children are expected to wear long pants with either the jacket or jumper. Children can also wear a long sleeve white or black top under the t-shirt. Please use the next few weeks to order any uniform items that you will need for the colder months as long pants under shorts or other clothing is not complying to the uniform policy. Please label your child's clothing clearly so that if it is misplaced it can be easily returned to you. Please also check the lost property tub in the foyer if you have lost any items.

Semester one reports
Our team of educators are currently working on the Semester one reports for children based on observations and interactions over the past few months.  Due to a number of children being absent from the ELC for quite a few weeks, not all children will receive a full report.  This is due to the lack of time and opportunity for evidence to be gathered in order to assess the learning of children.  More information regarding reports will be available in the coming weeks.

 

ELC Communication Notes
Term 1, Week 7

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Library
School Banking
Thursday
Friday

General reminders

A reminder to families to be checking what your child is packing in their bag before coming to ELC.  Please be aware that any individual sunscreen for children must be handed to an educator to be placed in the first aid kit, not left in the child's bag.  It is also not necessary for your child to pack hand sanitiser as we are quite vigilant with washing hands and make every effort to prevent the spread of infection.

Nut aware centre
A reminder to all families to be mindful of what food is being packed for children and to make sure it doesn't contain nuts as the primary ingredient.  This will include Peanut Butter, Nutella, Nut Bars and Nut snacks.

We are Learning

Caterpillar / Preschool Room
The children in the Caterpillar room have continued their focus on number recognition looking at numbers 0 to 5.  It has been wonderful to hear the children counting during play as they become more and more familiar with the concept of numbers.  There is also an interest in restaurants at the moment with children exploring social roles during this imaginative play.  The children have also been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and looking at matching games when identifying the food in the story.

Burudyara / Prep Room 
The bug and insect project continues in the Burudyara room with the children learning about exoskeletons over the past week.  There has also been a new project commencing about transport with the main focus being aeroplanes.  The children have started to build their own aeroplane and it will be interesting to hear the ideas of the children and the questions they have.  The children have also been learning about the Ten Commandments and practiced being empathetic during the day.  Along these lines, the children have been identifying their emotions and creating faces with play-dough.

Papillon / Prep Room
The children in the Papillon room have continued with their gardening project now looking at compost and how it can be used to help with growing plants.  The children have been collecting their scraps from meal times and putting them in the compost bin.  So now we wait for it to decompose and then we can use it in the garden.  The interest in the supermarket has grown and changed into finding out where fruits and vegetables come from.  Children have been discovering some grow under the ground, some on trees and some on vines.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this learning continues.

Mariposa / Prep Room
The project on ancient Egypt has continued with children being able to experience virtual reality in the past weeks.  Children were able to go on a tour of Egypt and view the pyramids, camels and landscape.  This project will continue as children work with clay to write hieroglyphs.  The educators used the project on the human body to explore the story of the bones coming to life in the Bible (Ezekiel 37) and discuss the power of God.  This will continue as the children explore the story of David and Goliath and view X-rays on the light box.


ELC Communication Notes
Term 1, Week 5

General Reminders

Meet and Greet
A reminder to all our families that we have our Meet and Greet afternoon tea coming up on Wednesday 4th March.  This is a great opportunity to spend some time meeting with your child's educator, to have a look in their rooms and see what they have been learning about as well as meeting with other families.  Please use the link to indicate your attendance at our Afternoon Tea so we can cater effectively.

Car Park Safety
The car park for our families can be quite a busy place in the mornings and afternoons however it is important to remember that there are children coming in and out of cars during this time.  Please use the space at the rear of the car park to move towards the ELC rather than walking in front of cars as this is the safest place for children to be moving around.  Please keep your speed low as you move along the driveway as there are often other students in this area as well.

We have one disabled parking space reserved for families with an approved disability sticker on their car.  Please be respectful to these families by leaving this space clear for their use only.

We are Learning

Caterpillar / Preschool Room
The children in the Caterpillar room have continued their learning around colours and emotions and practice identifying how they are feeling each morning.  The children have also been focussing on numbers 0 - 5 throughout different learning experiences such as building blocks, play-dough and drawing.  There has also been a focus on personal belongings and being responsible for putting away their hat, water bottle and lunch box.

Burudyara / Prep Room
The children in the Burudyara room are continuing their project on insects and discussing what is an insect.  They have been collecting insects during outdoor play and trying to identify them.  So far they have identified a beetle and bull ant.  The children have also been focussing on the disposition of empathising during their play.  This has been evident in the water play as they wash baby dolls and this week has extended to doctor play as they learn to care for others.  The children have also been working on letter recognition and writing the letters in their name.

Papillon / Prep Room
The children in the Papillon room have continued their gardening project with lots of watering of the new plants and removing any weeds.  You may have seen the addition of a scarecrow in the garden beds which the children proudly made together.  It has been a very effective scarecrow keeping away any birds who may want to eat the new plants.  The children have recently created some still life paintings which has demonstrated their creative skills and ability to represent what they see.

Mariposa / Prep Room
The children in the Mariposa room have started a project on ancient Egypt after having a discussion about Moses and finding Egypt on the world globe.  This has led to an investigation into landmarks in Egypt such as the Nile River and the Pyramids.  It will be interesting to see where this project leads to.  The other project in the Mariposa room is on the human body and the children have recently learnt about digestion and how food moves through our body.  This will continue as they learn about how lungs and breathing work.  With all this talk about the human body their favourite song at the moment is "Dem Bones"!

 

ELC Communication Notes
Term 1, Week 3

General Reminders

ELC Meet & Greet - Come along for a delicious afternoon tea at the Early Learning Centre to meet with the educators, spend some 'play time' with your child and learn more about the program and learning opportunities available for your child.
Please RSVP here for this event so that we can cater effectively. We would love to see you there!

Spare clothes - Please remember to pack labelled spare clothes for your child in case of any toileting accidents or if your child requires a change of shirt. The spare clothes do not need to be a uniform, these can be plain clothes, appropriate for the ELC. If your child has used some of the ELC spare clothes please return these back to the ELC as soon as possible ready to be used by another child.

Nut Aware centre - To ensure a safe environment for all children we require all families to not pack any food with nuts. This includes peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches, snacking nuts or any other snack with nuts as the main ingredient. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

News time - Our news time for each of the rooms starts next week with each child being assigned a day for this term to bring something in for news. The focus for this term is 'All about me' with each room being asked to bring in something specific for their room. Please check the Storypark post for what your room is doing or speak with one of the educators.

We Are Learning

Caterpillar/Preschool Room
The children in the Preschool room have spent the last couple of weeks getting to know each other, remembering each other's name and becoming familiar with the routine and program. Some of the teaching goals over the first few weeks has been on building their awareness of emotions and being able to label them, identifying and working with colours and investigating weather. It has been wonderful to see how fast the children in this room have settled in to their new room and starting to build friendships.

Burudyara/Prep Room
The children in the Burudyara room have started a project on bugs and all things creepy crawly. The children have enjoyed looking at images of different bugs, learning their names, looking at their different body shapes and sizes. They are also investigating insects and looking in our outdoor environment for any such creatures.

Papillon/Prep Room
The children in the Papillon room have commenced a project on gardening and they can often be found outside working in the garden beds. The children have created a beautiful mural in their room showing the roots of plants including seeds and are learning what these seeds need to grow. They have been very active gardeners, removing weeds and making sure that new seedlings are given a chance to grow. This project will be continuing as they start to build a scarecrow for the garden.

Mariposa/Prep Room
The children in the Mariposa room have started to look at the human body and what makes up our body including bones, muscles and organs. One of our families will be coming in to share some information with the children about the torso and the function of the organs. This will include a mannequin of a torso to give children a visual representation of what they are learning. The children have already started to identify the heart and lungs and their function in our body. I'm sure this will make for some interesting dinner conversations!

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