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We have had a busy week this week in the Joey room! On Tuesday the children celebrated Zaalia's birthday party at preschool. We played many fun games like the jumping sacks, 3 legged race, egg and spoon race, dancing competition and a jelly bean guessing game. The children's smiles expressed their happiness and joy.

We have also started up our worm farm again over at the preschool, Miss Emily and the children spoke about how and why a worm farm is important as well as what food we can and cannot feed the worms.

On Thursday the children were amazed to see a big dump truck reverse onto the field and dump a large pile of dirt in a pile for the children to play with. We placed some trucks, pipes, shovels and rakes on top. All the children have had an absolute ball playing on the dirt.

This week the children have been interested in learning about a variety of jobs as it is occupation week. We are extremely grateful for the parents who came in this week to talk to the children about their jobs. We did lots of jumping and moving around with liv's mum who's an exercise physiologist. Made a train track as a class after learning about Ryan's dad who's a train driver. As well as learn about what happens when you ring 000 from Billies mum, and many more.

Their has been a large interest this week in our new numeracy area. The children have numerous resources to play with that involve number recognition and extending their fine motor skills.

After the Joey's came back from their fun and exciting long weekends we continued the excitement with some special guests that came all the way from Bob Turners wild life to put on a show for our friends. We saw some snakes, lizards, a cockroach, a frog and a turtle! This interest followed throughout the day with all our activities.

The Joey's spent a lot of time this week out in the environment creating many things out of nature including sticks and leaves. This interest took a dramatic turn one morning when our friends wanted to explore rainbows. We painted, we drew, we read books and we even assembled some out of incredible foam! Joeys have had such a busy week learning and exploring many different things!

The Joeys have had such a nice week! We have continued with our interest of spring! We learnt about what a life cycle is and focused on the life cycle of a butterfly and a lady bug. Their has also been an interest in flowers, the children learnt about different flowers and what photosynthesis is.

Paper aeroplanes have been very popular in our room as well. The children have been challenging themselves and looking through our paper aeroplane book and learning different styles.

This week our camping area has really come together as we have added more items. The children have happily played with the cutlery utensils and preparing food for one another.

The children were then asked what resources should be added to complete our beach area, Evie suggested we should have fish and chips so Miss Nichol used a big card box and turned it into a fish and chip shop. We have cut out yellow strips of paper as the chips, which the children have been handing out to people through the little shop.

Miss Emily and some of the children filled up bottles with water, blue dye and oil. When shaken up this creates an effect of the ocean, with the top being lighter in colour and then darker as it goes down in the deep of the ocean.

This week in the Joey room we have introduced a construction site. This is an extension to Kai's interest in his dad being a builder and builder their family home. We have introduced a range of tools and resources for the various to explore. Miss Nichol brought in her tool box from home and as a group we used real hammers and nails to make two cars.

To extend on our interest in animals and pets from last week we have read a range of stories focused on animals. The children initiated a drawing experience using one of the books from group time. Here still life drawings were created by the children. Rocco brought in a long snake and Brody brought in a long caterpillar. These were placed on the table for the children to draw at their own pace.

This week in the Joey room the children celebrated NAIDOC week through story telling. The children and educators discussed the importance of story telling aboriginal culture. The educators explained that they don't utilise books and tell their stories through the art of story telling. To extend on this the children each told the educators a story which are all displayed on the wall. This was further extended by a story telling circle. The children collected sticks and built a fire before taking it in turns and each telling a little bit of a story to create a collaborative story. As a further extension we will continue exploring story telling through the art of dance and music.

The children explored mud play this week to further extend on the Aboriginal appreciation of the land and land exploration. The educators saturated the dirt pit for the children to explore. The Joeys jumped in puddles, rolled in the mud and then explored the mud through throwing it, touching it and more.

To extend on the children's interests and ideas, we have implemented a shop within the Joey's room. The children have been selling all kinds of different products using the cash registers and play money. Some of the products for sale are handbags, shoes, books, magazines, hats and puppets. The children have been very creative in the way that they are selling the products and imitating the way that they see significant people in their family shop.

To continue our pre-literacy writing skills, we have been playing a lot of letter recognition and memory games. One of the children's favourites was when Miss Nichol read the children a letter recognition book and as each letter of the alphabet appeared, we would talk about what started with that letter. After hearing the sound, the children would guess an animal or a food. One by one, the children would find the matching letter from our visuals and match it to the letter that we were just speaking about.

This week in the Joey's room the children continued their exploration of letters. The educators added more resources for the children to explore in the literacy area as well as offering various letter recognition activities.

During group time the children sorted items into their corresponding letters as well as participating in other activities such as matching the corresponding capital and lowercase and identifying various letters and words to match. The children will continue to further extend on this interest with two dress up days next week.

The children are getting creative with their families to come up with costumes that match the first letter of their name. Ie. K - kangaroo Miss Nichol and the Joey educators incorporated some intentional teaching as they set up various science experiments. The children and educators worked together to come up with a hypothesis before completing the experiment. Once they had concluded what they think would happen they would complete the experiment and come up with the conclusion. The educators explained that part of science was failing in order to prove or disprove your hypothesis. Some experiments worked whilst others unfortunately were not so successful.

The children and educators discussed various real life areas of science asking the children if they enjoyed learning about specific things and then what their corresponding area of science it was.

This week in the Joey room we have extended on a lot of our children's interest in writing their name. Intentional teaching was used to explore individual letters and to further understand letter to sound relationships. We have created a pre-literacy area full of alphabet resources for your child to explore. We also read an alphabet book that we felt wasn't a great reflection of the letters in the alphabet. We decided as a group to make our own alphabet book. Magazines were added for the children to cut pictures out of and stick down.

This week in the Joey room we have extended on Ruby's interest in baby's and becoming a big sister by implementing a baby learning area. Here we are observing a lot of social play as the children interact and take on roles of significant people in their lives. This also supports Rocco's new family structure with the arrival of his new baby sister Vada.

The children have been interested in creating. We have fostered this interest by exploring a range of mediums through craft experience in which the children have been given no instructions,they are just free to explore and create.

Miss Jess has been extending on the children's pre-literacy skills through a range of pre-planned experiences. Maths has been a popular topic lately. The children using small counters to rote count and add small numbers.

This week we have extended on our interest in holding a disco by adding lights and inviting the Emu's and Koalas to join us for a dance.

Our main focus in the room this week has been an extension to our interest in sustainable practices. We have drawn on fallen bark instead of paper, we have used recycled items brought in from our families (Thank you families) to construct and create new items. We have had many discussions about recycling and turning old things into new things. We have been caring for our environment through watering gardens, raking leaves and through cleaning and feeding our pet Rabbit. We have used the fallen leaves for many craft experiences. Miss Nichol has used intentional teaching to discuss topics such as 'Trees are earths lungs'.

This week in the Joey's room we have explored all things science. This extended off of a few different children's interests. One of these interests included the boys throwing paper aeroplanes through the spider web from last week which is an early exploration of physics concepts such as aerodynamics and aviation. The science exploration was then further extended upon as Jana showed an interest in her body by tracing around herself.

Her peers then further extended upon by tracing around their hands which has created a biology area complete with x-rays, dolls, books and more. Due to this weeks recent news involving the discovery of 7 new planets in the solar system the children utilised oil and water to create oil paintings that will be used to make a large planet.

The children and educators discussed what we might find on the planet. We incorporated our study of the body by discussing whether the living beings we would find would look similar or dissimilar to us. We also incorporated the children's interest in avalanches and making geological structures such as volcanos and mountains in the sandpit by discussing what physical features our planets may have.

The children's answers were written on a mind map and will be displayed along with their planet. A large science and exploration area has been added to the room that includes the study of various scientific fields such as physics, forces and magnets, marine biology, environmental science, biology, time measurement and more.

This week was compost awareness week and so in the Joey room we did a lot of talking about where rubbish goes and which bin, our different sustainability practises and much more. We watched a small video clip from the movie "Wall-E" so that they could visualise what the world would be like if we didn't recycle and implement our sustainable practises. Our children were observed watering the plants, helping with the worm farm and collecting the leaves and sticks and putting them into the compost bin.

The Joeys, Emus and Koalas were surprised with a special delivery of exercise equipment this week. We spoke to the children about being safe on the equipment and this experience prompted many questions about healthy lifestyles and exercises they do outside of preschool.

Our interest in shapes is still very evident within the room. We did lots of experiences this week as we explored different shapes and what we could create with these shapes. The children are also beginning to recognise that shapes, symbols and patterns can make meaning. We made sushi, houses, dog faces and many more interesting and creative things. This extended to our group experience out on the field where we made a giant triangle out of the autumn leaves that have fallen.

As Mother's Day is fast approaching, the children excitedly worked on finishing their Mother's Day craft ready to hand out to their loved ones.

This week in the Joey room we have observed a lot of interest in tidying up the garden. The children have been observed using the coloured bins outside, filling them up with leaves and sticks. This led us into many conversations about our environment and sustainability. We implemented a sustainability learning area in which the children have visited at their own pace. Here we have focused on rubbish, compost and recycling. We have also been interested in shapes this week. This began as one day Imogen asked to paint a triangle and from then on we have implemented many shaped based learning experiences.

This week in the Joey's room the children celebrated their individuality through two dress up days. The theme of the day's were what do you want to be when you're older. The children and teachers dressed up as a variety of things including princess', cowboys, pirates, superheroes and more. This experience was implemented to extend on the children's current interest in building new relationships with one another. The children complimented each other's costumes and got to know each other further through a wide range of dramatic play.

Literacy and maths have been popular activity choices for the children over the last few weeks. The children have explored various let's count activities as well as literacy inspired activity sheets. The educators furthered the children's interest by offering activities at group time.

On Wednesday the children participated in a group time experience that allowed the children to explore their knowledge of capitals and lowercase. The first experience allowed the children the opportunity to match up the capital letters with the lowercase. Miss Jess then laid out 4 flash cards with pictures and words and then asked the children if they could find two words that started with the same letter. Whilst some children correctly identified them straight away other children used trial and error to find the correct answer. On Friday the educators offered a counting experience where the children had to count pebbles into pots then another peer had to choose two pots and count up the sum of the two pots. The children the. Explored various other mathematical concepts such as size, sorting and more.

This week in the Joeys room the children continued on with their pirate interest through exploring the pirate area. The children depicted life on board a pirate ship as they dress up in various pirate costumes.

We extended upon Easter through various Easter craft and songs as well as stories that were brought in by various children. We read Zaalia and Rocco's "The Easter Bunny visits the Central Coast" where the children pointed out various landmarks and recognisable places within our community. The children also listened intently to Billie's Easter bunny story. The children utilised their fine motor skills and creativity to draw pictures of Easter eggs, make paper plate and plastic cup bunnies and much more. We look forward to seeing all of our families at the Easter hat parade on Wednesday 12th April.

We finished up the week by making a volcano as a team. The children carefully worked together to coat a glass jar in clay to make the shape of the volcano. The children then showed an understanding and appreciation for each other and each other's ideas and thoughts as they listened intently to what various things they need on the volcano. The volcano is displayed in the classroom and will play host to a science experiment to make it explode next week. As a further extension on the volcano interest the educators discussed what makes a volcano as well as where the lava comes from. The educators showed the children a world map with tech tonic plates as well as a diagram showing magma under the earths core. The children listened intently and looked at the images in awe. The children demonstrated their understanding of distance as they asserted that they couldn't dig far enough to find the magma. They also demonstrated an understanding of temperature as they asserted the lava is too hot to touch.

We will be hosting two dress up days on the 18th and 20th of April. These days will help the children find more common interests between them and their peers as well as promote an appreciation for each other's perspectives. We have recently been working on enhancing the relationships within the room as well as make new friends. The children and educators have discussed the importances of kindness and listening to their peers. We hope to incorporate all the skills the children have been working on by allowing the children to feel respected and respect one another through sharing their ideas and perspectives. We can't wait to see all of our friends dress up in their various costumes.

This week in the Joey room we have used intentional teaching to encourage new friendships. Following up from a conversation with a parent we have introduced many techniques to help assist others in building new relationships. We have introduced a buddy system in which the children are encouraged to choose a name out of a hat and to play and learn about that new friend. The children have responded well to this suggestion.

We have implemented a new pirate learning area, which has stemmed from the interests of Flynn, Ziggy and Jake. We asked the children to put forward their ideas about what things we need in our pirate area. We documented these and have enjoyed implementing a new idea each day with the children. We also asked the children to think of a pirate name for themselves. These are documented on our curriculum wall, please take a look. Ziggy took a lot of initiative and assisted his peer Zaalia in making a pirate telescope.

We have begun Easter craft and Easter related experiences. We have created an area for the children to mix, match and sort a range of plastic patterned Easter eggs. Thanks to Rocco for bringing in an Easter book to share.

This week in the Joey room we have extended on an interest in large ships and the explorers. We used intentional teaching and asked the children a range of questions about things we can explore and investigate. This led us to changing our construction area and adding resources to create buildings and items items in our community.

We also had a few dance shows put on for us in the sand pit. Miss Nichol then created a puppet theatre out of cardboard to extend on this. We talked about the different roles at a theatre such as the ticket sales people and the audience. We added puppets to the area and many children took on the roles of animals and people.

We have observed a lot of children practicing using scissors this week. Many variations have been noticed. It is important that we role model and demonstrate to children the correct way to grip scissors. Thumbs up is an important tip to remember.

This week in the Joey room we have implemented a creative arts area. This is an extension for a lot of the Joey room children who have recently displayed an interest in creating. Within the area we have added many resources for the children to explore with, the charcoal was very popular. Miss Jess has implemented many intentional teaching experience such as landscape pictures and still life pictures to promote creativity and imagination.

A big thank you to Owen for sharing his experience about visiting the Coast shelter. We have really enjoyed extending on this experience through conversations and look forward to the donations of canned food for our canned food drive that Miss Jess has organised. We have also extended on Charlottes idea of doing some drawings for the people at the shelter about what makes us happy.

We have been involved in a range of cooking experience this week. This is an extension from Eboni and Ziggy’s interest in role playing chefs and participating in some pretend cooking both indoors and outdoors. It is a great idea to involve your child in cooking experiences at home. Especially if your child is a little fussy at eating.

We say goodbye to our Chicks this week. We have really enjoyed looking after them and taking care of their environment. Live creature experiences promote a sense of awe and wonder and increase respect for living creatures.

The joeys had a very productive week extending on their body project (21.2.17) and cutting experience with Miss Jess (6.3.17) by discovering various shapes. In the cutting experience the children cut around various shapes which aids in their understanding of their body and fine motor skills. We further linked shapes to our bodies by working as teams in order to make various shapes as well as utilising our fine motor skills and creativity to draw and identify various shapes. The idea was further explored through the use of music with the educators singling shape songs and playing a game called "do you know what shape this is?".

We have noticed that several of our children spend their time cooking and baking in the sandpit,cubby house and dramatic play corner. We have already extended this by putting out cook books and additional cooking utensils. We will be continuing to extend on the children's interest by offering cooking experiences next week. The children will not only be able to explore cooking and food prep but it will be a fantastic way to introduce the children to healthy foods and trying new things which we've previously discussed with them.

Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming food drive to extend on Owen's trip to the homeless shelter. We will be discussing many aspects of being socially responsible and helping in our community as well as discussing why it's important to appreciate e things we have in our life.

This week in the Joey room we have continued on with our interest in discovery by exploring some science experiments. A big thanks to Owen for bringing in his science book in which we got our experiments from. We have explored colours through experiments such as colour mixing. This also led into group discussions about colours and how they make you feel. This links to our project on ‘We are all alike we are all different. We spoke to the children about emotions this week. We asked what makes you happy and sad, and spoke about feelings are different for everybody, but we all have them.

We have observed the children drawing rainbows this week. We extended on this and linked it all together through a rainbow skittle science experiment.

We have observed a lot of cooking and role playing this week in the Joey room. We added recipe books to home corner and spoke to the children about doing some real cooking experiences next week.

This week in the Joey room we have extended on an interest in large ships and the explorers. We used intentional teaching and asked the children a range of questions about things we can explore and investigate. This led us to changing our construction area and adding resources to create buildings and items items in our community.

We also had a few dance shows put on for us in the sand pit. Miss Nichol then created a puppet theatre out of cardboard to extend on this. We talked about the different roles at a theatre such as the ticket sales people and the audience. We added puppets to the area and many children took on the roles of animals and people.

We have observed a lot of children practicing using scissors this week. Many variations have been noticed. It is important that we role model and demonstrate to children the correct way to grip scissors. Thumbs up is an important tip to remember.

This week in the Joey room we have continued to explore nature and our environment. This extension from Ruby's interest last week led us into discussions about our environment including human impact and litter. We collected and used nature to explore prints and we also made paint brushes from nature.

We welcomed our new friend Zahra this week. Zahra shared some information about her culture. From here we created a world exploration area in which the children can use felt board pieces to explore the world around them.

We have used our name tags at transition times. The children have shown an interest in the alphabet and the individual letters. We have created a pre-literacy area for the children to explore this interest further.

We are always promoting self help skills in the Joey room. At the moment we are focusing on: Using tongs to serve food, putting our own shoes on and looking after our own belongings.

This week in the Joey room we have continued to explore nature and our environment. This extension from Ruby's interest last week led us into discussions about our environment including human impact and litter. We collected and used nature to explore prints and we also made paint brushes from nature.

We welcomed our new friend Zahra this week. Zahra shared some information about her culture. From here we created a world exploration area in which the children can use felt board pieces to explore the world around them.

We have used our name tags at transition times. The children have shown an interest in the alphabet and the individual letters. We have created a pre-literacy area for the children to explore this interest further.

We are always promoting self help skills in the Joey room. At the moment we are focusing on: Using tongs to serve food, putting our own shoes on and looking after our own belongings.

The Joeys started off the week by going on a whale hunt. The children utilised a tape measure on the field in order to measure out how long various Whales were. The children stood with their arms stretched out to see if together they could be as long as Whale, they didn't quite make it so then then all layers down on the tape measure to full fill the length. They still weren't long enough but the children were amazed at the length of these beasts. The children then each got a pair of binoculars and ran around the playground searching for images of various Whales. The children were eager to learn more about these creatures and asked Miss Nichol questions to research. These questions and answers along with much more are displayed at our special Whale interest table and area. As a further extension on this interest and Taylor's trip to sea world in Queensland the children learnt 5 new ocean songs. These songs are displayed on our music theme of the week wall. We will be switching the theme each week to learn new songs based on children's interests. The children also had the opportunity this week to listen to the songs of the humpbacks Whales. The children listened to a live stream of the whales off of Hawaii. Sebastian and Flynn shared their weekends with the children. Sebastian told his friends of his time at the monster trucks whilst showing his friends the pictures. Flynn told his peers about his trip to the circus and his pony ride. Miss Jess extended on this by allowing the children to hold and examine real horse shoes as well as pictures of Miss Jess' horses at home.

Miss Jess and the Joeys had a spontaneous drumming circle as an extension on Evelyn and Rocco drumming with the plastic blocks. The group discussed music ideas such as rhythm, tempo, beat and more. The children copied Miss Jess' lead which included drumming, clapping, stomping and singing. Music continued to be a big theme of the week. The children learnt new songs, danced along to music, played music games with bean bags and danced along to a song about Australian animals at a billabong. The children made the movements of various animals including kangaroos, emus and crocodiles.

The children also celebrated Australia week by playing a dice game. A large dice had pictures of various Australian animals. The children would take it in turns to roll the dice and identify the Australian animal on the top. The children finished off Australia week with a sausage sizzle. The children enjoyed some sausage sandwiches with their lunch whilst talking about how they celebrated Australia Day.

This week in the Joey room we have loved welcoming the children and families to the preschool. The children have been very excited to explore their new environments both indoors and outdoors. On our first day back Rocco mentioned he would like to be at the skate park. We then extended this interest and created our own skate park in the room. This became very popular with a lot of the children and soon we had ramps, jumps and skate boards every where. We thank Zaalia for bringing in her beautiful Spanish dress. Miss Jess created a wonderful multicultural music learning area to extended on this interest. We will be introducing a child of the week experience in which we ask the children a range of questions. This will assist us in getting to know your child and family over the year.

This week in the Joey room we have loved welcoming the children and families to the preschool. The children have been very excited to explore their new environments both indoors and outdoors. On our first day back Rocco mentioned he would like to be at the skate park. We then extended this interest and created our own skate park in the room. This became very popular with a lot of the children and soon we had ramps, jumps and skate boards every where. We thank Zaalia for bringing in her beautiful Spanish dress. Miss Jess created a wonderful multicultural music learning area to extended on this interest. We will be introducing a child of the week experience in which we ask the children a range of questions. This will assist us in getting to know your child and family over the year.