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This week we were very busy getting ready for our Father's Day afternoon tea. The Koalas have been practising their fathers days songs and dance moves all week getting ready for the concert. We had a wonderful afternoon on Wednesday with all the dads and grandparents who came to watch out Father's Day concert. We hope you all had a wonderful day on Sunday.

This week our new dress up/make up area was very popular the girls would sit and do each other's hair and make up taking it in turns of doing each other.

We have also continued on with our environment and speaking about ways we as a room can help to keep our environment clean and what we could improve on.

We have started a new chart which each day the children will check off to make sure we have watered the plants, cleaned caramels cage, checked the worm farm and the compost bin.

Thanks for another great week in the Koala room. We have been continuing our weather theme. We made some clouds out of paper Mâché and balloons. We ventured outside to paint the clouds and we talked more about what are clouds made of. Sasha " They are really fluffy so maybe fluff" Kane " I will have to ask my Dad" Spencer " Water"

We are also learning about how and why a rainbow is formed. So many questions from the children. You can really tell the children that are going to school next year as the are so interested in all learning. We have been learning a few new songs for Father's Day which will be hear before we know it.

Our social areas have been changed. We have had a great interest for babies and hospitals so we made a Children's Hospital. It is so popular.

We have a magnetic set which we are learning some science with.

We have new Lego which is a a city.

Our writing centre is always popular.

Miss Marg, Miss Kiera and Miss Hana

This week we celebrated naidoc week, each day we spoke about aboriginal symbols and what they meant. Each day we did a different activity making aboriginal flags, drawing dreamtime stories and creating our own picture of the story of "how Birds got their Colours". We also had a child's Aunty and cousin who are aboriginal who came and told us the story of how birds got their Colours. The children loved listening to this as she not only told the story she painted it, the cousin also did some dancing and animal moves with them showing them how kangaroo, Emus and snakes move around. The Koalas went out and found their own sticks to paint to use as tapping sticks and make music, once they had dried we sat around listening to music and using our tapping sticks.

We are still continuing the Healthy eating wall. This is such a large subject we can go on forever. we have been reading the magic lunch box again. This book talks about sometimes foods. We are also talking about what fitness we do as a family. Some of the children spoke about walking, swimming, bike riding and basketball.

We have been talking about money and recognising which each of the coins represent, we have been practicing buying something from the shop or canteen.

They have been given a 2 and 1 dollar coin and a 50, 20, 10 and 5 cent piece.

They have gone to the canteen and wanted to buy an apple, an ice block or anything. They were told a price then had to count out the money and pay me.

Another busy week in the Koala room.

We have introduced the Dinosaurs back into the room. We had Ace, Archie, Hudson, Kane and Spencer all playing games about Dinosaurs outside in the sandpit. I took the larger Dinosaurs outside and placed them in the sandpit but the boys asked could we have them inside. We decided to bring the outside in with leaves, branches rocks and sand. We had another big success with the play dough. We tried to think of what fossils looked like and made some using the leaves from the dinosaur area. Amazing creativity by all Koalas.

Following on from our healthy eating we had Maddie bring in a green yellow and red capsicum. All of the children tried them with only a few not sure. A huge thank you to Maddie for thinking of us. We are going to try golden kiwi fruit this week.

We still have the space area, the crane and lots of construction. The body and healthy eating puzzles are still very popular with all. The body puzzle has four different layers and is quiet challenging. We have Maddie, Aliana, Myla, Jessica, Bowen, Archie and others who do not have any trouble at all.

We will continue on our healthy eating interest as well as our dinosaur/lizard. Thanks for a great week.

Miss Marg, Miss Kiera and Miss Hana

Continuing with our Healthy theme we have been talking about what we will put in our lunch box for Big School. We looked again at the food chart with all the time food and sometimes food. All of the children drew a picture of what they would put in their very own lunchbox. It is on the wall. Please come and have a look. The Koalas came up with some great healthy treats and some drew foods they had seen in their siblings lunch boxes.

To continue on with trying new foods and talking about healthy foods Miss Hana bought in some lemons and oranges from her farm, some of the Koalas came up and tried both some liked the lemons and others thought it was very sour. Miss Kiera was very proud they came and tried something new that they hadn't tried before.

This week has been all about our body and learning about different facts.

Miss Hana bought in a book about our body, it has all kinds of cool facts, Miss Hana read some out and at the end asked the children some questions to see if they could remember. The Koalas have been very interested in learning about our body, each day they remember different facts that we have spoken about. We have also been talking about different types of foods and why it's good to try new things, also why some foods may help our body to grow. Next week we are going to try some foods that they may have never tried before at home.

We also talked about our muscles and that it can take 2-3 weeks to repair one if we tear it and that's why we must warm up and warm down to look after our muscles and our bodies.

To extend on this Miss Kiera went and borrowed the gumnuts tall mirror, Miss Kiera asked the children to look at their reflection and copy what they could see. Miss Kiera placed the book next to the mirror for the children to have a look at and see what body parts they would like to draw. They began looking through the book before starting to draw their reflection some would stop and go back to see if they have missed parts of their bodies and others just copied their reflection.

We are so happy to report that the Mothers Day presents and cards were a really big hit. From all accounts the children did hide them until the Sunday and were very happy to give them to mum.

We have been concentrating on our shapes again and all of the children are enjoying playing games with them.

Space is the new topic for the month asked for by Aliana.

Last week Aliana came to school and asked could she learn all about space. We started off with reading a few books. It was interesting to see how many other children were also familiar and very interested. We started some craft around space which the children have also chosen.

Thanks for another great week

Miss Marg, Miss Kiera and Miss Hana.

Another great week in the Koala room. Last week we were concentrating on finishing our Mother's Day craft and practicing our songs for the afternoon tea. I would just like to say what an Amazing turnout. The children did a wonderful job with the concert and even with the rain a fabulous time was had by all of the families. A big Thank you to Anna for doing such a great job preparing the afternoon tea.

Play dough is again a huge thing in our room.

Letter recognition is being used as a transition tool and is working great. All of the children are really eager to learn and excited when they are right.

Practicing writing our names is also a great interest by all of the children.

This week has been international compost week, the Koalas have been learning about worm farms and compost bins. We did some activities that helped the children k Learn what we can and can't put in each of the bins, we spoke about why we can't put some food in them as it won't break it down or the worms don't eat it.

Each day the Koalas took the scraps from the day and placed it into the worm farm for the worms to break it down and make worm juice for the gardens, we got to put in banana peels, watermelon and apple in the worm farm.

The Koalas did an activity with bins they had all different items that they had to place in the correct bin, Miss Kiera printed off different photos that showed the children different examples of what goes in each bin. They than came up and each had a turn of placing something into one of the bins

This week we celebrated Anzac Day, we spoke about Anzac Day and asked the children if they knew what Anzac Day meant. We went through as a group and Miss marg read out some facts for children to know and learn about Anzac Day, we than asked the children "what does Anzac Day mean?".

Ace-" so many soldiers have gone to heaven".

Sasha-"we say thank you to the soldiers".

Spencer-"we say thank you to the soldiers for keeping us safe"

Many of the children attended the dawn service and said thank to all the soldiers they say for keeping them safe. The children made Poppy's using milk lids for the circle and their finger tips for the black dot in the middle and green for the stems

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This week we have been busy making maps for our bear hunt! On Monday Sasha noticed on one of the cds was "where going on a bear hunt" they would march around the room singing the song. Sasha asked to make maps for a bear hunt, so all week the children sat down creating a map for their bear hunt. Some went through caves and over rocks, others had to go through sharks and crocodiles.

On Thursday and Friday the children took their maps and we went to the field and they followed their maps and sung "where going on a bear hunt", others found treasure at the end of their maps where the X was.

We welcomed Miss Marg back from her beautiful holiday which she brought back photos of Volcanoes and islands for the Koalas to have a look at following on from when we created our own Volcano. The children got to learn how to say hello in Hawaii which the Koalas enjoyed learning a new word Aloha and dressing up in costumes. We got to watch Hawaiian dancing that Miss Marg videoed and the Koalas all got up having a turn of their own Hawaiian dancing.

We have also started Easter craft, the Koalas have been very busy making Easter craft for our wall and practising songs for our Easter hat parade next week.

What a great week we had in the Koala room.

We spent so much time again this week talking and researching the trail of the lost Dinosaurs. We have been reading lots of books relating to Dinosaurs and fossils. We have been painting and also drawing them. We changed the room up a bit adding a daycare centre and dress ups. Come and have a look.

All of the Koala children have settled in really well. We have a very big year planned full of social, cognitive and gross motor activities. In the Koala room we plan our program on child base interests.

Please let either Miss Marg, Miss Keira or Miss Hannah know anything your family may have special interest in or just want to know more about.

During this week the Koalas have done sensory experiences, they watched the Emus playing with Goop and wanted to make their own. So we got all the ingredients and made our own blue Goop.

The children helped put the ingredients in and mix it together once it was ready everyone got to have a turn of putting their hands and fingers through it seeing what it felt like. They asked to make another one so we looked up different experiments and found one with milk and food dye. We placed the milk in a container and did a few drops of dye in each corner. Once that's done you dip your cotton tip into dish washing liquid and dip it into the middle of the dye, the dye pushing away from the cotton tip creating different patterns and colours.

We created finger paints with a painting mirror the children flicked paint onto the glass and using their fingers they would mix it together creating patterns.

Continuing with our theme of Volcanoes the children decided that they wanted to make one. We looked at lots of different types in the sandpit but it was decided that they wanted to do the one with messy glue and paint.

We looked up what we would need!

1 plastic bottle
Newspaper
PVA glue
Tape

Nearly all the Koala children participated in the making of the Volcano.

Once the Volcano was all dry and painted we did an experiment with vinegar and bi-carb soda. We mixed the ingredients together and placed the bi-carb soda at the bottom of the Volcano with coloured dye. We all sat around as Miss Elly started to pour the vinegar into the Volcano it took a few seconds before yellow and red bubbles started pouring out creating a lava look running down the side of the Volcano. The children were all very excited saying it looks like fire or its lava running down, the more vinegar we poured in the more bubbles would explode out of the Volcano.

This week we have been speaking about my families heritage and where our families Mia's have came from.

We started talking about Holland as Myla and Audreys grandparents are from Holland. Miss Marg showed the Koalas some craft and the girls had picked tulips and gods eyes for the Koalas to make. At group times Miss Marg showed the Koalas where Holland is in the world and spoke about why we were going to make god eyes and tulips, this is a way to broaden the children's understandings of the world they live in and learning about other cultures around the world.

Miss Marg explained that's where Myla and Audrey's grandparents are from pointing to Holland and showing how far away Australia is, some of the children asked why are they so far from us? We spoke about some times people move away or live in different countries this could be a way of making you different to each other and why people might have a different accents or look different. The Koala children are really developing a sense of belonging to different groups and communities

What a great week we had in the Koala room.

We spent so much time again this week talking and researching the trail of the lost Dinosaurs.

We have been reading lots of books relating to Dinosaurs and fossils. We have been painting and also drawing them.

We changed the room up a bit adding a daycare centre and dress ups. Come and have a look.

All of the Koala children have settled in really well. We have a very big year planned full of social, cognitive and gross motor activities. In the Koala room we plan our program on child base interests.

Please let either Miss Marg, Miss Keira or Miss Hannah know anything your family may have special interest in or just want to know more about.

Have a great week ahead

Miss Marg, Miss Keira and Miss Hannah.

What a great week we had in the Koala room.

We spent so much time again this week talking and researching the trail of the lost Dinosaurs.

We have been reading lots of books relating to Dinosaurs and fossils. We have been painting and also drawing them. We changed the room up a bit adding a daycare centre and dress ups. Come and have a look.

All of the Koala children have settled in really well. We have a very big year planned full of social, cognitive and gross motor activities.

In the Koala room we plan our program on child base interests.

Please let either Miss Marg, Miss Keira or Miss Hannah know anything your family may have special interest in or just want to know more about.

What a great week we had in the Koala room again.

We have been very busy getting familiarised with " The Big Side "

We have been very busy this week learning all about why we celebrate Australia Day ( As a four/five year old). We talked about celebrating with our family. We discussed we are all different but all the same. We discussed places we have celebrated Australia Day before and have some great art work around the room to see. Come and have a look. We farewelled some of our students going to Big School and wish them all the very best.

All of the Koala children have settled in really well. We have a very big year planned full of social, cognitive and gross motor activities. In the Koala room we plan our program on child base interests.

Please let either Miss Marg, Miss Keira or Miss Hannah know anything your family may have special interest in or just want to know more about.

Have a great week ahead Miss Marg, Miss Keira and Miss Hannah.

This week we have been concentrating on Australia! The children have enjoyed learning the new song "Home among the gum trees"

We have also been reading books based on the Australian landscape, animals & culture. It was so thoughtful of some of the children to bring in books on our theme to read with the group.

We have also created a game based on the Australian animals we have been learning about. We have laminated pictures of the animals which we then hide within the playground for the children to discover. The children have had so much fun exploring the environment to discover them while learning more facts about the various animals.