3 days ago
In the senior kindy room we have been speaking about the bugs that we are seeing outside at the moment now that the weather is heating up and Spring is here. "We don’t touch the spiders" i told the children. We discussed what we should do if we saw a spider and the children knew that they had to tell a teacher and not touch. We have seen Bees, flies, lots of ants and some butterflies and moths. Also some strange bugs which we don’t know the name of. When we catch one we will have to research and find out. We will keep it in our bug viewer when we find another one. We will be using the magnifying glasses outside next week. For todays activity we had a bug hunt. We had filled up a tub of sand….lots of sand and hid a whole stack of plastic creepy crawlies in there. Prior to hiding them Miss Lauren showed the children all of the bugs and they spoke about them , how many legs, what colour, the names of the creatures etc etc…. After we had hidden them the children used old tongs to sift through the sand and grab the insect. "Which one is that?" is one of the questions we asked the children before they popped their bug into a container. The children all took turns and seemed to get a lot of enjoyment out of the experience.
Children are developing their motor skills as they use the tongs. They are developing their hand eye coordination as they find a bug and pick it up with the tongs. They are learning about insects and the type of insects that we have in our environment here at Smart Tots. They are learning about the more dangerous bugs and what to do if they spot one. … See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
In the Junior Kindy room we have been encouraging the children to become more and more independent by practicing our self help skills. The children have become increasingly confident in providing help for themselves. For morning tea the children have been selecting their own fruit using tongs and putting in their bowls before eating. The children have also begun understanding how to make their own beds. Watching the concentration on their face as they pull their sheets here and there is wonderful. We really aim to challenge the children to become resilient and self sufficient. Tasks such as taking shoes and socks on and off have become more simple as the children grow in confidence with these tasks. … See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
It’s that time of the year again where Henny Penny is here for a visit~ The adorable chicks are in the Kindergarten room and the children love watching the chickens and were lucky to see some chickens hatch out from eggs in the incubator! The class is learning about life cycles of different animals ☺The children also loved to hold them in their hands and give gentle strokes on the chicken’s back. … See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago
Well Done Smart Tots! A big thank-you to all who voted for us, and to our fantastic staff and team for this tremendous achievement!Finalists are announced for Redlands Best General Retailer Large: Bayside Poolmart, Cleveland, Golden Circle Factory Outlet, Smart Tots Childcare, Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre, Vinnies, Victoria Point Lakeside Shopping Centre and Supercheap Auto, TownCentre Victoria Point. For a complete list of all Finalists, visit: https://www.redlandbarawards.com/2019-finalists … See MoreSee Less
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New additions to the Junior Kindy room!!
Recycling our boxes is a good way to keep our room sustainable and teaches the children resourcefulness and consideration for the environment. These boxes become whatever the children want them to be, they inspire creation and imagination. A castle, a hidey hole, a pirate ship and fire truck. the children become confident role players, exploring what they can do with their language and movement. These boxes are a catalyst for the children to play together, becoming confident in their social skills and initiating interactions with each other. They will develop hand-eye coordination as they balance and stack the boxes as high as they can and grow their special awareness as they try and squeeze themselves inside every box not matter the size. Box play is an exciting addition to our room and we look forward to exploring the imaginative ways the children utilise this area. … See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
This week in the Senior Kindy room we are focusing on sensory play.Lots of textures and different materials that the children can use alongside all of their favourite animals. We have played in sand and water outside and inside.Moulded and shaped the clay into volcanos and other shapes. Made goop which turns dry and wet depending on how you play with it. Today we filled a tub with shaving foam and placed the plastic animals inside. The children loved the feel of the foam on their hands. They enjoyed covering the animals then scraping the foam off of them as they created little scenarios with them.
Children are learning to explore the animals in different environments. They are exploring different textures whilst sharing humour , happiness and satisfaction with their peers. … See MoreSee Less