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Open Day – Saturday 20th May 2017 from 1-3pm!

Our fantastic kinder is having an Open Day on Saturday 20th May 2017 from 1pm-3pm! Do you have a child who is nearly ready for kinder? Or maybe you have heard about our amazing 3-yr-old and 4-yr-old programs? If so, please come along to check out our wonderful play area and feel free to bring your little ones so they can meet our educators, play in our outdoor area and see our friendly kinder pets. See you there!

Colchester Park Preschool

Cultural Celebrations – Anzac Day

Learning about Anzac Day helps young children to understand history as the life and times of people in the past. It also builds an understanding of traditions and facts of Anzac Day.

The book we read in the kinder was called “Anzac Ted”, which had illustrations based on real life and spoke of the sacrifices made by people just like us.

We believe that children learn best when they are highly interested and active in their learning. By learning through and engaging in real-life, hands-on experiences about Anzac Day, young children get an opportunity to understand the importance of this national day and its role in building peace in communities today.

The Educators

Cultural Celebrations – Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt was a cultural celebration in our kinder and, as the year progresses, we will celebrate and learn about many more celebrations that are important to our families and to the community we live in.

We believe this will help our children:

– be more culturally competent,

– develop positive attitudes towards cultural differences,

– gain knowledge of different cultural practices and world views, and

– develop skills for communication and interaction across cultures.

The Educators

 

 

Family Is Everything

Thanks to all the wonderful families that attend Colchester Park Preschool every year. This year we are very lucky to have such kind and generous families and it has been a pleasure to meet you all at our various events throughout the last 3 months (our Family Night, our first working bee and The Basin Music Festival stall). We have had such a great start to the year!

With the holidays starting next week, we just wanted to send a special thank you to all our wonderful families, volunteers, committee members and our amazing educators. We are very proud that you have chosen our Preschool to be the custodians of your kids and that you have given so generously of your time, creativity and passion. It definitely shows in our kids and our Preschool. Our 3- and 4-yr-olds are growing in confidence, self-expression and are learning so much each and every day at our Preschool and they are a credit both to our Educators and to the families that raise them . Enjoy the holidays and we will see you all again at the start of Term 2!

The Educators (Shobhita, Michelle, Kerrie, Linda) and The Committee.

Sensory Play with Glitter Playdoh and Slime

Kids love sensory play!  Sensory play promotes many learning experiences.  It encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.

Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Children process information through their senses.  They learn through exploring.  Sensory play offers kids the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing. We like to encourage our children to learn through many different types of play and are very proud of the teachers we have at Colcherster Park Preschool and how they enable our kids to learn so much every day.

 

Our New Kinder Pets


In Term 1 we said farewell to Stu, our bearded dragon, as he has retired now and is living very comfortably out of the spotlight! Thank you to Michelle for sharing Stu with us.

In Stu’s place, we welcomed two leaf insects and three hermit crabs to our preschool pet family.

Last year we also welcomed three chickens, Snow White, Night Wolf and Penny, and three Budgies, Gordon, Apple, and Buddy. We also have some fish in our foyer too!

Pets at preschool are an extension of the children’s learning about being responsible for the environment. Observing and caring for these animal instils a sense of responsibility and respect for life going forward. A preschool pet brings increased sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and needs of others—both animals and humans. Children learn that all living things need more than just food and water for survival. They also learn how their behaviour and actions affect other living beings.

Committee Members 2017

President  :  Stef Juchno

Vice President  :  Kath Melder

Secretary  :  Fiona Schumann

Treasurer  :  Lyndal Jones

Enrolment and Fees Officer  :  Tanya Kolb

Fundraising Officer  :  Jenny Nisi

Fundraising Officer  :  Kristi Harris

Activities Officer  :  Lisa Parr

Marketing Officer  :  Kerrie Bibby

Marketing Officer  :  Jodie Davis

Grants Officer  :  Debbie Cooke

Purchasing Officer  :  Carla Dean

Social Events Co-ordinator  :  Shirani Wright

Building and Garden Maintenance Officer :

Website and Facebook Administrator  :  Fiona Clinton

Playgroup Officer  :  Chloe Mead

Science

Learning to Observe is a very important science skill for children.  For pre-schoolers, science is a way of thinking about and understanding the world. It is observing, predicting what might happen, testing those predictions, and making sense of their observations.

From a development perspective, young children learn and understand more effectively when they can see, touch, feel, and manipulate an object. Providing safe readily available materials that children can experiment with is important for hands-on science investigations.

In our planned preschool program, we provide children with science activities that are hands-on, child-driven, authentic, and active. We make drawings of our bearded dragon Stu, trace leaves, and play “sink and float” in a tub of water. Children are asked to observe from different angles many times over. They are encouraged to record their observations. Making drawings of the specimen supports multiple learning areas. Children learn both science and literacy from these activities. They realise that their observations can be recorded on paper and that they can express their visual observations in a written format.

We believe that these experiences lay the foundation for  understanding of more complex scientific concepts later in life.

Our Kinder Pets

In term 2 we welcomed Stu, a bearded dragon, to our kinder. Thank you to Michelle for sharing Stu with us.

We also welcomed to our kinder three chickens, Snow White, Night Wolf and Penny, and three Budgies, Gordon, Apple, and Buddy.

Pets in the kinder are an extension of the children’s learning about being responsible for the environment. Observing and caring for these animal instils a sense of responsibility and respect for life going forward. A kinder pet brings increased sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and needs of others—both animals and humans. Children learn that all living things need more than just food and water for survival. They also learn how their behaviour and actions affect other living beings.

Cubby House Mural

muralWe would like to thank Odern’s mum Amanda for the beautiful
mural she made on the cubby wall as part of National Reconciliation Week, which was a big inspiration to the children as they made their own masterpieces related to indigenous culture. As the children worked, the educators supported their learning by reading Dream Time stories, encouraging the children to make observations of the illustrations, and highlighting changes in the modern-day living.