We asked families and educators to bring along photos of their families to share and display on the board. Each child (and adult!) got to introduce their family to the group and choose its position on the Dolphin Family Tree.
Individual Learning; Each child showed a great deal of pride in sharing and displaying their photos, names . . . → Read More: Dolphin Family Tree
Our first social event of the year was quite a success as many families turned up with take away food, pic-nic rugs and chairs. Everyone had a ball mingling with each other and it was such a relaxing night which provides opportunity to know other families.
Deporah Shim (Social . . . → Read More: Family Take Away Night
Inspiration for Creativity
Working together, collaborative drawing
Using natural materials
Drawing what we see
Inside or outside we are learning and practicing skills
With . . . → Read More: Creativity
We love the many Eric Carle stories, especially learning about caterpillar to Butterfly life cycle through “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
Great numeracy as we count the items the caterpillar has eaten and literacy as we read the items. “On Monday he ate through one apple”….”On Thursday he ate through four strawberries.”
We watched a real caterpillar turn into . . . → Read More: Eric Carle, spiders butterflies and more
After our excursion to the Gould League where we learnt all about insects and our environment we have extended this learning within the kindergarten program. The Echidna and Dolphin four year old groups have been busy.
We watched a real spider spinning a web and then we did our own sewing to make a web.
We have been . . . → Read More: Insects
Visiting the Dentist
We had a visit from a parent (Lisette) who is a Dental Therapist from The Highway Dental group in Mount Waverley. Lisa came along to assist her just like a real visit to the Dentist. We had a pretend Dentist chair that goes up and down, we talked about what would happen when we . . . → Read More: Looking After our Teeth
Staff meeting Santa
Thankyou to Bronwyn for coordinating a great day, with a wonderful team of helpers. Also to the Bartholomeusz family for setting up a great place to meet Santa.
Our Family fun Day is to farewell leaving families and welcome new families. We have lots of fun with facepainting, a jumping castle and Santa comes too.
Merry . . . → Read More: Family Fun Day
Through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) of the Australian Government we have been a focus of a story in their Earlychildhood ezine. You can follow the link to read the . . . → Read More: Magazine article about Syndal PreSchool
We enjoy many Eric Carle books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider and The Bad Tempered Ladybug.
We wondered how he does his beautiful pictures. Shiona found a short video on youtube of Eric Carle painting his paper, drawing, cutting and preparing his collage pictures. So we did it too.
We used textured rollers . . . → Read More: Eric Carle
female spiny leaf insect
Just look at this magnificent specimen of a spiny leaf insect the children at Syndal Preschool have!
male spiny leaf insect
She is a female, hence the different looking body shape to this male.
We have had it since last year when it came as a tiny baby.
Even though the children are used to it being here, it . . . → Read More: Spiny Leaf Insect