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Butterflies Room News, April 2015 (Maiden Gully)

Wow we can’t believe that it is already nearly the end of March and end of term 1, isn’t time flying?

The calendar of events has been packed full of fun and engaging events during the month of March. We had a very exciting week for the world’s greatest shave with our beautiful cook shaving her head at the centre, all of the Butterfly children had an opportunity to head over to the big yard and watch as Kristi take the big chop. Over the week the children participated in their own crazy hair activities with many of the children selecting to colour their hair and even tie it up in some very crazy styles.

St Patricks Day Was a very green and we were excited to find out that one of our butterfly children is of Irish background, which made the day all the more special. There were many opportunities for the children to participate in a variety of green activities such as, green glittery play dough, clover collage, capsicum stampings and dress up props.

Harmony Day is one of the best days on the calendar, being able to discuss with the children about all of our unique difference and how that makes us who we are and that we are all wonderful and special! In the butterflies room we made a ‘Everyone Belongs’ banner, this banner was laid out on the table for all of the children, their parents, siblings, special people and educators painted their hands and stamped them onto the banner. The final product is now hanging in the room for everyone to see and it has been the focus point of many discussions during drop of and pick up times.

Butterflies Harmony Day photo

Recycling week has been a great week for the children to enhance their learning development on why we recycle, and what items can be recycled. Empty boxes have been placed indoors and outdoors for the children to use as open ended construction. Recycled art and craft activities have been progressive as the children enjoyed sticking bread tags and cut-out recycled paper onto their own art work. We have also had a lovely amount of recycled bottles donated where we will be enjoying turning these into a ten pin bowling set and last but not least we will be experimenting with glass bottles by placing different levels of coloured water into each jar to allow the children to explore the different sounds once each jar has been hit.

Hey Dee Ho and Quirky Tails have been a fantastic activity for the children to participate in. Quirky tails has been on Tuesday this term and will be returning on Wednesdays next term. During quirky tails the children have been developing an understanding of AUSLAN signs as they practice them throughout each class. We have been excited to learn each new topic each week, from Australian animals to Harmony day and all about our sea. Hey Dee Ho has been on Thursdays this term and will be returning on Tuesdays next term. During Hey Dee Ho, the children have been learning new songs they have never heard and practicing songs that are familiar with, using finger puppets and musical instruments to help enhance their communication development and creativity skills. Children enjoy participating in their gross motor development as they practice different marching styles as they follow Hey Dee Ho instructor ‘Tina’ around the room.

 

As all your children are growing up and developing further skills, it’s becoming time for many children to start toilet training. Please ensure you pack multiple named pairs of pants and underwear in case of any accidents throughout the day. The weather is beginning to cool down again and because we love outdoor play so much could you please make sure your child comes to day-care with a named jacket/jumper. We have started to gain a small amount of lost property which is located in our lost property box next to our room plan, please make sure you are regularly checking the box for any lost items of your child’s clothing.

Next month in the Butterflies room we will be participating in many different activities to celebrate Easter. We will be reading Easter stories and doing lots of different arts and crafts to take home and to put into our portfolios that we take home in June. The centre will also be participating in some activities to celebrate ANZAC day.

It’s been a fun filled month and we’re looking forward to all the fun activities next month. As always if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to ask any of the Butterflies staff.