Grasshopper Room News – June 2014

Wow we can’t believe we are already 6 months through the year, it has gone so quick!

Special Days

We have enjoyed our fair share of special days so far. This promotes outer community experiences with the children, to mention few we enjoyed an excursion for a fairytale parade at the Maiden Gully Primary School, an incursion with a visit from a police officer and a very special road safety talk from Thingle Toodle. This week we have been dressing up as what we want to be when we grow up celebrating Australian Childcare Week. We have had everything from Spider-Man, iron man, fairies and princesses to policeman, army men and vets. The children got very involved in this week and sharing their ideas with their peers and educators.

We also had a special visit from Al and AD from Star FM 91.9 to talk to the children about what they want to be when they grow up, the children responded really well to the boys teaching them to play hopscotch and kicking the football with them.

Bush Program

We have been getting back into the swing of our bush explorers program over the last month, we have been busy brainstorming lots of ideas of what we could do when exploring the bush and we have been very excited to try them out. Over the last couple of weeks we have been experimenting with how we can draw and paint without any paint or pencils. The children have been using the mud after all the rain to create some finger painting masterpieces, as well as using sticks to draw pictures after it has rained. We have been exploring the bush during the light rain with large umbrellas; the children have eagerly wanted to play outside when it is raining so this allows them that opportunity to explore their environment in all weather conditions.

Garden

We have been very busy over the last month working on our garden area. The children have been very excited to be involved in the whole process from weeding after all the rain we had though to planting vegetables in both seed and seedling form to see the difference in what a few weeks can make to our plants. The children have been accessing the garden each day performing all tasks needed to care and nurture plants to their full potential. This is teaching the children to care and respect the environment around them, and learning what is needed to do this.

General news

As the weather cools down please ensure you are packing weather appropriate clothing for your child e.g. jackets, coats, beanies, gloves, gumboots etc

If your child is attending school next year there is a note on the parent wall in the Grasshopper room which if you feel comfortable putting the school which your child is attending, so that we can start the conversations with the children specific to their school to help make the transition for them nice and smooth.

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to approach any of the staff.

From All Grasshopper Staff – Sarah, Jessica C and Chloe