7th January 2019 Centre re-opens for 2019
Under Two Year Olds
Our environment provides our children with opportunities to explore a variety of experiences that fosters their thinking through creativity, physical challenges, and tactile exploration. We encourage and celebrate creative expression through all different mediums and participate with children throughout their exploration.
We support the development of their own identity and autonomy and free play is vital to this. We provide the space and time for children to investigate and explore at their own pace.
Three Year Old Group
This month we have continued on exploring our 5 senses project by discovering our sense of taste.
We have learnt about our taste buds and the job they do to help us know when we are eating something that is sweet, salty, sour or savory.
Some experiences we have taken part in include making our own butter, drawing, tasting new foods and playing the blind tasting game.
We have discovered that some foods have different smells and this will lead us into our next project of smell, which we will pick up in the new year.
Two Year Old Group
Recently we have been focusing on relationships (children with their peers, children with their teachers and teacher with parents and whanau). This is allowing us to continue establishing a trusting, warm, reciprocal and responsive relationship with each child and where we are able to bring the aspirations of their whanau into the children’s learning.
This month, we have been busy creating meaningful mat-time experiences with the children by introducing music instruments regularly, celebrating Matariki with lots of activities, and the children have developed a real interest in loose parts. We have been able to provide a range of different loose parts into the children’s play, which has allowed the children to develop their curiosity which has seen them investigate these items further.
Rhonda’s Session at Flanshaw Primary
Every Monday morning a group of three and four year olds walk down to the park and/or our local school to participate in Rhonda’s fun exercise session. During these times we are able to develop our gross motor skills as Rhonda challenges us with fun and exciting games.