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During our adventure to the garden last week, we were very interested in the bees in the bug catcher. We listened to the bees buzzing around. We even got to sit in on one of Miss Cath's gardening lessons. We also read a book about the job which bees have... giving us honey... yum! Back in the London room we made some honey play dough. We helped to measure, pour and mix the dry ingredients together. Next, we combined the wet ingredients... do not forget the honey! After we had added the honey to the play dough we all used our sensory skills to smell the honey. There were lots of different expressions given during this fun experience. Next, we helped to knead the dough to finally finish the play dough making process. Next, we needed some excited children to play with the honey play dough. Lots of excitement was had as we used our sensory skills to touch and even taste the honey in the play dough! After we had gotten the opportunity to touch and become familiar with the feeling of the play dough. We brought out some shapes and rollers. Using our fine motor and cognitive development skills we rolled and shaped the play dough. We also pressed our hands and feet into the play dough to make imprints of our tiny fingers and toes. Linking our creative and fine motor skills to this interest, we made our very own bee hive honeycomb. To make this, we collected some egg cartons, yellow paint and innovative, creative thinking. With some help, we also made some bees out of pipe cleaners. Don't forget to check our bee hive honeycomb out when you visit the London Room!
Published on 2017-07-18 19:50:39 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
As it was Diabetes week last week (and green day yesterday), we thought we would try something different and make a 3D ball/box art display. This was represented by using a couple of different green colours, as Diabetes Week is represented by green, and different size polystyrene balls, as balls are one of the children's interests. We placed the balls in a box with the paint and gave the box a good shake and roll, trying to cover the balls in the paint, but we ended up putting our hands in to roll the balls around ourselves. Very wet and slippery! The children were very intrigued by the box, and we managed to have a game of peek-a-boo as well.
Published on 2017-07-18 10:05:35 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Last week, the Liverpool and Gregory friends went to yoga together. We all sat nicely on the mat and started our yoga lesson by singing ‘The Wheels On The Bus’. We did all the actions and sang along with Mr Kevin. We then looked at some new yoga cards. The cards showed us different items and animals you might find at home. We posed like the various animals and objects that Mr Kevin showed us. We then danced while Mr Kevin played his ukulele and sang songs for us. At gardening this week, we were looking at bees. We looked at some books about bees and learnt that the honey we eat is made by bees. We then took turns standing with Miss Cathy and looking and listening to some bees that she had caught in her bug catcher. We then explored the garden and watered the plants. We loved looking at the pretty flowers and discovering new things in the garden.
Published on 2017-07-16 21:51:26 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
We started our lesson with our 'welcome to yoga song', we all sat on our knees and clapped our hands along whilst singing with Mr Kevin. Mr Kevin then started to read the story ‘Polar Bear Polar Bear, what do you hear?’ In this book, we had to guess the different animals that the polar bear could hear. When we had guessed them Mr Kevin showed us the corresponding animal yoga pose. To finish off our yoga lesson we sang hot potato, teddy bear teddy bear and laid down on our magic carpet and pretended to go on a magic carpet ride. We always have so much fun in our yoga lessons. Thank you, Mr Kevin!
Published on 2017-07-14 09:59:09 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Today in our Kindy room we had a very special visitor, Superhero Recycleman and his trusty assistant. He taught us lots of things, such as; recycling things left around the home and repurposing them for new exciting and useful things. The children were able to dress up and role play, pretending to be recycling super heroes. It was a wonderful interactive show and the children enjoyed themselves. We have a lot of future environmentalists in our class!
Published on 2017-07-13 07:05:39 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Last week, in the Adelaide room, the children recognised and learnt about the Indigenous and Aboriginal culture. Their intrigued faces lit up their environment for group time and they couldn’t wait to learn and get hands-on with their learning experiences. On Tuesday, the children focused on the Aboriginal story, ‘How the Birds Got their Colours’ which was told by Mary Albert and complied by Pamela Lofts. To accompany this story, children did a coloured feather and bird seed collage on a grey piece of paper. The grey represented the bland colours that the birds used to be, the bird seed, (which was replaced with lentils) symbolised something birds enjoy eating and the coloured feathers, obviously represented the birds bright and vibrant feathers. During group time, the Adelaide children looked at two bird museum boxes and then played a bird identifying game. Their teachers gave a clue, for example, what is a bird that is pink and stands on one foot? Can you guess what it is? On Wednesday, the Adelaide children engaged in two unique art experiences that Aboriginal and Indigenous people would have experienced. The first experience had children using paint and sticks to dot paint on paper. The next art experience allowed the children to mix dirt, water and food colouring. They used resources that the Aboriginal and Indigenous people would have had in their environments on a day-to-day basis. On Thursday, the children chose the Aboriginal story, ‘The Echidna and the Shade Tree’ and listened to the story outside in the playground. This book was told by Mona Green and compiled by Pamela Lofts. To accompany the story, children used black paint and coloured match sticks to create a painting of an echidna. What an educational week in the Adelaide room!
Published on 2017-07-10 07:24:35 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Last Friday, all the children, educators and staff dressed in red for Red Nose Day and to raise awareness for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The children had barrels of laughs and lots of fun with a variety of experiences, including; spotting all the red flowers in the garden, painting red noses onto paper (using our own noses!), playing with red toys, cars and trucks, dressing up by putting big red noses on, red hand print painting, red play-dough, reading colour stories, and of course dressing in red!
Published on 2017-07-04 06:05:52 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Last week, Gregory friends had an awesome lesson with Miss Cath in the garden. Miss Cath has made a sensory garden for the Ekka. She showed us how special it is. We can smell the curry plants and taste the mint and parsley, hear the wind chimes, touch the different textures of plants and see how colourful the various plants are. It's a good opportunity for children to explore various things in the garden. Then Miss Cath read us a book called “potatoes”, which is all about how we plant the potato so we can harvest them. Miss Cath showed us we can grow the potato from a potato eye, not from seeds. Then we all had a turn to grow potatoes, we dug a hole then put the potato eye in the dirt then covered it up and said, “grow potato”! Then we blew a kiss and we all wished the potato to grow nice and strong! To finish off the lesson, Miss Cath taught us a potato song. We all sang “Fried potato, mashed potato, roasted potato, chips!” It was so fun! Thanks Miss Cath! We are all looking forward the next lesson!
Published on 2017-07-03 21:48:58 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Drip, drop, drip, drop! Did you know, when water goes on Nasturtium leaves, water either runs straight off the smooth leaves or small water droplets form? Well, last week in Miss Cath’s gardening lesson the Adelaide children investigated this theory. They used the spray bottles to wet the leaves and make small and big droplets on the leaves. The theory is true! Children also quietly hunted for the Nasturtium fairies hiding amongst the leaves and flowers. After, they explored the garden, watered the plants and had fun playing in the secret garden. What fun!
Published on 2017-07-03 09:37:29 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Monday night, our staff participated in a webinar workshop by Kirsty Fantini for our monthly staff meeting. This workshop was all about “Effective Team” and gave useful information on how to work effectively and collaboratively together as a team.
Published on 2017-06-21 10:31:25 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Don't forget your PJ's tomorrow for our Pyjama Day Party!
Published on 2017-06-20 03:15:00 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
On Friday, a very excited group of our Kindy children heading to the Hamilton Library. The children helped educator Maria to hand our old library books back to the librarian and then headed to the children’s section to choose more books to take back to Kindy. Once everyone had chosen their books, Librarian Angela began story time. We listened intently to Angela’s stories and then it was time to borrow our chosen books and head back to Kindy! It was a great morning and once again our Lyndhurst children made us so proud with their excellent behaviour and manners. Great job everyone!
Published on 2017-06-18 20:18:45 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Miss Cath was busy getting the sensory display garden entry ready for the Ekka, so unfortunately the Adelaide children didn’t have gardening this week. However, that didn’t stop the children from attending and exploring the garden. Miss Sam provided the children with the opportunity to switch things up and become the photographers in the garden. Normally, it is the teachers taking photos of the children engaging in different learning experiences. They were given an iPad to capture their photos and time to explore and take photos of whatever caught their eye. Many loved taking photos of the colourful flowers, their peers, the garden gnomes, ladybugs, a pretend lizard, Miss Cath working away and they even snapped a glimpse at the sensory garden that she was working hard on. There were many smiles and giggly faces whilst in the garden!
Published on 2017-06-15 21:15:14 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Hi everyone, Welcome to another magical week in our kindy room. We have learnt so much this week from our amazing parents talking about their occupations. We have had Civil Engineers who talked about building structures such as bridges and tunnels. We then pretended to be Engineers and with the assistance of structural pictures the children tried their hand at planning and creating bridges, towers, tunnels and buildings. We also had Anthony who talked about being a safety manager for a mining company. He brought in lots of things to show the children, including a uniform and lots of pictures of what you might see in a mine. The children were very interested and some of our friends could try on some boots and high visibility shirts. We will also be having a talk on being a swim coach as well as a dentist. As always it has been very busy but we have learnt so much! For all our parents that would like to come in for a chat please put your name down on our roster outside our door. We would love to hear from you soon. If there is another time more suitable for you we are more than happy to accommodate your needs, just chat to one of the teachers in the room. Chat soon, Kindy team
Published on 2017-06-14 09:40:02 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Bonjour! The Gregory friends had an awesome lesson with Miss Natacha last week. We read a book called “Penelope” (Pe'ne ' lope a Paris), it's about three little bears who visit some famous places in Paris. We all loved this book because the three little bears pop out from the book and surprise us! Then, Miss Natacha showed us a video. This video was about how the baker makes bread in the shop. Miss Natacha made some bread from salt dough, eg: apple tart (la tarte aux pommes), chocolate 'eclair' (l'eclair au chocolat), different kind of bread (le pain .la baguette, le croissant), we all had a turn to hold them and pretend to eat them. To finish off our lesson, Miss Natacha taught us some new songs, including “five little ducks” (Cinq petits canrds) and butterfly (Vole papillon). We all enjoyed singing songs with Miss Natacha! At yoga with Mr.Kevin, we read a book called “ Polar Bear, Polar Bear What do you Hear?” Then we did some poses just like the animals in the book. We waved our arms like a monkey then we sat on our knees and showed everyone our paws then made a “roar”. It was very funny when we all pretended to be like a lion, we even scared Mr. kevin! Then we stood in a circle and danced with Mr.Kevin and our liverpool friends. We love yoga class with Mr. Kevin, it is always so much fun!
Published on 2017-06-13 09:02:15 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Pie drive order forms and money (cash only) due tomorrow (Wednesday 14th June) by 10am to ensure delivery on the 21st June.
Published on 2017-06-12 21:04:45 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Today we had a very special visitor, SGT Kristy from the Hendra police station. Sgt Kristy came in to the Bayview room and spoke to us about how the police help the community. She spoke about how we can help the police by always being aware of our surroundings and we should give a big wave whenever we see a police car driving past. We then showed Sgt Kristy our police station and all the art experiences we have done to create our police station. She was very impressed with our art and how much interest we showed in the police force. Sgt Kristy then sat down in the police station and did some role playing with us! We pretended there was a big emergency and helped her solve the case. We then all walked down through the garden and out to the car park to her police car. We all had a turn at sitting in the police car and some of us even got to sit in the driver’s seat. Sgt Kristy showed us her radio and how she communicates with other police cars. We then all sat down outside the police car and counted to three together and watched the lights and siren. The siren was so loud! To finish off our excursion we gave Sgt Kristy a gift that we had made for her and waved good bye as she drove away with the siren and lights on. What an amazing experience!
Published on 2017-06-06 05:14:48 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
This weekend, nominated supervisor Kate and her partner Scott, Alyssa, Susan, Alice, Nicola, Kirsty, Cathy and her son Michael and his partner Meg came to give Kindy/Adelaide, Gregory/Liverpool sandpit some brand-new sand. We all worked hard to empty out the old sand and put in the new sand. We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who came in to help for the morning and for all your efforts. It is very much appreciated. All our sandpits also received brand new covers and we must say they look fabulous!
Published on 2017-06-05 01:55:50 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
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Published on 2017-06-02 07:41:44 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
This week, in yoga with Mr Kevin, we started our yoga lesson with singing our welcome to yoga song. We then read a book called Dear Zoo. During this story, we did different yoga poses for each animal, which was sent by the zoo. We all did an amazing job balancing and being flexible but our favourite part is getting to roar loudly like lions and acting like cheeky monkeys. We ended our yoga lesson with some dancing and singing to our favourite wiggle songs! Thank you, Mr Kevin.
Published on 2017-06-02 00:28:52 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
At the moment, we are very interested in books, puppets and songs so we love the fact that this is how Miss Natasha teaches us about colours, animals, fruits, vegetables and numbers. We sit very nicely on the mat and listen as Miss Natasha reads us stories about 'the wide mouth frog' as well as using a very familiar book 'That’s not my teddy' and we all love looking at the pictures and learning the names of the animals in French. During the songs we sing, Miss Natasha uses lots of puppets and we love having turns and cuddles of each of the fluffy animal puppets. We are getting very familiar with the songs and are able to join in by clapping, stomping and doing other actions. We are learning so much and we love seeing Miss Natacha each week.
Published on 2017-06-01 03:19:00 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
In gardening with Miss Cath, we learnt about how seeds grow, how the roots grow down and the stems grow up! We also looked at various seeds, some were mystery seeds as Miss Cath had misplaced the labels on some packets. We also planted some beetroot seeds and then compared them to some lettuce seeds. The children enjoyed listening to stories about growing seeds and the children were amazed to learn that chocolate comes from a seed! The children also loved searching for the lady beetles and collected them for comparison with their friends. In French with Miss Natacha we learnt about the different fruits. Once again, we played a game where we had to choose a piece of fruit from the basket and then when Miss Natacha called the fruit in French we had to hold it up in the air. We also read the French version of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' with Miss Natacha's help, as we are getting very good at learning the different foods in French. In drama Miss Hannah and Miss Lucy asked us to think about our own individual special superhero power and then we had to show a partner what our special superhero power was. Some of our superhero powers were very creative. In Yoga with Mr Kevin we read the story 'Dear Zoo' and then we used the animals in the book for inspiration for our yoga poses. Some of the poses included; elephant and snake. At the end of the lesson we practised our meditation and relaxation skills.
Published on 2017-05-31 11:06:41 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Gregory friends had a fantastic week with Miss Natacha in our French lesson last week. We learnt about fruit and Miss Natacha brought in some fruit toys for us to explore. We all had a turn to hold the fruit and say the name of each fruit e.g Apple (Pomme), banana (banane), strawberry (fraise), grape (grain de ` raisin), tomato (tomate). We then we sang a song called “J'aime les fruit. After our song, Miss Natacha read us a book called “La pomme, et d'autres fruits”, which was about the cross-section views of fruit. Then we had to name the fruit which we were holding before we put it back in Miss Natacha's basket. To finish off our lesson, we sang plenty of songs. We all wanted to hold Miss Natacha's hands and dance together! It was so much fun! Last week during gardening with Miss Cath, we talked about worms, we all had a turn to look at and hold them. They were very wriggly, some of our friends were very brave, some of us even put the worms on our hats. We can't wait till next gardening lesson.
Published on 2017-05-31 02:05:38 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
What a funky type of day! We had our Funky visitor today in Kindy; The Funky Chicken! The children were super excited and loved every minute of the (2hr) show. The author Chris Collin was blown away with the amount of effort we had put into making the funky chicken as well as the beautiful artwork we had done yesterday. The children listened to all of Chris’s stories; The Funky Chicken, A Bug called Doug and Chooks in space. We danced to the Funky Chicken and learnt a new song about Doug the Bug! We met some of the characters out of the books; Funky Chicken, Sneaky Cros, Doug the Bug and Pos the Possum. We had some role playing using costumes for each story, had the opportunity to see a real ‘Doug the bug’, as well as an art experience at the end of the show. We were given instructions on how Chris drew the Funky Chicken, Doug the Bug and the spaceship from Chooks in Space and were able to draw our very own interpretations. Thank you so much Chris for your time today. I think it’s safe to say the morning was enjoyed by all!
Published on 2017-05-30 08:59:11 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
On Wednesday, it Simultaneous Story Time. Every year a book is read at 11am in libraries, schools, kindergartens and childcare centre etc. across Australia. This year, the Hamilton Library invited the Lyndhurst Kindy class down to the library to participate in Simultaneous Story Time. This year’s book was “The Cow Tripped Over The Moon” written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood. Everyone was so excited. The first group of children that arrived at the library joined by, Miss Nicole, Miss Kylie and Miss Kristy and were lucky enough to listen to a few stories told by Miss Kristy and then selected some books to borrow. This first group borrowed out the books for the class. We focused on some occupational books for our upcoming unit: occupations. The second group joined us and we continued to have small groups of children gather around the teachers, reading books that the children had selected themselves. By the time the third group joined us it was time for our story. First we sang the Children’s Acknowledgement to the Country and a few other songs and then when it was 11am. The children listened to the story, (which is based on the popular nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle, Diddle’) how the cow tried to jump over the moon, but instead kept tripping over the it. It was very funny and after eight attempts the cow finally made it over the moon. After the story the children were given the opportunity to participate in some craft. While the children coloured in the characters from the book and made their own puppets, we started to take some groups of children back to Kindy. All the children were so well behaved and made all the educators extremely proud. We would like to thank Librarian Angela for the invitation to come to the Library to participate in Simultaneous Story Time for 2017. We look forward to returning with our small groups in a few weeks’ time!
Published on 2017-05-25 10:41:48 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Kindy extra-curricular activities Gardening In gardening with Miss Cath, the children helped to harvest the sweet potatoes. Miss Cath then spoke about the assorted colours of the potatoes; there were orange, white and purple. The children also investigated the solar powered water fountain in the garden. Miss Cath explained that the sun made the water run and the children were very interested in how the sun powered the fountain to make the water run. We also looked at different bugs that live in the garden and searched for lady beetles. Miss Cath read us some stories about lady beetles and other garden bugs. French In French with Miss Natacha we are learning about different foods and this week we learnt about the different fruits. Miss Natacha played a game with us where we picked a piece of fruit out of the picnic basket and then Miss Natacha used the French word for the fruit and we had to try and remember and then place it in the basket when she called out the fruit we were holding. We also sang songs about fruit and read a 'Troto' story where he made his parents breakfast in bed. Drama In drama, we continued with our superhero theme. We had to create a mask that represented our superhero and when we had finished Miss Hannah pinned our crests onto our bodies that we had made the week earlier and we were finally real superheroes ready to save the world from any danger.
Published on 2017-05-23 22:56:11 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Bonjour! Last week with Miss Natacha in French we extended on our lesson on food. Miss Natacha brought in a felt board and some felt pieces and she created a picture of a beach picnic. Natacha also share with us some plastic picnic food e.g: cheese (le fromage), bread (le Pain), salad (la salade), pizza (la pizza) and juice (le jus). We all enjoyed pretending to eat the food. Then Miss Natacha read us a story called “The Big Wide Mouthed Frog”. While reading the book, we also had a turn to hold the puppet and play with it. We then sang and danced with Miss Natacha and pretended we were sleeping bunnies so that we could lay down on the mat and have a good rest until Miss Natacha woke us up. It is so much fun in French. We are looking forward to our French classes this week!
Published on 2017-05-23 11:17:43 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Last week, Leeanne and the Sandgate team did a wonderful job getting the room ready for its freshen up. Over the weekend, the painters worked hard to ensure the room was ready to go today. We think it’s safe to say, the room looks fantastic. A big thank you to the Sandgate team and our team of painters!
Published on 2017-05-22 11:00:44 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre