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Bread Making in the Kinder Room - June 2021 

Today we welcomed Riley's dad Tim to the Kinder Room. Tim showed us how to make bread dough. We took turns pouring, measuring and mixing. Tomorrow morning we will bake the dough - we know that we'll have some very excited little children. Tim was kind enough to bring some freshly baked bread with him this morning so we all got to taste some during lunch .

Baby and Toddler 'Meet and Greet' Picnic - May 2021 

A few weeks ago our Baby and Toddlers room held their annual 'Meet and Greet' picnic at Peter Scullion Reserve. It was such a fantastic day, thank you to all the families who took a few hours out to be a part of it. It was a great opportunity for our families and children to get to know each other a bit better outside of the normal daycare routine. We hope that you enjoyed the day as much as we did!

'The May 50k' MPCC Challenge - May 2021 

A number of our staff are participating in 'The May 50k' this month as
they work together to raise awareness and funds for research into
Multiple Sclerosis.

Staff are each completing 50km in the month of May by walking, running, and/or cycling. This week the Kinder children got involved by going for a walk around the block with educators Sarah and Vidooshi. The group walked down to the local park for a play, and then walked the long way back to Kinder, walking a total of 1.2km. Sarah and Vidooshi were able to add this team effort to their individual tally!

ANZAC Day in the Kinder Room - April 2021 

Last week we invited our Kinder children to participate in some ANZAC Day art experiences. Our Educators demonstrated how to draw a poppy at the easel by drawing a circle for the flower and a straight line for the stem. The children were encouraged to have a go at drawing their own and it was wonderful to see their different interpretations as they took this task on independently.

The children were also invited to cut out a circle and paint it red and black to make a small poppy that could be added to a wreath.

We discussed ANZAC Day as being a day to celebrate all the brave soldiers who fought to keep us safe.

 

In the Kinder room we emphasize how much nicer it is when we all get along, and how we need to look after each other to stay happy and safe . We have listened to 'The Last Post' and practiced staying still and quiet.

Coffee Cart Wednesday- April 2021 

This week we decided to treat all our wonderful families with a morning coffee. A coffee cart arrived at 7:30 am to make sure that all our hard-working mums and dads were able to get their caffeine fix before starting their busy days. Something that is so important to us at MPCC is that we are a community, and this small morning coffee ‘meet-up’ reiterated that! We hope that you enjoyed the morning as much as we did :)!

Celebrating St Patrick's - March 2021 

On Tuesday we made Irish Soda Bread to go with our Irish Stew to celebrate St Patrick’s day. 

We acknowledged the celebration a day early as one of our children, who has an Irish background, attends on Tuesday. The soda bread recipe we used was shared by his family as it was one his mum used to make as a child :). A few of our children also chose to colour in some Shamrocks from Clever Patch, our arts and craft’s supplier. Happy belated St Patrick’s day one and all :)!

Celebrating Purim - February 2021 

Last week our Kinder children were invited to make a crown as we celebrated and acknowledged the Jewish festival - Purim. We read the story 'Sammy Spider's First Purim' to learn about some of the traditions, and on Friday 26th February we made our very own Hamantaschen with Ben's mum Naomi! The children helped to cut the dough into circles, then pinch three corners to turn the dough into a triangle!

Teaching on 'Recycling, Reusing and Re-purposing' - February 2021 

In 2019 we began collecting resources for

Wyndham Rotary. We contributed to a small environmental education project in Werribee called Envision Hands. The aim of the project was to use plastic bottle caps to create children's mobility aids. Envision set a goal to collect 1,000,000 bottle caps and we are proud to have contributed to the success of the first stage of this project.

Now that Envision has reached their goal they are no longer accepting donations, so we began investigating other organisations that will be able to utilise what we as a centre continue to collect.

We are now going to collect ring pulls to donate to 'Melbourne Metal Recycling' in Braeside, our collected bread tags will be passed on to a local drop off point and sent to South Australia for 'Bread Tags for Wheelchairs', and our plastic bottle tops, we are yet to find an organisation which will take them and re-purpose them. If you know of anywhere or have any ideas, please let us know!

As always, we encourage all families to work with us to educate our children on the importance of recycling, reusing and re-purposing. We would love to see our families continue to collect the items listed above and bring them into Kinder to be put into our collection boxes in the Kinder Room.

Making Playdough in the Kinder Room - January 2021 

Last week we made a fresh batch of playdough in the Kinder room. The children loved being involved in the process of creating the playdough. As a general rule, we avoid using food for play (for moral reasons as we don’t believe in wasting food), but we see great value in the use of playdough. Playdough is fantastic for building hand and finger strength, especially for our younger children who are not yet able to manipulate clay and plasticine. Moulding, squeezing and rolling the playdough dough is also very calming.

We teach our kinder children how to look after the dough so that we can keep using it for as long as possible (you’d be surprised how long one batch can last). This helps us to teach our children the importance of sustainability. This term’s batch was red to commemorate the Chinese New Year. As always, we make sure that all children wash their hands before and after play .

Santa Visits MPCC - December 2020 

You won’t believe who visited MPCC last week! Our children were lucky enough to get a visit from none other than Santa. We knew he was planning a visit so our Kinder children were outside in the front garden and the babies/toddlers were in their room with their window open when we heard Santa’s bell ringing. Santa walked up the street and then down the driveway ringing his bell and waving ‘hello’. He delivered a big bag of gifts and visited every day until each child had received something special to unwrap. This is definitely one of this year's highlights. A big thanks to Santa for making sure he got here before our children left for their holiday ;).

Kinder Graduation - December 2020 

At the end of last week we celebrated ‘Kinder Graduation’ to wish our children who are off to school next year well. We headed to Braeside park where each family was given a special picnic hamper to enjoy. This was followed by delicious graduation cupcakes. The Kinder ‘graduates’ :) were given a special gift, as well as a graduation certificate after our Kinder Teachers Sarah and Libby shared a few words about each of them. It really was a special night. We are going to miss you all but know you are ready for your next big adventures at school and are looking forward to some visits in the not too distant future.

Baby and Toddler Room 'Walking' Excursions - November 2020 

As the weather warms up and the restrictions ease, we are excited to be able to start taking our children on adventures to the playground on Southern Road Reserve in our 4-seater pram. Last week we took our children from the Baby and Toddler for a play before lunch and during afternoon teatime. All safety procedures were followed, and the children had a ball.

We love planning activities around our children’s interests! Recently one of our parents let us know that their child was interested in giraffes, so we invited the child to help set up a giraffe habitat in the Kinder room. This new habitat sparked great excitement and interest from the other Kinder children. We have now extended this habitat by adding more animals to our "savannah". Last week we made some animals at the collage table to add to this space. The children were kind enough to leave their animal creations at Kinder so that everyone could enjoy them.

Building a "Savannah" in our Kinder Room - November 2020 

This year our Kinder’s ‘Grandparents Day’ looked quite different. We couldn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate our very important grandparents, so we decided to Zoom them in instead.

 

It was such a wonderful time for both our Kinder group and their grandparents. It also meant that those who had grandparents overseas could join in on this special day. Thanks to all the grandparents that made this possible. Technology has certainly helped us stay connected!

Grandparents Day in the Kinder Room - October 2020 

Science Week - September 2020

To celebrate Science Week, we welcomed Scientists Erin and Jack back to MPCC, but this time through Zoom! Our kids worked on three experiments: making ‘Talking Cups’, blowing up a balloon using just a water bottle, bicarb and vinegar, as well as making their very own lava lamp. It was a massive hit! The kids loved every second of using simple ingredients that can be found around the house for their experiments. A big thanks to Scientists Erin and Jack for making Science fun, as well as the kids and their parents for getting involved. We loved it!

Keeping Connected in Uncertain Times - September 2020 

This year our Kinder’s ‘Grandparents Day’ looked quite different. We couldn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate our very important grandparents, so we decided to Zoom them in instead.

 

It was such a wonderful time for both our Kinder group and their grandparents. It also meant that those who had grandparents overseas could join in on this special day. Thanks to all the grandparents that made this possible. Technology has certainly helped us stay connected!

Keeping Busy during Lockdown - August 2020

Are you looking for an easy and fun activity to do with your little one during lockdown? One of our kids' parents heard about a '3-Ingredient Homemade Slime' and decided to give it a go. The toddler in question LOVED the process of making the slime (which felt like a science experiment) and the actual slime has kept him busy for hours on end. Slime is excellent for the development of fine motor skills, hand strength, and is also a great sensory processing activity. Take a look at the recipe from 'I heart Naptime'. We miss you all and hope you are finding moments to enjoy this time together. Please share pics of your Slime making fun in the comments below ;).

WARNING: Do not put this slime on any wooden furniture/objects - it discolours the wood. So instead use a placemat or plastic tablecloth. 

https://www.iheartnaptime.net/homemade-slime/

Pizza Making in the Kinder Room - June 2019

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Today the children were invited to make their own pizza for lunch, encouraging a sense of responsibility and independence.

The children used an English muffin as base and chose from a selection of healthy toppings. The children were encouraged to use tongs to pick up their chosen toppings, as using tongs is so good for building hand strength which is essential for when the children are at school and learning to write!!

The pizzas were enjoyed by the children outside, followed by a delicious cup of custard.

Mother's Day Morning Tea - May 2019

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On Saturday 4th May the Kindergarten children were invited to attend Kinder with a family member to contribute to the making of their Mother's Day gift. They were invited to use fabric paints and/or fabric textas to decorate one side of a calico bag together. 

The child decorated the other side of the bag during the week so it could be a surprise! The bag was gifted to mum, in wrapping paper made by them and with a card.

 

Links to EYLF.

Outcome 1. Identity. Children feel safe, secure and supported.

Outcome 4. Active Learning. Children develop dispositions of learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence,  creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.

Update from the Kinder Room - Term One 2019

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We began Term 1 in the Kinder Room reading stories and engaging in many discussions which related to how the children say goodbye to their families. We would like all children to feel happy about coming to Kinder, and comfortable in the learning and caring environment we have created together. Educators documented their perspective on their own way of saying goodbye to their families and began observing the children as they arrive at Kinder in the mornings. We are becoming aware of any children and/or families who require additional support with separation and putting strategies in place to support them.

 

We have introduced several experiences relating to the Chinese New Year. The children were invited to make red and gold lanterns which we are hanging in the Kinder Room. They are playing with the kitchen resources added to the home area (chopsticks and bowls, silk robes, and red envelopes and coins). The children have also been using small puppets to explore the Chinese Zodiac story. The children seem to have taken great pleasure in learning which animal they resemble according to the Chinese Zodiac.

Babies and Toddlers on the Move! - February 2019

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What an exciting experience our children had in front of them; a ride in our new 4-seater pram!

The ratio for this experience is 1 educator to 4 children. We have two prams, allowing a total of 8 children to be taken out at one time.


Water bottles, snacks, nappies, sunscreen, hats, suitable clothing and will set us up on our journey.


As part of our excursion policy, parent’s will also be notified before each walk and upon arrival back to day-care.

We are so fortunate to have the prams and to be able to include them in our daily program; allowing children to go out on a walk with an educator whenever the chance is presented.   


The walks may be (with one educator) along Acacia Avenue or (with two educators) to an open park space / footy ground, for a kick of a ball and a stretch of the legs.

The new prams will allow our children to experience their local community and the world around from their base here at day-care.   

Investing in these prams was an important aspect of our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP); seeing where we can make improvements to better provide for and meet our children's needs.   

The learning from this will be invaluable, including intentional teaching of; road rules and safe walking (stop the pram, look and listen, “look both ways (left and right) before crossing a road”, “red means stop, green means go, yellow means to slow”), categorizing vehicles, noticing colours, finding animals, language skills, socialisation skills, and so on.

 

Early Years Learning Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.


“Broaden their understanding of the world in which they live.”
“Begin to recognise that they have a right to belong to many communities.”
“Broaden their understanding of the world in which they live.”
“Demonstrate a sense of belonging and comfort in their environments.”

Update from the Kinder Room - Term Three

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The children have spent a lot of time drawing this term. They drew a friend for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day, they drew on tiles for their gift to dad or a special family member, they drew pictures of all the different things they could think of for letter of the week, they drew designs of a scarecrow to scare away the possums who are eating all the veges in our garden, and they were recently invited to draw themselves for our current display in the Kinder Room.

 

We have acknowledged and celebrated National Science Week, and had Monash University Scientists Jack and Erin come and conduct a Science Show, as well as a past parent Svetlana who has started her own business conducting Science Shows for children. The experiments they demonstrated led to many interesting experiences being explored. For example, magnets, bubbles and dish washing detergent were incorporated into our program.

 

We have been on several walks down to Southern Road Reserve (and hope to do this more as the weather becomes a bit nicer) to visit the playground, and just last week the Thursday group walked to Thrift Park Woolworths and went on a Discovery Tour. In the Kinder Room, we have been encouraging name writing, whole body listening and being kind and respectful to our friends.

 

Next term begins on Monday 8th October and we have our much anticipated Beach Kinder experience on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October to look forward to! There will be no Show and Share next term, so please encourage your children to keep their belongings at home. Transition Statements for those going to school next year will be written in the next few weeks so please keep an eye out for those as there is a section that families will need to complete too, and if you haven't already please let me know which school you have decided on for your child so that we can support the transition the best we can.

 

As always, if there are any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Feel free to have a look through your child's portfolio, just ask your child to show you if you don't know where to find it!! :)

 

Thank you for your ongoing support of our Kinder program.

The Kindergarten children participated in our 'Beach Kinder' excursion and experience.

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They spent two whole days at the Parkdale Beach and Yacht Club enjoying and exploring the local sand and sea.

 

Aside from running on the sand, building sandcastles and dipping their toes in the water, the children participated in two incursions.

 

On Thursday the children were visited by Seaweed Sally who discussed and shared sea creatures that were both living and non-living. Children had the opportunity to see the creatures up close and touch them!

 

On Friday the children were visited by Bec from Core24 Gym in Frankston who used the 'Kids Alive - Do the Five' initiative to discuss and explore water safety. Children practised pretending to save each other using flotation devices and practised using loud voices to call for help!