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Mother’s Day 2015

Mother’s Day Morning Tea

7 May 2015
Each year we get very excited about sharing a special morning with our Mums. We all know how busy life is with children and working and all the things that are being what a Mum is all about, so we relish in the time taken out to watch our Mums interact with their child in their Kindy environment as well as us as Educators being able to share some one on one time with our Mums.
As we do, we start off in the backyard with some climbing, digging, riding bikes and then our annual photo then it’s off to each child’s room to share in some fun and messy activities.
Each room had a variety of craft, construction, puzzles, reading, sensory and social activities happening. Younger siblings for other rooms were able to come and share time with their older silbings so Mum didn’t have to tear herself into halves or even thirds!
To have 4 generations of one family share the morning with us was just wonderful and to share a morning with one of our Grandmother’s whom is on holidays from Vietnam was very special.
There were numerous things baked and made, butterfly cup cakes, sausage rolls, biscuits just to name a few to share and taste and a cuppa made at the end of a busy morning. The children took great delight in not only showing their Mums what they do at Kindy but proudly showing their portfolios and their various artworks displayed throughout their room. The children delighted in being a waiter and passing around the plates of morning tea to their Mums and all the other Mums.
Everybody had a smile on their face and shared in the height of activity at Cath’s Kindy. We thank all of our Mums, Grandmothers and Great Grandmother for sharing this special morning with us. We hope you enjoyed it just as much as we all did. Happy Mother’s Day.

Grandparents Day 2014

On Wednesday 22 October 2014 we held our annual grandparents day which coincided with Pink Week. This year we had 12 grandparents and 1 great grandmother (Grandy) join us for some fun activities. We began the morning outside whilst the grandparents arrived, we enjoyed home corner, the garden, the bike track and lots of other fun outdoor activities. We took our annual photo and then it was time to come inside for some indoor activities.

The children took great delight in participating in a variety of activities. We had canvas painting, cotton bud painting, construction, reading, playdough as well as a felt board and puppets. A cup of tea or coffee was made and the grandparents spent a great deal of time exploring, doing and enjoying not only their grandchild(ren)s company but getting to meet other grandparents. It was also really enjoyable having a great grandparent with us.

Grandparents play a very special role not only with their grandchild but for us as Educators. We really enjoy meeting them and getting to know more of the extended Cath’s Kindy family.

Grandparent’s Day 2014 was wonderful! Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4 & 5.

Health Week

During Health Week 11-15 August 2014 the children learnt and participated in a variety of things. We talked about healthy eating, what are everyday foods and what are sometimes foods. We had an “inscursion” with Little Grinners and they talked about dental hygiene and food that is good for not only our bodies but our teeth. We washed toys from germs and participated in a lot of physical things both inside and outside. We played music throughout the day and had lots of fun dancing too! We learnt how to stay healthy.

Our Garden

Each season the children get involved in gardening. We have 3 levels of gardens offering experiences from our youngest to our oldest children. We have grown, pulled out replanted, eaten, watched and learnt about so many aspects to the life cycle of so many things. Of particular interest was our sunflowers, the children were amazed at how big they grew. “Jack and the Beanstalk” some of them said. Nature is wonderful!

 Gardening

Some More Gardening Photos

 

Library Visits

Outreach Storytimes is a service provided by Wollondilly Library which brings the library to Cath’s Kindy. Over the year we have scheduled visits where Julie,
Children and Young Adult’s Library Officer, comes and visits the children at Cath’s Kindy. We separate into age appropriate groups and Julie reads to the children. Some things are themed to coincide with our program, or requested by the children. It provides a different opportunity for the children to learn about authors, illustration, literacy as well as Educators getting some “tips” on effective ways to read to children, to allow engagement as well as participation. It is something that we all thoroughly enjoy and are grateful to the library and Council in offering this service to us.

Naidoc Week 2014

NAIDOC stands for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s, which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. The children at Cath’s Kindy participate in a variety of things to celebrate this week.

Emergency Services Week

16th – 20th June 2014

Throughout this week, Cath’s Kindy had many visitors. The Wilton Rural Fire Service, NSW Ambulance and the NSw Police. The children learnt about stranger danger, what Ambulances do to help us, how to stay safe in a fire and we focused on what 000 was used for.

Road Safety Week

May 2014

Throughout Road Safety Week the children learnt about wearing a helmet, crossing the road safely, bike safety as well as wearing a seat belt. The team at Cath’s Kindy also particpated in an “in-service” from Kids and Traffic to enhance their knowledge and programming ideas to incorporate this into our program. Kids and Traffic is the NSW Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program. It forms part of the statewide road safety education program of Transport for NSW’s Centre for Road Safety.

Life Education Visit 2014

25 June 2014, Life Education NSW Early Childhood Program Overview – Life Education believes the foundation of a healthy future begins very early in a child’s life. By instilling positive attitudes towards health and their bodies, and developing a strong sense of self-worth, young people are empowered to make safe and informed choices.

Healthy Harold links to Cath’s Kindy programs and health objectives.

Graduation Ceremony 2013

Graduation is such a special time for everybody, but it’s also such a sad time as we wave goodbye to our Graduating Butterflies as they fly away to “big school”.