Hear from one of our Pre-Primary (3-6 Years) Directors – Bonnie Chiu and Classroom Assistant Rosalie Dankbaar, as they share the exciting learning that is taking place during Term 3, 2020!

Last term, the children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the human body, the function and purpose of their organs and the names of the bones in the body. We finished Term 2 by creating a human organ project and a skeleton project. This helped to consolidate the children’s learning and engage them in social group activities.

They are beyond inspired to follow their interest in the Solar System and during Term 3, the planet’s orbital paths and other celestial bodies in space were introduced first. We will explore this information gradually throughout the term, who knows where the students’ interest will lead! We will present the children with a variety of resources, evaluate their progress and respond to their interests. Our goal is to promote effective learning and interaction, discover and explore scientific data and to facilitate comprehension and expressive skills. Most importantly, we want the children to ‘love to learn’ by discovering their interests, asking questions, providing hands on experiences and making learning fun.

Please enjoy some of the activities that each age group are working on this term.

3 Year Olds

Practical Life:

Children desire to seek knowledge and independence through a variety of purposeful materials which help to develop their fine motor and concentration skills.

Control of Movement – Walking the Line

The children learn to control their bodies, coordinate their movements and increase their concentration span.

Care of Self – Dressing Frames

The children’s ability to be independent and take care of themselves.

Care of Others 

The ability to offer support and help others.

Care of the Environment

  • Sweeping and mopping – children taking responsibility for their own mess.
  • Washing cloths and scrubbing tables -children becoming aware of order and sequencing and developing independence and concentration.
  • Window washing – children take responsibility for their immediate environment.
  • Watering the garden – gardening engages with the children’s senses and gives them the opportunity to take responsibility of a living thing.

4 Year Olds

Literacy:

Fostering language growth and phonetic sound knowledge.

Sound Game Lotto

Recognition of random phonetic sounds and letters.

Sandpaper Letters

This activity provides children with a visual and tactile impression of each letter in preparation for handwriting.

Moveable Alphabet

This activity helps to expand on their knowledge of the alphabet and their written language skills.

Mathematics:

Absorbing mathematical concepts.

Shapes

Tracing and drawing shapes will help children with their handwriting.

Card and Counters

Practicing to count quantities up to 10.

Sandpaper Numbers

Tactile introduction to numbers.

Skip Counting

Learning to count using other values besides 1.

Science:

Exploration and self-discovery.

Colour Mixing Experiment

Creating new colours by mixing and blending primary colours together.

Volcano Experiment

Creating and observing a chemical reaction.

Sensorial:

Activities that encourage the use of the senses.

Trinomial Cube

Reconstructing the cubes.

Touch Tablets

Using their sense of touch to match the different textures of sandpaper.

Knobless Cylinders

Visual perception of dimensions.

Colour Box 2 Extension

Collecting items to match the colour tablets.

5 Year Olds

Literacy:

Understanding word order, the meaning of a word and reading comprehension.

Small Moveable Alphabet

Constructing and writing sentences and stories, learning different styles of writing and communication – Limericks.

Word Study

Compound words, singular and plural, antonyms and homonyms.

Introduction to the Adjective Symbol

The function and position of an adjective in a sentence.

Mathematics:

With practice and repetition of concrete materials, children will soon transition to understanding many abstract mathematical concepts.

Stamp Game

Learning addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Multiplication Bead Bars

Memorisation of multiplication tables.

Addition Strip Board

Memorising the basic addition combinations of single digits.

Addition Snake Game Verification

Verifying the possible combinations of 10.

Cultural:

Children learning how they fit in the world.

Continent Puzzle Maps

Introducing children to the world around them.

Embedding Indigenous Perspectives

Connecting children to Australia’s Indigenous heritage.

Leadership:

Fostering self-esteem, confidence and guiding others.

Rosalie and I look forward to guiding and supporting your children this term. We would like to thank all families for creating a community full of support, patience and care.  For more whole school news please follow FMS on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your children’s lives.

Kind regards,

Bonnie and Rosalie

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Bonnie Chiu

Author Bonnie Chiu

Bonnie Chiu has a Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five) With Distinction from Charles Sturt University. She has a Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) with Distinction and a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services. She has over 21 years of experience working with children and has worked at Forestville Montessori School since May 2003. Bonnie believes in the importance of building relationships with children and their families, she likes to provide an environment that supports the children’s learning and empowers them to contribute to it, encouraging them to discover and problem solve through their everyday play.

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