Sunday, November 12, 2017

Multicultural Morning

Dear Parents,

This term we have been looking at cultures other than our own.  The children have shown a lot of interest in 'The World' and we feel this is important to follow up on their inquiry as there are very few cultures other than "Aussie" represented here at OLC.  As we all know this is not the case in larger towns and cities any more and our children need to be aware of and tolerant to traditions and customs other that the ones we have here in our little town of Dunsborough.
On Thursday the 30th of November between 9am and 11am we will have a special "Around the World Day" with the other Pre Primary class (PPB).   
For this occasion we would like to set up a number of 15 minute activities that will give the children a glimpse into other cultures.  We have already secured a spot for Spanish castanet playing and a Spanish Dance presentation.  We would love some parent volunteers to share their knowledge of another country with us.  Art/craft, cooking, dance, music, games and activities that last for about 15 minutes would be perfect. It would be especially good if this activity is drawn from your own cultural heritage and you could share your connection with this country to the children.
If you would like to be helper on the day but don't wish to prepare an activity then please let us know too.
To make it extra special it would be great if the children could dress in clothes from another country.  We know this is a big ask straight after Book Week Costumes but they don't have to be fancy.  

A simple addition of a beret would make a 'French Connection', a Mexican sombrero, Indonesian sarong or a kimono...just a few ideas.
Please let us know if you are able to contribute or participate via email.

Many thanks,
Mrs Martin

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Chinese Restaurant Visit

Dear Parents,
On Thursday the 2nd of November all Pre primary students will travel by bus to the Dunsborough Chinese restaurant for lunch. After lunch we will go on to Simmo’s Icecreamery for a Gelato.  This excursion will support our learning this term. 
We will leave at 11.15am and return to school at roughly 1.30pm.
If your child has food allergies or is unlikely to eat Chinese then please pack a lunch for them. (Every child had Chinese last year and loved it. )
Four only parent helpers will be required from each classroom.  Please see your classroom teachers if you are able to assist.
Kind regards,

Pre primary Teachers.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Welcome back to Term 4

Welcome back to our last term of Pre-Primary!!! It sounds like everyone had a busy and enjoyable break!!

Gathering Time
There are a few changes to our gathering time roster.

Gathering Time Station Roster – Term 4
Writing Journal
 Lawson, Luka, Oliver, Elsie, Evelyn, Marley, Charli
Scarlett, Kye, James J, Hayden, James R, Ruby
Jax, Sofia, Chelsea, Darcy, Hugh, Thomas, Oscar
Harper, Tiare, Noah, Tristan, Lyla, Oceania, Emily
Jax, Sofia, Chelsea, Darcy, Hugh, Thomas, Oscar
Harper, Tiare, Noah, Tristan, Lyla, Oceania, Emily
Lawson, Luka, Oliver, Elsie, Evelyn, Marley, Charli
Scarlett, Kye, James J, Hayden, James R, Ruby

·         Writing Journals will continue the same as last term. Please stay to help your child with their writing. Remind them to use spaces between words, capital letters to start the sentence and full stops at the end. Encourage them to listen carefully for the sounds in words they are trying to write and help them with difficult words.
·         At the reading station (in the class library) your child needs to read their home reader to an adult. (You are more than welcome to sit in the reading station on any morning to listen to kids read) It is ok that they have read the book already. Frequent reading of a familiar book builds success and provides an opportunity to practise fluency.

·         Otherwise children can choose what station they would like to go to during gathering time. They need to write their name in the stations boxes that they chose to go on the interactive white board.

    Term four in Pre primary is a big one. 
    We have laid lots of foundation stones for future learning and we want to make sure that these are set in concrete before they head off to Year One. 

What should your child be able to do before they enter Year One in order to make a smooth transition?

1. Recognise all the the letters of the alphabet, say the sound for the letter and correctly form the symbol for the letter.  They should be able to discern between capital letters and lower case letters. 
2.  Zip up and unzip CVC words.  That is words that are Consonant Vowel Consonant words.  Eg.  cat.   c + a + t = cat.   Unzip  cat.  The sounds are c  a  t. 
3. Read and write their first 25 sight words. These should be being practised at home every night.  Many children are now working on words beyond the first 25. The recall of these sight words gives children a significant advantage when reading and writing and  greater confidence to 'have-a-go' at reading tasks. 
4. The children have been exposed to the digraphs sh, ch, th(soft) and  th(hard). They should begin to use these in writing and recognise them in reading. 
5. When writing the children should write from left to right.  They should be separating words and representing the key sounds in words they are trying to write. They should begin sentences with a capital letter and end with a full stop.
6. All children should count to 20 with one-to-one correspondence and be able to count down from 20 to 0 correctly (this is hard...number 13 often totally disappears!)  They must be able to read and write the numbers to 20. 
7.  Children should be encouraged to read, write and count with numbers beyond 20. 

So what should you do at home? Be aware of these expectations and reinforce learning at school by allowing time for reading and writing at home in a fun play setting.  Give opportunity for meaningful counting activities. Eg. When travelling to Perth...Try spotting the windmills between Bunbury and Perth.  How many can you find?

Play board games with number tracks.  Board games are great for learning to take turns, be tolerant and encourage each other.  
Use mathematical language like more and less.
Read every night.  5mins. .
Do your sight words every night.  5mins. 

We are learning about families of the world this term. Could you please send in a photo of your family that we can use and display (a photocopy if possible). We would also love to know of any different cultures within your families that we could include in our investigation.

Don't forget to fill up our parent roster!!! 

Thank you 
Kristie Leahy

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Last day!!! One Term to go!!!

Thank you everyone for a wonderful term. The children have moved along in leaps and bounds!! Enjoy a well earned rest over the holidays!!
Unfortunately we were unable to plant the trees today as the weather was too wild and wooly.

Olden Days Day
What an awesome day we had on Wednesday!! The children were fabulously engaged in every 'olden days' activity. The activities for the day included making butter, cooking damper, finger knitting a bracelet, sewing a bookmark, creating a doll using a wooden spoon, playing hopscotch and marbles as well as knuckle bones, pick up sticks and listening to stories from a long time ago. Here are some photos of the day.

Thank you 
Kristie and Alison

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sports Day 2017

Dear Parents,
Here are some photos from our wonderful SPORTS DAY last week.
We had so much fun and are very proud of everyone for participating and doing their best!
We painted pictures of ourselves and wrote all about our day, what clever kids we have in PPL!!
Mrs Martin & Mrs Leahy

Thursday, September 14, 2017

busy busy in PPL

Dear Parents,
What a busy few weeks it's been! Father's Day, Musical, Sports Day and a many wonderful learning opportunities! We hope your little ones are enjoying themselves and squeezing in a few early nights!
Here are some pictures of what we've been up to.
Enjoy a restful weekend ahead, one more week until holidays.
Mrs Martin & Mrs Leahy

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sports carnival, Olden Days day, Outdoor Classroom Day

Sports Carnival
Just a reminder that the OLC Sports Carnival is tomorrow. The PP's can wear their coloured faction top and either their tracksuit pants or shorts - whatever they are comfortable in.

Olden Days Day
Earlier this term we told you that we were to have an Olden Days Dress Up Day at the end of this term.  It will next Wednesday the 20th of September.
Please dress your child in a costume from 'yesteryear'.  The costume can be from any era.
As you dress your child please talk to them about what they are wearing so that they can share this information with their classmates.
eg.  Braces are for holding up your 'trousers'.  Caps are for keeping your head warm.  Bonnets are for keeping the sun off your head and face.  Girls wore lace up boots to keep their feet dry in the olden days.  Ladies wore gloves to protect their skin from the sun...or to look elegant.
Ladies put their long hair up in buns as that was the fashion.  Ladies wore long skirts as some people thought it was a bit rude to show off your legs.  etc  etc.
We will need three parent helpers on the day to man learning stations.  Please see me if you can help.
If you have anything from 'the olden days' that we could display on an Olden Days interest table we would love to see them next week.
Morning Tea and Lunch are to be packed as per normal.

Outdoor Classroom Day
Last Thursday we thoroughly enjoyed Outdoor Classroom Day. We had a huge range of activities for them to engage in and they were able to choose which activity they wanted to do. The children were so settled, engaged and happy all day!! It was such a positive and amazing experience for everyone.