A Swag Full of Instruments visits Noah’s Ark

A swag full of instruments visited all our children at Noah’s Ark today.
The children had a wonderful time experiencing music played on all different kinds of  instruments. Greg the musician introduced the children to a lot of different instruments from all around the world. A Bodhrain from Ireland, an Oud from the Middle East, a Mandolin from  Italy and a Hammer Dulcimer from China to name a few of the instruments. 
The children clapped, sang and danced along to the music played by Greg.
What a good extension to some children’s interest in musical instruments being played softly and loudly a few weeks ago.
Thank you to ‘A swag full of instruments’ for a musical and fun morning.

 

 

To find our more about Swag Full of Instruments follow the link below: 

http://www.aswagfullofinstruments.com/

 

 

 

Our Visit to the Australian Reptile Park

Thursday 1st March, 2018 

On this wonderful day the Rainbow children took a very special trip to the Australian Reptile Park. This was an extension to their interest in Australian animals at the start of the year.

What an amazing adventure our friends had!
The children got to meet Elvis the crocodile, a platypus, an echidna, a wombat, some dingos that howled a few times during our visit, two large Galapagos tortoises, Tasmanian devils, emus, koalas, alligators and we fed the kangaroos.
The children enjoyed watching a wolf spider being milked,  a walk around the spider world, another walk around the lost world of reptiles and tiptoed quietly in frog hollow.
The children absolutely loved watching the reptile show! The children were able to stroke snakes, baby alligators and even baby crocodile!

The children enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch, surrounded by Australian birds, some cheeky birds even tried to steal out lunches! During this picnic there were lots of discussions about the things that the children enjoyed most and the things that they have learnt. It was so wonderful to see the children reflect on their experience and able to communicate it, not only to the educators but to all the children! 
We finished the visit with a play at the park 

We had a very exciting day. On behalf of everyone here at Noah’s Ark we would like to say a huge thank you to the Australian Reptile Park for having us! 

 

 

 

The Radiant Rainbows and their June adventures

The Radiant Rainbows and their June adventures 

As the children’s interest in farms continued this month we enjoyed a great visit to the farm at Berkeley Vale High School.

 Across the month we have learnt about reducing, reusing and recycling rubbish.  The children all understand how this effects the environment and  following from this interest we had a visit from Remondis and the Recycle Truck!


Throughout June we have explored our senses.  This came about from children enjoying the sensation of touching wet sand and mud.  We touched a variety of gooey mixtures.  

We then moved on to the sense of smell and explored lots of herbs and flowers from our garden as well as coffee and spices.  

Next we moved onto the sense of sound by listening to a variety of everyday and unusual sounds. On top of this we made our own sounds with instruments.  

The sense of sight followed. We investigated this sense by exploring shadows and using a kaleidoscope.  

We moved on to the sense of taste which was greatly enjoyed by everyone.  Hummus, pomegranate, lemon, vinegar, salt and honey were just a few of the things we tried.

Outside the children built a giant race track for the bikes, this was completed with signs, traffic lights and a tunnel.  This extended on from the children building racing cars from the waffle blocks!


We have continued to enjoy visits to Nareen Gardens where the children and adults interact so beautifully.


John continues to come in in fortnightly to teach the children sign language.  The children love learning new words and songs.
We have continued to enjoy stories from the Bible including The birth of Jesus, Jesus was baptised and Jesus is tempted in the desert.


A very busy month, full of learning and fun!

Photo’s of the month: 

 

The amazing Star Room and their June adventures

The amazing Star Room and their June adventures!

 

Over the last month in the Star Room the children have been having a wonderful time playing with bubbles and learning how to blow bubbles.  

We have kept busy and very messy in the mud. It has been so wonderful to see the children having the best time making mud pies and digging.

Inside the Star room the cooking set up in dramatic play has been a huge success.  The children have been pretending to make coffee and all sorts of yummy meals.  This led onto a visit to Cafe 5000 and we all enjoyed a hot chocolate and some yummy biscuits. Visit http://www.bvcoc.com.au/ for more information about Cafe 5000. 

Friendships have blossomed this month and it has been wonderful watching the children learn how to share and take turns. 

Photo’s of the Month:

 

Learning Through Play- Making Mud Pies

Learning Through Play- Making Mud Pies

 

It is so important to encourage children to explore their natural environment, to allow them to get messy and play freely. Learning through play encourages children to become explorers, investigators, scientist and most importantly to allow them to be who ever they want to be! 

 

“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about” 

Jean Piaget

 

Today our friends in the Star room enjoyed the much needed sunshine as they explored our awesome mud pit. The children got down and dirty as they made delicious mud pies. The smiles on the children’s faces showed everyone how much the were enjoying this experience. They were covered from head to toe in mud and they absolutely loved every minute of it. 

By allowing  children to  explore the mud pit not only are we allowing them to have fun, we are encouraging them to learn! 

 

Quotes from families: 

“I LOVE this!  this makes me so happy to see the kids exploring like they should be! where else can you go, get completely messy in the mud, have the best fun and not get into trouble?! Love our awesome preschool and their amazing staff. “

 

 

“Love it, kids being kids”

 

We are very blessed here at Noah’s Ark Care and Learning Centre to have these wonderful areas to allow children to explore and learn everyday! 

 

“We’re going on a bear hunt”

We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day! We’re not scared. Oh-no thick oozy mud. We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, we’ve got to go through it!!! Squelch squelch. Next the children went through ‘A big dark forest’, then through ‘Long wavy grass’, next came ‘a dark swamp’ which lead us to ‘A narrow gloomy cave’, the children crawled through a tunnel and saw ‘one shiny wet nose’, ‘two big furry ears’, ‘two big goggly eyes’ ‘It’s a bear’!!! Luckily the bear was friendly and even had some bear shaped biscuits for us to eat!!! What a lovely adventure which follows from one of our friends  favourite story shared that he shared in his ‘All about me box’. 

 

Our Trip To Saltwater Creek Park

Following from an interest in making a park in the digging area and on the construction site indoors, as a follow up, today we went to Saltwater Creek Park!!! Everyone had so much fun and they even refused to leave “I’m staying here forever” One child said, “I’m staying for a thousand years” another added

A big thank you to Hudson and his Mummy for making chocolate cakes that was enjoyed by everyone at the park. What a wonderful morning we had.

It has been wonderful watching all of our precious children explore and learn about their local community. 

Our First trip to Nareen Gardens for 2017

First visit back to Nareen Gardens today and what a wonderful time the children and residents had.
We enjoyed icing biscuits, colouring, playdough, parachute games and singing along to the piano played by Ron, it was such a magical day.
We all love visiting our friends at Nareen Gardens, it is such a lovely way to mix with people in our community!

Love, Miss Katrina and Miss Beccy

 

Caring for Winter the Rabbit

Wednesday 25th January, 2017

Today was a very warm day here at Noah’s Ark, So our Star friends decided to bring Winter into their room to have a play where it was nice and cool.

It is so lovely to see the children show respect and care for Winter!

Love Miss Kate

Rainbow Room News

This week we have been celebrating ‘Being Australian’.

During group times we have been teaching the children what Australia Day means, we have also looked at the Australian and Aboriginal flags.

Cooking/Tasting – Across the week the children have been enjoying tasting and making some Australian favourites. They have tasted ‘Vegemite’ on crispbread, ‘Laminations’ and ‘Sausage sizzle’.

Fine Motor– The Rainbows have looked at famous Australian landmarks ‘The Sydney Harbour Bridge’, ‘Uluru’, ‘The Opera House’ and ‘The Great Barrier Reef’. The children have created beautiful paintings of these landmarks.

The children have also been enjoying developing their cognitive and fine motor skills by threading wooden reels and threading Australian animals.

The Rainbows have had a look at lots of different Australian animals, they have enjoyed drawing them, using pencils, crayons and textas.

The Educators have encouraged the children to talk about ‘How their family celebrate Australia Day’. We have had a lot of interesting answers!

For Physical play/Munch and Move – We have been playing cricket throughout this week, most of the children have shown an adamant interest in this Australian sport.
For Music time -Throughout this week children have been exploring Australian instruments such as the ‘Didgeridoo’ and ‘Tapping sticks’.

Thank you, Rainbows for a fun week exploring and investigating our beautiful country!

Love,

Miss Katrina, Miss Leesa,  Miss Molly and Miss Beccy