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Music Session For the Four year olds 25/1 and 1/2/2019

We are revising beat and rhythm. It is important it is to keep in time with the rest of the group to create pleasant sounds. The children are becoming more and more capable in starting together and in  keeping a steady beat during a song. This requires good listening skill, watching others and copying. It sets the mood for collaborative thinking and extents into ensemble play.  Playing music together gives a sense of being part of a group.

 

The children revising “Rain, Rain”, a song we played last year. Afterwards we started on our new song “Starlight, Star bright” We are concentrating on keeping a steady beat whilst listening to the rhythmic and melodic part of the song.

1/2/2019

The children have been engaged in water play outside over the past weeks and I observed many conversation about the different sounds the water makes splashing on a variety of objects. Today I thought we use the element of water to experiment with sound waves and vibration and investigate the connection between vibration and sound.

Ethan is Tapping the Triangle and lets his friends have a feel of the vibrating metal percussion. The children use the sense of touch to discover vibration. I introduced the tuning fork and showed the children how to use it. What can you hear? Hunter “A buzzing sound” Alex “little sound” Piper ” Its a big buzzing sound”.  But how can we see the vibration that will create the sound??

We added water. I gave the children space to investigate and explore…….             To be continued…..

EYLF Outcome 4: Children become involved learners

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Music session Three Year Olds 25/1/2019

We are continuing singing songs about the Frogs and Tadpoles and keep adding new poems and movements to extend and challenge the children’s creative and abstract thinking. As the sunflowers, the children planted last year, have now matured enough to form seeds, I have brought some in as provocation at the playdough table during the week. Today, we had another close look at the matured sunflower and picked some of the seeds during Music. I then suggested to be a seed in the ground and along with song invited the children to move the body to the cues in the song.

Here are some pictures of the Music time today and what the children enjoyed.

We also played with our tapping sticks and shakers to the “Old Mr Frog” and “Mr Frog” songs.

EYLF Outcome 2 Children are connected and contribute to their world, Outcome 4: children transform of what they have learned to other areas.

Karin Redshaw

 

 

Friday Music Session Four Year Olds 18/1/2019

 

Some of the project children helped me clean our Tadpole tank yesterday and we observed the way the Tadpoles moved.

I thought it would be fun to extend the children’s interest into the music session today. So we moved creatively focusing on our body parts and imagined what it would be like to be a Tadpole. We listen to Peter Comb’s Tadpole song. First listening to the lyrics whilst sitting still and then moved our body to the words.

We used instruments to tell the story of Tidalick (performed by Hunter) and focused on soft and loud sounds and gradually getting louder or softer.

The children’s focused was on the mark today and everyone participated with great focus and involvement.

EYLF Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

Karin Redshaw

 

 

 

End of year report- William

Dear Elke and Matthew,

William has had a wonderful year at Como Children and it is with great pleasure that I share with you a synopsis of his significant developmental milestones and meaningful encounters.

William is a very kind and caring friend here at Como Children, which has made it easy for him to establish and maintain a number of respectful and trusting relationships. Although it is evident that William appreciates his own company, he is starting to show more interest in other children and being part of a group and has no problems involving himself in collaborative play. William has a great sense of humour and loves to share this with his peers and Educators. Often sharing a silly sound or gesture to help bring a smile to the faces of others.

William demonstrates increasing awareness of the needs and rights of others and expresses a lot of empathy and care towards his peers. He will often be seen supporting his friends in many different ways and here is just a prime example of Williams beautiful heart. William was playing outside one afternoon with a few of his friends when he noticed one of them had a fall and became quite upset over it. William then took it upon himself to race inside to Aunty Sue in the kitchen and bring out an ice pack to give to his friend. Such a beautiful quality to possess.

Although William bears a rather quiet disposition, this doesn’t deter from his growing determination and self-assurance. William expresses a lot of wonder and interest in his environments both indoor and outdoor and doesn’t shy away from new experiences. He likes to take his time exploring and observing the entirety of each environment before choosing to participate. I often see Will wonder through the front room with such curiosity, scoping out what’s available to him. Revisiting the area regularly until making his own decision to involve himself.

William is very respectful to his environments and shows great care and thoughtfulness when packing away. He demonstrates a great understanding of our routines and is all hands-on deck with packing away in preparation for our transition into morning meeting or afternoon tea. Carefully placing all the bowls and plates back into the home corner cabinets, or neatly clearing all the pencils and pens from the front room table back into their original places on the shelf. Usually once packed away some children enjoy ringing the bells for all their hard work, but William will politely decline the offer as he just simply enjoys the satisfaction of helping others.

Williams language development has well and truly blossomed throughout his year here at Como Children. He confidently initiates interactions and conversations with trusted educators and communicates his needs very clearly. It’s clear he has a strong connection with his family as he loves sharing stories about them. Particularly his Nonna. As William is creating away in the front room or composing a colourful painting with the water colours in the art studio, there is almost a certainty that he is creating something from the heart for a cherished family member.

It has been a wonderful experience watching William blossom across all developmental areas. I look forward to his continued growth and success at Como Children.

Warm Regards,
Tarli Huxtable

Significant development milestones in relation to the Early Years Learning Framework:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

William has established and maintained many respectful trusting relationships with other children and Educators and will confidently seek out an Educator for comfort or assistance if needed. He exhibits an increasing capacity for self-regulation and understands when to redirect himself through overwhelming situations. William is beginning to show more interest in other children and will happily engage in and contribute to shared play experiences.

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

William demonstrates a great sense of belonging and comfort within his surroundings and will explore all elements to broaden his understandings of the world in which he lives in. William demonstrates an increasing knowledge of and respect for natural and constructed environments and will take it upon himself to maintain the presentation of these areas.

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

William loves to share humour, happiness and satisfaction with others and will often seek out the attention of a trusted Educator to share a happy thought or story. William appreciates his own company at times and will understand when this is needed throughout the day. He also demonstrates great spatial awareness, moving through his environments confidently and safely.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

William expresses a lot of wonder and interest in his environments and will use play to investigate, imagine and explore his own ideas. Throughout the day William participates in a variety of rich and meaningful experiences and will happily explore the purpose and function of a range of tools, media, sounds and graphics to further his knowledge on a topic.

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

William engages in enjoyable interactions using verbal and non-verbal language, conveying and constructing messages with purpose and confidence. During morning meeting William will happily sing and chant rhymes and participate in group games and dances.

 

End of year report- Sam

Dear Jessika and Brook,

Sammy has had a wonderful year at Como Children and it is with great pleasure that I share with you a synopsis of his significant developmental milestones and meaningful encounters.

Sammy demonstrates a great sense of belonging and comfort within his surroundings here at Como children. He enters the centre with a sense of self and pride and immediately is drawn to the natural elements of the outdoors.

It’s without a doubt Samuels relationship with Elyse has played a big role in Samuels social and emotional development. The beautiful friendship they share has encouraged Sam to step out of his comfort zone and be open to new challenges and discoveries. Knowing that he will always have that familiarity and guidance from his big cousin has allowed Sam to develop the self-assurance needed to establish reciprocal relationships with a variety of other children. Sam has formed great companionships with Charlotte and Jake and will spend majority of his day engaged in shared play experiences within this social circle.

Sam has a wild imagination and is forever exploring this aspect through his relationships and play. Whether its involved in dramatic play in the home corner or packing up all his belongings to take on a “holiday” to the fort, Sam is able to cooperate with others and is learning how to negotiate roles and relationships during these play episodes. He is developing patience and is beginning to listen to his friend’s ideas and respect different ways of being and doing. When a problem arises within the group, I’ve observed Sam negotiating with others to find a solution and contribute to the group outcome. Although at times it may get a little overwhelming for Sam and he is empowered to make choices to meet his needs. Showing awareness of when to eliminate himself from the situation and seek the comfort and guidance from an Educator. Or simply just redirecting himself to a calmer experience for the time being.

Throughout the day Sam will involve himself in a variety of meaningful experiences. Cooking with Aunty Bella in the kitchen to front room crafts and clay work in the studio. Although it’s without a doubt Sam loves the outdoors and its entirety. Not a day goes by where Sam hasn’t covered every inch of the backyard. Often found in the mud kitchen with friends, exploring through all the utensils, pots and pans or collecting water from the rain tanks to add to his stewing mud soup. Demonstrating great spatial awareness and gross motor skills as he moves through his environment safely. Running around the backyard, jumping and leaping over objects, climbing over the rocks and onto the play equipment with such confidence and purpose. It is in this environment where Sam feels safe and respected.

With a smooth transition into the project time group, I have observed a rapid growth within Sam’s self-confidence and language development. At times in the past when engaged in conversation, Sam would tend to lose track on his focus in language. However, will always remain patient and happily repeat his sentence or individual words if needed. Actively taking part in our Morning Meeting and Project Time discussions, has provided Sam with the opportunity to work on the control and clarity of his speech. Adjusting his tone and pace accordingly. This being said Sam is an enthusiastic participant to our project time group. Openly expressing his feelings and ideas and confidently voicing thoughts, theories and opinions in matters that affect him.

Sam is showing great progression in his literacy and numeracy development and loves to explore these resources during project time. He’s showing an increasing awareness of letter-sound correspondence and letter recognition and is beginning to make those connections with familiar words and names. Sam loves taking part in our maths games. He is able to count with a one to one correspondence and is starting to recognise numerals. For more information regarding Sam’s literacy and numeracy development please refer to the attached documentation.

Since moving into project time, I have noticed the increase of intricacy in Samuels art pieces. Sam takes a lot of pride in his work and thinks very carefully about the composition of his paintings and drawings. Sam has developed the ability to represent messages and symbols through his work and will make use of his space with controlled lines, defined shapes and small dots. As his knowledge for Literacy and numeracy concepts increase, Sam expresses these findings and understandings through the use of his artwork.

It has been a wonderful experience witnessing Sam grow through all developmental areas. I look forward to his continued growth and success at Como Children.

Warm regards
Tarli Huxtable
December 2018

Significant development milestones in relation to the Early Years Learning Framework:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

 Sammy has established and maintained many respectful trusting relationships with other children and Educators and will confidently seek out an Educator for comfort or assistance if needed. He exhibits an increasing capacity for self-regulation and understands when to redirect himself through overwhelming situations.

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

During collaborative play Sam has the ability to negotiate roles and relationships in play episodes and group experiences. Sam demonstrates a great sense of belonging and comfort within his surroundings and will explore all elements to broaden his understandings of the world in which he lives in.

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

During shared play experiences within his friend circle, Sam is empowered to make choices, accept challenges, take considered risks, manage change and cope with frustrations and the unexpected.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

Sam expresses a lot of wonder and interest within his environments and will use play to investigate, imagine and explore his own ideas. Throughout the day Sam participates in a variety of rich and meaningful experiences and will happily explore the purpose and function of a range of tools, media, sounds and graphics to further his knowledge on a topic.

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

Sam engages in enjoyable interactions using verbal and non-verbal language, conveying and constructing messages with purpose and confidence. During Project Time discussions, Sam will happily contribute his ideas and exchange feelings and understandings.