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Monday, 25 August 2008

Shaving Cream in Preschool

"Shaving Cream"

A great recipe for messy play.
1 table
1 can shaving cream
Approximately 1/4 cup of glitter
Lots of willing children

1. Roll sleeves up
2. Spray shaving cream on table top
3. Add glitter
4. Use hands to mix.

Optional Extras
Children can write their names, draw pictures and patterns, take prints using black paper and use cloths or sponges to clean up at the end of play.

* Don't forget to do at least one "High Five".
* Have lots of fun and get really messy! It washes right out in the wash!

Toddler News

* Welcome to Lily who starts in Toddlers. Also welcome to Sacha and family who will be starting in the Toddler Room. Sacha will be joining us on the 29th August.
* Farewell to Imogen who will move in to the Preschool, we will miss you. Thank you Immy for providing the children with a yummy cake.
*Hello to Deborah, who is on her four weeks practicum from Auckland University.
*Oriana will be in Nursery for one week to support the new Head Teacher, Sonia and Molly will be acting Head Teacher for the period 25th August - 29th August.

Nursery News

The Nursery staff and children would like to welcome Jasper, who started in the Pukeko Room and Ben, in the Tuatara Room.
The children in the Pukeko Room have been spending some time in the Tuatara Room this week. They had fun helping Karen making the play dough and playing with the shredded paper.
While it rained outside, the children were occupied and busy doing different activities such as dancing, drawing, reading books together and playing with the play dough.
Luckily when the sun decided to show up, we managed to go outside for a run!

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Waiting lists in the Nursery

If you have a child CURRENTLY on the wait list and due to start over the next few months but wanting a space sooner do contact me as soon as possible. We have a few spaces coming up over the next couple of months. Please note this is only open to parents who are ALREADY on the wait list as your number is already accounted for either later on this year of up to March, April of next year.

This opportunity does not often come up as our wait lists are usually booked out to a year.

please note that only certain days are available.

kind regards


Trips in Preschool

In regards to the slight confusion about parent helping on our trips in Preschool here are a few messages which we hope will clarify things for the future. All of our trip helpers will now be selected by ballot, when they choose to help out on our trips. However, if you have helped out on a trip recently, others will be given the opportunity before you and these will be in a blind selection.

Each trip will have a ratio of 1 to 3 and this will mean that the cost of trips will increase slightly. If there are any questions you have about trips or our new procedure please see Karen or Shona.

Thank you Jenny for your contributions and ideas for this change in procedure.

Friday, 15 August 2008

"Chloe's Cafe" News from the Toddlers' Room

Welcome to the Toddlers' blog entry for the week. Look at their "bikes'. They are parked at "Chloe's Cafe" for food and drinks. What a drive! Farewell to Luke and Eve who have moved up to Preschool and welcome to Lily who has moved up from Nursery. The Kea Room have continued to relate to transport within the room and in their play. Sienna and Ava spoke about the bikes going up and down the wooden boxes and Michaella and Cristian have a Hairdressing service at "Chloe's Cafe".

See attached photos

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

More Preschool Stardome Photos

We were lucky enough to have one of our parents take photos while at the stardome. Please have a look at the attachments below.

Preschool Stardome Trip

On Monday, the 11th August, Preschool went on a trip to the "Stardome."
The children loved exploring all the wonderful things inside. They got to wear magic glasses, learnt a new word - "Spectrum" and watched a movie about aliens and planets.
After this interesting experience we had fun playing at the playground.
A big thank you to all the parent helpers.

Hairdresser - Date Error

Unfortunately on the hairdressing notices, an error was printed with the date. The hairdresser will be here on Tuesday, 19th August, and not on the Monday as stated in the notice.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Play dough fun - Toddlers

We had lots of fun with the play dough. The children tried to make cars but ended up making long trains. (see attached photos)
Welcome to Yurie, our volunteer and Leo Barlow, who has moved up from the Nursery.

Nursery News

Charli, Francesca & Liam were in the Pukeko Room and have recently moved on to the Tuatara Room (over one's) They have adjusted well and they have an understanding of the routines, being independent and all seem to be very comfortable in their new setting.
See attached photos.

We Have A New Hairdresser

We are pleased to announce that we have a new hairdresser for the centre. Her name is Anju Singh and she will be coming to the centre on Monday, 19th of August at 9.45 a.m.
There has been a small price increase and the cost of a haircut will be
$ 14.00 per child. If you are writing a cheque, please make the cheque payable to Ranjani Singh.
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to ask.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Garden Delight - Preschool

Recently Karen (Our Head Handy Woman) has knocked out part of a fence in our outdoor environment to expose an area with a lovely tree. The children absolutely adore exploring this once enclosed tree and now you will often see 5 or 6 children hanging from the branches.
There will continue to be changes to our outdoor environment as we work on plans that will enable children to get in amongst the gardens and nature. This will involve using lots of different materials, such as river stones, pieces of tree trunk, native grasses, shrubs and paving stories. We hope to involve the chidlren as much as we can in this process. See attached photos of children in the tree.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Preschool Planning

We have done our planning for the children according to their interests.
This is based around the co-virtues of:
* Responsibility
* Honesty
* Friendliness
We are focusing on the areas of outer space, exercise, movement and responsibility. We would like to encourage you to talk to your child about these virtues. For ideas/inspirations look at our planning wall.

Nursery's Friend O.T.

Today, our friend O.T. came to visit. He is our teacher's pet rabbit.
We took turns feeding him lettuce, celery, spinach and carrots. We were really excited and happy to see him. We loved patting his soft fur and his long ears.