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Friday, 27 April 2012

What an amazing exploration!

When Jamie brought in a swan plant tree with butterfly eggs, tiny caterpillars, aphids, ants and lady bird larvae, it was a great learning moment for the children and the teachers as well. The children were amazed to sell all these little creatures on a single plant.  During this project, we learnt about

·        Life cycle of a lady bird

·        Lady bird larvae feed on aphids.

·        How aphids secret a sweet substance that ants are fond of and in turn ants protect the aphids from predators.

This was an amazing opportunity for the children to learn about the animal world that surrounds us and extended his curiosity about the nature (well-being 2:3).

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Mothers Day at Bayfield 10th May 2012

Mothers Day 10th May at Bayfield

On Thursday 10th May between 9.00am and 11.00 am.

You can spend time with your child in their room and then help yourself to a yummy morning tea in our staffroom prepared by our cook Jean.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Staff changes in The Nursery and Toddler's Room

Due to some of the Nursery staff adding some new additions to their families lately, there is a change of staff coming up in the Nursery and Toddler's Rooms.
On Thursday, the 3rd of May, Marama will be going from Nursery into the Toddlers and Melissa will go from Toddlers into the Nursery area. 
They are both looking forward to the new challenges they will face and meeting all the new children and parents in their respective rooms.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Developing children's writing skills using "Casey the Caterpillar"

Some of our staff recently attended a workshop around developing children's writing skills.  This workshop was introduced to us using "Casey the Caterpillar" writing techniques.  We came away with many different ideas and would like to share these with you.  In brief, some of the major points are below:
* It is important to get writing correct and automatic from the beginning so children do not struggle with it when they start school.  This impacts on their learning, self esteem and achievements.
*Do not use unlined paper for children when they are learning to write.
* Always encourage left to right across the page.
*If you are unsure of your child's left or right handedness (particularly young infants) always put the implement they are about to use - for example, spoon, fork, pencil - in the middle of the space in front of them.
* Sit correctly, feet flat and correct size of desk and chair.
*Always reinforce correct pencil grip, sitting and paper position.
*Encourage correct letter formation at all times.
* Use smaller instruments, pencils, chalk to encourage fine motor skills.

Encourage technique by using "Casey the Caterpillar" the story to teach children how to form their letters correctly and in which order.  Speak to any of the teachers if you are unsure.
Shona Hewitt

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Entertainment Books Have Arrived

Finally, the Entertainment Books have arrived at Bayfield.  These are available for purchase at reception @ $ 65.00 per book ($ 13.00 of each sale goes to the centre for resources for your children).
Some of the vouchers available include Auckland Zoo, Rainbows End, Kelly Tarltons, Spa treatments, Fine dining, Hotels in Australia, Golf, Auckland rugby - something for everyone!!!!!
There is a sample book available for you to look at on the reception desk. 
If you are interested in purchasing one of these books, we will accept cash or cheques made payable to Bayfield Early Education Centre only.