Dinosaurs and Fossils

Dinosaurs and Fossils

THEME

Dinosaurs & Fossils

COLOUR

Silver & Green

SHAPE

Circle/Sphere & Triangle/Cone

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Dd – dinosaurs

What an exciting 2 weeks we have had, with a super awesome theme to get everyone even more excited!! Because who doesn’t love Dinosaurs!?! These Busy Bugs have non-stop stomped and roared their way through the classrooms and we have loved every second of it!

It is so incredible to hear how much these little people know about dinosaurs and it’s even more incredible to hear them perfectly pronounce some of the incredibly challenging dinosaur names! We have spoken about Herbivores and Carnivores, as well as all of the “basic” dinosaurs like T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptors, Pterodactyl and Brontosaurus. We have also delved a little deeper into the lesser known dinosaurs such as the Mosasaurus (who looks like a very big whale with huge teeth!), the Ankylosaurs (this dino had a spiky, almost turtle like shell on his back and spikes on his tail) and even the Pachycephalosaurus (packy-sefa-lo-saurus)- just in case you were wondering how to say that giant word 😉 who had a giant “egg” shaped bubble on his head that was thought to be used to ram into things such and trees and bigger dinosaurs. We have loved watching the Bugs reactions to these incredible, extinct creatures and how they absorb everything that is said to them. We also learned all about fossils, how they are formed and who the people who dig them up and study them are, another very big word, Palaeontologist.

We did a Dino dig expedition by taking a trip to the sandpit and everyone had a chance to dig and uncover buried dinosaur bones. How exciting!?

For our art activities over these 2 weeks, the Bugs made adorable recycled Dinosaur feet that they can slip over their own feet and stomp around. We also made Dino horns by “hydro-dipping” egg cartons into watered down paint, painting the tips red and attaching them to cardboard boxes.

We also made another exciting Dino art piece, but we are keeping those safe for art expo!

We danced around to Dinosaur Stomp, Baby T-Rex and Walk The Dinosaur, as well as watched a few clips from the Jurassic Park/World movies (don’t worry, all the clips were age appropriate).

We can’t believe Term 2 has come to an end! We have loved every minute with these Bugs and can’t wait for the holidays to be over so we can get back to having fun!

We would like to wish our Busy Bugs friend Olivia, and her Mom and Dad, Catherine and Richard a safe journey and many happy memories as they relocate to Germany for an amazing adventure! We are going to miss you!

 

 

 

 

 

THE WORST THING ABOUT BEING AN ADULT IS ...

… that no one cares what your favourite dinosaur is. BUT WE DO CARE! Tell us what your favourite dinosaur is!

 

 

 Dates to Diarise: 

Holiday Club: 8 August 

Public Holiday: 9 August

Holiday Club: 10 Aug – 2 Sept

Set Up Day: 5 Sept (NO SCHOOL)

Back to School: 6 Sept

Haircut Day: 7 Sept

School Photographs: 12-14 Sept

Hat Parade Day: 23 Sept

Public Holiday: 24 Sept

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Our Happy Boys and Girls!

Space

Space

THEME

Space

COLOUR

Orange

SHAPE

Diamond

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Nn – Night

Twinkle-twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are… This was one of the many space themed songs that were sung this week and boy did we have fun singing them!

Our Busy Bugs absolutely loved learning about Space and all of the aspects involved. We spoke about the planets, meteors, stars, the milky way, astronauts and rockets. We watched lots of videos teaching us about all of these things and looked at loads of awesome pictures taken by satellites. We learned that we live on planet Earth, and this is the only planet that is known to have enough surface water to be inhabited by humans. We learned that Saturn has a giant ring of floating ice and rock chunks and that Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system.

We spoke about astronauts and their space gear. They have to wear special suits and helmets while up in space because humans cannot breathe that far up. We spoke about gravity and how it makes objects, including people, float. We also spoke about the special food that astronauts have to eat.

For art this week, we made beautiful 3D planet models. The Bugs got to water colour paint however they wanted onto 2 pieces of paper, we cut circles from these panted pieces, and then used the off-cuts to “sandwich” inside the 2 circles stuck together.

Our other piece of art is absolutely stunning! We used white paint flecked with a toothbrush onto black paper to make a starry background, and watered down black paint in a spray bottle to make moons. We used our fine motor skills to stick star stickers onto our paper and use glue and glitter to turn one of our stars into a shooting star.

We hope that all of our Bugs feel better soon, that you all have a lovely weekend and we will see you next week for another exciting theme!

 

 

 

WORLD GRANDPARENTS DAY!

This Sunday, the 24th of July,

we celebrate all of our

wonderful EcoGrandparents out there! 

 

 Dates to Diarise:

Pyjama Dress Up & Break Up Day: 5 August 

Holiday Club: 8 August 

Public Holiday: 9 August

Holiday Club: 10 Aug – 2 Sept

Set Up Day: 5 Sept (NO SCHOOL)

Back to School: 6 Sept

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma. Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Our Bugs Are Out Of This World!!

Reptiles

Reptiles

THEME

Reptiles

COLOUR

White

SHAPE

Hexagon

NUMBER

9

j

LETTER

Ll – Lizard

This is such an exciting week – the children love it so much! They know a whole lot about sssssslithery snakes and tortoises, lizards and crocodiles, chameleons and turtles and we have loved having the opportunity to expand their knowledge this week! We have managed to have very long and involved ring time discussions, picking a different animal each day, and discussing it in depth! Reptiles are Teacher Gemma’s favorite thing so she knows more than the average Joe about them! The children learnt a lot of new vocabulary and had an absolute blast exploring our theme.

For art we made an adorable piece, and as always, we try as much as we can to use totally recycled art materials! Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see these pieces yet as they were just so cute, we decided to keep them for the Art Expo!

Wednesday was by far our most exciting day of the week, as Julian, the snake-man, brought his lovely animas for us to see. There were snakes, lizards, geckos, spiders, gogo’s, frogs and even a chinchilla. Some of the Bugs were “all hands on deck”, and petted every single animal. Others were a little bit weary and chose to rather view from afar.

We have also been hard at work preparing and practicing for our concert next week. Our Bugs have made us so proud! We hope you enjoy the show as much as we have enjoyed getting ready for it!

Thank you for a lovely and exciting week! We are looking forward to another jam packed one next week….  

And just to bring back our question of the week:  Are you a snake person?? A) Absolutely! B) Hell NOPE! We look forward to your answers…

Next Week’s Theme: South Africa

Next Week’s Show and Tell: Daniella and Mihir

 

 

 

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK ...

… was definitely when we got a visit from the ‘Snake Man!’ 

We had some very brave kiddies … and some hesitant little ones too!

 

 

 Dates to Diarise:

Haircut Day: 13 July

Concert: 16 July

Nelson Mandela Day: 18 July (details to be advised)

Pyjama Dress Up & Break Up Day: 5 August (Holiday Club details to follow)

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

What a sssssssuper week!

Caring For Our World: Recycling

Caring For Our World: Recycling

THEME

Recycling

COLOUR

Green

SHAPE

Triangle/Pyramid

NUMBER

6

j

LETTER

Rr – Recycling

“Stamp, Stamp Clap! (X4)

We love animals, plants and birds! We love snails and slugs!

Large and small, we love them all! And we never ever step on bugs!

Because… we’re the children of EcoKids

We love nature, the sun and the trees! The rain that helps plants grow!

Paper, Plastic, Glass and Tin our recycling rules we know!

Because… we’re the children of EcoKids”

What you have just read is our school song. It is such a fun song to sing and really shows everything that we as a school stand for.

What an informative and exciting week we have had! We learnt all about recycling and the different materials we use to recycle. We got to feel glass bottles, plastic, paper and tin and we saw different variations of products made from these materials: Bags, bottles, lids and plugs made from plastic. Toilet paper, toilet rolls and the books we read made from paper. Bottles, windows, bowls made of glass and formula tins, food tins, coldrink cans and the container where all this cool stuff is kept made from tin/metal.

Art this week was slightly challenging as most of our art we send home is recycled art. So we thought: what could be better for recycled art than… recyclable material sculptures!!! We used all bits and bobs that have been sent in by students and parents over the years to create these amazing sculptures. The Bugs got to select from a large quantity of recyclable materials that we had poked holes into, and then threaded them onto a stick stuck on an egg carton base.

Our favorite songs for the week was “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”

“Reduce, reuse, recycle, recycle, recycle.

Reduce, reuse, recycle, it’s easy to do.

‘Cos your trash and my trash make up way too much trash.

Reduce, reuse, recycle, it’s easy to do!”

Please keep in mind the beautiful words of Dr. Seuss.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to change, it’s not.”

We hope you have a lovely weekend and stay warm!

Lots of Love

Next week’s theme: Father’s Day and Sports

Next week’s show and tell (on Wednesday): Daniel and Nehal

 

Recycling

… turns things into other things. Which is like MAGIC!

 Dates to Diarise:

Hearing Tests: 13 June

Bike-a-Thon: 15 June

Public Holiday: 16 June

School Holiday: 17 June

Book Character Dress Up Day & Break Up Day: 24 June

Mid Term Week Break: 27 June (no school, no Holiday Club)

Back to School: 4 July

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Our Eco-Green-Ambassadors!

Land, Air and Sea Transport

Land, Air and Sea Transport

THEME

Land, Air & Sea Transport

COLOUR

Blue/Navy

SHAPE

Diamond

NUMBER

5

j

LETTER

Jj – Jet

Zoom! Vroom! Splash!

There are so many ways to get from point A to point B and this week we covered all of them!  From aeroplanes to cars, bikes to blimps, scooters to submarines… the list goes on and on!  We got to look at photos and videos of all of these different modes of transport and these Bugs learnt so much! 

We also discussed what the definition of transport is: moving items or people from one place to another using either the land, the air or the sea.  Our Bugs learnt that they get transported to and from school by their mommies or daddies, and then mommy and daddy transport themselves to work.

We love testing the Bugs memory skills by asking them questions about what was discussed the day before during ring time, and we are very happy to report that most of our Bugs are able to tell us what was said the day before.  Well done guys!  We also like to test our Bugs to see if they can notice who is not at school that day. 90% of the time, they can name every Bug who is not at school.

For art this week we made the most adorable “Modes of Transport” chart. We painted a piece of paper green for grass and blue for sky. We added a strip of black paper for the road (no potholes in these roads!) and a strip of blue streamer for the water. We then gave the Bugs some items from the art studio to create the different modes of transport. We used a peg, wrapping paper and fluff for the plane, a foam circle and cork piece for the hot air balloon. We used nut shells as a row boat and scrap fabric and paper as a sailing boat. Lastly, we used a tin tab as a car and scrap paper as a truck. The Bugs obviously required a little bit of help sticking of the bits and bobs on (glue gun glue gets very hot!), but they helped where they could and were so impressed with the final outcome!

Assessments are finished and report time is nearing. These past few weeks have been so much fun for us teachers, working one-on-one so intimately with the Bugs has been such a treat! We are so proud of each of our Busy Bugs and we hope that you enjoy reading their reports next week as much as we enjoyed writing them.

Have a lovely weekend, stay warm and we will see you all next week!

Next week’s theme: Caring for our world: Recycling

Next week’s show and tell: Connor and Olivia

 

 

Sunday is World Environment Day

Teaching our kiddies to be Eco-Green-Ambassadors!

Earth is what we all have in common …

and it’s the only planet that has chocolate!

Let’s always protect it!

 Dates to Diarise:

Haircut Day: 8 June

Hearing Tests: 13 June

Bike-a-Thon: 15 June

Public Holiday: 16 June

School Holiday: 17 June

Book Character Dress Up Day & Break Up Day: 24 June

Mid Term Week Break: 27 June (no school, no Holiday Club)

Back to School: 4 July

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

This week has just raced, soared and sailed by!

Wild Animals

Wild Animals

THEME

Wild Animals

COLOUR

Black

SHAPE

Square & Cube

NUMBER

4

j

LETTER

Z z- Zebra

Who knows what a group of giraffe is called? Let us know on the class WhatsApp group!

Another happy week of learning and discovery has left us feeling fulfilled, tired and ready for a weekend! This week has been full of roaring lions and stomping elephants! Our children simply LOVE this theme and know so much about it! Well done, Busy Bugs!

We spent every day having very intense and long ring times, discussing animals from all over Africa and other wild animals from around the world such as tigers and kangaroos! We learnt so many cool and fun facts about these animals and the children were hanging on to our every word! It is amazing to watch their little faces while they are engaged with a topic that really excites them! Too sweet to see! We listened to the sounds these animals make, thanks to the wonder of technology, and watched many little video clips of them! It has taken some effort this week to remind them that they are indeed little people and not really monkeys and lions! Haha! What a special time.

For art this week, we made the cutest recycled Pringle tin Giraffe hand puppets. The Bugs got to stick little pieces of paper that they used their fine motor skills to tear up onto the Pringle tins. They painted cut up egg cartons and paper cups to make the head and horns of the Giraffe. We then took a walk to find a tall tree to “feed” our Giraffes. The Bugs thought this was hilarious and loved every second of it!

We also did a messy play sensory activity using cooked spaghetti coloured with food colouring, feeling it, squishing, smelling it and even tasting it, before we laid it around a drawn lion face to make his mane!

The weather is really getting cold now that we are truly into winter, but most days after playing in the warm sun at playtime, the children are warm. So please opt for layers when dressing your child in the morning as opposed to overly thick jackets that hinder movement and tend to get lost. We are also noticing a lot of snotty noses. Please keep the vitamin intake and nose spray going so we can keep the winter germs at bay, and please keep any sick Bugs at home until they have been given the all clear from a doctor.

Have a wonderful weekend and keep safe, warm and happy until Monday!

Next Week’s Theme: Land, Air and Sea Transport

Next Week’s Show and Tell: Cataleya and Rileigh

 See you all next week.

 

 

All good things are WILD and FREE!

 Dates to Diarise:

Haircut Day: 8 June

Hearing Tests: 13 June

Bike-a-Thon: 15 June

Public Holiday: 16 June

School Holiday: 17 June

Book Character Dress Up Day & Break Up Day: 24 June

Mid Term Week Break: 27 June (no school, no Holiday Club)

Back to School: 4 July

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Our Young Wild and Free Bugs!

The Farm: Farm Animals

The Farm: Farm Animals

THEME

Farm Animals

COLOUR

Red

SHAPE

Circle

NUMBER

3

j

LETTER

Ff – Farm

This is always such a favourite with teachers and children alike! Who doesn’t love a good, loud version of Old Macdonald?! There is so much to discuss and learn and so much to see and do.

This week we learnt all about The Farm and The Farm’s Animals. We learnt all about the different noises these animals make, and the different names that the boy and girl animals have, such as hen and rooster or sheep and ram. We learnt the names of the baby animals, like chick, lamb and piglet! It was such fun pretending to be these animals at ring time! Our children have very vivid imaginations and have a lot of existing knowledge about farm animals.

We played tons of farm animal inspired games this week. We went on a nature walk to visit the horses and feed them some yummy carrots and have a quick ride on Frankie, and watch the ducks and swans swim on the pan. We made such a gorgeous piece of art this week but because it is just too cute, we are going to keep it for the art expo!

We did however, do a small side art piece on Friday for World Bee Day! The Bugs got to colour in a little Bee and stick it onto a bee hive.

Show and Tell this week went so well! Thank you Arwen for bringing your adorable little bunny toy for us to see, and Tally for bringing the cutest little lambs ever for us to see and cuddle! We can’t wait for the rest of your turns!

Just a reminder to please label things – everything – even if just with initials. We have had a few cases of jackets and beanies going missing but there are lots of repeat items in the school and sometimes children go home with the same / similar item that they may have at home. It takes a while to work its way through the wash and then even longer for the double to be spotted. If things are labelled it just makes life that much easier! There are many layers that come off during the day and at playtime the children tend to remove their own shoes / socks and jackets as they feel warmer so we cannot always keep track of every item. Once it is returned to our classroom with no name, we often have no idea who it belongs to. Speaking of shoes and socks, please encourage the children to keep their shoes on in the cold. There will always be the odd shoe or sock that gets taken off but if we could try keep feet warm during the cold winter months that would be great!

Please also get your concert clothes in ASAP. We got lots of work and fun things to do to them, so the sooner they are in, the better!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the colder nights where you can snuggle! Please keep safe and germ free!

Next week’s show and tell will be: Ayanda and Tadiwa

The theme next week is: Wild Animals and Birds of Prey.

World BEE Day!

BEE thankful, BEE positive, BEE cool …

But most of all …

BEE kind!

 Dates to Diarise:

Haircut Day: 8 June

Hearing Tests: 13 June

Bike-a-Thon: 15 June

Public Holiday: 16 June

School Holiday: 17 June

Book Character Dress Up Day & Break Up Day: 24 June

Mid Term Week Break: 27 June (no school, no Holiday Club)

Back to School: 4 July

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

The Farm – Fruit and Vegetables

The Farm – Fruit and Vegetables

THEME

Fruit & Veggies

COLOUR

Blue

SHAPE

Circle

NUMBER

2

j

LETTER

V v – Vegetables

This week has brought chilly weather, but that has not stopped our Bugs from enjoying their days to the MAX! We had a jam packed week learning all about The Farm: Fruit and Vegetables! This is a theme close to our hearts at EcoKids as it is everything we stand for and believe in. Healthy kids and healthy food.

Our Bugs had so much fun discussing the different fruits and veggies and we were very surprised at how many different fruits and veggies our Bugs actually know, including the less common ones like Kiwi, Cherries, Cauliflower and Spring Onion. When we asked our Bugs if they enjoyed fruits, we had a very collective YES!!! When we asked if our Bugs enjoyed vegetables… well, not so much! Haha!

We also got to discuss what the differences between fruits and vegetables are. Fruits grow on trees or vines, and veggies grow on or in the ground. As well as that fruits are better to eat raw and veggies are better to eat cooked, although technically you can eat them any way you choose.

For cooking class with Chef Nombuso, we got to make the cutest little caterpillars using a strawberry for thee head, cucumber slices for the body carrot sticks for the legs and green beans for the grass. The Bugs had so much fun assembling their little caterpillars!

For Art this week, the Bugs looked at pictures of different veggies, and coloured in pictures in the same colours that they saw. We then cut out these veggies, sang our “let’s make some soup” song, and stuck the veggies inside our soup bowl.
We also made another art piece this w eek, but have decided to keep it for art expo! Yay!

This week also happened to be our first week of show and tell for the Bugs! Well done to Arlo and Theju on your amazing confidence during your show and tell “presentations”. We loved seeing the awesome goodies you brought with you!

Have a lovely weekend, keep warm and we will see you all next week!

Next Week’s Theme: On the Farm: Farm Animals
Next Week’s Show and Tell: Arwen and Talyn

15 May is Family Day!

Family …

where life begins and love never ends!

 Dates to Diarise:

Farm Visit/Show: 20 May (at School)

Haircut Day: 8 June

Hearing Tests: 13 June

Bike-a-Thon: 15 June

Public Holiday: 16 June

School Holiday: 17 June

Book Character Dress Up Day & Break Up Day: 24 June

Mid Term Week Break: 27 June (no school, no Holiday Club)

Back to School: 4 July

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

A Fruity-Tooty Week!

Mothers and Babies

Mothers and Babies

THEME

Mothers & Babies

COLOUR

Pink

SHAPE

Heart

NUMBER

1

j

LETTER

Mm – Mommy

Welcome back to school for the second term!

We were so happy to see the Bugs smiling faces on Wednesday morning! The holidays were very long, but we can assure you that all of them are having happy and (mostly) warm and sunny days at school with their friends!

We cannot believe how much the kiddies have grown! A lot of them have come back to school fully potty trained, some of them are talking so much all of a sudden, and they are all listening very well – we sense a general “maturity” increase happened during the holidays as it always does, and we are very proud of them!

We would like to welcome Teacher Nicole to our team. Teacher Nicole is our newest Busy Bugs assistant and she has already become very popular amongst the Bugs. We hope you love every minute with us Teacher Nicole!

This week, was all about MOM! We learnt all about mothers and their babies and it was so sweet to see how much our little Bugs know about this topic! They all had lots to say about their own mommies, telling us what they love about you and everything you do for them. 

We asked them to tell us all about what a mommy does for her baby. The Bugs know that mommies grow babies “in their tummies” (bless them) and that a mommy gives her baby milk, and keeps them warm and changes smelly nappies! Mommies sing to their babies and baths them, and makes them feel better when they are sick! They also make food for their babies and give lots of hugs and kisses! What lucky children!

We also learnt that animal babies have special names! A baby cow is called a calf; a baby horse is called a foal. Pigs have piglets and cats have kittens! Dogs have puppies and sheep have lambs. Goats have kids (this was a little confusing – hehe!) Lions and bears have cubs, while wolves and seals have pups. And ALL these mommies look after their babies so nicely and make sure that they have everything they need!

This is why it’s important to make mommies feel special on their one very special day each year called “Mother’s Day!”

For a gift this year, our Bugs made a beautiful beaded necklaces that they threaded themselves. As well as gorgeous “pinch pot” out of salt dough, which the teachers stuck onto a beautiful piece of bark that the children found on a nature walk this week. This became a stunning jewellery holder. The dough was a little bit hard to pinch, so we did have to help them here and there, but we are so proud of the results your children was able to achieve.

This is a special art piece to remind you that even though clay is sometimes hard to mould and shape, if you persevere and keep at it, you will eventually have something beautiful. In the same way, being a mama is hard – the hardest job you will ever have – but if you keep at it and persevere, you will have a work of art in your child. We hope that you put it somewhere you can look at it daily, and that you keep your special jewellery pieces safe in it.  

Happy Mother’ Day, all you super moms!

Winter is well and truly upon us, so please make sure you dress your children in layers that can be easily removed. Label everything! If you would like, you may also send a labelled beanie to use at playtime so we can keep those heads warm and the chilly wind out of their ears! May we suggest you start using extra Vitamin C or an immune booster so that all our Bugs can hopefully stay germ free this Winter!  

We are so excited for our Sports Day tomorrow, and look forward to watching the Bugs kick some booty in all of the events!

 Next Week’s Theme: On the Farm: Fruit and Veg

Next Week’s Show and Tell: Arlo and Theju

 

To all our AMAZING mommies ...

To the world, you are a mother.

But to your family, you are their WORLD!

 Dates to Diarise:

Sports Day: 7 May

Haircut Day: 11 May

Optometrist: 13 May 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Mommies’ Munchkins!

Autumn, Birds Migration, Easter

Autumn, Birds Migration, Easter

THEME

Autumn, Birds Migration, Easter

COLOUR

White

SHAPE

Cross & Oval

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Oo – Oval

We have loved exploring this special theme with the children. The concept of “real” Easter is quite a difficult one to teach the children as the story isn’t appropriate for our children just yet.

So instead we spent our time telling lots of tales of the Easter bunny and how he brings us the yummy chocolate eggs we eat at Easter time to remember the real meaning of Easter! He looks different to our children – depending on who you ask. Some think he is big like a man (typical of the Easter bunnies you see in malls at this time for photo opportunities) and he hops around the garden hiding eggs for a fun Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning! Other children have an idea that the Easter Bunny is a real bunny that “lays” Easter eggs. How cute?! We loved hearing the excitement in their voices when they spoke about the Easter eggs they are expecting and the happy, hopping bunny who brings them! Spending time with children all day makes us see the magic in all the small things, and the wonder in events that as adults we take for granted.

Another thing we spoke about this week was Autumn, as the weather has definitely taken a cold turn! Winter is well on the way and after a long, hot summer, it is very cute to see the children coming to school in jackets and beanies again. They look adorable. On that note parents, please make sure your child has an appropriate change of clothes in their bags for any accidents that may occur. In winter, sleeves get wet when children attempt to wash their hands but forget to pull up their sleeves and then having wet sleeves is very uncomfortable. Please add an extra long top, an extra jacket/jersey and an extra pair of socks – all labelled obviously. At this time of the year we experience a LOT of missing and lost property as children tend to undress themselves on the playground when they get warm while running around and then they leave it out there. At clean up time it is collected but if most of items are not marked, we simply can’t keep track of every child’s clothes. Please send us a beanie in the new term for use during play time.

As the leaves start turning even more, please take the opportunity to collect some from your garden and maybe do an artwork with your child during the holidays. We spoke about how, now that it’s colder, the leaves on the trees fall off and turn yellow orange and brown as the tree goes to “sleep” for the winter. Some trees stay green, and these trees are called “evergreen”. The oak trees on Great North road are a sight to be seen when all the leaves start changing colour. Keep an eye out and collect some differently shaped leaves, give your child a cereal box and some glue and let them create something for you. You will be amazed at what they are capable of!

 For our art activities this week, we made the most gorgeous, recycled plastic packet and magazine paper bunnies. The children each got a chance to stuff scrunched up paper into the packets, which we then turned into little bunnies.

We made beautiful Easter cards by water colour painting onto an egg drawn in white crayon to create a magic Easter egg for the front of our card.

We also made adorable little power paint dipped Easter decorations.

For Autumn art, we used our little fingers to fingerprint  falling Autumn leaves onto a tree, and then used glitter to decorate some bigger leaves and stick those around our Autumn tree.

Parents, thank you for a wonderful first term. Your children have grown up so much! They are becoming more independent and their personalities are shining through more every week! We are honoured to be their teachers!

Have a very blessed and happy Easter, and have a wonderful and restful holiday. If you are going away, please travel safely and enjoy yourselves, and come back rested and refreshed! Keep warm and germ free!

 This week’s secret question: How do you eat your marshmallow eggs?

  1. Frozen
  2. All the chocolate picked off first
  3. Get in my face!!!!!
  4. Nah, keep your marshmallow egg. Hehehe!

 School opens next term on 4th May

 

Happy Holidays!

Wishing our EcoFamily a Happy and Blessed Easter Weekend!

 Dates to Diarise:

Break Up Day: 13 April

Holiday Club Starts: 19 April

Holiday Club Ends: 29 April

Term 2 Starts: 4 May

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Happy, Hoppy Children!

Science and Experiments

Science and Experiments

THEME

Science & Experiments

COLOUR

Yellow

SHAPE

Rectangle

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Ee – Explosion

This is such a fun theme! The children love watching all the teachers run around, crazy professor style, making things fizz, bubble, melt, explode, glitter and whizz! We love it – it gives us a chance to be kids again too! What an EPIC WEEK!

  • Magic Flowers – kitchen paper roll and koki pen flowers, sprayed with water. We watched how the ink ran and mixed with the water to make beautiful bunches of flowers.
  • Invisible Ink – we drew on paper with paintbrushes and lemon juice and then watched our drawings come to life when teacher heated the “ink” up with a flame – a great way to leave secret messages or make a treasure hunt!
  • Sink and Float – we explored which items would float and which ones would sink, and explained the concepts of heavy and light to the children.
  • Scuba Diver – a pen lid, with a trapped bubble inside it, and a paper clip in a filled 2l bottle of water. The bubble in the pen lid is compressed when we squeeze the bottle and the lid sinks to the bottom! It rises again when we release pressure on the bottle. We explained that the bubble inside the lid is keeping the lid floating, but it gets smaller when squeezed, just like playdough, and then it is not big enough to keep the lid floating!
  • We learnt about static electricity by taking balloon, rubbing it on our hair and then making tissue paper butterflies flap their wings.
  • Volcano – Teacher Gemma showed us how a volcano erupts using the volcano she made when she was at school. This Volcano erupts REAL fire! The Busy Bugs absolutely loved this!
  • We also had a surprise visit from our Micro-Scientists teacher, Teacher Bronwyn, who came during playtime to show us loads of cools experiments!

 This is a wonderful theme, and opens up the minds and imaginations of the children so much. There are so many, very easy and cost effective science experiments to do with children at home and it really sparks their life long interests in the Sciences! See if you can do some experiments with your children this weekend or over the holidays.

  Thank you for another lovely week of fun! Please remember that with the nature of this theme, we did not do any art to send home – we did the experiments in class time! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

This Week's Secret Question:

Who is your favourite Science geek from “The Big Bang Theory”

Leonard, Raj, Howard or Sheldon? 

 Dates to Diarise:

Break Up Day: 13 April

Holiday Club Starts: 19 April

Holiday Club Ends: 29 April

Term 2 Starts: 4 May

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Work, Fun & Play!

Play is the highest form of research! (Albert Einstein)

Building, Construction and Factories

Building, Construction and Factories

THEME

Building, Construction & Factories

COLOUR

Brown

SHAPE

Oval/Egg

NUMBER

Recap

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LETTER

Cc – Conveyor Belt

What a super fun week! The Busy Bugs had a blast building, breaking apart, and then rebuilding huge structures using a wide variety of materials like wooden blocks, Lego blocks of all sizes, cardboard boxes and so much more!

We focused a lot on loose parts, imaginative construction this week and these Bugs just loved getting to use their own creativity, imagination and amazing fine and gross motor skills to put together the most magnificent structures!

Just another reminder of our Sports day next week Saturday the 9th. Please note that Busy Bugs to Smart Squad parents are not allowed inside the sports stations and are asked to remain in the watching area, cheering your Bugs on! Please remember hats and sunblock!!! As well as a water bottle.

Another reminder to please book your Holiday Club days using the link sent on the info group.

Have a lovely, restful weekend and we will see you next week!

 

 

The Highlight of this Week ...

… was when we got to put the awesome CAT constructions toys to use in the Pups classroom’s back garden. We had diggers, cranes, excavators, dump trucks, bulldozers and spades. The Bugs had so much fun taking turns to try out all of the equipment.

 Dates to Diarise:

 

Haircut Day: TBC

Sports Day: 9 April

Break Up Day: 13 April

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Monette and the Busy Bugs Assistants

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