Father’s Day and Sport

Father’s Day and Sport

THEME

Father’s Day & Sport

COLOUR

Gold

SHAPE

Star

NUMBER

6

j

LETTER

Dd – Daddy

To all of the awesome Dads out there, and to the Moms who are doing both, Happy Father’s Day! 

We love all of our EcoDads so much, and this is why we love this theme. There are so many aspects to being a Dad, and our Bugs are so lucky to have all of you special Dads in their lives. 

We spent lots of time this week asking our Bugs questions about their Dads; What their names are, if they know how old their Dads are, what work Dad does, whether he plays any sports… And we while didn’t always get answers to all of these questions, one thing we can say for certain, is that very clear that our Bugs just LOVE their Dads! 

For Father’s Day art this week we made the cutest “to the braai master” cards, by using black paper for the braai, and hand prints for the fire. 

Our Bugs also made you a delicious braai spice as a gift, by mixing lots of different, yummy spices together, to create the yummiest braai spice you will ever taste! 

Bike-a-thon was a huge hit on Friday. These kiddos had so much fun zooming around the drive way on their bikes. They were so chuffed with their certificates that they received! 

We hope you all have a wonderful long weekend, stay warm and we will see you next week, healthy and ready for fun! 

 

Have a wonderful day on Sunday our Eco Dads!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Ash and the Smart Squad Assistants 

Our Bugs!

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 airplanes to cars, bikes to boats, 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 kiddos!  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 for the water. We then gave the Bugs some items from the art studio to create the different modes of transport. We used a plastic straw and wrapping paper for the plane, a button and bread tag for the hot air balloon. We used little lids as a row boat and scrap fabric and paper as a sailing boat. Lastly, we used a tin tab as a car and bread tabs 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 underway 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 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: Father’s Day and Sport 

Next week’s show and tell: Charli and Onathi 

 

 

 

 

We wanna know folks ... what is your DREAM car?

    

 Dates to Diarise:

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Ash and the Busy Bugs Assistants 

Our Bugs!

The Farm: Farm Animals

The Farm: Farm Animals

THEME

The Farm: Farm Animals

COLOUR

Red

SHAPE

Circle 

NUMBER

4

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 learned all about the farm and the farm’s animals. We learned 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 learned 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 pet 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. 

Show and tells this week went so well! Thank you Ayana for bringing your adorable chicken and egg for us to see. 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 moths 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:Caedan and Raiden 

The theme next week is: Land, Air and Sea Transport 

 

 

Have a HAPPY weekend folks!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Ash and the Busy Bugs Assistants 

Our Bugs!

The Farm: Fruit and Vegetables

The Farm: Fruit and Vegetables

THEME

The Farm: Fruit & Vegetables

COLOUR

Blue

SHAPE

Circle

NUMBER

3

j

LETTER

Vv – Vegetables

This week has brought chilly mornings, 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 were between fruits and vegetables. Fruits usually grow on trees or vines, and veggies usually 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 Art this week, the Bugs did a free drawing, still-life of Fruits. Teacher Gemma held up the different fruits and the Bugs had to draw their interpretation of it.  

We also made the cutest group art piece, by stamping our handprints and adding leaves to make a fruit page and vegetable page.  

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: Ayana and Sarah 

Peace Out Folks!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

29 May: Voting Day

31 May: Tractor Ride Day & Slipper Day

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Ash and the Busy Bugs Assistants 

Spreading Hap-pea-ness!

Mother’s and Babies; Mother’s Day

Mother’s and Babies; Mother’s Day

THEME

Mother’s & Babies, Mother’s Day

COLOUR

Pink

SHAPE

Heart

NUMBER

1

j

LETTER

Mm – Mommy

This week, was all about MOM! We learned 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 bath them, and make 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 learned 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 stunning jewelry holders from salt dough pinch-pots that they molded, and pieces of bark we found on a nature walk, as well as a beautiful threaded necklace (testing our fine motor skills) to go inside. We also made the cutest cards using the Bugs adorable little feet! 

We hope you love these special gifts that your Bugs made for you! 

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!   

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

Next Week’s Show and Tell: Aiden and Ziah 

 

 

We hope you have a very special Sunday our very special Eco Moms!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

24 May: Eye Screening (Details to follow)

29 May: Voting Day

31 May: Tractor Ride Day

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Ash and the Busy Bugs Assistants 

Our Bugs!

Wild Animals and Birds of Prey

Wild Animals and Birds of Prey

THEME

Wild Animals & Birds of Prey

COLOUR

Black

SHAPE

Square

NUMBER

1 & 2

j

LETTER

Zz – 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, snapping crocodiles 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 an absolutely stunning art piece, and because we just loved it so much, we have decided to keep it for Art Expo! 

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: Antonio and Torin 

 See you all next week. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

24 May: Eye Screening 

29 May: Voting Day

31 May: Tractor Ride Day

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma, Teacher Ashleigh and the Busy Bugs Assistants 

Stay Wild And Free Our Bugs!

Occupations And People Who Help Us

Occupations And People Who Help Us

THEME

Occupations & People Who Help Us

COLOUR

Blue

SHAPE

Circle

NUMBER

Recap 

j

LETTER

Xx – X-ray

“The real question about life should be “who do you want to be?” when you grow up, not what? Faith is the blueprint of our dreams, action is the builder.” 

It is such a treat to be able to hear and listen to children’s plans for the future… they always have the most open minds and innocent thoughts and ideas and when you listen close enough, they may just alter the way you think about and process life and its decisions. 

And this is exactly what we did this week.  We sat down to ask our Bugs who and what they wanted to be when they grow up, and the answers we got were priceless!  From Pilots to Princesses, Vets to Teachers, Firemen to Policemen, and Mommies and Daddies. We discussed EVERYTHING!!  From what the different occupations do during the day, to what they wear to work, the different protection needed for different jobs and how they help our everyday lives. 

Thursday dress-up day was so much fun! Thank you for dressing so beautifully Bugs!  You little people are such a huge inspiration to your teachers and we can’t wait to see how your future turns out and what you really grow up to be. 

For art this week, we let the Bugs choose between 4 different hats, that are associated with 4 different jobs; Doctor/nurse, Fireman, Policeman, and Chef. The Bugs got to colour in the hat of their choice and then us teachers stapled them to a piece of board to wear as a hat. 

We hope our Bugs have a wonderful holiday! To those that are joining us for Holiday Club, see you soon. For everyone who is traveling, please travel safely.  

Our secret question this week is: What did you want to be when you were a kid, and is it similar to what you do now? 

Have a safe and happy holiday!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

27 April: Public Holiday (Freedom Day)

1 May: Public Holiday (Workers Day)

3 May: Holiday Club Ends

6 May: Staff Set Up Day (Staff Only)

7 May: Term 2 Starts

9 May: Haircut Day

24 May: Eye Screening (Details to follow)

31 May: Tractor Ride day

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Dream Big Bugs!

Science and Experiments

Science and Experiments

THEME

Science & Experiments

COLOUR

Yellow

SHAPE

Rectangle

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Ee – Explosion

This is such a fun and interactive 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! 

This week we covered a few basic experiments, that the Bugs absolutely loved being a part of! 

  • 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. 
  • 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! 
  • Teacher Monette and Gemma also did a very funny experiment for the Bugs, that involved “moving water” from Teacher Gemma’s mouth, through a willing volunteer, and out of Teacher Monette’s mouth. If this isn’t making sense at all, don’t stress, we will send the video of the experiment. Hehe! The Bugs were absolutely speechless and had rather confused looks on their faces when we were done! 

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. 

This week’s secret question: Who is your favourite science geek on “The Big Bang Theory” – Leonard, Raj, Howard or Sheldon? 

Positive Vibes!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

27 April: Public Holiday (Freedom Day)

1 May: Public Holiday (Workers Day)

3 May: Holiday Club Ends

6 May: Staff Set Up Day (Staff Only)

7 May: Term 2 Starts

9 May: Haircut Day

24 May: Eye Screening (Details to follow)

31 May: Tractor Ride day

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma and the Busy Bugs Assistants

We’ve had a blast!

Autumn, Birds, Migration and Easter

Autumn, Birds, Migration and 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 having 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 each of 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 art piece with your child during the holidays. We spoke about, 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 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. 

We also made the most adorable “newspaper stuffed, plastic bag Bunnies”. The Bugs got to squash the newspaper into balls, stuff them into a plastic bag that the teachers then tied up with elastics. 

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

Are your alarm clocks set for the Easter Bunny on Sunday morning folks?

    

 Dates to Diarise:

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Our Happy Bugs!

My Home

My Home

THEME

My House

COLOUR

Green

SHAPE

Square

NUMBER

8

j

LETTER

Hh – House

This week we learned all about “My House”! It is a very fun theme as children get to tell us all about their homes, their favorite rooms, all about what their room looks like and what they have inside it, and who lives in their homes.  

We spent a lot of time talking about what makes a house – walls, doors and windows, a roof. The walls are made with bricks and cement and then we paint the walls in nice colours that we like. Then we fill the house with furniture. We put a nice couch in the lounge to sit on and watch tv (and NOT to jump on or off of… haha). We set a table in the kitchen or the dining room to eat at. We have a bed in our bedrooms to sleep on and in the bathroom, there is a shower or a bath or maybe both, where we can wash our bodies after a long and happy day at school! 

Then we had a chat about what makes a home… mommies and/or daddies (even if they don’t live in the same house) who love us, brothers and sisters to play with, food to eat together at night while we talk to each other about our days, pets to look after and fun to be had, a place to always feel safe and looked after and happy – this makes a house a home! 

Any building can be used as a house and some houses are very, very big! They are called mansions. Other houses are very small and made with wood or tin or boards. Those are called shacks or cabins. Some houses have two levels, or even three! Some only have one. Some have lots and lots of rooms and windows and others only have one or two! This doesn’t matter. Any building can be a house but it is most important to fill that house with love and happiness and call it a home! Our very clever Bugs definitely understood this concept and we are very proud of them. 

For art this week, we continued with our collaborative art piece from last week. You don’t get any details on that yet, you will have to wait until Art Expo to see them! 

We also made the most awesome houses out of cardboard boxes.  

We used poster paint crayons to paint our walls, and then added a very cool twist to them. 

Teacher Gemma folded the base of these boxes into a little tray, and in that tray, you will find a pack of grass seeds and a block of peat soil.  

Put the block of peat soil in a bowl and add some water. Once it is all separated and “mushy”, you can add this to the tray, plant the grass seeds, and watch your front garden grow. 

Like all gardens, this one needs to be watered and “mowed” regularly, so that it stays beautiful and fresh. 

Have fun tending to your garden!!!  

Just a few reminders: 

  • Please keep nails short, so we don’t have any scratching accidents!
  • Please, please, please, NO TOYS ARE ALLOWED AT SCHOOL!
  • Please ensure any morning snacks are healthy. Try to avoid chips, sugary biscuits or sweets.
  • No juice in water bottles. This encourages sharing and we want to keep “our own germs to ourselves”.
  • A reminder to please send hats back to school if they are taken home. 
  • Please lable everything!

If you have any exciting pets at home, please PRIVATE MESSAGE Teacher Gemma and we can organise a day where your Bug can bring their pet In (for a few minutes in the morning) and show them off to the class next week. 

This week’s secret question: If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

Thank you for another lovely week of fun! 

Next Week’s Theme: My Pets 

Next week is all about PETS ...

    

 Dates to Diarise:

21 March: Public Holiday (Human Rights Day)

22 March: School Holiday

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Our Happy Bugs!

My Family

My Family

THEME

My Family

COLOUR

Purple

SHAPE

Triangle

NUMBER

7

j

LETTER

Gg – Granny

“Families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts!” 

Families come in many different shapes and sizes, and each one is as special as the next. We love all of our Busy Bugs’ families and are proud to be a part of our giant EcoKids Family! 

We had so much fun learning about our families this week. We learnt about our mommies and daddies real names, not just “mommy” and “daddy”. We also asked each Bug what they call their other family members like granny, ouma, giagia and so many more! We spoke about extended family like aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as super extended family, which are the friends that become family. 

For art this week, we created our family tree, but you are going to have to wait for Art Expo to see these! 

We also asked everyone to send in a family photo of themselves for a surprise slideshow for the Bugs. The looks on their faces were priceless as they realized it was them and their family on the screen! As soon as they saw themselves, they would jump up and say, “that’s me!!!!”  It was so cute!

Just a reminder to please trim nails. 

We look forward to an awesome Sports Day tomorrow in support of our brave Busy Bug, Kai! 

Next Week’s Theme: Me and My House 

 

One sleep to go until Sports Day!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

9 March: Sports Day

14 March: Pet Demo

15 March: Haircut Day

21 March: Public Holiday (Human Rights Day)

22 March: School Holiday

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Our Busy Bugs Family!

Safety

Safety

THEME

Safety

COLOUR

Red

SHAPE

Star

NUMBER

6

j

LETTER

Ss – Safety

“Stop, look and listen, before you cross the street. Use your eyes, use your ears, before you move your feet!” 

This week was all about safety! Safety at school, at home, at the mall, while crossing the road… as well as fire safety and stranger danger.  

  • Safety at school: We revisited our school rules. We also learnt why it wasn’t okay to use things or toys that we have been asked not to use, because there is a possibility that we could get hurt. 
  • Safety at home: We spoke about the rules of the kitchen- don’t touch the hot stove or try to pull the kettle closer to you. Be careful when walking down or up the stairs. Be careful around the pool and so many more! 
  • Safety at the mall: Never ever NEVER!!!! Leave your Mommy or Daddy’s side when you go shopping with them. Always hold their hand and make sure that they can always see you. (This category fell part of our stranger danger discussion as well) 
  • Safety while crossing the road: Look left, then right, then left again… Listen for any cars or noises… and once you are positive that it is all clear, then you can cross the road! 
  • Fire safety: If (touch wood this never happens) you ever find yourself on fire… the rules are STOP… DROP… AND ROLL until the fire has stopped. The Bugs had so much fun practicing this task. 

Follow all of these safety rules and you will definitely be able to keep yourself safe from harm or danger! 

We focused more on practical activities and demonstrations this week, and did a small art piece. 

As a messy play activity this week, we used shaving cream and powder paint to make a beautiful fire! We then got to spray some water on the fire to put it out, and finally… the best part of the day, getting to smoosh and squish the “fire” with our hands and get SUPER-DUPER messy! 

We took a walk outside to the zebra crossing and practiced the safe way to cross a road. We also used red, yellow and green items as a “robot” and acted out what each colour means. 

For our art piece this week, our Bugs got to put their observation and interpretation skills to the test and create a still life painting of a traffic cone and a stop sign. This was by no means an easy task, but we observed basic shape formation and understanding happening in the “round” shape of a stop sign and triangle shape of the traffic cone. 

We hope you all have a lovely, restful weekend and we look forward to seeing all of our Bugs back at school next week.

Next Week’s Theme: Me and My Family 

Please send Teacher Gemma a photograph of your family (fur children can be included ;)…) sometime over the weekend, as well as the names of your “main” family members. We are creating a surprise slideshow for our Bugs to show them during the week! We are so excited to see their faces when they see their lovely families on our screen! 

 

Stop, drop and roll into the weekend!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

9 March: Sports Day

14 March: Pet Demo

15 March: Haircut Day

21 March: Public Holiday (Human Rights Day)

22 March: School Holiday

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Gemma and the Busy Bugs Assistants

Safe and Secure!