We are currently in a rainy season and are bursting to get outdoors to create our fairy garden. Last week the children painted these incredible garden inspired masterpieces and we all agreed that we want beautiful blooming flowers in our garden. Fingers crossed we will get to start gardening very soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Kelvin Kindy's Woolworths shop is open for business! This has been an exciting new addition to our class this week. Encouraging beginning math skills while providing opportunities for imaginative play! This was also great opportunity to talk to the children about the importance of using reusable bags while shopping! ... See MoreSee Less
At Kelvin Kindergarten we provide our children with a program that helps to prepare them for entering the formal school system. Parents and the preschool educators have a joint role in ensuring children feel safe and secure as they transition into formal educational setting.
Our school readiness program has been developed to ensure that we have confident, independent children who are ready to make the best possible start to school. We incorporate developmental skills, fine motor skills, Pre-literacy skills, Pre-numeracy skills and play-based learning into our school readiness program.
At Kelvin Kindergarten our school readiness program is developed in conjunction with the Letterland phonics program. Our centre is resourced with iPads that the children use to develop skills and become familiar with technology in a safe and controlled environment.
Children will be provided with a range of experiences that will assist in the transition to school as being a positive experience. Routines are important for children as well as families.
The experiences and activities within our School Readiness Program are planned to ensure that before formal schooling commences each child will be able to achieve the following indicators:
· Cognitive skills – Show curiosity and interest in learning new things, have a confidence to learn, be interested and show a willingness to solve problems
· Language skills – Ask questions and communicate thoughts and ideas listen to others, enjoy listening to stories and being read to, and encourage listening and talking (receptive and expressive language).
· Social and emotional skills – Participate in play, approach children in a positive way and make new friends, show an interest in others and make friends, express individual needs and wants, cope and deal with conflict in an appropriate manner, express emotions, take turns and sharing, follow and understand directions and rules, cope with transitions.
· Self-help skills – Use the toilet unassisted, dress and undress themselves independently, deal with small amounts of supervision, unpack own lunch box and drink from a drink bottle, deal with a structured environment, pack and unpack bag
· Physical skills – run, jump and balance, use equipment such as balls and climbing equipment.
· Fine Motor Skills – Using pencils, crayons, textas, glue and scissors.
· Recognising and using phonics, sounds, letters and words using the Letterland phonics program
· Developing an understanding of problem solving and maths concepts
SOME OTHER KEY AREAS: · Learning numbers 1-20 · Learning all letters of the alphabet · Recognition of upper and lower case letters · Identification and recognition of primary and secondary colours · Identification and recognition of shapes · Writing own name · Reading their name in a variety or typed and handwritten fonts · Knowing the days of the week, months in the year and seasons · Hygiene, health and safety, including dental and oral hygiene, road safety, fire safety, car safety, stranger danger, sun protection · Using proper pencil grip · Using scissors and glue · Using words such as “please” and “thank you” · Participates in small and large group activities · Interacting positively and politely with adults · Puts shoes and socks independently
Should you have more questions, please feel free to ask us.