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August 2020 Newsletter - Kidz Magic Capestone

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Wanya and welcome to our August Newsletter.

The year is ticking by so very quickly and it's been so enjoyable to see things settle to our new 'normal' over the last few weeks. Fingers crossed we can keep things that way!

A very big thank you to each of you for keeping your little ones home when they are unwell and notifying us. This has been greatly appreciated.

Welcome to our newest families who have joined us over the past month. We hope you love your time with us and we look forward to getting to know you over this wonderful journey of love and laughter.

A few reminders that continue to support our Covid-19 plans are:

  • Staying away if unwell
  • One parent to drop off and pick up if possible
  • Sanitising hands on arrival and departure (these are located at the sign in area as well as on the reception desk)
  • Adults to keep the 1.5 meter social distancing


A very big CONGRATULATIONS to the following staff for reaching 1 year as being part of our Kidz Magic Capestone Team:

Claudia, Prema, Olivia, Shwetha, Cathy, Alida & Taylah

What an absolute pleasure it is to work alongside each of you each day!

Welcome to our newest casual team members who will be joining our relief pool of supporting educators:

Esme, Claire & Olivia

As always, please don't hesitate to let me know if there is anything you are needing support with.

Until next time….

Hayley Le

Centre Director

Kidz Magic Capestone

  • 1 September 2020 - Footy Colours Day

A national fundraising campaign that help kids with cancer keep up with school. Wear your team's colours to raise much needed funds.


  • 2 September 2020 - Indigenous Literacy Day

A national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy.


  • 3 September 2020 - Australian National Flag Day

It commemorates the day in 1901 on which the Australian National Flag was first flown


  • 6 September 2020 - Father's Day

Celebrates every first Sunday of September. It is a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers and father figures.


  • 8 September - International Literacy Day

The day to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.


  • 10 September - R U OK? Day

Our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, "Are you OK?" and support those struggling with life's ups and downs.


  • 19 September 2020 - Talk Like a Pirate Day

Nationally recognised as the major fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Support.


  • 23 September 2020 - International Sign Language Day

The day to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.


  • 27 September 2020 - National Health and Physical Education Day

A nationwide initiative that highlights the importance of HPE in the Australian Curriculum, and its influence on the learning and development of children.

1 and 10 September 2020 : Sarah Brosnan

3 September 2020 : Tomomi Martin

16 September 2020 : Dishu Batth

16 September 2020 : Chrystel Green

16 to 18 September : Maria Purnamadjaja 

28 to 30 September 2020 : Liz Kuhl 

This month we have been learning about our environments and the challenges facing them. For science week we learnt about the reefs and oceans and how pollution is affecting them. We have also been working hard on setting up our gardens. 

xx

Miss Laura

Welcome to Nursery 1 Newsletter for August 2020

Another excited month has been pass with full of excited stories to tell about our little friends.

Welcome to our new family of Sonia, Charlotte and Emilia. We are so excited to have you all in Nursery 1 with us

Just a little reminder please to name each belonging (drink bottles, milk bottle, spare clothes, bed sheets and blanket etc.) of your child to avoid misplace

We still encourage to offer their water intake and encourage with their self-help skills through their meals time

If your little one not in a good health please getting advise from your GP to minimise any further sickness

As the weather is getting colder please putting a jumper and socks would be appreciated

Here are a small info regards your little ones up to

Kayden is be able to sit on his both knees on the ground while he is exploring assorted play and starting using more of his baby talk to his educators as well

Penelope is gaining much more confidence of her walking skills and explored more of her gross motor skills through bike riding and obstacles course play. She is also interested exploring assorted story book on her own too.

Geo is showing his walking practising quite often. So excited!

Koda is exploring more of hat to offer and what are the availability for his activities since he is walking independently now.

Valishka is getting settle with her confidence and routine with us. We will continue to support her transitions period and encourage her to settle as well.

Casper is walking on his own and he has been showing his more confidence when he is exploring his activities between indoor and outdoor play

Zara is using more of her language skills with her educators and exploring more of gross motor skills with her activities

Emilia, Charlotte and Sonia are in their transition period due her settling in Nursery 1 room. She is enjoying her play and building a good relationship with her educators

Mason is doing so great. We put him on his belly little by little to develops his strengthen on his head, neck and his shoulder muscles.

Please do not hesitate to arrange a time if you like to discuss an matters regards your child. We are also welcome your input, suggestions, concerns or just would like to have a conversation with us.

Have a great day,

Nursery 1,

Miss Yefi, Miss Inday, Miss Prema and Miss Swetha

Hello from Nursery 2

Lots of new friends and settling into the room this month.We are so happy to see everyone gradually becoming used to their new room and forming a bond with us.Lots of exciting milestones also happening with Aza and Lucas now toddling around and enjoying their new found freedom to explore further.

We have discovered that all of our new children love music so that has been our main focus this month.Lots of bopping and dancing which has helped with ensuring the children feel a sense of belonging.Gradually we have touched on art, some of the children love it, others not so keen.Everyone loves the balls, we have had lots of laughter as the children chase and throw the balls back to us and to each other.

We have been showing the children how to wash their hands before meals which has been very successful as they have fallen into the routine of going to the bathroom and washing their hands before moving to the table.The new food has been generally well liked as they explore a variety of foods from different cultures.

Moving forward we will have more story group times and try some more art.At the moment we have been working on a little something for Fathers Day.

Remember your input is very important to us.If there is something you would like the children to learn or you think they may be interested in please let us know so we can try our best to include it in our program.

Until next month

Miss Liz, Miss Sandra, Miss Prema and Miss Swetha

Wow, I cant believe it's the end of August already. The year is flying past, it will be Christmas before we know it.

I want to say a huge Happy Birthday to Sophie M and Leo D who recently turned 2. I also want to say Congratulations to Miller on the arrival of his little baby brother Ari.

This month has been a wonderful month, all the children are really settled in our room. We have been focusing on including the children in more routine parts of our day, helping to clean up our resources, emptying our plates after meal times etc. The children have taken this on amazingly. Encouraging children to help clean up promotes respect for their environment, and also helps to teach children skills that they will use for life.

We have still been working on learning and recognising our names. Most of us are getting really good at recognising our own and our peers names. We have started doing a role call every morning at group time, going through the children that are there each day. This promotes an amazing sense of self for the children.

Our children have been showing a lot of interest in music as well lately. Our phonics song is still one of the most popular with the children, as is our new animal song. The children love imitating all the animal sounds in the song. We have also been listening to some common songs in other languages like Spanish. If you have any particular songs/music that is special to your culture, please feel free to let me know about it so I can incorporate it into our program.

Miss Tracy, Miss Tomomi, Miss Luna, Miss Claudia, Miss Salma and Miss Raman 

 Dear Families

Welcome to our Newsletter

We have been so busy working on different things in our room and using our transitions to build and plan for learning.

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at Eric Carle's series of books. Eric Carle is the author of the very hungry caterpillar, but he has a range of books about many different insects and animals. You will see a new display within our room which will show all the learning and further planning that's is happening. In the senior toddler room we follow a play based program that focuses on the children's individual and group interest. However we do allow for teacher initiated or "Planned" play which gives educators the opportunity build on anything they have observed.

Our focus outcomes over the next month will connect to learning Outcome 4

Learning Outcome 4: Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.

This is evident when children:

  • express wonder and interest in their environments.
  • are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning.
  • use play to investigate, imagine and explore ideas.
  • follow and extend their own interests with enthusiasm, energy and concentration.
  • initiate and contribute to play experiences emerging from their own ideas.
  • participate in a variety of rich and meaningful inquiry-based experiences.
  • persevere and experience the satisfaction of achievement.
  • persist even when they find a task difficult

Investigation and problem solving will be the main focus and opportunities to explore and use imaginative skills will be a key component of the program.

We have welcomed a new friend to our class in August, Welcome to Carter and his family we look forward to spend time getting to know you.

A few reminders for the issue of the newsletter

  • hats are required each day for play, if you would like to leave a hat you definitely can it can be left in our drink's troller or in your child's locker
  • sheets for rest time and any items you bring to care each day need to be labelled, this prevents confusion and allows us to be able to locate all items that belong to each child
  • your child has a locker with their name attached, please locate your child's locker when dropping them of and place their bag in their allocated square


lastly we would like to thank everyone for all your support over the tough times we have had in 2020, things are slowly getting back to normal and its exciting to see, we look forward to things being great for the rest of the year and into 2021.

Thanks

Miss Charmaine, Miss Laura , Miss Tabi, Miss Alida, Miss Mariela and Miss Swetha

Hello ST2 families,

Wow September already, popular activities within the room this month have included building magnetic shapes, trucks, building blocks, the sensory table with a range of sensory items, plastic animals, logs and leaves, rocks, puzzles, painting, drawing and cooking.

If you have any other toys or natural items you may see when out for a stroll or a hike such as bark, sea shells, snake skin, birds nests, twigs, logs cut into slices, wooden bowls etc I would greatly appreciate the donations.

During group time we continue to revise our name recognition, shapes, alphabet, colours and counting 1 to 20.

As it's still chilly at times, we have continued to teach our little friends the song 'Wash your hands' by the wiggles.

Not only is it teaching children how to wash their hands but also to counting to 15 whilst washing them. This has proven to be a reliable way to engage the children whilst learning.

We are also encouraging coughing into our elbow, blowing our noses, washing our hands after we disguard the dirty tissue and singing the whole wash our hands song whilst washing our hands with soap. We stop washing once the song is finished.

We are also toilet training several friends in the ST2 room, please make sure they have a spare set of shoes, socks and several pairs of easy to pull up/down pants and shorts in their bags incase they have any toileting accidents.

It's also important that all bottles and formula is put into the Senior Toddlers 2 basket inside the fridge clearly labelled.

Also can you please make sure all bedding is clearly labelled. If not staff will have to label it for you as we have several matching sheets with names not clearly written on them.

Have a wonderful month,

Miss Mel, Miss Irena, Miss Olivia, Miss Priya, Miss Alida and Miss Dani 

Wunya and welcome to our August newsletter, 

We've charged on with our letters, discovering and discussing the letters D, E, F and G. We engage with one letter per week and go through the pre writing shapes that make up each letter. I am loving how the children are recognising all of the letters we have previously done and are trying to write other ones as well. How exciting!

The children have become very interested in the natural world, and with Spring coming up a lot of bugs and beetles have been found in our garden. We read the Bad-Tempered Ladybird (also helping with our emotions) made some stained-glass art ladybeetles, made lady beetle brooches and engaged in a fine motor skills activity with ladybeetle pegs eating cotton ball aphids. We have been creating different environments with the children, like farm, ocean, beach, dinosaur and role modelling to the children how to make them using the velvets and loose parts to not only give a love of biology and the animals kingdom and the environment, but also by using the loose parts give children thefreedomto arrange and rearrange, essentially using the parts to create their own rules and designs, which allows the focus of the experience to be on the process rather than the product. 

Coming into Spring we will be talking more about the change in the seasons, and have been using a weather chart to discuss this every morning. We speak about what's going on in the sky (sunny/cloudy) if it's dry or wet, if the wind is calm or strong or what the temperature is. The children love this and talk about weather phenomena whist outside. We even had an interesting discussion about the recent dust storms which helped the children understand why we had to limit our time outside on that day. 

Thanks so much,

Miss Amy, Miss Chrystel Miss Manita, Miss Ailish and Miss Dani. 

Wunya Families,

Welcome to Pre-Kindergarten Two August Newsletter.

August is the month where we focused on exploring different cultures such as Indonesian(Bahasa) lesson and the South Africa cultural lesson.

During this month we engaged the children in some activities related Indonesian and South African culture in which we learnt a new language, created cultural arts and broadened our knowledge about South African's animal through our visual skill and sensory skill by creating a discussion session and open opportunity to feel some body parts of South African animals such as Ostrich's eggs and the porcupines' quills.

We also enriched our sense of kindness through our "kindness bucket" and did some kindness practices such as helping tidy up our room, little helpers to serve food and implementation of being respectful towards others by taking turn in talking during show and tell session.

New edition activity in our room is groceries shop role play. The children's responses to our groceries shop were stunning! The children showed their interest to engaged with the activity, they learnt to get a better concept of trading using currency and improve their communication and social skills during the role play.

We would like to thank all families for the groceries boxes/packages donation as our groceries shop activity would not be a success without your help.

Your feedback is important to us. Therefore feel free to communicate your idea or suggestion to improve our learning program to our room educators Miss Sarah, Miss Maria or Miss Alida.

Thank you.

xx
Miss Sarah, Miss Maria, Miss Alida, Miss Ailish, Miss Dani and Miss Dishu 

Wunya families,

Welcome to our Kindergarten newsletter for August. This month we celebrated two birthday's – Hannah and Raquel both turned 5 on the same day!!! How exciting! We hope you both had a lovely day celebrating with your friends.

Just a reminder to families that we are now wishing to celebrate the children's birthday's as a 'cake-less event'. Some of the ways we are seeing families get creative around this are – leaving party bags or take home items to celebrate, pass-the-parcel, other games within the classroom we can engage in through the day, fruit birthday cake, party hats etc. If your wanting some ideas please feel free to ask as we still would love to help make their day special J

This month in Kindergarten children have been learning all about the letters U, L and B.

Letter U:

Group Time – During group times we have been brainstorming together about the letter 'Uu' asking questions 'What lives Underground', 'What can you find Upstairs', 'What can you find Up in the sky', 'What are 9 words that start with the letter U'.

Learning the Casey Caterpillar Term for letter 'Uu' U-Gumnut Cup and u-Gumnut Cup with Short Stick to practice writing and researching the Universe

Art and Craft – The children engaged in a variety of craft by making a collage of Umbrellas on a piece of paper. We used the Casey term as the children selected a paint

Letter L:

Group time - During group time the children learnt all words that start with the letter 'Ll'. Lion, Light, Library, Love, Leap were some of the words we discovered during our brainstorming sharing session.

Art and craft – During our art and craft sessions the Kindergarten children practiced painting and writing the letter 'Ll' as well as a 'Leaf Collage'! Long lines and little lines were also part of these discussions.

Activities – L is for Lungs, Legs, Lips, Liver, Love 'heart'. Our body tracing activity was a huge hit as we got to measure our length and then create our traced body onto the butcher paper before adding these body parts.

Physical – Leap Frog was the physical activity for this Letter which was such a busy experience. Regular physical activity can help children and adolescents improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of developing health conditions such as: Heart disease.

Letter B:

Group time – The most popular word we could find that started with the letter 'Bb' was 'Baby'. The children absolutely love Miss Cathy's baby that is in her belly – and they haven't even met her yet – so it's no wonder the Kindergarten children are super excited about Babies!

Art and craft – The children have started to make their very own 'bird feeder' which is super exciting. Butterfly paintings and practicing the letter 'Bb' with drawing and painting experiences were part of this exciting letter of the week.

Activities – Leaning all about the cycle of Butterfly has been super interesting and exciting for us all! If you have any other ideas please feel free to share these with us at any stage.

Physical – Bug hunting was a wonderful group activity that we participated in. No special equipment is necessary. In fact, children can be mesmerized with the simplicity of nature and the creative possibilities that emerge J

Revise week

  • We had a dress up day 29th,30th and 31st where the children were encouraged to dress up in - green, gold, grey or orange clothes. We also found dress up clothes in these colours for the class in the same colours. Some wonderful colour recognition skills are showing through here within our Kindergarten class. The children also painted using orange and green paint and drew pictures of grapes and oranges.

Friday 28th August is our wonderful Miss Cathy's last day before she heads off on Maternity Leave. We wish her all the very best and look forward to seeing her return in 2021.

During Miss Cathy's time away our Room will continue to be supported by Miss Tahlia (all 5 days) and Miss Ailish (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) with Miss Claudia (our Toddler ECT coming in to support on the Monday and Tuesday of each week).

What a wonderful busy month we have had and we can't wait for more fun learning next month.

From Miss Cathy and Miss Tahlia and Miss Ailish 

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