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May Newsletter - Kidz Magic Capestone

 Welcome to our latest newsletter for Kidz Magic Capestone.

We are so pleased to see things starting to return to as normal as possible with the return of many of our wonderful families.

It has been so lovely to see you all back again and although things are still a little different around our rostering and staffing arrangements it's been so wonderful to see everyone again and to be able to enjoy all the magical things our centre has to offer alongside the children and families.

Although we are slowly seeing pandemic restrictions being lifted, we are still wanting to ensure all of our staff, children and parents entering the Centre are kept safe and healthy, so we would like to remind everyone to keep following the health and safety guidelines.

If you or your child are sick with flu-like symptoms, please do not attend the Centre until you have been seen by a doctor or been tested for Coronavirus and cleared as not contagious. We are trying to limit the amount of social contact between people entering the centre, so we continue to ask that only one parent or guardian enters the Centre to drop off and pick up their children and to please only stay for a reasonable amount of time to complete the drop-off and say goodbye. Also please ensure to use the hand sanitiser provided upon entering and exiting the Centre.

Thank you to everyone who is following these guidelines, it is greatly appreciated!

The biggest thanks go out to our amazing team here at Kidz Magic Capestone.  Your positive attitude and passion to work hard at supporting our children and families to return to the same beautiful environment has been so encouraging to see.

A few things we are collecting that families may be able to support with are:

  • Any off-cuts of plants
  • Baskets
  • Loose parts items
  • Books
  • Arts and craft items
  • Cereal boxes and other empty cardboard boxes from the pantry

Thank you very much,

Hayley Le | Kidz Magic - Capestone

2 June 2020 - Mabo Day 

The day to  commemorate the courageous efforts of Eddie Koiki Mabo to overturn the fiction of terra nullius (land belonging to no-one), the legal concept that Australia and the Torres Strait Islands were not owned by Indigenous peoples because they did not 'use' the land in ways Europeans believed constituted some kind of legal possession.

8 June 2020 - World Ocean Day

The day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life.

10 June 2020 - Widcall Animal Show

$9.00 per child (Nursery Free). Payment slips at Reception.  Payment due prior to the show day 

- 09.30 am , Toddler and Senior Toddler 1 : 

- 10.00 am , senior toddler 2 and pre-kindy 2

- 10.30am , pre kindy 1 and kindergarten

25 June 2020 - Multicultural Show

$6.00 per child – If you haven't paid please do so prior to the show day

9.30am Junior Group 

10am Senior Group

29 June 2020 - National Sunnies Day

The Vision Council's campaign to raise consumer awareness of the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect the eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, with the goal of increasing sunglass sales.

Due to curent pandemic situation you will notice that our centre operates with a modified roster. So you might not see the same educators in your child/ren's room through out the week. However, if you have any concern please do not hesitate to contact your child/ren's room educators.

Tomato and White Bean Bruschetta


Ingredients

400g can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained                

1 tbs lemon juice

1 tbs olive oil

1 small clove garlic, crushed

1 small (32cm) wholemeal baguette (220g)

Olive oil cooking spray

2 x 250g punnets cherry tomatoes, quartered

1/2 small red onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup finely shredded basil

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

2 tsp olive oil

extra basil leaves, to garnish

Method

1.Process beans, juice, oil and garlic in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and set aside.

2.Cut baguette into approximately 1cm slices, Place bread slices on an oven tray. Spray with cooking oil spray. Bake in a 200C preheated oven for 5-8 minutes or until crisp and golden. Cool on tray.

3.Combine tomatoes, onion, basil, vinegar and oil in a large bowl.

4.Spread bean mixture over toasted bread slices, top with tomato mixture. Garnish with extra basil leaves, if desired. Serve straightaway.

Tasks for kids:

Combine tomatoes, onions, basil, vinegar and oil (Step 3).

Spread bean mixture over toasted bread slices (Step 4).

Garnish with basil leaves (Step 4).

Tip: Bean mix can be prepared and bread can be toasted one day ahead. Keep bread in a container and bean mix covered in the fridge. Tomato topping can be prepared up to 1 hour ahead. Keep, covered, in the fridge. Assemble bruschetta just before serving. 

Energy923kJ
Total Fat8.6g
Saturated Fat1.3g
Monounsaturated Fat5g
Polyunsaturated Fat1.7g
Protein8g
Carbohydrate23g
Fibre7g
Sodium323mg

Serves
      6 (4 slices per serve)
Preparation Time      38 minutes
Cooking Time         8 minutes


Reference: https://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/recipes/tomato-and-white-bean-bruschetta.aspx 

Wunya Families,

While lids4kids is not operating as usual we are still working hard to collect, sort and count all the lids coming through the center. This month we have managed to collect an astonishing 3011 caps! This brings our total count for the year so far to 9749 lids. What a feet this has been! Thank you to all the families who have made this possible. I can't wait to see what we can collect in the coming months.


In other news we have started planting our new vegetables for the cooler season. So keep your eyes peeled for what starts popping up around the center.

Miss Laura

Welcome to Nursery 1 magic moment for month May

All our little friends has been productive and achievements a lots of improvements with their milestones.

Most our little friends are find the solid food and fingers food good intake for them too. As well encourage them to drink their water after meals as well

Since the weather are getting more cooler please place warm clothes and jumper (long sleeves shirts, socks and a jumper) available for them. We willremove the jumper if the weather getting warmer during the day an we will putting on again when the weather getting cooler as well.

Please name all the your child belongings to avoid confusions in the future.

Please feel free to approaching one of us if you need to delivery or shares any ideas, suggestions, achievement or concerns and we will be happy to accommodate as much as we can to help you.

These are few images about what they have been interest in so far:

Aza has been showing his interest of walking practising and settling very well

Casper is on is settling transitions at the moments and doing well

David is interested with his walking practising skills

Geo is interested with his walking practising at the moment

Kayden is crawling forward and practising sitting on the ground now

Koda is so happy with his walking and standing up practising skills at the moment

Kodi is showing his interests more of his walking practising and exploring other resources surround him with full confidence now

Zara is happy to interact with other peers and happy to explore what surround her as well

See you until next time,

Ms Yefi, Ms Inday and Ms Prema 

Hello from Nursery 2

We have been concentrating on getting back into our usual routine now that most of our friends have returned.

This month we have enjoyed learning some more fine motor skills such as glueing feathers and shapes onto paper which teaches us how to manipulate and use our fingers, along with messy/sensory play using goop which is also teaching us to use our hands to touch and move the mixture.Last week we went for a walk to the sandpit in the senior yard which the children loved.They had so much fun digging and measuring out the sand into containers, this promotes physical development using large muscles and hand/eye co-ordination.

Our latest experience has been making a "pond" for our 5 Little Ducks.We poured coloured rice into a container and the children have been using their sensory, fine motor and language skills as we count the ducks and move them around.

Some of the special moments this month have been…..Emmy has taken her first steps, we welcomed back Ari, Amal and Hudson and some of us tried Sushi which was an interesting experience.All of the children are enjoying their meal times and willing to try different types of food.

Keep in mind we have a couple of shows coming up soon which have been rescheduled from earlier this year.

We have noticed that some of our children are starting to run out of their nappy creams so if you would like to check with us we will let you know if you need to bring in some more.

Remember you are most welcome to contribute to our program at any time if you have anything you would like your child to learn.

Until next month

Miss Liz, Miss Sandra and Miss Prema 

I cannot believe it's the end of May already, how fast this year is going. It is starting to get busy in our room again with lots of our friends returning to care, which is wonderful to see. I am so proud with how most of the children have resettled back into care after time off.
A big congratulations to Thomas who welcomed his little baby brother Oliver at the end of April, we are so excited to meet him.

This month we sadly but excitedly said Goodbye to Darcy as she moved up to Senior Toddlers. It is always a bittersweet moment, when you know they are ready to move on from the Toddlers room, but you will also miss them. Archer and Emerson will be joining her by the end of June as well. Soon we will be welcoming some of the babies up from Nursery 2 which is exciting.

We have been focusing on our language development and skills this month. The children's language is coming along in leaps and bounds, so many words, sentences, and name recognition happening. We know so many of our peer's names now, as well as the Educators names. I am in the middle of making a photo board with little windows for the children to lift and see photos of themselves, peers and educators, to extend on their interest with peer's names. We also sing lots of songs like 'Bee Bee Bumble Bee' for name recognition. We are not just learning our names though, we are learning lots of other words and sentences. Helping develop children's language skills is as simple as talking to children, talking about what's happening, what is around them etc. Offering children words, but also giving them the chance to find their own words, its that tricky balance of talking but not talking too much.

Now things are starting to get back to normal, and having between 12-16 children a day, we are going back to having Indoor/outdoor play during the morning, giving the children the choice of where they want to play and what they want to play with. This is a great opportunity to promote independence and choice with children. Having the children spread out over a larger area also lowers the frequency of dis-agreements between the children as they have the space to play.

We are also looking at collecting boxes/packaging from food etc to turn our home corner into a shop, if you have any boxes etc at home, we would love to have them. Having 'food' that is from home is amazing for children and gives them that sense of connection.

Please don't forget to bring named jumpers for your child as the weather is a lot cooler now. Also required is a top sheet/sleep suit along with their bottom sheet for rest time. Please ensure bed sheets, clothes and bottles and formula containers are named, this makes it a lot easier for us to make sure children's belongings get back to their owner.

Looking forward to a fantastic June (can you believe that makes it halfway through 2020 already)

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

Senior Toddler one Newsletter Feb-March

Hi Senior Toddler one families,

The year is going so fast and we have made it through some tough times, thank you to all the support over this difficult time and welcome back to all the families returning we have missed you all and look forward to the rest of the year with all our friends back in the room.

It's getting colder now as we approach winter so we need to remember to pack warm clothes and some shoes and socks. We will endeavor to ensure that shoes and socks are on before the children enter the yard to afternoon play. Hats are still important and if you would like to leave your child's hat at care then we can label it and place it in the cupboards in the room for each day they attend.

We are focusing on our handwashing and hygiene over the next few months and we have a few handwashing songs that we are beginning to learn. In light of what is going on in the world I feel it is important to encourage children to learn the importance of correctly washing their hands.

Over the next few months, we will be focusing further on our self-help skills and independence. Toilet training can be a tricky time and we are here to help and support in any way we can. If you are ready to begin this journey at home and would like us to continue this when your child is here please come and see one of the team. We encourage parents to bring lots of changes of clothes and a wet bag if possible as this negates the need for the use of plastic bags for any soiled clothing. I have attached some links below that are helpful in deciding if your child is ready to toilet train.

We have some shows coming up in June, this is so exciting and we are happy that we are getting back to normal with everything.

Wednesday the 10th of June – Wild call animal show ---------- cost $9.00 per child

Thursday the 25th of June – Multicultural show $6.00 per child (this has been rebooked, if you have paid for this earlier in the year you will not have to pay again. Please come and see a team member if you can't remember if you have paid)

https://www.babycenter.com.au/a4384/toilet-training-is-my-child-ready

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/toilet-training

https://www.startingblocks.gov.au/at-home/toilet-training-your-child/

Over the next few months, we will begin to explore our interactions with others and our environment. Our group times will focus on each child's voice and allowing them to choose what story we read or song we sing. Encouraging participation and allowing children to guide their own learning builds confidence and allows educators to better extend on learning.

Again myself Laura, Tabi, and Mariela are here if you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you, 

Charmaine and the Senior Toddler 1 team. 

 June already,

Wow I can't believe 6 months has flown by already.

This month we have started to regroup back to ST2 now the COVID 19 threat isn't as high.

It's so lovely to finally see the gorgeous smiling faces of our little friends again.

Now we are starting to find our feet again we are having to remind our friends to sit down, use our waking feet inside, and most importantly keep our hands to ourselves.

Popular activities within the room this month have included clay modeling, trucks, building blocks, the sensory table with a range of sensory items, plastic animals, logs and leaves, rocks, puzzles, painting, and drawing.

If you have any other toys or natural items such as bark, seashells, snakeskin, birds nests, twigs, logs cut into slices, wooden bowls etc I would greatly appreciate the donations.

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

Miss Mel has 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 children whilst learning.

We are also encouraging coughing into our elbow, blowing our noses, washing our hands after we discard 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.

It's important to remember now it's getting colder to please pack spare warm clothes, socks, shoes, and a jumper.

Welcome back once again and we look forward to continuing the year with you all.

Much love,

Miss Mel, Miss Irena, Miss Olivia and Miss Raman xxx 

 Hi Pre Kindergarten 1 Families,

This month has seen us come back to some sort of normalcy, with us coming back to our room and seeing some of our old friends come back to the service. We created a new home corner with beautiful wooden food, water hyacinth baskets, ceramics, glass and cooking utensils. We are trying to make it look more home-like. The children have been cooking, laying out plates of food, having parties, and coming together to enjoy meals. We incorporated a baby doll area in the book nook, with baskets and blankets for the babies to sleep in, and bottles for the babies milk.

We acquired a low table for the animal and environmental area so the children can create homes for the animals with stones, velvet, woollen trees and we also added IKEA trays to add layers and dimensions to the environment- for instance the children helped create a waterfall for the aquatic dinosaurs.

A really good question was asked "What happens in a caterpillars cocoon?" We watched a quick YouTube clip about the butterfly life cycles, engaged in some books about bugs, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We have been speaking about Autumn as the weather has gotten colder, to help the children with the transition of wearing summer clothes to winter clothes, also self-help skills with taking jumpers off and putting them on, socks and shoes.

We have been focussing on pre-writing skills. Pre-writing skills are the fundamental skills children need to develop before they are able to write. These skills contribute to the child's ability to hold and use a pencil, and the ability to draw, write, copy, and colour. A major component of pre-writing skills are the pre-writing shapes. These are the pencil strokes that most letters, numbers and early drawings are comprised of. These strokes include the following strokes: |, —, O, +, /, square, \, X, and Δ.

So far we have done X and O. Well done to Pre Kindergarten!

Thank you,

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

 Wunya families,

What a crazy whirlwind of a month! I am so pleased to see so many of our lovely friends returning to care and our room returning to its former busy self. We have been busy reconnecting and rebuilding relationships and also learning about our wonderful country, Australia. We have learnt about the name of our states, capitals and territories. Significant land marks such as the Sydney Opera House and The Great Barrier Reef. All about our flag and the significance of it. And we have been singing our favourite song, I am Australian! We also made some Damper as we talked about bush tucker food. We will continue this learning topic into indigenous Australia as well. Just a reminder that it is now getting quiet cool in the afternoons, please ensure you are packing season appropriate changes of clothes (eg long pants and long sleeve shirts) and please always pack a CLEARLY NAMED jumper for your child.

As always, if you have any feedback or contribution for our room, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Miss Sarah, Miss Maria and Miss Dani

 Wunya families,

What an amazing fun time we have had in May. Welcome back to many of our friends who have been away, we have missed you all.

Happy Birthday to Aryo (9th) and Oscar (10th).

The children have loved show and share which started in April but continued into week three of May. They have been extending on their confidence, self esteem, verbal communication, listening and responding to questions. During May the children have brought in from home items from home that were special to them to discuss and share with their friends. We have started a show and share folder which is displayed on top of our lockers and we also bring it down for the children to look through and share their photos what they brought in for which letters. Check out the questions and answers that were discussed for your child's or friends show and shares.

Learning Pad and Journal

On top of the lockers you may have noticed our Learning Pad and Journal, this is where we document our group time discussions and individual learning. The children learn about the letter sounds and brain storm words what start with these sounds, then we record their answers on the learning pad. They practice their hand writing techniques through our Casey Caterpillar writing program. Practice writing numbers, drawing shapes and other activities linked to our letter focus. Our journal is mainly focus questions that we ask about topics to further their thinking skills – Why do we wear hats?

Feel free to look through these learning journeys, they are displayed on our lockers.

Letters we have learnt and our fun experiences linked to these letters (H and R)

H

  • Group time - The children learnt the letter formation, How to make a hexagon ( 6 sticks) and heart, Happy and you know it song, Heart and Hexagon patterns, counting and sorting horses. Used our senses to taste and smell honey. We learnt about the Honey bee and how they make honey. We looked into the life cycle of the honey bee.
  • Activities – Harry Potter Yoga , Making a heart out of lego. Hunt for hearts and hexagons in our classroom. Helping Hands – learning how to be kind to others – sharing, taking turns and helping out when needed.
  • Arts and Craft – The children made their own hamburgers using colour paper, scissors and glue. Painted the letter Hh on big A3 paper outside. Hand painting and tracing.
  • Physical play –Hopscotch inside with H named animals, handstands up against the back fence

  • Physical play - Running races, Relay races.
  • Art and Craft - Learnt how to make Rectangles using two long sticks and two short sticks. Created robots with red play dough and metal objects from the tool box. Rabbits using chalk on black paper.
  • Group Time- Letter formation, How to draw a rectangle, Red sorting activity. Discussed about rainbows. Rocket number match, Rainbow letters match ( upper and lower case). Danced to Ram sam sam song. Counting rain drops using sequins and clouds. Counting, sorting rocks – then heavy/light and sink/float. Made rain using shaving foam and blue food colouring. We read Room on the broom story and Rainbow fish. We learnt about road safety and demonstrated how to use our STOP signs outside with our bikes.
  • Activity time- Red shaving foam with rice for sensory, measuring and pouring rice in our black tubs, Using the ROADS tracks with our cars. Followed our ROOM RULES J by helping each other out when needed – we put our room rules up on the wall to reflect on and the Children asked if we can add photos (This is our next project) Rocket race game using dice and red pom poms


Next Month we will be learning about –Letters M and D and then the end of June we will revise all letters from Term 2. (C, K, E, H, R, M, D).

Reminders

  • Please pack a jumper as the weather has gotten colder in the mornings and afternoons.
  • Please pack a hat as we encourage our Kindergarten children to be sun safe even through winter
  • Please limit your child's show and share to 1-2 items; this will prevent items getting lost.


Thank you 

Miss Cathy, Miss Tahlia Miss Ailish and Miss Dani

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