|Aurora Early Learning Centre|
The word 'Father' for most of us conjures up many warm happy feelings and memories. Being a dad is a special honour bestowed on men who have bourne children. However it is also a term used to describe and identify other men who have so bravely and honorably stepped up to the role through a marriage, adoption or even foster care.
In our busy lifestyles today, often parents leave the role of raising or looking after children temporarily to the grandparents.
And so we also honour the Grandad who very often steps in to assist.. Whether it be to drop off and pick up children for preschool and school, take his grandchild out for a meal and a play or even rush to the shops to buy something the child may need and the parents can't afford.
Today, we celebrated all these amazing men in our children's lives here at Aurora ELC. We had both dads and granddads attend.
It was wonderful to watch the pride in children's eyes when their father or grandfather (or both) walked in to their room. It was heart warming watching those men who are often busy making a living, pull up a little chair, sit and do some craft with their children.
Thank you to all the dads and granddads who have taken the day/hours off their busy schedule to come along today. The best thing you can give a child is your time.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL DADS. Enjoy Sunday with your precious families.
It was a pleasure welcoming our families with children transitioning to school in 2016 to an information night about getting the children school ready.
It was equally as pleasurable having the stage 1 deputy principal from Blacktown South Public School come and present to our families about school expectations and procedures.
The hot topics discussed today included:
- school expectation of student skills.
- routine at school.
- the role and importance of social and communication skills in your child's future success at school.
- importance of self help skills.
- how Aurora's curriculum is designed to facilitate development of skills required for school, based on developmental play.
- enrollment and orientation procedure.
Where to from here?
- we are starting a mid year assessment protocol on all our children within the next fortnight.
- families with children transitioning to school in 2016 will be given the opportunity to have a Parent-Taacher interview to discuss assessed skills and formulate a goal to work on in the next 6 months.
- lunch box week will commence once a month from now till beginning of school. More information will follow.
- introduction of a 'news' group roster amongst our preschoolers to establish idea of public speaking, confidence, communication, appropriate questioning skills and listening skill.
Looking forwards to collaborating with you in regards to your child.
Today, we celebrated our first milestone birthday. Thank you to all our families and friends that have braved the cold today to come and celebrate with us.
We got to showcase our beautiful and continually evolving physical space and how we set up the rooms to encourage exploration, intrigue and learning.
Our Educators got chatting with the families about our philosophies, our programs and our passion.
Nothing more enjoyable than seeing the children run around, laugh and play as we all shared a meal together.
There was a real feel of our community coming together and we loved every moment.
Thanks again to all our families for making our first year an amazing one. Looking forwards to many more working together in caring, prepping and teaching our little ones to get them ready for their future.
Can you believe we are nearly ONE! We celebrate our 1st anniversary on the 21st July 2015. To commemorate this occasion, we would like to invite families to our first birthday open day on Saturday 18th July from 1-4pm here at the centre. You will have the opportunity to chat with our experienced educators about our programs and philosophy, see firsthand how our activities are set up to target specific skills and get to meet the interior designer and see perspective works that are in the pipelines. This event is open to the public, so feel free to bring along families that may be interested in enrolling their children in the centre. A BBQ lunch will be available and some vegetarian options for our families that do not eat meat. The children will also be entertained with face painting, balloon sculpting and other activities as you take a walk around the centre and get to speak to us. Please RSVP by Wednesday 15th July for this event for catering purposes.
The job of a Mother is often not given much thought in our busy day to day running around... But simply put, the world would come to a halt if mums decided to stop putting in the huge work into their families.
Our Aurora children and staff wanted to show our appreciation and love towards all our mums, grandmothers and great grandmothers today.. And that we did 💕
It was our pleasure today to welcome some of the important women in the children's lives to share a morning tea, chat and play games.
We thank all the mums who took a few hours off from their busy schedules or paid employmeny to come along today. It sure put a massive smile on your children's faces.
Wishing you all a wonderful day with your family on Sunday.
Bubbles are an absolute favorite activity to engage in with kids. The humble bubble boasts a number of benefits and builds on essential developmental skills. Let me explain:
Visual tracking skills. Kids follow the path of the bubbles.
Sensory processing skills. Bubbles are wet, slimy and sticky. They feel funny. And the physical act of blowing can be a very effective sensory-based way to help children “organize”, calm, and focus their bodies.
Social skills. Kids can ask for “more” and establish eye contact when doing so. And when playing in a group, taking turns and keeping personal space between their bodies is one of the skills practiced. The combined laughing, giggling, squealing and labeling was heard from the back play area to my office at the front of the building. If that's not the development of social and communication skills, I don't know what is.
Gross motor skills. What an easy way to get kids to reach way up high, stand on their tippie toes, squat, jump, run, stomp, and kick.
Language and cognitive skills. Toddlers and preschoolers get to understand and describe where the bubbles are and what they’re doing by pointing things out when they happen. For example, "The bubbles are going up (or down)” “They’re going fast (or slow).” “There’s a bubble in front of (or behind) you.” “I see one next to you.” “There’s one above (or below) your head.” “It’s to your right (or left).” “That’s a really big (or little) bubble.” “Go pop the biggest (or smallest) bubble!"
Bubbles posses lots of scientific processes such as investigation, discovery, experimentation and observation.
Simply put, bubbles are fun, easy to use and fascinating.
So get p-p-popping.
Gong Xi Fa Cai - Happy Chinese New Year
According to Chinese Astrology, each year is associated with an animal symbol occurring in a 12-year cycle. This year we celebrate the 8th year of the cycle.. The year of the Goat (yang). This is often referred to as the year of the sheep as well as there is no word in the Chinese language to distinguish between the 2 animals.
The celebrations for new year include the lion dance, fireworks, family gathering and sharing family feasts, visiting friends and relatives and the giving of 'red pockets' to the children with money in it.
Our celebrations at the centre included listening to Chinese New Year music/songs, dressing up in Chinese attire, making Chinese crafts and of course sharing a lovely Asian meal together. The children enjoyed being introduced to a different culture and seeing the difference to the culture we live in or the one practiced at home. It never ceases to amuse us how these cultural days excite and amaze the children.
According to Chinese teachings, the year of the 'Yang' heralds a year of promise and prosperity and as such Aurora staff and management wish you just that this year.. May you be prosperous & successful.
Did you know that the Greek language identifies 4 types of Love and has 4 main words to describe them...
We took this and decided to celebrate Valentine's day in a more simple way with our children... It is normally a day that we are widely exposed to in a commercial way. But it's also an important day to discuss the love we have towards each other, whether than be the love shared between parent & children, friendship love, neighbourly love etc.
We had been doing lots of prep work since the beginning of February with our decorations and the lovely little craft items that the children were excited about making for their families. We constantly heard children chat amongst each other about making things for mummy or daddy.
We ended our celebration of 'Love Day' with a buffet of yummy lunch. This gave the children an opportunity to practice decision/choice making, controlling their immediate environment as well as gave them the opportunity to practice self help skills. In line with the Early Years Learning Framework here are a few of the elements we covered as an example but certainly not a comprehensive one:
As well as outcome 3
Enjoy a few photos.. More photos will be uploaded today on our FB page, so don't forget to check them out..
Our Aurora family wishes you and your family a wonderful Valentine's Day... Till next post.. Adios!
Nothing warms the heart or comforts a parent more than knowing their child has eaten! I know that that's what my first question is when I come back to my kids of an evening...
At Aurora, we take our food very seriously. We source fresh ingredients weekly and pride ourself on making almost everything at the centre. This is our way of making sure the children get healthy and nutritionally balanced meals.
Today was no different! Our centre-made pizzas were a real hit. The pizza bases were made and proved on our very own bench top as we prepared the fresh veggies, sauce and chicken.
Our fussiest of children ate their slice and asked for seconds! We're all for that!
We embrace different cultures, traditions and definitely cusine within our centre. We introduced Beef & Veggie spring rolls today with a side of extra baked vegetables and plum sauce to dip... The children were initially hesitant to trial it but ended up being a real hit when they finally took the plunge. Celebrating multiculturalism.