Top Ryde Blog

Grandparents Afternoon Tea

- Tuesday, December 9, 2014
   
We had lots of fun when our grandparents came to join us for afternoon tea. We shared delicious scones with jam and cream that we had made that morning and they also enjoyed ice tea and coffee.
It was a lovely sunny day outside so we showed our grandparents all the fun activities in the garden. Everyone had lots of fun exploring outside and the grandparents appreciated seeing what their grandchildren get to participate in during their days at Top Ryde Early Learning. 
  
    
Thank you all our wonderful grandparents who made our afternoon fun and enjoyable. 

Celebrating Father's Day

- Tuesday, September 9, 2014
 
Thank you to all our amazing dads who joined us for a Father's Day Celebration. 
We had a great morning play games, building constructions and sharing some delicious foods and beverages. 
The morning was a great way to show our dads how much we love them and how much we appreciate all the effort they put in to being a great role model for us. 
        
The dads really loved the Father's Day Photo Booth!!

Happy Father's Day 2014
 

Strengthening little hands

- Monday, July 21, 2014
Early play activities such as those that involve the child manipulating toys and objects help to develop fine motor coordination. Good hand function requires a stable trunk (body) so the arms and hands can move freely away from the body. Therefore activities which develop trunk muscles can also improve fine motor skills e.g. scissor skills, pencil control and the ability to manipulate small toys such as Lego. Activities which promote good hand strength and skill are often found in everyday tasks. 

  

As the Waratah children prepare to go to school next year the educators provide many opportunities for the children to continue developing their fine motor skills. Within every play space in the room there are tools and equipment to enhance and develop the children's fine motor skills for example; pencils, rulers, scissors and glue sticks are provided in the drawing and art area so that the children can continue developing their pencil grip and scissor cutting skills. 

    

The educators also provide intentional activities the strengthen the children's fine motor skills for example; a 'Tinkering Table'is set up for children to be able to take apart and put devices back together using real tools. 

  

Fine motor skills activities for children are the best way to ensure proper development and practice of fine motor skills to promote the most functional use of a child's hands.


Chapter Books

- Thursday, July 17, 2014
As part of our school readiness program, the Waratah's have started reading chapter books, during our rest times.  The children have responded positively and are excited when it comes time to sit and listen to the continued adventures of the different characters. Using visualisation the story unfolds in pictures created in the children's imagination instead of the illustrator’s vision.

Through incorporating chapter books into our program, the children are invited to extend on their concentration skills, as they learn how to focus on a story that does not have many pictures. This allows the children to gain an even greater appreciation for the written word. 



Each day, the children retell what they have learnt by illustrating their ideas into their writing journals. This experience displays their emerging comprehension skills and literacy development. 


Pyjama Week

- Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It was one of the children's favourite time of the year again, Pyjama Week. Everyone was excited to wear their colourful printed pyjamas and show their friends what they would normally wear to bed.

Even the teachers loved wearing their pyjamas to work.

      

To celebrate pyjama week we watched the children's favourite movie at the moment 'Frozen', while eating delicious popcorn. 

Pyjama week gave the children a sense of being as they recognised the signi´Čücance of the here and now in their lives. Children's being relates to the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others and engaging with life’s joys. 

    

Grandparents Afternoon Tea

- Wednesday, May 28, 2014
 
 
To help celebrate Families Week we invited our wonderful grandparents to join us for afternoon tea in the garden. 
The children had a lovely time showing their grandparents around Top Ryde Early Learning and introducing them to their friends and teachers. There were lots of exciting activities for the grandparents to be involved in and they especially enjoyed creating works of art together using their hand prints. 

       
Thank you to all the grandparents who came and joined us for a fun afternoon. 

St Patrick's Day Celebrations 2014

- Friday, March 28, 2014

We love getting into the Irish spirit and celebrating St Partick's Day. All the children were involved in lots of activites during the day.

The Lilli Pilli room created Leprechaun portaits, decorating them with lots of gold glitter. They also helped Dalia to cook bread, adding herbs to make it green.

The Acacia's had lots of green activities going on in the room. The children's favourite was the green collage experience, especially because they had lots of green glitter.

The Waratah room was very excited to discover that a Leprechaun had left them a treasure map to a pot of gold in their room. The children examined the map and went on a treasure hunt to find where it had hidden the pot of gold. The children were very pleased with themselves when they found the pot of gold outside in the garden at the end of the rainbow.

Slumber Party 2014

- Thursday, March 27, 2014

All the children were very excited to venture back to Top Ryde Early Learning for a night of fun and games at our yearly Slumber Party. They all arrived in their comfortable pyjamas and slippers. The theme of our slumber party this year was 'Drive In', so all the children were given the opportunity to make their own cardboard cars ready for when it came time to relax and watch a movie.

After playing games and being involved in fun actitives the children collected their cars they had made and parked them at the drive in. They ate popcorn and fruit while enjoying a movie together.

All money raised from the slumber party has been donated towards the Bandaged Bear Foundation, which is very close to our hearts.

Excursions to the Library

- Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Every month the children are given the opportunity to visit Top Ryde Library which is always an exciting aspect to their day. While there the children can explore their interests by discovering information through non-fiction books and other forms of literature found in the library. 
The children also enjoy shared booking reading with their friends, teachers and even sometimes the librarian. They confidently choose a book from the shelf and sit quietly while looking at all the beautiful illustrations and relate the pictures to the words that are on the page. This helps them to recognise familiar words as they continue to develop early literacy and language skills. 

Lilli Pilli Library Visits
  

Acacia Library Visits

   

Waratah Library Visits 

February Sports on the Oval

- Thursday, February 27, 2014

A group of children from the Acacia and Waratah room went on an excursion to the oval next door to participate in some sporting activites with our Sport Co-ordinator Scott.

The children embraced the large open area, running back and forth to warm up their muscles. Activities were set up around the oval and the children got involved in each experience. Scott would demonstrate the activity and the children would follow by copying what he had shown them.  

 

All the children had such a fun time getting active and using the oval in our community. We are looking forward to next months Sports on the Oval.