Pre-Kinder Room – Wantirna
At Wantirna we offer a flexible program designed to meet the needs of the children and their families. The most important goal of our program is to help and nurture enthusiastic learners, continually encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas, whilst developing their emerging autonomy. We base our programs on children’s interest and welcome families to share their culture and backgrounds with us. We have a strong involvement with the community and invite visitors to our room to share their world to the children.
So far this year we have had several visitors from art students to builders, emergency services (Police and Fire Brigade) and also Mr Wong who shared his techniques for Chinese Calligraphy. Our curriculum is designed to help your child become an independent, self-confident and inquisitive learner.
Embedded Community Engagement:
Room 2 at Wantirna have been busy embedding our community engagement within our program. We have certainly sourced excellent community visitors linked to our children’s interests and accompanying these events with activities within both the room and outdoors. Our children have shown a strong interest and enthusiasm which has confirmed to educators the importance of extended learning through as many avenues as we can.
Our aim was to have at least 1 community visitor per month. We have interweaved our long term project within our community project, assisting our children to transfer knowledge from one context to another and promote all those wonderful neuron connections.
‘The Best Nest’ is the name of our long term project. After observing the children and noticing they all share a common interest in birds during their outdoor play, we introduced stories such as ‘Are you my mother’ and ‘The best nest’. We then had a visit from Martin who showed us how to build a bird houses. Our children were actively engaged as they helped him design and decorate each bird house throughout the term. Our children also helped dig an area to place our new bird houses. Throughout the term we asked for donations for decorating purposes and we were lucky enough to have received a big box of goodies. We also had pot plants donated by our local Bunnings. Over the next term Swinburne Carpentry Students are also coming to build a fence for our bird houses to sit on.
Our community project has given our children the opportunity to become socially responsible and show respect for the environment, also encouraging them to become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing.
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February 8th Chinese Dragon Workshop
March 13 Labor Day Public Holiday
March 14 & 15 Reptile Encounters
March 16 Fish and Chip Family Night
March 16 & 17 World’s Greatest Shave
March 17 St Patricks Day Celebrations
March 22 Centre Open Afternoon
March 28 Chicken Hatching
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