Little Ossies and Foundation Blog 2014

From Little Things Big Things Grow

February 28, 2014
by prepheron
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Reading, reading, reading.

One of the sessions we have in our prep reading is called Reading To Self. We each have our own box of books. Some of the books we have created ourselves and others are from the classroom and the library. Sometimes we read the pictures, sometimes we read the words and sometimes we retell the story. It ‘sounds’ like a quiet murmur as we all read our books to ourselves. It ‘looks’ like settled, spacious, comfortable and independent readers. It ‘feels’ comfy, enjoyable, challenging and proud.

Enjoy looking  at some of our preps enjoying their ‘Reading to Self’ time today.

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February 27, 2014
by prepheron
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Budding Scientists

We are beginning to learn to be like a scientist. We wondered what would happen to our apple slices if we left them for the whole week. We had a few guesses/predictions. Maybe they would change in colour? Maybe they would change in shape and size. Maybe they would go rubbery or dry or mouldy.  Maybe they would stay the same. Maybe the ants would eat them.

So now we are going to ‘observe’ what happens.

We are tracing around our apples to show how big the slices are now. Stay tuned and look later to see if they have changed in size. We needed a bitof team work as well because tracing can be tricky with slippery apple slices.

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February 25, 2014
by littleossies
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Paper Plates, Paint and Persistence

In Little Ossies we have continued to investigate Dinosaurs in our classroom and in the last week we have been making some dinosaurs out of paper plates.

We started by cutting out shapes using paper plates.

We started by cutting out shapes using paper plates.

 

We used staplers to join pieces together to make the plates look like different dinosaurs.

We used staplers to join pieces together to make the plates look like different dinosaurs.

 

You had to concentrate very hard when you were cutting out your dinosaur shape.

You had to concentrate very hard when you were cutting out your dinosaur shape.

After we made our dinosaur shape out of the plate we painted the dinosaurs.  They looked so fantastic we thought we needed to make a background to put them on to display.

We worked in teams to do some roller painting, brush painting, gluing and cutting things for a volcano background.

We roller painted and painted the background.

We roller painted and painted the background.

We pinched cotton balls and glued them on clouds shapes for the sky.

We pinched cotton balls and glued them on clouds shapes for the sky.

Our finished background (without the clouds).

Our finished background (without the clouds).

Our dinosaurs love being in their special environment.

Our dinosaurs love being in their special environment.

We persisted for a long time to make our dinosaur scene.  We think it looks great!

February 20, 2014
by prepheron
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Getting along like Gabby Get-along.

We have been investigating s, m and a in our classrooms AND we have been showing how we work together by listening to each other, taking turns, sharing ideas, helping out and using friendly, caring voices. Gabby Get-along shows that she cares for others and we have had lots of interesting ‘investigations’ fun while being just like Gabby.

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Slinky apples, apple skins, ants, spiders and magnets are all being investigated. We have co-operated, counted, measured, read, sketched, reported, painted/printed and made magnets move AND all while we behaved just like Gabby Get-along with great team work!

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February 19, 2014
by prepheron
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Our tenth day at school.

On Tuesday the Preps celebrated an awesome 10 days of school.  We have learnt so much already, have made new friends and have had heaps of fun at school in our 10 big days. We had a lovely ’10th day’ party at the end of the day and were all very proud of our special number 10 hats. The mums and dads had a lovely time at our party too.

(We want to say a big  “thank you” for providing the wonderful food for us too.)

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February 13, 2014
by littleossies
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Stop, Look, Listen and Think – Before you cross the street

Today Little Ossies and Foundation children were able to practice some of their road safety skills.

We started off sitting together near the canteen to share what we already knew about crossing roads.  We also saw some of the equipment which Crossing Supervisors’ (who are also known as Lollypop Ladies or Men) use.  There is equipment to hold, equipment to blow and equipment to wear.

Little Ossies sat down with their Foundation friends to hear about the special equipment which Crossing Supervisors use near our school.

Little Ossies sat down with their Foundation friends to hear about the special equipment which Crossing Supervisors use near our school.

Our School Crossing Supervisor, Ray, showed us the whistle which he uses to tell us when it is safe to cross the road.  We know that two blows on the whistle means it is safe to cross and one blow means stop.

Our School Crossing Supervisor, Ray, showed us the whistle which he uses to tell us when it is safe to cross the road. We know that two blows on the whistle means it is safe to cross and one blow means stop.

Once we had all talked we then got to take turns in crossing Craigie Road in our classes.

We stood holding a partners hand behind the safety / yellow line.

We stood holding a partners hand behind the safety / yellow line.

First we waited behind the yellow line for Ray, the crossing supervisor, to blow his whistle twice. We walked across the road when Ray blew the whistle to let us know it was safe to do so.

First we waited behind the yellow line for Ray, the crossing supervisor, to blow his whistle twice. We walked across the road when Ray blew the whistle to let us know it was safe to do so.

Next we stopped at the other side of the road and waited behind the yellow line. Then we walked back across the road to join our friends back in school..

Next we stopped at the other side of the road and waited behind the yellow line. Then we walked back across the road to join our friends back in school..

Little Ossies did such a great job listening and walking outside the school gate.  Thank you Ray for being such a great helper for our school.

 

 

February 12, 2014
by prepheron
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Sizzling sausages.

We are learning about the letter s and its /s/ sound.

Sausage begins with s.

We sang a song. Look at our sausages in the pan.
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We had a string of skinny  sausages and we snipped off 6.

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We counted the sausages to make sure we had 6.

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We sizzled the sausages and drew our 6 skinny sausages and we made our own pretend sausages in a pan while we waited for them to cook.

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Then we cut our sausages. We cut each one in half and then in half again. (We cut them into quarters.)

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Can you count how many pieces we cut our 6 sausages into?

We goggled them all up.

 

 

 

 

February 10, 2014
by littleossies
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Dinosaur Freeze

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  In Little Ossies on Monday there were some very cold hands, even though it was a warmer day.  We discovered that some dinosaurs had been frozen in ice over the weekend and we had to try to get them out of the ice.

So with salt, sturdy plastic knives, warm water and eye droppers we set about freeing the dinosaurs with our own excavation.

Nothing came out of the ice blocks at the beginning of the day.

Nothing came out of the ice blocks at the beginning of the day.

We worked really hard with our friends to melt the ice.

We worked really hard with our friends to melt the ice.

We squirted, shook salt and scraped the ice to try to move the dinosaurs inside.

We squirted, shook salt and scraped the ice to try to move the dinosaurs inside.

It was really fun working with our friends.

It was really fun working with our friends.

By the end of the day some of the dinosaurs were still trapped in the frozen water.  We will have to continue to try to free them tomorrow!

By the end of the day some of the dinosaurs were still trapped in the frozen water. We will have to continue to try to free them tomorrow!

February 8, 2014
by prepbrown
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Learning about m

We have been learning to make models.

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We have been learning about materials that stick to magnets.

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Investigating minibeasts with a microscope.

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Making patterns and pictures.

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