Newsletter Date Volume 1, Issue 1
KINGSTON COMMUNITY SCHOOL LIBRARY Newsletter March 2014 WELCOME Welcome to our first ever newsletter! We hope to keep you informed with what is happening in our library; events, new books, magazines, Dvd’s and anything else we want to let you know about.
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR 45TH BIRTHDAY We currently have a display celebrating The Very Hungry Caterpillars 45th Birthday. Come in and have a look.
BABY BOUNCE & RHYME 9.30am—10.30am 4th & 18th February 4th & 18th March 1st April 6th & 20th May 3rd & 17th June 29th July 12th & 26th August 9th September 21st October 4th & 18th November 2nd December Come along to the Library and join in with our free fun sessions. These sessions are aimed at children 0-2 years, but big brothers and sisters are also very welcome as of course are parents, grandparents and caregivers. Baby Bounce and Rhyme is a lively, interactive and stimulating program, where parents and baby share songs, rhymes and actions to promote literacy skills.
PLAYGROUP IN SCHOOLS 9.30am-10.30am Playgroup is held every Wednesday morning during term time (except for the first and last week of term) . Meet in the library and join in our free sessions. The Playgroup in Schools (PinS) programme is designed to promote early learning for families with children aged birth to preschool. We have a focus on ‘learning in the everyday’ so the sessions will be based around fun, relaxed activities that can also be enjoyed at home with your child.
46 East Terrace KINGSTON SE SA 5275
PLAY GROUP IN SCHOOLS NEWSLETTER ENCOURAGING CURIOSITY @ PLAY GROUP Hello everyone This week at play group we are encouraging your child to be curious. Sam Murdock has kindly given us 2 half wine barrels and Katie Marshall from the agriculture faculty has donated some seeds to us. We will plant the seeds and water them in, then each week the children can tend to them and check on their progress. “I wonder what will happen to that little seed that we put under the ground”. “Why do we cover it with soil”? What else does it need to grow”? “How much water does it need”? “How deep do I put it in”? “What sort of plant will it become”? These are just some of the questions your child might have. Remember you won’t always know the answer to your child’s questions and it’s ok to say, “I don’t know but let’s go and find out.” You might have someone else you can ask, you can come into the library and check it out in a book, or you can “google it”. Either way it provides lots of language opportunities and children realise that learning continues throughout your entire life. Other ideas you might like to try at home to encourage curiosity could be to: Explore your garden or a park after it has rained. Jump in the puddles, look for snails and worms. Stand under the trees to feel the drops of water ‘plonk’ on your head. Watch the clouds float across the sky and see what shapes they make. Plant some seeds of your own. Try to get some fast growing ones, so you don’t have to wait too long to see some results. Walk around the town and try to spot as many round shapes as you can, or red things, or signs. This list is endless. Make a cubby using blankets and the kitchen table. What happens if you put a couple of torches in there too? Make a story bottle. Save a clear plastic juice or soft drink bottle and half fill it with rice. Add small objects to it, sim ilar to what you might find in Christmas bon bons. Children delight in trying to work out what is in there and it creates many opportunities for you and your child to just talk as you listen to each other’s ideas and interests. You can both create stories together. At snack time, introduce some new foods, especially some different fruits they may not have tried before. You could even open up a coconut! Perhaps just serve up and talk about red fruits or yellow fruits. Look at photos and talk about the people and events in them. Even very young children love looking at photos of themselves as babies. This year also celebrates the 45th birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We will meet in the library at the start of play group this week to watch and listen to a re telling of the story by the author himself (courtesy of YouTube) and we will make our own Hungry Caterpillars using egg cartons and seeds to take home. We hope you all have a great start to the week. See you on Wednesday. Jane, Ange and Sheree
46 East Terrace KINGSTON SE SA 5275