Thank you to all those who attended the Parent Helpers Information Session last week. The feedback was very positive. We were thrilled to see the amount of parental support that is willing to be given and the staff are looking forward to having you in the classroom. As highlighted at the commencement of the evening your child’s learning is a partnership with the school! Studies have shown that there is measurable benefits for children when their parents are actively engaged in their learning. They are more likely to develop positive self-esteem, be motivated to learn and be positive about school.
Please feel free to contact your child/children’s classroom teacher/s to organize a time for you to help out.
Kelli Johnston and Angela Palombi
“As a parent supporting in the classroom is a game changer to overcome the fear when your child starts school for the first time and enable parents to learn more about your own child from a different environment which you are not used to. At the same time, parents have the opportunity to relieve their stress from work by teaching the young achievers and see them excel in whatever they do.”
On Monday I was fortunate enough to be able to assist Foundation FA, my son Lachlan's class with making Ginger Bread Men.
The day started by watching the morning class room routine. We then made the Ginger Bread Men. All the children took part in the process, some got to add an ingredient and each child stirred the biscuit mixture, they then were assisted with cutting out the biscuits and decorating them. Through out the entire process each step was used as a learning opportunity for the children. They spoke about the ingredients, helping the children explore with their senses by smelling some of the spices. They spoke and looked at the different size cookie cutters, small, medium and large, even organising the group in patterns of girl, boy, girl, boy around the cooking table. It was an enriching learning experience for the children; numeracy, team work, communication, patience and listening were just some of the learning that took place. When we returned to the class room the experience was then applied to their literacy learning where together as a group they came up with a sentence about their experience. "Today we made Ginger Bread Men" They then had to write this in their work books and draw a picture of the Ginger Bread Man. At the end of the day during school pick up, I then saw some of the children happily enjoying and eating their Ginger Bread Men including Lachlan.
This experience enabled me to be able to see how the class room ran. I was very impressed how the teachers used making Ginger Bread Men as a teaching tool, with the experience translating to applications of Numeracy, Literacy, communication and social applications, just to name a few. Lachlan and I were both very excited in the lead up to the day. I enjoyed helping all the children in the classroom.
Both teachers and students made me feel very welcomed. They were all so appreciative of my presence. I got to know a few more children and staff. As the session went on some of the children started to come to me to show me something or to ask for help, which was nice. Lachlan was very excited through out my visit. I want to be engaged with Lachlan's learning and school journey, firstly because I am interested but more importantly in enhancing Lachlan's potential. I look forward to further opportunities to assist in helping in the future.
Kind Regards Julianne Lachan's Mum FA