The Cool Koala Kids Shop

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For the last 2 weeks the children in the Children’s Centre have been learning all about money as part of a focus on numeracy. The children in the Koala preschool class decided to make a shop and invite their parents in as customers. We spent a lot of time getting ready for the grand opening, making rice crispie buns, whipping cream, preparing fruit and of course making money – Koala Cash!!

All of the parents came in and helped their children learn about money and commerce. Some of the parents even tried to haggle but the keen business heads on the Koala class refused to budge on their prices.

Lots of fun and learning took place through our shop and it was great to have so many parents taking part.

Mark Making

The children in the Koala preschool class have been exploring their writing skills recently so we decided to make a salt tray for a new mark making experience.

First, we coloured the salt with chalk:

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This gave us some lovely spring coloured salt to begin exploring

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This was a really fun activity that we could share with our friends and with just a shake of the tray can start all over again!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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This is one of the activities carried out in the Children’s Centre this week while preparing for St. Patrick’s Day. While making these necklaces, the children are improving their motor skills, understanding¬†patterns and sequences and of course learning about our national flag. We’ve had a lot of fun and excitement getting ready to celebrate La Naomh Padraig!!!

Numeracy Week

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We’ve just finished Numeracy Week where our focus was on symbols that we find in our environment. As part of this, we made a map of the area around Ozanam House and included some of the symbols that we see in the area. This prompted fantastic conversation with the children and we’re looking forward to expanding this learning over the coming weeks.