For 4-5 year olds

Welcome to the owls Room

Our wise old owls are the biggest kids on the block at Little Diggers. We pride ourselves on our school readiness preparation in the owls class and we have had excellent feedback from local schools who say that the children from our centre are extremely well prepared for school life.

The owls engage in quite structured learning activities that touch on early literacy, maths, science and art (all play based of course!)

They really are in charge of their learning in the Owls class! What they are interested in, what they were up to on the weekend, what they are curious about – it all forms the cycle of planning and curriculum of their classroom!

We also have a fun owl of the week program – where we get each of the owls to take their turn at being our “helper” for the week. They enjoy sharing an important news time – where they reveal fun facts about themselves and share some photos of their family fun time. They also get to invite a family member into the classroom to share an activity with their peers!

The owls room

The Owl’s Daily Routine

7:30-9:30am
7:30-9:30am

Outdoor Play

We arrive via the playground gate and begin our morning jobs! The children are in charge of putting their belongings away. They put drink bottles in their trolleys, and lunchboxes in the big outdoor fridge and hang their bags on a hook with their name tags! Next, they grab a hat and apply their suncream if they haven’t already done it at home! Then it's off to play in the big playground for fun with friends.

We explore gross motor skills on our obstacle course, play with water in the troughs or explore what’s in our sandpit. The big kids love to run on the race track, play ball games or even find a shady spot to read a book. We also have a great messy area in our mud kitchen. Children can dig holes, make ‘pretend’ food and explore the natural elements.

Over by the mud kitchen is our stingless bee hive! We love to watch the bees wake up and start buzzing from their hive. Over in the side yard, our pet chickens get fed by our helpers of the day and we check for any eggs they have laid overnight! They also love helping to water our plants and blow away any leaves!

9:30am
9:30am

Group Time

This is where we say good morning & mark the roll. In the OWLS room, we also deliver the most important school readiness style learning during this time (as it’s when we are most focused.)

We love to share our Phonics program Letterland and enjoy hearing from our OWL of the week who shares a special news time with their peers.

We try to vary this time making it interesting and exciting for the children, adapting our programs according to the interest of the group.

10:00am
10:00am

Morning Tea

inside.) We have nice big picnic-style tables which we set with patterned tablecloths!

10:30-11:30am
10:30-11:30am

Indoor play activities

These are our more structured activities, this can be anything from literacy & numeracy activities, fine motor skill work, sensory trays & dramatic play in the home corner (doctors/hairdressers/mums and dads) depending on what we are interested in or learning about.

Our art & craft may focus on our alphabet letter of the week, our current interests or whatever the children choose on that day. We try to provide a range of materials including clay, crayons, paints, leaves, sticks, feathers, paddle pop sticks, cotton wool or an intriguing combination of all these things to create anything we set our minds to.

11:30am
11:30am

This is our music & movement time. Often, we do some calming yoga, or have the children lead some stretches and exercises. We love to sing along with a fun playlist of our favourite songs or even play some action games.

12:00pm
12:00pm

Lunch Time

We are currently having everyone bring their own food from home in a lunch box. We encourage as few packaged items as possible and the rest fresh fruit and veggies.

The children are encouraged to use their independence & self-help skills at meal times... Retrieving their drink bottles, sitting properly at the table and opening their lunchboxes on their own.

12:45-1:30pm
12:45-1:30pm

Rest and relaxation time

After lunch, it's rest & relaxation time. Even though most of us don’t sleep anymore, we still need some downtime to recharge our bodies after all that learning we’ve done! We still have the lights turned off and sometimes there is calming music playing or even an audio story being read via the speaker! The children also often like to read and share picture books with their friends during this time.

1:30-2:30pm
1:30-2:30pm

Quiet indoor activities

We reset the tables with the children in charge of choosing what they would like to play with from our toy shelves (while their friends next door are still sleeping and resting.)

2:30-3:00pm
2:30-3:00pm

Afternoon Jobs

Next we sun cream up and get ready to go outside, hats, shoes and jackets...We also check if there is any craft to take home and then we zip up our bags! Often there is also some time for a quick game of bingo, a dance break or a group story!

3:00pm
3:00pm

Afternoon Tea

2:30-3pm
2:30-3pm

Outdoor play and transitioning

We have another play outside with our friends (and sometimes siblings too) who come over from the Kitten's Room and we all hang out together in the big playground.

As the day winds down, we pack away slowly and in summer we stay out as long as we can enjoying the daylight savings weather, in winter it's back to indoor games, drawing, construction and more while we wait for our families to come and pick us up.

6:00pm
6:00pm

Home Time

Our centre closes at 6pm (sharp!!)

Gallery

A picture tell a thousand words

green troll
bee hives
bee hives
reading books
leaf and butterfly

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