PLAY TIME: Eidsvold State School principal Preston Parter enjoying a playdate at Eidsvold Kindergarten.
PLAY TIME: Eidsvold State School principal Preston Parter enjoying a playdate at Eidsvold Kindergarten. Contributed

Eidsvold play time prepares kids

ONE of the hardest transitions to make for young children is the step up from kindergarten to Prep.

Eidsvold State School, recognising this, has, for the past three years built up a strong partnership with Eidsvold Kindergarten to better transition the children into school.

The relationship now includes regular visits from staff between the kindergarten and school.

"It is important for us as a school to understand the kindergarten curriculum and ways of learning that are working with these kids,” school principal Preston Parter said.

"When they start school next year, we will have a good understanding of what they are capable of.”

The relationship means that when students start school at Eidsvold they already have built relationships with staff and understand routines.

Corey Appo and Cassie Oppermann, both teacher aides at Eidsvold State School, have been visiting the kindergarten for an hour per week to teach the kids Wakka Wakka language.

"We have enjoyed sharing song and dance with the kids at kindergarten and we look forward to them coming to school with a bit of language as well,” Ms Oppermann said.

Throughout 2019, kindergarten kids have learnt greetings, body parts and animals in Wakka Wakka language.

Teachers from the school have had a great time taking their class pets Archie the bearded dragon and Peg the turtle to visit the kindergarten kids and have a chat to them about where they live and what food they eat.

Other visits have included playing with trucks and celebrating a special birthday.

The school and kindergarten have designed a special transition program for Term 4: the kindergarten kids will join school students for Smartmoves and Yumbin groups for the first five weeks.


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