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Calculator, calculator,
help me with my math.
Help me do my homework
or I’ll feel the teacher’s wrath.

Calculator, calculator,
add these numbers quick.
Truly you’re a wizard
with this tough arithmetic.

Calculator, calculator,
multiply, divide.
Decimals, percentages;
you solve them all with pride.

Calculator, calculator,
don’t be such a jerk.
Thank you for the answers
but you have to show your work.


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Furniture in the preschool classroom should support children’s independence in meeting their routine care needs and in conducting their play and learning activities. Basic preschool furniture from Kaplan for routine care includes tables and chairs for meals and snacks, including infant seats and high chairs as well as child-size tables and chairs; cribs, cots, mats for rest or nap; diapering table and storage for diapering supplies; and cubbies for storage of children’s personal items and creative work. Additional preschool furniture available from Kaplan to facilitate specific types of play includes easels for art activities, sand and water tables, workbenches, and dramatic play furniture.


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January Preschool Program Ages 2 years to 5 years  

Series I

Series II

Series III

Weekly Themes:
Snowmen &
Snowflakes, Winter Welcome, Opposites,

Warm Winter,

Artic Animals,
So…Snowy, Our Bodies

Twelve Months a Year,

All Snowed In, Rhyme Time, & Wheels in Motion

Mm, Nn, Oo
Mm, Ww, Zz

Tt, Vv, Yy








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Winter Waltz


1. Music CD player with music. Any type of Waltzing music, 2. Two pieces of wax paper per child ( pieces must be big enough so that the child can stand on the wax paper) 3. Lots of room for skating.

Description: Transform your room into an imaginary frozen pond or skating rink. Give the children two pieces of wax paper that they are to stand on. Have the wax paper pre-cut ahead of time. Remind the children that the paper is slippery and the magical skates will work better if they glide, keeping their feet firmly planted on the wax paper. Play some waltzing music and have the children ‘feel’ the music and skate around. 

Comments: The wax paper works well on carpet and tile flooring. Remind the children to skate slowly. 

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As per the Australian government, preschool services are provided for children in the year before they commence school. Younger children may be able to attend if they live in rural areas, are Aboriginal or have special developmental needs. Some preschools/Child Parent Centres offer a “pre-entry” program which means that children may attend for one session per week for up to ten weeks before starting the full preschool program. 

Some useful sites that will help you understand better the concepts behind Prep or Kindergarten or Pre Nursery or Daycare or Child Care Centers in Australia are: Australian Government and Early Childhood 

Preschools, Kindergarten or Daycare center teachers introduce children to a variety of subjects like mathematics, language, science, and social studies through play-way methods- that is they resort to games, music, artwork to make children aware of various concepts. These preschools or kindergarten or day care centers also help the children develop motor skills and their overall personalities. So, preschools have a lot to offer to the tender minds and it is very necessary that parents send their children to preschools. 

Here, in order to help you search for preschools in Australia, we have tried to list the preschools, kindergarten and day care centers currently established in various states and territories of Australia. We have tried our best to provide correct and updated details of these preschools in Australia or kindergarten or daycare centers in Australia, but if you encounter any discrepancy in the details, please do write to us about it. We would welcome any kind of feedback that will help improve the quality of this site, a site that strives to provide the best details on preschools and kindergartens in Australia.

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Building Area

Encourage children to make homes for winter animal toys, such as penguins, polar bears, and seals that you put into the area. Provide white Styrofoam shapes to use as icy building blocks. Styrofoam packing pieces can serve as snow for toy construction vehicles to load, push, plow, and dump.

Manipulative Area

Knead iridescent glitter into white play dough for a glistening, snowy effect. Provide a snowman cookie cutter or a round cutter that children can use to create their ownsnowman forms. Set out a variety of decorative items, such as colored aquarium rocks and twigs, for embellishing the snow figures. Add winter puzzles to the area, along with an assortment of white beads and white laces for stringing.

Housekeeping Area

Add plenty of winter dress-up clothes and accessories. If your area is large enough, consider dividing it in half. On one side create an outdoor scene by covering the floor with a white sheet. Add a sled; a small, artificial tree; and some sock snowballs. On the other side, arrange the furniture cozily around an imitation fireplace made by covering the back of a bookshelf with brick-patterned background paper. Stock the kitchen with warm foods and the cookware needed to prepare them-such as plastic mugs, spoons, a container of hot cocoa, a kettle, soup cans, bowls, pots, and a Thermos.

Ice Skating

Give each child 2 sheets of wax paper. Show children, by placing the wax paper under their shoes, how they can “skate” on the carpet. (Be sure to try it yourself! Tons of fun!) To avoid over crowding, draw a chalk circle on the carpet in the center of the room to represent the “Ice Rink. Choose 4 or 5 children to skate on the ice rink. Play music as they skate and allow them to choose new skaters when the music stops.

Driving On Ice

Fill three jellyroll pans with water and freeze the day before this activity is planned. Gather small match-box car, spoons, salt and sand. Have children try to drive the cars over the ice. What Happens? Spoon salt over one sheet of ice and sand over another. What happens when the children try to drive the cars over these surfaces? What implications can be drawn for driving on ice. The kids love this activity!

Signs of Winter

Have your children help you look for signs of winter where you live. Examples: Weather: Cold weather brings ice and snow. Daylight is short. Sometimes it is still dark when we get up in the morning. Plants and Animals: All but the evergreen trees are bare. Many animals are gone, some flying south and some hibernating. The fur of some animals changes colour to camouflage them in the snow. People: We wear heavier clothing. We take out our gloves, boats, and hats. We play inside more. Many people have fires in their fireplaces. We play in the snow and must shovel our walkways.

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