EYLF Outcome Cards

EYLF Outcome Cards  EYLF Outcome Cards are great printed as photos. You can display them around your room or use them as you are planning. Helping parents to see what their children are learning and communicating your educational goals for the children is powerful. For each outcome there are ideas that are added. Of course […]

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EYLF Learning Posters

Here are the Starskills EYLF Learning Posters for you. A simple way to involve and develop your community in appreciating play! When you really get to the details of the EYLF you find there is so much learning that is occurring through play. You can use these EYLF Learning Posters as posters or you can print […]

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Safari Sensory Play

A safari themed sensory play is easy to create. I have a great black tray that the children can sit round or stand round and play. Each week I change this play so it is different and sensory. One week may be jelly, play dough, goop. Basically something that encourages fine motor development as well […]

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Sea Sensory Play

Sensory play is essential for young children. It is wonderful to see children get lost in their sensory play. Making up stories as they talk with friends. Here is my sea theme sensory play I introduced a few weeks ago. Ask Parents to Help with Your Sensory Play On my roster parents on their weekly […]

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My First Day Sign

On the child’s first day I take a picture of them holding the “My First Day” sign. I use this photo on the child’s Portfolio and as a memory keeper. TIPS Use a plain background – I love polka dots! Place the sign into a colourful border. You can get a frame from Ikea with […]

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Roster

How would you like to set up your roster ONCE then let it run for the year? Last year my rosters were very hap hazard and I vowed all through last year that it will be different this year! A simple thing not in action will mean small things are not done and at the […]

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How to Unzip Files

Occasionally a file will not unzip! I have no idea why sometimes the zipping fairy works and sometimes they don’t! Here are some tips. What is a ZIP file? A ZIP file is a compressed folder containing multiple files – usually very BIG files! Windows Vista, 7 & 8 have a pre-installed unzip feature that […]

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Room Labels

Time to get organised! Here are some editable labels that you can laminate and stick to your art and craft supplies, play boxes and anything in your room that needs labelling. You can use the ones I have created as well as make your own. Once they are printed you can laminate them and place […]

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Name Tags

Last year I created name tags with just the children’s name. This year I am a little “smarter” and I have added a symbol! Learning to read your name is a progression. Having a symbol will certainly help children to find their belongings easier. This in turn will help morning routine and the end of […]

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40 Weeks Query

I love it when I get great questions with regard to how I program! Here is a great question from Awilda How could you possibly organise a curriculum 40 weeks in advance, let alone have the portfolios ‘ready’ for the whole year? Firstly let me give you some background with regards to the 40 Weeks […]

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EYLF Portfolio

How would you like your Portfolios ready for the whole year? These Portfolios tie in with my 40 weeks Early Learning Program. Simply print them off, complete and add your photos! There is a colour version if you are fortunate to have a coloured printer. There is also a black and white version for you! […]

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Thanks!

Feeling pretty special indeed! It is so heart warming to see see that you can make a difference. I started Starskills as a passion for teaching young children. Even if I am just helping one educator to love what they do a little more and have time to focus on the children then this is […]

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Christmas Play Day

I am feeling very sentimental today. I had our final Christmas Parents Play Day where I invite parents to come and be part of their child’s Kindy world. These play days have built a lovely sense of community among the parents and it is very touching to see all the children enjoy this time together. […]

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Feeling Thankful

As I reflect on my first year teaching Kindy I am so thankful for the opportunity. What a privilege to be part of a child’s early childhood. To see them grow and learn. To hear some of the lovely things parents have said is so touching. My Mum said I would make a great “Aunty […]

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Time For Play

A quality early childhood program will have play at the heart of it. Do you allow time for play? Not just a time to play but a time FOR play. When there is time you will notice children hit another level of creativity. When time is given they will initiate play that almost feels like […]

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My Timetable

At the moment I teach Kindergarten students (3-5) they come the year they are turning 4 and some leave when they are turning 5. When you are considering your timetable there are a number of factors. Having well thought out blocks of time is essential. Smooth transitions are another necessity and routines that the children […]

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