At My Story we are very lucky to be nestled within beautiful Australian bushland. Behind our Centre is a creek that is home to turtles, frogs, ducks, yabbies and even a wallaby! The creek has become a platform for stimulating learning around ecosystems, environmental responsibility, sustainability, native flora and much, much more.
Our older Preschool children have the opportunity to participate in a weekly excursion into the space to explore, relax and reflect on the wondrous natural world around us. The sense of pride, resilience and capability these excursions promotes has become invaluable to our children as they prepare for ‘Big School’.
The My Story Library is a project close to the hearts of both Anna and Chloe. For Anna, story-telling and the exploration of books around her fostered the pre-literacy skills that enabled her to master a new language as a young child in a new country. Chloe grew up in a household packed with books in every room – even the Linen cupboard was a quasi-bookshelf! Both her parents are avid readers and her Dad has been a Senior English Teacher for over three decades.
Our Library is categorised to enable the educators at My Story to quickly find books to support their teaching, whether it be books about Dinosaurs, books about inclusion, books supporting toilet training, books about space etc… We love encouraging the My Story children to begin a lifelong love for borrowing and sharing stories.
Our Art Room
The art room at My Story is a space enjoyed by all; even our little Nursery children come to visit! We believe that it is through artistic expression that children can develop their communication skills, self-confidence, identity and a sense of belonging. We are lucky enough to be able to provide the children with a variety of resources and mediums that also encourage the development of fine motor skills, dexterity and strength. A unique, separate space to create and imagine inspires an extra bit of magic around artistic experiences.
Our Dining Room
Another space we celebrate at My Story is our Dining Room. Having a separate dining room fosters and promotes a lifelong connection between eating and socialisation. Current research highlights the importance of calm, joyful mealtimes while children make associations that will inform their relationship with food and nutrition for the rest of their lives.
Additionally, the Dining Room and Kitchen spaces enables our older children to engage in regular cooking experiences; in fact, the Preschool children cook afternoon tea for the whole Centre on a Friday afternoon! Similarly to the Creek excursions, these regular experiences promote a sense of pride, resilience and capability.