Welcome to kinder Koalas and families!
What a fantastic start we have had! The children began on either Monday 02/02 or Thursday 05/02 and we have all settled in well. As this is the first time most of the children have been to kinder, we aimed to provide a warm, inviting environment to assist feeling comfortable within the room.
We have read many books during this fortnight and this appears to be particularly popular with all of the children. Some of the books include, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dear Zoo, Six Chicks, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and A Tiger Came to Tea. Also at mat time we have sung nursery rhymes and songs that are familiar to us. The children have suggested songs which they know and some have introduced us all to new songs. The aim of reading familiar books and singing familiar nursery rhymes is to ensure the children feel comfortable and separate well from their families.
Inside, we have engaged with a variety of activities such as playdough, drawing, painting, building, dress ups and puzzles. This free play allows your child to spend time with the other children in their group and gives them the chance to explore their kinder slowly. Each of these activities works on a different aspect of development, be it fine motor skills, creativity, memory or cooperative play. As the year progresses these activities will be extended and new experiences will be available for the children to engage with.
Outside, we have really enjoyed time to stretch our legs and run off some of our energy. We have played in the sandpit, on the swings and inside the fort in the middle of the outdoor space. This has worked on our gross motor skills as well as cooperation with other children. During the second week, the four year olds have sometimes joined us outside when we play. Though this was sooner than had been planned, the children have all adapted well to playing with the older children. This can provide a challenge for them in cooperative play and sharing.