Another busy week -
We have started thinking about Fathers Day - so the children carefully decorated Invitations to take home for their Dads inviting them to come and spend time with us at Kindergarten on Friday 30th August at 8.00 to 9.30 am - an early start for us, but that hopefully gives the Dads time to be wth us before they go off to work!
We have been having activities which require the children to concentrate and manipulate small items to create something, which can take quite a while, but they need to work quietly and finish their efforts. We have been threading beautiful threadings which will decorate our room, drawing using fine black pens, following instructions for copying patterns with beads or small blocks, or creating their own patterns, and the children are becoming experts at bigger and harder puzzles.
We are lucky to have children and families in our group from many different backgrounds and cultures, often being able to speak in more than one language (clever children), so we have been exploring this with the parents helping us. We have a favourite story - "Mrs. Honey's Hat", which the children know off by heart, and some of our families are translating this story into other languages for us to listen to - last week we listened to the story in German and over the next few weeks this will extend to the story in many other languages. We will also keep a written copy of these for the children to compare. It is very exciting. We are learning how to say hello in many languages and singing songs in music from other countries, we will be putting up the children's names written in other languages on display in our room for the children to look at and compare.
An amusing anecdote that happened last Friday - in music Kylie was singing a Mexican song with us which referred to "little" girls and "little boys"- due to some very indignant boys - Kylie needed to change the wording of the song to say "big" girls and "big" boys - then everone was happy!
Margot had cut out a stunningly beatiful picture from a newspaper featuring a herd of elephants in Africa reflected in a river at sunset.We discussed this picture and found that so much was reflected - the elephants, trees, the moon, the colours, and that if you turned the picture upside down, the picture was exactly the same.The children were very interested so we set up a table with mirrors and elephants. Some wonderful discussions, interactions and imaginative play took place at this table, which in many ways followed on from our experiments making our shadows in the sunlight a few weeks ago. This is an exciting concept and we will see where else we can take it. The world is a wonderful place to explore, full of exciting things to discover.
What will happen next week !
Margot, Ann and Lisa
Group A Educators.