This week the children have been beginning to cooperate with others and negotiate roles and relationships within group experiences. Several of our boys in the Koala group have enjoyed building together with the blocks - working on building and constructions together, whilst on the mat. Several other children are still enjoying using the cars and train set and beginning to share ideas as well as materials.
The collage table has been a hive of activity as children have enjoyed working on their own special creations. The children have been working with materials such as crepe paper, icy pole sticks, different coloured paper and patty pans. This week we also introduced roller painting and glitter to the koala group and they were all very keen to give it a go.
At group time this week we have continued with the old favourites, and continued to learn our new song, “I’m a little sea star”. The children have been very enthusiastic about learning this song.
We introduced a book this week called whose egg? The children were all very keen to guess whose egg it was. They did a great job! The group time experiences are a great way for the children to learn to listen to one another, and it also builds their confidence when they are sharing their ideas with their peers.
Outdoors it is wonderful to see the children beginning to initiate, negotiating and sharing behaviours, as they waited patiently for their turn on the swings, or to throw the ball into the hoop. The sandpit continues to be popular with lots of children cooking for Karen and myself! We have had strawberry cakes, cupcakes, spaghetti and most importantly coffee!
We hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you at the family day on Sunday.
Fiona and Karen
We continued to learn about sea creatures – the children have remembered what we learnt last week and continue to refer to our Posters and Reference Books to find out more information. We have also added new items to our Beachcombing table – sea urchins, coral pieces, sea stars, feathers, sponges.
We continued with activities which included water experiences - we washed our dolls with soapy water and dried them carefully. We set up a “Car Wash” with our trucks and some brushes and buckets of water. We froze some small plastic fish in ice and had to wait for the ice to melt so the fish would come out. We needed to be very patient as the ice took a long time to melt, and the fish came out one at a time as they were frozen in layers. This was actually a Science experiment as well – How do we make ice ? What does it turn into when it melts ? How long will the ice take to melt ? We discussed how if we rubbed the ice with our hands the warmth of our hands would help the ice to melt.. One of the children suggested we put the tray into a sunnier spot, then the ice would melt faster – we did and the children quickly noticed this happening. The children tried to estimate in which order the fish would come out, and examined the different shapes left behind in the ice from where the fish had been. Much discussion took place during this activity with the children working together to try and melt the ice, needing to be patient, and learning social skills of working as a team.
Many of the boys love to run – so we have been having baton relays around the path , with the children organising turns between themselves – more social skills. Some of the children even practiced skipping around the path – very energetic – developing gross motor skills.
Some children really want to be part of a group doing things together, others look for a quieter spot to play by themselves, Kindergarten is a busy place, or maybe playing with one other child – learning to make friends at their own pace. It is important for us to provide for each child’s individual needs, each child is different and will develop at their own pace in their own time.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
All the children seem comfortable and happy in their new kindergarten environment. It’s pleasing to see so many positive faces come in each morning ready for a busy day. The cars and long cardboard tubes continue to be popular, the children are recognising the cars go through at different speeds depending on how long or how elevated the tubes are ‘It’s faster if you hold it up high’ said Will. The children are exchanging information, influencing each other’s ideas, problem solving and most importantly learning from each other.
We continue with challenging puzzles and imaginative play in the home corner and under the sea puppet theatre. It was exciting to see and touch real octopus tentacles where the children got ‘hands on’ feeling the slimy texture. We have also been making patterns with sea shells admiring the different colours and shapes.
We have introduced a game table where children are encouraged to actively participate, take turns and learn rules. The snail game is very interactive- a good non-competitive game for all ages. Place the colourful wooden snails at the starting line, each player rolls a ice and moves the snails that match he colour thrown, As he race gets under way, players try to guess which snail will be the first to cross the finish line. Its good o see children are coming together in small groups, engaging in various activities around the room.
We have been talking about how to be a good friend through group discussions and stories. The book ‘The things I love about friends’ sends some really good messages about playing together, sharing activities and feeling happy about who you are, about understanding each other even though we can be different and recognising being ‘different’ is okay. Human relationships and interactions can be complicated; kindergarten is an environment where the children are exposed to a range of social contexts. It allows the children to explore relationships and learn to become more effective communicators.
This week we have been busy blowing bubbles with luxe flakes, making play dough together, easel painting, catching magnetic fish, Lego, balancing on stilts, digging and cooking in the sandpit, drawing and singing Mr Clickety Cain, Where is Thumpkin and a Sailor went to Sea Sea Sea. We have just set up a ship with sailors and small boats; we continue to look at marine life....
We hope your children are enjoying Term 1
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Amy