We had the Dinosaur Museum come to visit us at kinder this last week. Alice the presenter was very engaging and shared lots of facts and knowledge with us. The children sat on mats in the multi-purpose room, they showed a lot of interest and were actively contributing to discussion. We were very proud of them all!
Alice told the children she works at the Museum in Melbourne. That they collect lots of things like bugs, spiders, beetles, birds, lizards, fish, and lots more!
‘I have a grandma who lives in Carlton near the Museum’ said Marcus
Alice brought in some dinosaurs for us to identify
‘Triceratops’ identified Jiya
‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ said Leo
‘Pterodactyl’ suggested Roxy
‘Brachiosaurus’ said Daniel
We learnt a lot of facts about dinosaurs through a visual story and talked about which dinosaurs were meat eaters (carnivores) and which were plant eaters (herbivores), and hypothesized what we thought they might have looked like. The children could later decorate their own Tarbosaurus’s back in the kinder room.
Alice brought in a large skeleton head which showcased Tarbosaurus’s large sharp teeth; we also looked at his large leg bones which were much longer than ours. We discovered it took five children to be as long as his calf and thigh bones!
The fossils on the table were very interesting and the children were able to have a guess about what the objects were. Olivia had leaves which had set in mud; Bea was holding an ‘Annamite’ and we thought it looked a lot like a snail. We were amazed that these objects still existed after all this time. Alice told us Palaeontologists study fossils found in the ground and their job is to put all the dinosaur bones back together like a big puzzle!
We will continue to discover the fascinating world of dinosaurs- their evolution, behaviour, habitats, and why they mysteriously disappeared. Our interest in the life cycle of frogs continues as well as a wide variety of open ended play based activities where the children can discover, explore and influence one-another’s learning and development.
What a great presentation- we did learn a lot!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Team
This has been yet another busy week for us in the Koala group!
We began the week with a new focus in our room. While we are still settling in to kinder, there is now a greater focus on developing our independence. This involves encouraging children to be responsible for retrieving and putting away their snack box, finding their own hat and telling Jess and Karen or Fiona when they need to use the toilet. To further extend this, we engaged in a cooking experience where we were able to assist in measuring ingredients and mixing them to make the pancake batter. Eating them was probably the best part though!
In response to the children’s keen interest in animals and the warm weather we are experiencing, this fortnight’s theme is summer, the beach and sea creatures. We have set up a sensory experience table in the room with sea creatures for the children to engage with. There are also more books and puzzles related to the sea left accessible for the children. Early in the week, we read a story about the beach and we had some music which reminded us of an island.
Within the room, Jess, Karen and Fiona noticed the development of both parallel play and cooperative play. Parallel play is typical of children of this age; when engaged in parallel play, the children will play side by side, exchange some toys and conversation but largely play alone. Cooperative play involves the children engaged in play together, creating alongside one another and converse to further the play. Cooperative play develops as the children mature and is facilitated by learning experiences which require discussion and interaction.
Next week, this topic will be extended as we engage with Clean Up Australia Day next Thursday.
Jess, Karen and Fiona.
We have had a few special days at kinder this week which have given the children the opportunity to engage in different activities and cultures.
A new fortnight means a new focus for our room and this fortnight we look at working on our independence, others around us and our greater community. These will bring together three large group activities which we will engage in; Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday, Chinese New Year and Clean Up Australia Day.
Tuesday was Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday. This gave the children the opportunity to engage in a cooking experience. The children assisted Fiona to measure out the ingredients, crack the eggs and stir the batter. Though the group was split into two, some children helped to cook twice! After our parent helpers cooked the pancakes for us, we had a pancake party at the end of the session. Eating the pancakes was definitely the best part!
We are also looking at the world around us as Thursday was Chinese New Year. We firstly learnt how to say Happy New Year in Mandarin – Gong Xi Fa Cai! We also listened to some Mandarin music relating to the holiday and Jess played a story about Nian for us during our mat time to help explain why the Chinese people celebrate the New Year with fireworks and dragons. Though this was new for many of us, we really embraced the different culture. It is important for the children to engage with cultures other than their own in a way which is relevant to them; stories and music are a great introduction.
Within the room, Jess and Fiona noticed the development of cooperative play from parallel play. Parallel play is typical of children of this age; when engaged in parallel play, the children will play side by side, exchange some toys and conversation but largely play alone. Cooperative play involves the children engaged in play together, creating alongside one another and converse to further the play. Cooperative play develops as the children mature and is facilitated by learning experiences which require discussion and interaction.
Next Friday is Clean Up Australia Day; we will engage in some related activities and examine how we look after our kinder and our community.
Jess, Karen and Fiona
We continue to be busy with the children working together to follow through their ideas for play, both indoors and outdoors.
We have continued our interest in what lives in the sea and what we can find on the seashore. We have looked at some beautiful photographs of different sea creatures, including sea horses, sea stars (or star fish as they are often called), sharks, stingrays, coral, puffer fish, shells, jellyfish and more. The children have been very interested in these photos and have remembered the facts learnt These photos will be put up on display on our wall for the children to talk about with each other.
As the weather has been hot, we have been having water play in many forms – water in the sand pit, water painting outside, a water trough with a variety of different things in the water, water and gravel mixed under our shady tree for cooking and mixing and measuring. We have also had an activity set up using large blocks of ice, and some animal figures that live in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. It has been a fun way to cool down, and we have also discussed about these creatures and their habitat.
On Friday, we were excited to have the Museum visit us with their Fossils and Dinosaur Bones- Alice the Presenter gave the children lots of interesting facts about the things she had brought to show them. She showed the children, using pictures to tell the story, how a Dinosaur that died , gradually became fossilised. Palaeontologists find these bones and take them back to the Museum and put the bones together again for us to see and learn about. She also showed the children a number of fossils explaining what they were We measured ourselves against the huge bones and the skull of a Tarbosaurus (similar to a T-Rex but smaller – they were huge! It was a great morning!
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.