The first full week of kinder has gone smoothly and it’s good to see the children coming in with lots of confidence. We have has some lovely weather so we’ve taken advantage of the outdoors where the children have been building, cooking in the sandpit and experimenting with water play. Outdoor play is just as beneficial as indoor activities so we make a conscious effort in setting up stimulating areas of play under trees, under the veranda and obstacle courses which change throughout the year. On Friday lots of children decided to run large tyres down the hill to see which would go the fastest and the furthest, maths developing in its most simplest form can be learnt through many fun activities the children initiate themselves. We have given the children plenty of time and space to explore their new environment and get to know one-another.
The children created their own kinder rules. We wrote up a list of all the things we should remember so we can all play in harmony and be safe in everything we do. At group time we have spoken about our listening ears, good manners, sharing, feelings and how to be a good friend. The children have been shown the toileting procedure, rest time period and have been practising to pack away the items where they’ve been playing; transitions are running smoothly where often sing a jingle to make it more fun.
We have a permanent writing/drawing table, painting easel and block area (these are permanent areas of play) but will be modified in various ways throughout the year. It’s always astounding to see the difference in children’s work from the beginning to the end of the year. The journey will be captured through room display, individual diaries and lots of photos.
The program is based on the Early Years Learning framework which consists of five main areas which includes; identity, wellbeing, communication, learning and community. These outline set goals for educators to base their program on. It’s important to recognise that children ‘learn through play’ it’s not formal structured learning at desks like at school ‘we let children be children’ to explore and learn at their own pace with the help and support of educators.
This week we have pancake Tuesday and the Dinosaur Museum on Friday morning at 9.30 (please arrive on time)
Amy, Tracey, Fiona and Helen
Extended Hours Team
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.
Welcome to kinder Kangaroos and families!
We have a mixed group this year with some of us completing a second year of three year old kinder and able to lead the younger Kangaroos. This has already led to some great discussions at mat times about room “rules” and helping each other. The children have had a staggered start to kinder with some starting Monday 02/02, Tuesday 03/02 and Friday 06/02. This gave us time to settle in to kinder and for those of us who are new to Armadale, it allowed the opportunity to explore the room with fewer children.
We have spent half of our time inside the room, engaging in various learning experiences designed to help us settle into the room and understand the daily routine. The children have particularly enjoyed playdough, painting, puzzles and the cars. Through these activities, we have got to know each other and have explored our current understanding. While inside we have had group times where we have read books together such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dear Zoo, The Very Hungry Bear, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and A Tiger Came to Tea. We have also begun to explore our bodies more through movement and some drama. During these groups times we also sing songs which the children suggest and lead sometimes. This gives them the confidence to speak in front of the group and ensures their ideas are heard.
We then spend the other half of our sessions outside. While outside we engage in a variety of activities including sand play, water play, games and dramatic play. The great space that we have outside ensures that we can challenge our physical limitations and improve our gross motor skills. The four year old extended hours group have also been joining us while we have been outside. This has provided an opportunity for us to work with older children and develop our social skills such as sharing.
The children have been very busy settling into Kindergarten – we have met our friends - we are learning their names - we are learning about Kindergarten routines and rules – we have experienced our first lunch routines – and our first rest day !
We have had a variety of activities to encourage the children to experience and experiment doing different things, both by themselves if they want to, or perhaps with one other child, or maybe join a group of children working together.
The children are encouraged to be independent, putting their own bags, fruit and drink bottles in the right places on arrival, getting their own smocks when painting, helping to pack away and tidy up, replacing the equipment where it should be when they have finished using it, at lunch time the children were responsible for their own lunches, and at rest time placed their own sleeping bags onto their own mats, organising their own shoes, and packing away afterwards The children have fun doing these things, and are developing confidence in their own abilities, and their own sense of identity, and are learning to be part of the Kindergarten Community
We have started to learn about what we can find and see when we go to the beach, and we will extend this interest to other creatures that live in the sea.
We are having fun!
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.