REFLECTION- DOG SAFETY
The highlight of the week was getting a visit from Pet Education! Lidya and her Papion Dog taught us some valuable lessons about dog safety. We learnt how to say ‘hello’ to a dog and through visuals could recognise the signs when not to touch e.g. when a dog is eating, sleeping or not with an owner on a lead.
Our motto was No owner, No lead, No touch
Lydia asked the children what is the difference between a dog and a person?
‘Dogs have a tail and we don’t’ said Molly
‘Dogs have whiskers’ said Kayla
‘We have two hands and two feet and dogs have four legs’ commented Conor
Lydia told us the only time we should go near a dog is when the dog is with its owner and the dog needs to have a lead!
The best part was being able to pat Ted the Papion dog; the children had to demonstrate touching Ted in the ‘right’ way. Standing at a distance the children asked the owner ‘May I pat your dog’? If the owner says yes we slowly walk up to the dog with our arm out and fingers curled into a ball to let the dog have a sniff. Then we are able give a gentle pat on the back.
We have been continuing with our experiments using long stemmed white flowers to absorb coloured water. We have learnt fresh water can float on salt water and that eggs sink... but with a little salt the eggs will float to the top! The dragon and fairy eggs are slowly shrinking in the sun and we will be able to watch them expand again by just adding water. Many of the children have linked our absorption experiments with using water in the sandpit, watching water being absorbed into sand and completely disappearing.
We celebrated Wills 5th birthday and enjoyed a delicious chocolate ripple cake
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
3 Year Old Kangaroo Group Blog 21/3/2014
Well what a week we have had, full of celebrations. We started the week with St. Patrick’s Day where we all wore green and many of the children had Karen spray their hair green and they let me put a shamrock tattoo on their arm. We spoke about where Ireland is on the globe and how long in a plane it takes to get there and we looked at pictures of the Irish countryside. We enjoyed drinking green cordial and eating the Irish flag which was actually chocolate finger biscuits with green, white and orange icing......Yummy and sticky!!!!!!
On Tuesday we welcomed a new friend to the Kangaroo Group. He enjoys playing with the cars and especially the train set. The children were able to let Fiona and I know that we now have two boys with the same name.......Check out the Group Journal to see who it might be and of course introduce yourself to our new family.
Friday we celebrated Harmony Day by wearing orange and doing handprints using orange paint. We spoke about our similarities (we all have hair, eyes, skin and body parts) and our differences (the colour of our hair, eyes and skin) and how we all belong to our family and our Kindergarten community. We all have our own family and we live in different places. I would really appreciate that you bring in a photo of your home and your child’s favourite place to spend their time as well as a photo of them as a baby and a family photo. These will be used to further build on their awareness and understanding about their own family and other friend’s families and being part of a community.
Have a great weekend everyone......
Your 3 Year Old Kangaroo Group Educators; Fiona, Karen and Annette
WEEK 18TH – 21ST MARCH 2014.
Our week started off with a visit from Lydia and her little dog “Ted” who came to us as part of the Responsible Pet Education Programme – a free Government initiative. The Programme is aimed at teaching children how to be responsible around dogs, and how to approach or not approach dogs they may meet, and what to do if they meet an angry dog. The parents were also given the opportunity to talk with Lydia about children and dogs. “Ted” is a Papillion dog which is French for butterfly, as his ears look like butterfly wings. He was a beautifully mannered, friendly little dog, who even had his own little house to wait in until it was his turn.
Lydia discussed what the children need to do if they saw dogs in different circumstances, and not to approach a dog who is – not with it’s owner, tied up, asleep, sick, feeding, or looking after it’s puppies. She taught the children- “no owner – no lead – no touch” .We sang songs and played games about being near dogs, and the children learnt – if an angry dog comes up to you – “stand very still, quiet as a mouse, hands by your side, and look at the ground, then when the dog has gone away slowly walk backwards” – never run away, or the dog will chase you. Also you must always ask the owner’s permission to pat their dog. The children were all able to have a turn to pat Ted, which they all did. Over the next few days we practiced these techniques and the songs, and the children were very good at remembering.
On Thursday , Andrew (Ewan’s Dad) came to Kindergarten and worked in the vegetable garden with the children and planted lots of vegetables with them – lettuce, broccoli, peas, radish, silver beet, spinach, beetroot, basil, oregano, and chocolate mint – what a yummy selection! Many of these plants and seeds originated in Greece – aren’t we lucky. The children were very enthusiastic, and helped to plant and then water the seeds and seedlings. Each day we have continued to water our garden, we will look after them carefully and look forward to watching them grow, then we will be able to pick them and cook with them. Thank you Andrew for doing this and we will look forward to his advice throughout the year. Gardening , then using the grown produce is a wonderful learning experience for the children. Our vegetable garden is a shared experience for all the children and all the groups, we will all be learning how to be excellent gardeners.
What a busy week! What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
Well it’s been a big week for celebrations this week! On Monday we celebrated Bianca’s Birthday and on Thursday we celebrated Skye-Bella’s Birthday! We all really enjoyed celebrating this special day and eating yummy cakes together.
On Monday we welcomed a new child into the Koala group, welcome Hetansh! On Thursday we also celebrated Harmony Week. The message of Harmony Day is Everyone Belongs. It is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity. It is also a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home-from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from countries all around the world.
To celebrate this special day we all made a poster with all our handprints. We have now got this on display, feel free to come and have a look!
This week we have been busy making stick people. The children have been very creative with this experience with some children creating a family of stick people. Fantastic!
Our group time experience the children have been very involved. We have been practicing our action songs and the children have been enjoying going fast and then slow. We have been doing some dancing on our coloured spots. I saw some great dancing moves on Thursday! For our story time the children have been listening to the hungry caterpillar. Which led us to discussions on what happens in the life cycle of a caterpillar. We extended this experience in the play dough area with the children building their own caterpillars with the play dough and using the icy-pole sticks and gem stones to decorate.
The Koala’s have continued to enjoy the outdoor experiences. They have been continuing to practice their climbing and balancing skills on the A-frames and planks. Water play continues to be popular, and of coarse the sand play and swings.
We are looking forward to seeing you all next week,
Fiona and Karen