Our first day back for Term 2 saw lots of smiling children who were happy to see their friends again.
Outdoors there was that rekindled love for the swing and a new discovery for some, a swing ladder. While on this, each child had to concentrate and co-ordinate their arms and legs. It was rather tricky but for those who tried it, they were successful. Congratulations............
Some children worked with a construction called Mobilo. They not only built cars, cars and more cars they worked together, sharing pieces, ideas and skills.
Indoors, their enjoyment for block building has continued from last term. Again more co-operation and communication happened between the children.
We are so glad that you all had a lovely holiday and the Easter bunny was good to you. It’s fun to be back at Kindergarten for more adventures.
Kangaroo Group Educator
Welcome back to our families after the Easter Holidays. We hope that you all had a happy and relaxing time and that the Easter bunny was good to you.
We would all like to welcome James and his family and Ivy and her family to our Kindergarten. Their first day here saw them explore their new environment by climbing the equipment, watching their peers and participating in experiences such as drawing and painting when indoors.
Several children had noticed that the room has been changed around. So we spent some time looking at where experiences were. When they did discover that they could still paint, draw, build with blocks and manipulate playdough they were rather happy. But for some, to find a tent at Kindergarten and for it to be inside, was very funny. It certainly was the place to be.
When at the playdough table the children made patterns in the yellow dough with shells. Words like smooth and bumpy were used during this sensory experience. At the nature table when touching the many items, it was suggested to me that the autumn leaves, gumnuts and bird’s nests are “delicate” and that I had to be “careful”. Hopefully I will remember this the next time I examine any of these items........
Wonder what will happen next week...............
Koala Group Educator
We welcomed enthusiastic children back for the start of this Term - re-visiting established friendships and perhaps making new ones.
We are encouraging the childrens' confidence and independence. This week we have done some things in different ways, which has meant the children have needed to be adaptable to a change in the familiar routine of last term.
On the beautiful sunny Wednesday we decided to have lunch picnic style outside - this required the children to be able to organize themselves and their lunch sitting on a blanket rather than at a table, sitting quietly with their friends patiently till most children had finished their lunch, even though the sunny playground beckoned.
Also this week was our first Dancing session with Karen- a totally new unfamiliar experience for the children. The group was divided into two groups - so the children did not necessarily have their close friends to rely on - taking off their shoes and socks - putting them in their lockers, going to the front room for the activity - responding to a totally new Teacher unfamiliar to them - taking part in the experience - returning to the room and putting their shoes and socks back on again. All this required the children to be adaptable, confident in their own abilities, and being responsible for themselves and their own well being - they managed wonderfully - I was proud of them.
A Group Educator
Easter at Kindergarten
The wonder of childhood
While we were having Mat Time on the last day of Term 1 - we heard a very loud rattling at the storeroom door. When Margot went to investigate - guess what?? She found a basket of Easter Eggs, enough for everybody! The children were so excited! Some of them thought they had seen him, but couldn't find him anywhere! They were going to look for him again on the way home! What did he look like? How did he carry the basket?
Some of the children decided to write him a letter, so they made an Easter Picture and posted it under the Storeroom door for him to find.
The children were very patient - we put their Easter Egg into their basket with the other things they had made, and they took it home to eat. What an exciting day!
Imagination is a wonderful thing!
A Group Educator