REFLECTION EXT HOURS
The end of Term One has come so quickly we can hardly believe it! Our under the sea theme has shown the children are able to follow and respond to certain learning outcomes set up in range of different contexts, keeping learning fun and exciting. Our science experiments have been interesting- showing we can predict, analyse, problem solve, question, discuss and relate science to everyday life and the outside world e.g. temperature, rainfall
The children have shown an interest in ‘eggs’ outside. Isabella, Molly and Charlie found white rocks calling them ‘alligator eggs’, they decided to find a home for the eggs ‘they need somewhere warm to live’ said Molly so the children buried the eggs in the dirt patch to find again later. This term we have looked at dragon eggs, learning about abortion of water, observed eggs float in salt water not fresh, we were most excited about our chicken eggs becoming bouncy after soaking them in vinegar and the popular penguin egg game which the children became very good at, showing they needed very little adult guidance. It seemed only natural to extend on the children knowledge about ‘eggs’ so Helen brought in a real nest which she found in her garden ‘these are birds homes’ said Linus ‘The nests keep the baby birds warm’ said Metecan. The children noticed a little bit of the eggs shell still sitting in the middle of the nest ‘they peck with their beaks to get out of the shells’ said Claudia. At group times we have been listing all the animals we think lay eggs…
‘Snakes’ said William
‘Turtles’ said Jasper
‘Ostriches’ said Conor
‘Birds’ said Audrey
‘Crocodiles’ said Lachlan B
‘Seahorses’ said Jasper
We set up a natural table with wood cuts, birds and eggs to engage the children in imaginative play where they could construct their own stories using a range of props. Audrey, Charlie, James and Linus enjoyed this activity; exchanging ideas, making bird sounds and singing the ‘kookaburra sits in the old gum tree’ we have looked briefly at the life-cycle of chickens ‘if an egg is not fertilized by a rooster it doesn’t become a baby chick’ said Arjun. The notion of eggs also is part of our Easter celebration the children were delighted to find a small basket of eggs left from someone special.
We had a wonderful party to celebrate the end of Term 1. The children dressed up in some wonderful costumes and enjoyed a very well catered for morning tea thanks to all the families who brought in delicious things to share.
At the end of each term we remind the children about ‘stranger danger’ and what to do in an emergency. All the children should know we call 000 only in a real emergency. This information would be a good conversation starter around the dinner table…..
Have a lovely and safe holiday everyone
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
3 Year Old Kangaroo Group Blog 4/4/2014
Can you believe that this is our last week of Term One? The children have settled in so well and relationships are certainly being established.
This week we started outdoors and there was of course time spent in the sandpit but the experience that caught the attention of many of the children was the hopscotch mat. Karen demonstrated how to play this game and then she supported and encouraged the children to participate in this new experience. During this game they were building an awareness about turn taking, rules and numbers and most importantly having fun. It also enables the children to practice their balance and co-ordination and throwing skills (eye-hand co-ordination).
On Tuesday some of the children worked together on building roads for the cars and tracks for the trains. Some of the wooden people were even incorporated in this construction. In home corner there was lots of action... dressing up, cooking, of course communication and there was some “house moving” as well. Outside on the swing several children are building their skills to swing themselves. On this warm day water was used in the sandpit. It’s a great way to keep cool but of course it’s a great medium to mix with sand.......so many things can be done...
On Friday the children were involved with the space books and the rocket ship which past planets such as Mars and Saturn. Many children were involved in pasting, painting, drawing and of course playdough. Everyone was rather excited about having a party where some of our family could come and celebrate meeting new friends and participating in many new experiences and having so much fun at Kindergarten during this first term. Thank you all so much for all the great food and coming to share this PARTY...
We all would like to wish you a very happy and safe holiday
From Your 3 Year Old Kangaroo Group; Fiona, Karen and Annette
GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 1ST – 4TH APRIL 2014
This term has flown by , and we can see how the children have developed their confidence and friendships over this term.
As the Children’s Book Festival has been being celebrated in Melbourne over the past weeks and it was International Children’s Book Day on Friday 4th April, we decided to celebrate ourselves by having a Book Parade at Kindergarten on the last day of Term. We have discussed how stories can be told in many different ways - read from books, made up by ourselves or others, on C.D’s or D.V.D.’s or Films, using puppets or toys to act them out, and that what happens in stories is not always real – you can use your imaginations and make up all sorts of strange ideas!
One of the children’s favourite spots in the Kindergarten room over the past week, has been a table set up to act out the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. First I read the story to the children using the book. Then I used a variety of different sized cardboard boxes to make- a two storey house, 3 different sized beds, 3 different sized chairs, we added a block from our block corner for a table, and 3 different sized lids from jars to make porridge bowls. Then I put in 3 different sized teddy bears and a little doll for Goldilocks. Then the children and their imaginations took over - 2 at a time the children sat at the table and acted out and retold this great story. Often they were playing with children they do not normally play with, depending on whose turn it was. They were so involved and engaged , talking through the story with each other, and their imaginations and creativity were working overtime. It was wonderful to watch and listen to. (So you don’t need expensive toys and games to have fun!)
We also talked about how we all have favourite books, and I asked the children to bring their favourite book to Kindergarten on Friday, and to dress up if they would like to as a character from their chosen book (the two needed to go together). The results were amazing – on arrival at Kindergarten that morning, we sat in a circle on the mat, and took it in turns to stand up in front of the others and talk about their book and show us their costume. (Thanks to the Mums for their efforts).It was great to see all the families come to watch our Parade. The children showed confidence to stand up in front of the group, patience as they had to wait their turn, respect for each other by listening and watching carefully, imagination and creativity, and good remembering skills. What a great job they did ! Photos will be on display in the Folder by the sign in book.
Then we all went outside to play in our costumes. We even joined in playing with the other group for a short time.
The day before we had made some Honey Joys to share , so after our fruit for morning tea, we ate these and some fairy bread and biscuits to have an end of Term party. (We have put off Easter until after the holidays – it is too far away yet.)
What a fun way to finish the Term. Have a happy and safe holiday – we look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 23rdApril.
What will happen next Term?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.