WE HAVE MANY CHEFS AT THE KINDER!!!
We really enjoy cooking activities especially on a cold rainy day. The pumpkin soup we made was perfect for the cold morning and our hot scones with jam went down like a treat! Children of all ages benefit from cooking activities, which teach measurement, encourage children to explore their senses and entice them to try new foods. Cooking is a beneficial skill, teaching about different types of ingredients and healthy eating. By educating children about cooking and introducing them to fun and tasty recipes, they will make better eating decisions and take pride in cooking their own food. The children have requested to make homemade pizzas and chocolate chip cookies in the future. If anyone has any good recipes or can spend a morning to help cooking … feel free to get involved!
Alexandra (Marie’s mother) gave a wonderful presentation on Paris. The children sat on the mat and we all had a discussion about the beautiful baguettes, croissants, cheese and macaroons they have there. Alexandra showed us some famous paintings which included the Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa ‘See how she looks at you’ and the children had a very close look. Marie put a French CD on which we could listen to and even though we couldn’t understand the language the sounds were very hypnotising. We did recognise one song which we all could sing along to ‘frerashaka’ the true song is in French and is called Frere Jacques.
Here are the French lyrics:
Frere Jacques, frere Jacques,
Sonnent les mantines, sonnent les mantines:
Here are the English lyrics:
Are you sleeping, are you sleeping
Brother John? Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong!
The children created a pirate ship next to the window which has prompted a lot of imaginative play. We have been drawing treasure maps and finding gold in the backyard.
Imagination is more important than knowledge generally. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." - Albert Einstein
The recycled art materials have produced some beautiful art work. We have used all the plastic bottles as rollers with ribbon/string around them to create interesting prints and designs on paper. The paper would be perfect decoration or wrapping paper for the next special occasion. Nicholas, Charlie and Jordan have used boxes to create boats
‘I’m putting down a deck’ said Nicholas
‘I’ve put floaties on the bottom of my ship so it won’t sink’ sad Charlie
‘I need a small triangle for the flag’ said Jordan
We went into the bathroom and filled the sink with water to see if they would ‘float’ we found plastic floated really well but wood and cardboard was more likely to sink to the bottom. We wonder what other materials might float or sink in water.
Thank you to all the families who have been filling up their recycle bags with lots of materials
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Educators
The children are really getting involved in our recycling project. Angela gave out blue environmental bags for all the families to fill with recycled materials from home. We will use these materials for our art projects and shopping/supermarket which will be implemented this week. At mat time we have been sorting through the bags and dividing plastic and cardboard items, talking about recycle bins and where rubbish goes.
‘Plastic never goes away and cardboard does’ said Max
‘We can make new things out of old things’ said Matilda
‘Yeah you can make a fire rockets out of plastic bottles’ said Sam
Large boxes were used to make houses and later used in our African landscape. The art-making table has also extended onto the floor using ribbons, sticky tape, string and boxes, we encourage the children to explore open-ended activities where they create, invent and support each other’s learning. Many of the sponges, cardboard rings and bottle tops have been used as stamps which have created some very effective patterns on paper. They have also been very useful when making musical instruments which were an extension from David the Music man. The children have become more conscious about recycling and its environmental benefits.
Many of the children enjoyed the company of two big year nine boys on work experience. Xavier and David supported the children for one week getting involved in their art work, writing, construction and play. It’s very exciting for many of the children, who might not have older brother or siblings at home. They assisted the children in playing ‘twister’ an interactive game which requires us to know our colours and the difference between right and left. The boys seemed to really enjoy the kinder environment and the children enjoyed the company of ‘big’ school boys who are much more interesting than adults J
It was sad to say goodbye to our cute rabbits but they are going back to a good home where they are well looked after. The children really enjoyed the rabbit rearing program and benefited a lot from the experience.
Thank you for supporting the kinder through the book fair!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Educators
The week started with the children making their own pizza. Karen, Sara (Sydney’s mum) and Nikki (Harry’s mum) provided guidance, encouragement and assistance with the process and there was much discussion about the toppings that were being used. Each child chose their own topping to put on their muffin base after they added tomato paste to it. Of course cheese went on the top. Each pizza went in the oven and before going home the children who wanted to eat their pizza were able to do so. Some did take them home to eat. The children must have enjoyed them as there was not any left over. Yum Yum.........We promote healthy eating and involving the children in the cooking. If you have any favourite recipes that you cook with your family please let us know. It would be lovely if you could provide your experience and knowledge to cook with the children at Kindergarten. Due to the weather being rather cold on Monday we did stay indoors for most of the session.
Thursday was an opportunity to spend the session outdoors as the weather was sunny and warm. The children certainly enjoyed this as they were able to spend time with the rabbits, talking to them, feeding them and of course holding them. Having the rabbits visit us at Kindergarten has provided the time to care for another living creature. Many of the children absolutely loved having them here and were very sad to say goodbye to them. They have now gone back to the farm....Animals on the Move. While outdoors we practiced our climbing skills and had fun on the swings. Some of the children were checking out the vegetable garden and started discussing what was growing. I asked if they wanted to help plant some parsley. Of course many were enthusiastic. We spoke about what a plant needs to grow. There many budding gardeners amongst this Koala Group.
We were very fortunate this week to have the involvement of two students from De la Salle College who displayed respect and courtesy at all times. Thank you Karen and Annette
On Monday we prepared and cooked lovely healthy pizzas. Along with Karen, Lucia (Abeni’s mum) Molly’s grandmother and Bec (Lachlan’s mum) provided support and encouragement when the children were choosing their topping for their pizza. On top of the muffin base went tomato paste and then each child added what they liked. They chose from ham, pineapple, green capsicum, red capsicum and of course cheese. Many interesting pizzas were created. And yes they did get eaten at the end of the session.....YUMMY
On Tuesday there was discussion about staying outdoors or going indoors, well staying outdoors was the winning vote. So being outdoors enabled many of the children to be involved in running around the yard. They ran and laughed, they called out to each other. They stopped, they would change direction and then start again. What fun they were having. Of course the rabbits also played a big part during this session as it would possibly be the last time they could be with us. The children were able to watch them, feed them and of course hold them. When holding a rabbit each child was very gentle. Karen was with us today as Fiona was unavailable
On Friday we were able to stay outdoors again for the session as the weather was sunny and warm. This enabled the children to spend time on the swings. At the moment there is a swing available that two people can be on at a time. Talk about fun and yes many of the children are practicing pushing themselves on the swing. This is a very tricky skill to build. Congratulations. On the verandah there is a metal pole and two a frames set up for the children to climb on, swing on and even pull themself along. Here, they are building their upper body strength along with their co-ordination and they are providing support and encouragement for their peers when they are having a turn. I am so amazed and proud at their skills and talents developing so much.
During the week we have been very fortunate to have had two students from De La Salle College who have been very caring and respectful to everyone at Armadale Early Learning Centre.
Fiona, Karen Fiona and Annette
Kangaroo Group Educators