The children are responding well to dancing on a Thursday morning. Karen uses some beautiful props in her dancing; this week they walked along the moon beam, danced with soft star cushions and laid on their backs while soft material floated from above. Throughout the class Karen expects the children to be focused and to follow all her instructions, its evident the children are engaging in a positive way showing they can be active contributing participants in a structures class situation.
On Wednesday Cathy (James’s mum) spent the morning making linguini with the children. The children helped combine flour and eggs to make the dough and watched Cathy kneed it over and over again to create the right consistency. The children could then help feed the pasta through the machine to make the dough flat and thin. The strands of linguini were then hung up to air and were then cooked in a delicious Italian sauce which Cathy made at home.....the children ate all the pasta and commented on how delicious it tasted
The highlight of the week was having ‘Wild Exposure’ come and visit us. A very interactive ‘hands on’ experience and Xavier the presenter was very informative with lots of factual/general knowledge o share with us. We saw a gliding squirrel possum, Potaroo Joey, Pink Galah, Owl, Blue tongue lizard, Gahanna, Turtle, Frog, snakes and even a crocodile.
‘Linus told us reptiles are cold blooded’
‘Guy told us owls like to eat mice’
‘ Jack told us an animal which eats meat is called a carnivore’
‘Molly told us reptiles like the hot weather’
‘ Lachlan Bond told us turtles lay eggs’
We will continue looking at the native animals and reptiles we were so lucky to see on Friday.
We welcomed Eisei (from Japan) this week! All the children have been wonderful making him feel very welcome.......
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
What a lovely week our Koala group has had! We began our session outside on Monday and we began our planting experience. Each child had a turn at putting the gardening gloves on and filling their pot up with soil. We talked about the special nutrients that are inside the soil that will help our plant to grow into a beautiful sunflower. Each session the children will be responsible for watering their own plant. Hopefully we should start to see some growth by the end of next week.
This week we celebrated reconciliation week and during our group time discussions we talked a bit about the Aboriginal culture and how they did their beautiful artwork. The children then took part in some handprints using vibrant coloured power paint, which mimicked the handprints the aboriginal people did on the cave walls. They would also create unique rock paintings alongside their blown handprints to document their life.
During our Thursday group time session we continued discussions on healthy eating and also about what a plant needs to help it grow and the importance of soil, and what is soil made of. We have also constructed our own koala group rules. The children helped me to think of some of the important things we need to remember at kinder. Some of them are;
Being kind to our friends.
Being gentle with our friends.
Using quiet voices when we are indoors.
And we all need to remember to help pack away.
The children were really enjoying being involved in constructing our rules, and they also liked to help our friends that forgot, what the right thing to do is.
On Monday the koala group will be taking part in another cooking experience, which will involve the children making healthy pizzas. The children will have a chance to choose from a range of healthy topping. Thank you to the two Mums who have volunteered with this experience, it should be lots of fun!
On Thursday we were finally able to have a hold of our beautiful rabbits. The children really enjoyed having a cuddle, and were very gentle and quiet with our baby rabbits.
On Thursday we celebrated Karen’s birthday. Karen told us she was turning 3 so we put 3 candles on our kinder birthday cake and sang the birthday song to her. Karen bought in some yummy cupcakes for us all to share. Happy Birthday Karen!
Have a lovely weekend,
Fiona and Karen
GROUP A REFLECTION – WEEK 27TH – 30TH MAY 2014.
Another busy week !
Our rabbit family continues to delight us –it is amazing how the babies have grown in the time we have been caring for them- the children have been able to see how they have become stronger and more independent. The children have been able to hold the baby kittens this week – continuous cuddling and loving – the baby kittens seem to be enjoying it as well. Ash the mother rabbit has been able to roam free within our wire enclosure outside eating the grass , which gives her some peace from those hungry babies. The children have been picking some silver beet from our vegetable garden for her to eat as well. The children have created some wonderful drawings of our Rabbit family which are on display in our room.
We were able to explore and learn about more animals with the visit of Wildlife Xposure – Xavier the Presenter brought a number of fascinating Australian native creatures for us to see, touch and learn about. We saw – a beautiful Squirrel Glider, a Potoroo ,a pink Galah, a magnificent Barn Owl, a blue Tongued Lizard. A Goanna, a Turtle, a Green Tree Frog, a Black Headed Python, a huge Olive Python, and a Crocodile. Xavier taught the children about these creatures, their natural habitats, what they eat, and interesting facts about them. The children were very interested and were encouraged to ask questions. The children were able to touch each of them which was a wonderful hands on learning experience. We will extend on this experience by learning more about Australian native wildlife at Kindergarten.
Our Hospital continues to be a busy place and we are continuing to learn more about our bodies and how they work.
Following on from our Bollywood dancing , the children made beautiful floating ribbons to hold while we danced to our Bollywood C.D We will continue to explore moving to different kinds of music. The children look forward each week to our dancing sessions with Karen.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.
The koala group has been having many discussions about healthy eating this week. On Thursday the children took part in a whole group experience of sorting our healthy food and our sometimes foods into groups. We have been discussing the importance of eating healthy food and how this helps our bodies to grow. We have also discussed that it is needed for energy so that we can run and jump and play. The children really enjoyed this activity and were helping each other decide where the food belonged…sometimes food or healthy choice.
For our art experience this week we have been creating a self-portrait. The children were given a paper plate and asked to create themselves, using wool, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and texters. We talked about how many eyes we have and what other features are on our face.
We have begun our family tree and the children have been enjoying discussing who is in their family and how everyone’s family is unique and special. The family tree will be displayed each session for the children to have a look at.
The Koala’s have been enjoying dancing this week and on Monday we decided to introduce some musical instruments, which they had lots of fun exploring different sounds and beats. Very noisy but lots of fun!
Games have continued to be a focus this week. On Monday some children took part in a memory game, which was a great way to have the children really concentrate and focus. We are still working on turn taking, which can be challenging for most of the children at this age.
Outdoors the children have been practicing their gross motor skills on the climbing equipment. This exercise helps to build their coordination and strength and because it was so popular this week, we were again practicing our turn taking skills.
Our planting experience will be starting on Monday as all the children have completed decorating their pots. They all look fantastic! We will be planting sunflower seeds, as they are quite fast growing and the children will be able to see results in two weeks. Hopefully!
Take care and enjoy your weekend,
Fiona and Karen