Week beginning 23rd July 2014
Well it is hard to believe it’s the end of term 2! We have had a wonderfully busy term, with three cooking experiences, a visit from Dave the music man, the rabbits came to stay with us at Kinder and many more wonderful experiences!
Last week we had our last cooking experience, making rice paper rolls. The children each had the opportunity to fill their rice paper with a filling of their choice. We had grated carrot, capsicum, coriander, tuna and spring onions. Most children had a try of their rice paper roll; others chose to take it home. This experience was another great opportunity for us to talk about healthy food choices.
On Monday we also celebrated Mary’s 4th birthday. Mary wore the birthday hat and she blew out the candles on our special kinder cake. Thank you for sharing your birthday with us Mary and for sharing those yummy cupcakes with us!
On Thursday we celebrated the last day of term by playing some games and we also made our own popcorn. The children were very excited when the popcorn came “popping” out of the machine; there was lots of laughter and excitement in the room!
I hope you all enjoy having a look at your children’s learning journal over the holidays, and don’t forget to tell us a little about what your family got up to in the holidays. The children love to share this with their peers on the first week back of term.
Karen and I have really appreciated all your input throughout the first half of the year. Don’t forget to put your name down for fruit duty next term! Your children love having you spend some time with them at Kinder.
We are looking forward to another busy term after the holiday, and look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 17th July.
Fiona and Karen
GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 24TH – 27TH JUNE 2014.
The last week of term already, and still another busy week!
Following our visit from David the Music Man, we made our own musical shakers to make our own music with. The children carefully collected some natural seeds/nuts from the big tree in our garden where they fall on the ground, then they placed these inside two paper plates – stapled them together and decorated them by painting a design and adding a selection of colourful streamers stapled around the edge. We then danced to music with our shakers. We have had the photos taken at David the Music Man’s visit on display for the children to look at and remember, and a book on Orchestral Instruments for the children to identify.
We have continued to enjoy our visiting Guinea Pigs and read books to learn more about them, the children have enjoyed holding them, and being able to take them outside for a feed of our grass.
As it was the last week of term- we celebrated by having a Teddy Bears Picnic on the Friday. The children had cooked some Honey Crackles on Wednesday (because bears love honey)and we made Fairy Bread at Kindergarten on Friday. We also had some teddy bear biscuits and some special yummy Gingerbread Teddy Bears made especially for us (thanks Gina). When the children arrived we sat in a circle and introduced our teddy bears to everyone else – then the children took them off to join in with their activities – they did puzzles, they built houses for bears, they went into hospital, they watched while the children painted. We had teddy bears everywhere- our Goldilocks story, a teddy bear picnic on a fur rug with a special tea set, even tiny teddy bears in our play dough. Later we all danced to music with our teddy bears, then had our party and went off home together. We had such a variety of teddy bears – from tiny to enormous! What fun!
We are looking forward to our holiday to get rid of all those coughs and colds and return ready to start another busy term.
Have a very happy and safe holiday .
What will happen next term?
3 Year Old Kangaroo Group Blog 20/6/2014
This week we started outdoors enjoying the sunny weather and spending time running and playing “What’s the time Mr Wolf” We also had some help from to 2 students from De la Salle College participating in Community Service. On Monday we had Ben and Seb who spent their time getting to know the children by playing ball games with them and pushing them on the swing and of course talking to them. David the Music man entertained the children by singing songs and showing many instruments from different countries around the world. The children participated by singing and even playing some of the instruments. There were times they put their hands over their ears when it was a little noisy but there was lots of interest, many many smiles and lots of clapping.
After playing outdoors on Tuesday with the skittles/balls and of course climbing and balancing we came indoors so I could show the children some musical instruments that we have at Kinder. We spoke about what they are called and how they can be played. And of course we played them as we sang songs. How talented..........
On Friday we were lucky to have Jaap and his family return from a very long holiday. Welcome back. We stayed outside first so the children can continue to enhance their gross motor skills. Inside we were involved with musical instruments again. The children were able to recall the names of most of the instruments and yes they played them to songs.....Baa Baa Black Sheep, The wheels on the bus, Mary Had a little lamb (with variations)
From 3 Year Old Educators; Karen, Fiona and Annette
Week beginning 16th June 2014
We were lucky enough to begin our week this week with Dave the music man. The children were all very excited and very focused on all the wonderful instruments Dave had to show us. He showed us how each instrument was played, what each instrument was called and where they originated. We even got to play some of his wonderful instruments. The children all sat beautifully for an hour with Dave, he was very impressed!
This week we have been continuing to practice our cutting skills. This week we have been cutting shapes out. We have practiced some triangles and squares and we have even cut out wavy lines. Some children are finding it easier to use two hands to cut, while others are swapping their hands and having a feel for what feels most comfortable. Some have settled on a preferred hand. We will continue to practice our scissor skills through to next term. Great job Koalas!
We have been continuing learning to play “what’s the time Mr. wolf” outdoors this week. The children have a lot of fun counting with one another. This is a great social experience for the children to take part in.
The block area has been very popular this week with some fantastic cities and other wonderful constructions taking place. The children have been working very well together at this experience and really practicing their turn taking and social skills.
On Monday we will be involved in our third cooking experience for the term. This time we will be cooking rice paper rolls. The children will be able to choose their own filling for their rice paper roll. It should be lots of fun! Thank you again to the lovely parents who have volunteered to help on Monday. It is very much appreciated.
Just a reminder about bringing jackets for our outdoor time, it has been very cool outside lately.
Hope you have enjoyed your weekend,
Fiona and Karen